The 10 Best Free Toronto Events To Check Out This June
It finally feels like cold days are behind us, and with the arrival of warm weather comes a plethora of amazing events!
This month, the city is teeming with notable happenings, including Pride, NXNE, neighbourhood block parties, outdoor movie nights, and more. Each event on this list is completely free to attend, so even if you’re pinching pennies, you can still have plenty of fun.
Here are our top choices for the best free Toronto events this June.
Calling all photography enthusiasts! Self-taught NYC-based photographer Raheim Simon will be participating in a moderated discussion on his journey into photography and how he’s made strides professionally. In the past, he’s worked with American Express, Honda, Verizon, Nike, and more, so if you’re looking for some tips on how to turn your passion into a career, this event is for you.
Dundas West Fest — June 7-8
Over on the west side of the city, Dundas West Fest will be taking over Dundas St. West from Ossington Ave. to Lansdowne Ave. Restaurants and shops on the strip will host special promos and individual events, and there will also be stages with live music, comedy, dance, buskers, and so much more. This weekend-long event is always a blast, so be sure not to miss it!
Saks Summer Beauty Symposium — June 8
If you’re into all things beauty, you’ll definitely want to check out this event. Taking place at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre Saks Fifth Avenue, visitors can expect expert makeovers, tutorials and demos, complimentary engraving, and surprise giveaways all day long from brands like Laura Mercier, Aesop, and many more. Special presentations run from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and include a meet and greet with EX Nihilo founder Benoît Verdier. The event is completely free, all you have to do is RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
Community Yoga And Tai Chi At The Bentway — June 13 to August 29
Stay active this summer and take part of one of the many free outdoor activities happening across Toronto. One particular community event to keep on your radar is the free community yoga and Tai Chi taking place at The Bentway from mid-June to late August. Eti Greenberg will lead Tai Chi twice a week on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday at 11 a.m., while Tribe Fitness will host one-hour long yoga classes on Sundays at 7 p.m.
NXNE Festival Village — June 14-16
While NXNE will be happening at locations across the city, the annual music festival will be hosting a weekend of free live performances on Yonge Street from Dundas Square to Queen. Enjoy two blocks of free activations, comedy, and entertainment from musicians like Santigold, Cold War Kids, Anders, and many more.
Nuit Rose Festival And Art Crawl — June 15
June is all about celebrating Pride! There will be plenty of events happening all over Toronto, but one that’s free for all to attend is the Nuit Rose festival of queer art and performance. For its sixth year, the festival’s theme is Arcade. Expect installations, painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography, music, dance, and more from the city’s talented LGBTQ+ creators from Toronto and beyond. The event takes place in various venues across West Queen West, University & College, and the Church-Wellesley Village starting at 7 p.m. And don’t forget to check out the Nuit Rose Light Parade later that evening at 8:30 p.m.
Comedy Night At Planswell — June 20
Kill two birds with one stone at this summer event. Planswell, a free financial planning company, will be hosting a night of free comedy, drinks, and pizza at its headquarters on Thursday, June 20. Head there from 6-10 p.m. for some laughs, and learn about being more financially stable while you’re at it.
Fairbank Summerfest — June 22-23
Nothing screams summer quite like a block party, and that’s exactly what you’re going to get at the Fairbank Summerfest. For two days, make your way to Eglinton Ave. West, west of Dufferin for a free summer carnival. Admission, rides, and entertainment are all completely free. Check out the foosball tournament and the pet idol competition hosted by Ren’s Pets, or bring a little pocket change and browse the sidewalk sales or grab some eats from around the world. There’ll also be free popcorn from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. It’s fun for the whole family!
Pride Parade — June 23
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If dancing, laughing, and celebrating love and diversity sounds like your type of party, don’t miss the official Pride parade on June 23. Over one million festival goers will celebrate in the streets of Toronto, starting at Church St. and Bloor St. all the way down to Yonge St. to Yonge-Dundas Square. The parade starts at 2 p.m., so get ready to bring your energy, voice, and of course, pride!
City Cinema — June 25 – August 27
Catch some free movies and comedy in the heart of the city this summer, courtesy of Chevrolet and The Second City. Every Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Yonge-Dundas Square, The Second City will host a live improv performance before diving into some of the funniest films featuring The Second City alumni like John Candy, Eugene Levy, Mike Myers, and more. The weekly event kicks off on June 25 with a screening of Ghostbusters, but throughout the summer, you’ll be able to catch flicks like Up, Cool Runnings, Mean Girls, and many more.
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