The 10 Best Free Events Happening in Toronto this October

From lightsaber battles to poutine eating championships, there is no shortage of unique and entertaining events in Toronto this October.

From lightsaber battles to poutine eating championships, there is no shortage of unique and entertaining events in Toronto this October. Here are some interesting events to add to your calendar this month.

World Press Photo Exhibition (October 3-24)

Open daily from 9am to 9pm, this traveling photo exhibition features prize-winning visuals curated by World Press Photo, the organizers of the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest. Get full details here.

Mindfest  (October 4)

This all-day mental health fair takes place at Hart House as part of National Mental Illness Awareness Week. The event will feature panel discussions, exhibits and workshops with the intent to spark conversation around mental health. Get full details here

Diwali RazzMatazz (October 7)

Head to Yonge-Dundas Square for the largest free Diwali festival in Canada, running from 12pm to 11pm. Signifying the victory of good over evil, the festival will feature authentic and delicious bites, Bollywood entertainment, Canadian art and Indian culture. Get full details here.

Saber Battle Toronto  (October 7)

Ever wanted to be a part of a massive lightsaber battle in the middle of downtown Toronto? Well now is your chance. It’s all going down at Nathan Phillips Square. And don’t worry, if you don’t have your own light sword, you can reserve your own for a small fee. Get full details here

Waterfront Artisan Market  (October 7)

Check out artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers at this open-air market at HTO Park. While this market has been a weekly happening throughout the summer, this is their last one for the season, so don’t miss out! Get full details here

World Poutine Eating Championships (October 14)

Free admission. Free poutine. Need I say more? This Smoke’s Poutinerie sponsored event is sure to be an artery clogging good time. Get full details here

Diwali Mela (October 14)

Celebrate the Hindu festival of lights at Diwali Mela. Held at Gerrard India Bazaar, the event also features a light parade that will be surely jaw-dropping. Get full details here

Gladstone Flea: Fall Clothing Swap (October 22)

How do you get new clothes for no money? By checking out this clothing swap at the Gladstone. The more clothes you bring, the more tickets you get to exchange for new stuff. And the best part? You can feel good about shopping in an environmentally and socially conscious way. Get full details here

Pedestrian Sunday (October 29)

Don’t miss the last Pedestrian Sunday of the year. If you’ve never been, this monthly event fills the streets of Kensington market with food, vendors, and buskers and is always entertaining. Get full details here

Halloween on Church Street (October 31)

Finding a free Halloween party in Toronto is difficult to say the least. But this outdoor party on Church Street is a great option if you’re looking to save money and party with thousands of people in outrageous costumes. Get full details here

Did we miss any of the best free Toronto events happening this October? Share them in the comment section.

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