It's been quite the summer, and it's soon coming to an end. We've only got a month left of soaking in the hot sun, crazing over ice cream rolls, and drinking on patios. Instead of moping around and wishing summer would last forever, spend your month doing all of these fun and free activities.
From cultural and food festivals to free concerts to yoga lessons, here’s a list of all the free things you can do this August 2016 in Toronto.
1. Eat Greek at Taste of the Danforth.
Indulge in the delicious taste of Greek food at the annual Taste of Danforth. Can't wait to have me some chicken souvlaki. Check it out August 5th to 7th this year.
2. Celebrate everything hip-hop and electronic at Harbourfront.
Enjoy live music from Sinkane, Jungle Brothers, Prince Innocence, and even watch a B-boy battle. It's all happening August 5th to 7th at the Harbourfront Centre. Join the event page here.
3. See Franz Erhard Walther's works at the Power Plant.
Franz Erhard Walther's Call to Action explores his ideas about the relationship between space, object, and the human body, shown through sculptural form, drawing, and video. See the exhibition now until September 5th at the Power Plant gallery by Harbourfront.
4. Join in on the fun at the SpeakSudan East Africa Festival.
Celebrate East African culture, art, music, and cuisine in the heart of Regent Park. Happening in the Daniels Spectrum courtyard on August 6th.
5. Enjoy a weekend of yoga at Yogapalooza.
Spend a relaxing weekend doing yoga by the waterfront. There'll be vendors selling a variety of things from yoga props to jewelry to organic goods. Check it out August 6th to 7th by the Harbourfront Centre.
6. Visit Habari Africa at the Harbourfront Centre.
Celebrate the cultural diversity of global Africa at Habari Africa! Enjoy live performances from singers Mamy Kanouté and Djely Tapa. Check it out August 12th to 14th at the Harbourfront Centre.
7. Catch a free flick under the stars at Harbourfront.
Watch an inspiring film or two by Toronto's waterfront. There are free movies being shown at the Harbourfront Centre every Wednesday for the entire summer. See The Last Dragon August 3rd, The Good Lie August 10th, Chef August 17th, Sense and Sensibility August 24th, and an audience choice film August 31st.
8. See the Eye Candy exhibition at Coldstream Fine Art.
Check out Peterborough-based Bill Batten's powerful paintings.
9. Savour the Southern flavour at the Hot & Spicy Food Festival.
Savour the taste of Southern-style BBQ from the mighty Lower Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico, all while dancing along to live music. August 19th to 21st at the Harbourfront Centre.
10. Do some yoga at Yonge-Dundas Square.
Slip on your fave yoga pants and do yoga for a good cause by helping to raise funds and awareness for Care for Children. The 5th annual Yogathon Toronto is happening August 20th at Yonge-Dundas Square.
11. Watch some free films at Yonge-Dundas Square.
Catch a free movie after shopping at the Eaton Centre. See Stripes August 2nd, Wayne's World and The Ladies Man August 9th, There's Something About Mary August 16th, Tommy Boy August 23rd, and Airplane! and Dracula: Dead & Loving It August 30th.
12. Enjoy Indie Fridays at Yonge-Dundas Square.
One of the best parts about summer at Yonge-Dundas is the live music every Friday evening. Listen to Ben Caplan August 5th, The Heavyweights Brass Band August 12th, The Massey Hall Band Plays The Beatles August 19th, and Pierre Kwenders August 26th.
13. Join in on the fun at the Toronto Chinatown Festival.
Celebrate the 16th annual Toronto Chinatown Festival with delicious Asian and international street foods, traditional dragon and lion dances, martial arts and entertainment performances, and so much more. Happening August 20th to 21st in downtown Chinatown.
14. Indulge at the Sweetery Toronto Food Festival.
Taste and explore the delectable world of confectionary and culinary arts from all over Toronto. The Sweetery Toronto Food Festival is happening August 20th to 21st at David Pecaut Square.
15. See Hurvin Anderson's work at the AGO before it's gone.
Hurvin Anderson has some amazing work on display right now at the AGO. The exhibition closes August 21st, and the AGO is free every Wednesday evening.
16. Celebrate TAIWANfest at Harbourfront.
Learn all about Taiwanese culture at TAIWANfest August 26th to 28th at the Harbourfront Centre.
17. Shop local at the Kensington Market Art Fair.
The Kensington Market Art Fair is a monthly outdoor art fair featuring artists working in painting, illustration, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and more. It happens on the last Sunday of each month from May to October, and this month, it's happening August 28th.
18. Watch a free movie at Regent Park.
Catch a free flick every Wednesday night at Regent Park. See The Jungle Book August 3rd, Pather Panchali August 10th, Boy August 17th, and Purple Rain August 24th.
19. Attend free yoga classes at Harbourfront.
Enjoy some free all-level yoga classes taught by instructor Andrea Warner. Happening August 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th in the evenings.
20. Attend free Tai Chi classes at Harbourfront.
Enjoy some free Tai Chi classes taught by instructor Eti Greenberg. Happening August 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th in the evenings.
21. Enjoy live music at the Toronto Music Garden.
Enjoy sweet songs and love ballads while relishing in the beauty of the Toronto Music Garden. Concerts take place on most Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
22. Drink at Trinity Bellwoods Park.
Grab a bottle of something you already own plus a picnic blanket and drink with your friends at Bellwoods Park.
23. Watch free films at the Christie Pits Film Festival.
Who doesn't love free flicks under the stars? Watch some free movies every Sunday at sunset at Christie Pits Park all summer long. All shows are PWYC. See The Truman Show August 7th, Meek's Cutoff August 14th, and Cast Away August 21st.
24. Dance along the pier at Harbourfront.
Learn to dance along the stunning waterfront on August 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th.
25. Go Pokémon GO hunting at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal.
You can never spend too much time on Pokémon GO. The ferry terminal is always filled with Pokémon hunters and it's awesome.
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