42 Awesome Free Things To Do In Toronto This July 2016
Get out and do something fun this summer.
It's finally summer in the 6ix! It's actually been summer officially since June 20th, but that's no matter. It's July at last, and we're loving the weather and all the amazing summer vibes.
One of the best things about summer in Toronto is all the free events. You don't have to spend money to have a good time during the summer. Make the most of summer sixteen by filling up your calendar with all these fun and free events happening this month!
1. Watch Canada Day fireworks.
What better way to celebrate the first day of the month? Watch them at Woodbine beach or Harbourfront Centre.
2. Multicultural Canada Day @ Yonge-Dundas Square
Toronto's multiculturalism is awesome. Celebrate it at Yonge-Dundas Square on Canada Day and be part of the Living Canadian Flag.
3. Eat at Taste of Downsview.
There'll be plenty of food trucks and vendors for you to enjoy. Happening July 2nd.
4. Indulge at Toronto Ribfest.
Toronto Ribfest will be bustling with fun activities and filled with great vendors selling delicious, juicy ribs. The celebration is from June 30th to July 3rd in Etobicoke.
5. Celebrate the waterfront at the Redpath Waterfront Festival.
A bunch of tall ships will be docking at Toronto's waterfront just for the festival, including two of the The Royal Canadian Navy's ships. Happening July 1st to 3rd.
6. Enjoy live jazz at the Beaches Jazz Festival.
Couldn't get enough at the TD Jazz Festival? Check out the Beaches Jazz Festival. Happening July 2nd to 24th in the Beaches.
7. Watch the Trans March.
Celebrate trans* at the Trans March on July 1st.
8. Watch the Dyke March.
Celebrate queer women at the Dyke March on July 2nd.
9. Watch the Pride Parade.
Celebrate all kinds of love at the Pride Parade 2016. Join in on the excitement July 3rd.
10. See a free concert as part of Pride.
All while the parade is happening, a free concert will be happening at Yonge-Dundas Square. Joe Jonas and his band DNCE will be there!
11. Enjoy live music at the Toronto Music Garden.
Be enchanted by the beautiful Toronto Music Garden while listening to love ballads and soothing tunes. Concerts take place on most Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
12. Catch a free flick along the Harbourfront.
Grab a picnic blanket and catch a flick under the stars at the Harbourfront Centre. They'll be showing free movies every Wednesday for the rest of the summer. The Visitor will be playing July 6th, A Little Princess July 13th, The Grand Seduction July 20th, and The Mighty Quinn July 27th.
13. Try international eats at Taste of Lawrence.
From Indian to Italian to Jamaican food, Taste of Lawrence will have all kinds of cuisines for you to try. Check it out July 8th to 10th.
14. Admire art at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
Look at art created by 314 artists along with 100,000 other art lovers. Enjoy it all July 8th to 10th at Nathan Phillips Square.
15. Listen to live music at the Future Routes Festival.
Watch as international artists and performers use traditional roots music to create futuristic sounds. Check it out at Harbourfront Centre July 8th to 10th.
16. Attend the Natsu Matsuri & Obon Festival.
This Japanese summer festival will be filled with games, delicious food, and performances. Happening at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in North York on July 9th.
17. Indulge in delicious eats at the Toronto Food Fest.
Try a variety of delicious eats from a variety of delicious vendors at the TO Food Fest 2016. Happening at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Scarborough July 9th to 10th.
Photo cred – Live Green Toronto
18. Support local by eating at the Lovin’ Local Food Fest.
Taste delicious eats and sip on delicious drinks by some of Toronto’s best chefs, restaurants, food trucks, breweries, and wineries. There will also be live (and local) musicians, artists, and performers on stage, as well as a green street market. Happening at Yonge-Dundas Square on July 9th.
19. Dance at Salsa on St. Clair.
Put on your salsa dancing shoes and cha cha all your problems away at the 12th annual Salsa on St. Clair.
20. Celebrate Bastille Day.
Celebrate France and French culture. There'll be music and performances, a French market, and so much more for you to enjoy. It will also be the last day of the UEFA EURO 2016, and the final game will be screened live. Check it all out July 10th at Wychwood Barns.
21. Join in on a cosplay gathering.
What better place to host a cosplay gathering than at a Japanese festival? Put on your best cosplay outfit and get prepared for the biggest cosplay event happening this month. Happening at Celebration Square in Mississauga on July 10th.
22. Do some yoga on the beach.
Do some fitness while enjoying the sun on your skin. Event is PWYC and it's happening at Cherry Beach July 10th.
23. Get a little punny at the Gladstone.
Do you love puns? Celebrate the launch of "Punderdome: A Card Game For Pun Lovers" on July 13th at the Gladstone Hotel. Be sure to register your team ahead of time on their website.
24. Watch a movie under the stars in Regent Park.
The Regent Park Film Festival is hosting a series of free flicks under the stars every Wednesday this summer. Watch Love & Basketball July 13th, TMNT from the 90s July 20th, and Jab We Met July 27th.
25. Attend the Ritmo y Color festival.
Explore the streets of Mexico City at this cultural festival. Happening at the Harbourfront Centre July 15th to 17th.
Photo cred – Festival of India
26. Watch the Festival of India parade.
Have a wondrous time at the annual Festival of India parade. There will be three ginormous, 40-foot tall floats that will be hand-pulled along with singing, drumming, and dancing. See it at Yonge and Bloor on July 16th.
Photo cred – yyzmag
27. Shop at the Trinity Bellwoods Flea Market.
Shop for your summer wardrobe while sipping on yummy cocktails at the Trinity Bellwoods Flea. There'll be tons of handmade, home, decor, fashion, vintage, and food vendors. Happening July 16th.
Photo cred – The Elwins
28. Enjoy a free live show from The Elwins.
See this Keswick-based indie band live July 22nd at the Harbourfront Centre.
Photo cred – Waterfront Night Market
29. Devour delicious food at the Waterfront Night Market.
Try some Asian street food and enjoy live entertainment. July 22nd to 24th near Polson Pier.
Photo cred – Figment Toronto
30. Get in touch with your artsy side at Figment Toronto.
Join in on this massive collaborative art event. Happening at the Olympic Island July 23rd to 24th.
Photo cred – BrazilFest
31. Visit BrazilFest.
Join in on Canada’s largest Brazilian cultural event. Taste Brazilian-style foods, enjoy the rhythms of Brazil, and celebrate the cultural heritage of Brazil. Happening at Earlscourt Park on July 24th.
Photo cred – Kothu Fest
32. Visit Kothu Fest.
And have some delicious kothu roti. Check it out at the Scarborough Civic Centre July 24th.
Photo cred – Huy Lam
33. See the Somewhere In Between exhibition.
The exhibition explores the idea of perception, including the use of lines to create images that are both recognizable and abstract. See it at the Black Cat Artspace July 28th.
Photo cred – Caribana Toronto
34. Watch the Caribana Parade.
Another of Toronto's biggest parades of the summer, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival Parade, is happening July 30th at the Exhibition Place.
Photo cred – Mehdi Cayenne
35. Enjoy Indie Fridays at Yonge-Dundas Square.
Spend a day shopping at Eaton and spend the evening listening to live music at the Square. AA Wallace will be headlining July 8th, Mehdi Cayenne July 15th, Radio Radio July 22nd, and Boogat July 29th.
Photo cred – Christie Pits Film Festival
36. Watch films at the Christie Pits Film Festival.
See some classic hits on the big screen including Romeo + Juliet with Leo and Claire Danes and Cast Away with Tom Hanks. Watch all the screenings Sundays at sunset at Christie Pits Park all summer long. All shows are PWYC.
Photo cred – CM Market
37. Eat and shop at the CM Market.
Enjoy a summer treat and shop pretty things at this cute little market. Happening on Bloor Street outside Club Monaco all summer long.
38. See Ulla von Brandenburg's works at the Power Plant.
See Ulla von Brandenburg's large installation alongside her new film. See it now until September 5th at the Power Plant gallery.
39. See Franz Erhard Walther's works at the Power Plant.
Call to Action explores Franz Erhard Walther's ideas about the relationship between space, object, and the human body, shown through sculptural form, drawing, and video. See it now until September 5th at the Power Plant gallery.
40. Watch some free films at Yonge-Dundas Square.
Grab a seat and watch some free movies under the stars at Yonge-Dundas. Watch Coming to America July 5th, For Your Consideration and Best in Show July 12th, Monty Python & The Holy Grail and The Jerk July 19th, and Spaceballs and Blazing Saddles July 26th.
41. Shop at the Kensington Market Art Fair.
This monthly outdoor art fair features artists working in painting, illustration, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and more. The perfect place to find a unique gift for any summer babies! Check it out July 31st.
42. Dance on the Pier at Harbourfront Centre.
Try your hand (or feet) at swing and jazz dancing. Happening every week all summer long.
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