11 Free Things To Do November 2015 In Toronto

'Tis the season to do free things.

Winter and cold weather are approaching quicker and quicker but that also means THE HOLIDAYS ARE ALMOST HERE and it's time to celebrate. Thinking of awesome gifts to get your loved ones, skating under the stars, singing holiday carols... There's so much holiday goodness to come. Kick off the holiday season with all these awesome free events happening this month. It's gonna be a grand ol' time.

1. Day of the Dead Festival @ Harbourfront Centre

Celebrate Mexican and Latin American traditions at this cultural festival happening November 7th to 8th. The festival celebrates the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday, which is also where the sugar skull originates from!

Facebook Page

2. WordPlay 2015 @ Toronto Reference Library

Do you love writing, words, and games? Is interactive fiction your thing? Check out this festival on November 7th at the Toronto Reference Library. There'll be a curated game showcase, talks by creators, and ways for attendees to try making their own games. So cool, man.

Facebook Page

3. Skating @ Natrel Rink or Nathan Phillips Square

What's more fun than skating with your friends under the stars? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. The Natrel Rink at Harbourfront Centre opens November 14th and the rink at Nathan Phillips Square opens November 22nd.

4. Illuminite 2015 @ Yonge-Dundas Square

Did you even realize how close Christmas was? Are you excited? We're so excited. Come on down to Dundas Square on November 14th and watch the holiday tree get lit up along with live music and cool performances. It's gonna be lit.

Facebook Page

5. Santa Claus Parade

Feel like a kid again and check out the Santa Claus Parade. The 111th annual Santa Claus Parade is happening November 15th, beginning at Christie Pits and ending at St. Lawrence Market. Be sure to join the Facebook event if you're attending. Ho ho ho.

Website

6. Toronto Christmas Market @ Distillery District

We present to you the most Instagrammable event of the holidays: the Toronto Christmas Market. It returns November 20th to the Distillery District. Bring bae, bring your friends, bring yourself. It's free admission Tuesdays to Fridays and $5 a person on weekends. You can check out the holiday vendors, eat a turkey leg, or even watch a play at the theatre. So much fun.

Website

7. Trinity Bellwoods Flea

Get started on holiday shopping and shop from local TO vendors and artisans at the Trinity Bellwoods Flea. From handmade candles to sweet treats to skincare products, you'll find plenty of gift-worthy items here. They'll even have $5 mimosas and $8 rum spiked ciders for you to sip on while you shop. Happening at 824 Dundas Street West.

Facebook Page

8. Ice, Wine, & Dine

Get ready to wine and dine in the chilly weather at this street festival. Indulge yourself in festive eats and drinks while enjoying holiday entertainment all around you. Happening November 21st on Elm Street between Yonge and Bay.

Facebook Page

9. Cavalcade of Lights @ Nathan Phillips Square

It's Christmas town, Christmas town, we're up here in the north... You'll already have gone to the lighting of the Christmas tree at Dundas Square, so why not see the lighting of the tree at Nathan Phillips Square? On November 28th, make your way to NPS for the annual Cavalcade of Lights. Go skating, watch the fireworks, and kick off the holidays with your loved ones.

Facebook Page

10. Free Shows @ The Drake Hotel

Check out some great live music at the Drake Hotel and maybe discover something you'll love. There's even a film screening happening this month. Here's a list of all their free shows happening this November:

The St. Royals – November 2nd and 30th

The Digs – November 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th

The Lonely Hearts – November 9th and 23rd

Asylum of Spoons (film screening) – November 15th

11. Free Screenings @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Be a little more cultured and check out some free screenings of films by Canadian filmmakers at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Ellie Epp: Elements of Contact is a series of four experimental films by Canadian filmmaker Ellie Epp and it's playing November 12th. To Lavoisier, Who Died in the Reign of Terror preceded by Short Shave is a Michael Snow film which turns everyday life into unique photochemical abstractions and it's playing November 21st.

A String Quartet In Toronto Will Play Your Favourite Film Scores By Candlelight & Tickets Are $30

Including music from Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Godfather and more! 🙌

Narcity may receive a small commission if you purchase something we recommend in this article, which was created by the Narcity Shop team. Items are in stock and prices are confirmed at the time of publishing, but they can change at any time.

If you're up to date with Toronto's music scene, then you might already know about the upcoming candlelit Taylor Swift tribute concert that will be performed by a string quartet. You can still get tickets to that show, but did you know you can also get tickets to see a string quartet play an array of famous film scores by candlelight, too?

Keep Reading Show less

A new event is turning Toronto's waterfront into an illuminated wonderland, and you can explore giant installations that light up the night.

Nordic Lights is an attraction produced by the Harbourfront Centre and Fjord Studio, and it features six interactive artworks by Canadian and Nordic artists.

Keep Reading Show less

Narcity may receive a small commission if you purchase something we recommend in this article, which was created by the Narcity Shop team. Items are in stock and prices are confirmed at the time of publishing, but they can change at any time.

With Ontario's recent COVID-19 restrictions, we are all aware that concerts in Toronto are a no-go — for now, at least. But with boosters rolling out in Ontario, there is a glimmer of light at the end of this pandemic-shaped tunnel.

Keep Reading Show less

4 Places In Toronto Offering Virtual Fitness Classes For Free Or A Hefty Discount

Just because gyms are closed doesn't mean you have to put your workout plans on hold.

Narcity may receive a small commission if you purchase something we recommend in this article, which was created by the Narcity Shop team. Items are in stock and prices are confirmed at the time of publishing, but they can change at any time.

With Ontario gyms shut down due to COVID-19 concerns, it looks like your next sweat sesh will have to be at home. Luckily, a few independent fitness studios are offering free or discounted virtual classes this month.

Keep Reading Show less