23 Free Things To Do In Toronto This May To Get You Excited For Summer

It's been a tough spring so far with all this cold weather and rain. There's no need to worry though, because May's looking to be a little bit better and a little bit warmer.

As warm weather approaches, more and more fun events begin to pop up. Celebrate beautiful spring weather with all these free events happening this May!

1. Join in on a symposium.

Explore the relationship between still and moving imagery at this symposium. It'll be a day full of presentations by artists and curators. Admission is free with reserved tickets. Check it out May 1st at the Power Plant.

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2. See the Graduate Exhibition at OCAD.

OCAD is celebrating their 101st GradEx and it's going to be huge. There's going to be works featured by over 900 artists from the class of 2016. If you've ever been to GradEx before, you'll know the art OCAD students create is absolutely astonishing. Check it out for yourself May 4th to May 8th and join the event page.

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3. See a Photography and Film Exhibition at Ryerson.

Over 150 photography and film students will have their works featured at Maximum Exposure 2016. The exhibition is part of the CONTACT Photography Festival. Check it out May 2nd to 8th at the Image Arts building and May 13th to June 4th at the Student Learning Centre.

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4. Watch a free screening of Ineffable.

Dance is used as a means of storytelling instead of words in this thesis film by Ryerson students. Spend your evening watching live performances, a screening of the film Ineffable, and a panel discussion. See it May 4th at the Ryerson Sear's Atrium. Admission is PWYC (Pay What You Can).

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5. See a photography exhibition and hear the artist speak about it.

Listen to Canadian photographer and filmmaker Moyra Davey as she shows and discusses her recent work in photography, writing, and video. Reserve your free tickets for May 4th at the AGO.

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6. Spoil your pup at Pampered Pooches T.O.

Bring your pup to Liberty Village on May 7th for a fun day filled with food, fashion, health, grooming, and more. Be sure to join the event page.

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7. Go urban exploring through Toronto photographers' eyes.

Twelve Toronto photographers were given the task of presenting an image that represented their own perceptions and experiences of and in Toronto. The result was "This City: A Group Photography Show". The exhibition is open for the public at Coldstream Fine Art from May 7th to 31st. Be sure to join the event page and use the hashtag #ThisCityTO.

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8. Shop for Mother's Day gifts.

Pick up a beautiful bouquet or two for Mother's Day at the Blossom and Bloom creative flower market. Over 30 local artisans, floral designers, and craft vendors from all over the GTA will be on-site. There will also be a complimentary henna station and a large-scale sculpture flower garden. Check it out at Union Station from May 6th to 7th.

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9. Bask in the sun and enjoy the cherry blossoms at High Park.

You absolutely have to see the cherry blossoms for yourself – photos do it no justice. Sources say the sakura trees will probably bloom around May 7th to 8th. It's best to go as early in the morning as possible because the park gets packed pretty quickly during this time of the year.

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10. Attend the Marijuana March.

Legalization isn't too far from now. 40,000 are expected to attend the parade. Join the march May 7th at Queen's Park.

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11. Watch Almost Famous at the Royal Cinema.

The Royal Cinema returns with another free monthly flick. This month, it’s the Oscar-winning comedy-drama Almost Famous. Tickets are free and first come, first serve and the first 100 guests receive free popcorn.

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12. Watch a video installation and hear the artist speak about it.

Listen to Mexico City-based artist Melanie Smith as she talks about her video installation, "Fordlandia", on display on the 5th floor of the AGO as part of the "Many things brought from one climate to another" exhibition. Reserve your free tickets for May 9th at the AGO.

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13. Listen to live music at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Yonge-Dundas Square's annual Lunchtime Live! concerts are back for another year. Enjoy live music every Monday at lunchtime. isKwé is performing on May 9th, a l l i e on May 16th, and Nick Sherman on May 30th.

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14. Walk A Mile In Her Shoes.

White Ribbon is the world's largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women. Show your support and participate in Walk A Mile In Her Shoes by strapping on a pair of heels and walking from Yonge-Dundas Square through the heart of the Financial District. The event is happening May 12th.

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15. See a live painting performance by a Toronto artist.

Ever heard of live performance art? Check out a live painting performance by internationally-acclaimed JessGo (she's toured with Cirque du Soleil!) at her public open house. See the event for yourself May 14th from 12 to 5 PM at Jessica Gorlicky Designs, 660 Caledonia Road, Unit 105.

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16. Meditate at High Park.

Refresh and renew yourself with mindfulness practice in the woods of High Park. Join the Mindfulness Practice and Silent Walk on May 15th and check the event page for more information.

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17. Indulge in everything barbecued.

May is National Barbecue Month and what better way to celebrate than with mouthwatering, delicious, and juicy ribs? There'll also be other barbecued foods from different cultures as well as live entertainment. It's all happening May 20th to 21st at Yonge-Dundas Square.

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18. Watch a live dance show.

The Animal Show is a dance theatre piece where dancers transform into animals of the wild. See it for yourself May 21st to 23rd at the Harbourfront Centre.

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19. Celebrate Victoria Day Weekend with pups.

Celebrate the best Victoria Day ever with the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show. It's a circus style show jam-packed with amazing tricks by amazing pups. All the pups are rescued animals and they love to perform. Check it out May 21st to 23rd at PawsWay by Harbourfront Centre.

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20. Have a bed-in in a park.

Celebrate a day of peace with a bed-in at Trinity Bellwoods Park. There'll be live music, seed and plant sharing, yoga, art, and plenty of peace. ✌️ The 3rd annual Trinity Bellwoods Bed-In is happening May 22nd.

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21. Celebrate Barbados on the Water.

Celebrate Barbados' 50th year of independence with the largest celebration of Barbadian culture in Canada. Enjoy great food, live music, and so much more from May 27th to 29th at the Harbourfront Centre. It's gonna be a great time!

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22. Explore at Doors Open 2016.

Take a peek into over 100 historical and significant buildings all over Toronto. It's your chance to take some fire pics for Insta. ? Doors Open 2016 is happening May 28th to 29th.

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23. Shop vintage goods at the Boozaar Vintage Night Market.

Shop vintage, drink cocktails, and dance to live music at the Boozaar Vintage Night Market. It's happening May 31st at the Gladstone Hotel.

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