Nothing says summer is here quite like the start of music festival season. Picking out the perfect outfit, eating crazy festival food, and seeing your favourite bands is a blast, but it often comes with a hefty price tag. Luckily, this summer you can see 15 totally free concerts near Toronto.

Peterborough’s 33rd annual music fest is set to kick off with City and Colour this Saturday, June 29th. Following that, there will be free concerts held in Del Cray park every Wednesday and Saturday night until the end of summer. 

The stage is situated along the water, giving you a beautiful view of Little Lake and the large water fountain within it. The wide, grassy field is the perfect spot to bring your own lawn chairs and blankets, you can even bring your own picnic. Alternatively, there will be food vendors on site and chairs are available to rent for $4 at the front gate.  But, be sure to grab your spot up front quickly, as this popular event draws out a crowd of about 125,000 each year.

Parking is not available on site however, there are a number of places to park downtown, which is just a short walk from the main stage.

Past years have seen acts like Carly Rae Jepsen, Walk Off The Earth, and Teegan and Sarah. This year's line up includes K-Os, The Sheepdogs, Said The Whale, Chad Brownly and many more. You can find the full lineup on the Peterborough Music Fest website.

You can easily make a day out of your Peterborough trip as there is no shortage of beautiful nature trails, lake views, restaurants, and local shops to visit before the show.

Peterborough Music Fest

Location: Peterborough, Ontario

Price: Free

Why you need to go: You can take in beautiful lake views while listening to your favourite Canadian bands, all for free!