Free activities to do in Toronto

There’s no denying that Toronto can be a pretty expensive place to live and play, but there are also a number of ways to enjoy the city’s unique cultural offerings without spending a dime. Save your pennies and enjoy these free activities in the 416.

Harbourfront Centre

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235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

Forget about buying an overpriced ticket at your local big screen cinema; Toronto locals and visitors can enjoy free outdoor movies during the summer months at a variety of different venues across the city. Classic and contemporary film screenings take place at Yonge-Dundas Square, Downsview Park, Harbourfront Centre and a number of smaller community parks throughout the season — weather permitting, of course. Pack a picnic and enjoy an al fresco film under the stars for a totally unforgettable (not to mention budget-friendly) experience.

Yonge-Dundas Square

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1 Dundas E, Toronto, ON M5B 2R8

Forget about buying an overpriced ticket at your local big screen cinema; Toronto locals and visitors can enjoy free outdoor movies during the summer months at a variety of different venues across the city. Classic and contemporary film screenings take place at Yonge-Dundas Square, Downsview Park, Harbourfront Centre and a number of smaller community parks throughout the season — weather permitting, of course. Pack a picnic and enjoy an al fresco film under the stars for a totally unforgettable (not to mention budget-friendly) experience.

ShopAGO

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317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4

Art lovers can pop by the AGO on Wednesday evenings to admire the gallery’s permanent collections for free (special exhibitions are an extra charge). The beautiful Frank Gehry-designed museum reveals numerous galleries adorned with classic and contemporary artworks from Canadian and international artists. Landscape paintings from Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven are particularly popular. Be sure to spend some time exploring the Galleria Italia, a light-filled sculpture promenade across the front of the gallery enclosed in wood and glass.

Allan Gardens Conservatory

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19 Horticultural Ave, Toronto, ON M5A 2P2

You’ll convince yourself you’ve entered the tropics at this historic conservatory just off Jarvis Street. The impressive 16,000-square-foot complex features six unique greenhouses filled with an assortment of plants, flowers and botanicals from around the world. The humid tropical houses are filled with fragrant orchids while the arid house is a popular spot for photographers thanks to the unusual cacti and succulents on display. The city-owned conservatory hosts seasonal flower shows and is open 365 days a year at no charge.

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Halloween might be everybody’s favourite scary holiday, but Toronto's haunted homes and buildings will give visitors a fright all year round. If you fancy a scare, check out the local tours that will you guide you through the stories and corridors of these spooky spots around the downtown core.
There are just some things you can’t learn in a traditional school classroom. Whether your little ones want to learn how to paint, pirouette or put together a robot, there are plenty of spots in Toronto offering educational workshops designed to help kids and teens develop new skills.
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