Free Things to do in Toronto for a Limited Time

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Photo Credit: Cassidy Dickens

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These events are free* to attend but are only around for a short period of time.

*Transportation to and from events not included. Other charges may apply. Free at the time of writing this article. For accurate and up to date info please refer to organizations' / event organizers' websites / social accounts.

Note: images are for illustration purposes only and do not represent the actual events, products, or items


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Improv Open Mic @ The Cameron House

Mondays

Want to laugh away the Monday blues?

Check out The Cameron House for some Open Mic Improv Comedy

This is a recurring event

For events only happening this week, check out our Free* Things to Do in Toronto This Week article.

Instagram @the.cameronhouse

For the full line up of weekly comedy shows in Toronto, check out: Comedy Shows in Toronto

flags of different countries hung overhead with a balcony in the background

Photo Credit @jannerboy62

Mondays

Mundo Lingo

When learning a new language, the biggest hurdle to overcome is gaining practice in a live exchange.

Here's your chance!

Do a language swap, mix and mingle to broaden your perspective and horizons through conversations.

19+ event

Eats and drinks for sale

Put on a sticker of the languages you speak (symbolized by the country's flag)

Instagram @mundolingo

gradual different shades of wine on a barrel for wine tasting - 4 glasses in total

Photo Credit @kagarliksky_photography

Mondays

Wine Tasting

At Blue Door Wine Shop

19+

With one 5oz wine purchase, you can sample other wines

Instagram @bluedoorwineshop


The Evolution of Japanese Ceramics

From the Edo period to Meiji

Closed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays but open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

On display until end of March

For up to date hours and dates check out their Instagram page @jftoronto

person holding a hot chocolate in a white mug with marshmallows on top

Photo Credit: Nature Zen

Free* Hot Chocolate Mondays

starting January 8

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Free* Rental Fridays

starting January 12

Go skating and enjoy a free* hot chocolate on Mondays starting January 8 at The Bentway

Tuesdays until Feb 13 register for free* skate lessons at the Bentway - if you missed registering because lessons are popular and fill up fast, you can wait in line 20 minutes before the lessons in case someone doesn't show.

There are no guarantees of getting a free* lesson if not registered, though.

On Fridays you can enjoy a free* rental courtesy of Billy Bishop Airport

Planning a little getaway, check out all the ways you can get to Billy Bishop or Toronto Pearson Airports in our How to Get Downtown from Toronto Airports article.

Instagram @thebentway

Make sure to check out our article on Skating Rinks in Toronto to be prepared and know all of your choices.


Skating at Sherbourne Common

With the Harbourfront skating rink closed for construction, the Sherbourne Common skating rink is the next best thing featuring views of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Skyline.

11am-4pm

Bring your own skates

Hot chocolate provided while quantities last

Instagram @waterfrontbia

person putting on rollerskates in teel colour

Photo Credit @havasuzen

Union Roller Skating

Dec 18 - Feb 4

Presented by TD

Open New Years Eve and New Years Day

Expedite your entry by signing the waiver beforehand and make sure to show the checkmark page to gain entry (you can do this while waiting in line if you have data and a phone)

Ensure you also have physical government issued ID with you to rent roller skates

Located on the west side of union building

Complimentary coat check is available

This event is pretty popular regardless of the day, so be prepared to wait in line for a few hours

Instagram @torontounion


Tuesdays-Thursdays

The Canadian Opera Company is back with this year's line up of performances that usually take place at noon Tuesdays to Thursdays.

There are exceptions, of course, as there are a couple of 5:30pm timeslots, as well.

If you work in the area or have the day off, it's good to unwind with some musical performances.

This event is really popular so make sure to arrive well in advance to get a seat.

Instagram @torontounion

board game similar to Settlers of Catan

Photo Credit: Aksel Fristrup

Board Game Designer Night

Snakes & Lattes in the Annex

Meet up monthly on the first Monday of the month

6pm

Instagram @snakesandlattes

Board Game Designer Nights

Snakes & Lattes College

Every second last Monday of the month

Open to the public and game designers

6pm until close

Test new games, have access to their library of games

Eats, drinks, and items for sale

Instagram @snakesandlattes


The Toronto Public Library does indeed have MUCH to offer.

Check out our Toronto Public Library - 3D Printing, Free* Courses, and More article to learn more of what the Toronto Public Library has to offer.

For other things to do in Toronto that are here for a longer period of time, check out our: Ongoing Free* Things to Do in Toronto article.

adults playing dodge ball in a gym

Photo Credit: Wan San Yip

Wednesdays

Adult Drop-in Dodgeball

Beginners welcome

At King Edward Public School

112 Lippincott St

7-9:30pm

Happening until March 6


A black die set on abstract background

Photo Credit: Joel Abraham

Lets get Dicey: Board Games + Shisha + Music

Thursdays

Mob Lounge

7-11pm

Instagram @moblounge.ca







Wednesdays

Action Sound Band

Listen to live music at the Grossmans Tavern

8pm-12am

Acts are usually blues, rock, folk, roots, and jazz

Instagram @grossmanstavern







Wednesdays - Saturdays

Power - Art Exhibit at OCAD

Gallery hours:

Wednesdays 12 - 7pm

Thursdays - Saturdays 12-5pm

Experience Toronto based artists as they challenge capitalist worldviews

On until mid May 2024

Instagram @onsite_at_ocadu


Wednesdays

Drop-in Ceremony, Medicine Teachings and Sacred Fire

6-8pm

Mother Earth Learning Lodge, 20 Willcocks St., Courtyard, University of Toronto

Eats, drinks available while quantities last

For more information please contact: wbiih.dlsph@utoronto.ca or ontarioneihr.dlsph@utoronto.ca


Wednesdays

Board Game Bonding

Board games, meet and mingles, convesrations, networking and more

For everyone

1 welcome drink and snacks

6-8pm

192 Spadina Ave.

Instagram @csitoronto


Feb 17 - March 24

Taste of Salt: Liam Cushing

Art Gallery featuring beautiful photos of beaches - just in time for the cold front we'll be having

We don't know about you, but this weather definitely has us dreaming of beaches

1231 Davenport Rd

Instagram @thecardinalgallery

Architecture and Design of balconies in very angular ways

Photo Credit: Anders Jilden

DesignTO

Sustainable Design Festival is an anual event happening across Toronto in-person and virtually

This year's dates are: Jan 19-28

Some installations will be available to the public for longer

Most events are free* but some events require an RSVP or purchased tickets

There are also window installations viewable from the outdoors

Instagram @designtofestival


Thursdays

Light It Up 2024

Celebrate the return of Spring by creating your own lantern

6:30 - 8pm

Crescent Town Club

Parade will take place on March 17 at 7:15pm in Dentonia Park which will feature complimentary hot cocoa while supplies last

Registration required - (separate registrations for lantern making workshop and parade)

Instagram @eastendartsto and @shadowlandtheatre and @workmanartsto


Weekends

Hangar Skate

Jan 19 - Mar 17

Friday DJ skate nights

Satudays and Sundays 2-5pm Free* skate lesson

6-9pm light shows on the hangars

Skates are available for rent

Instagram @northcrestdev

Enjoy skating? Check out our fav Skating Rinks in Toronto

Movie night at the cinema with a neon sign that reads central cinema

Photo Credit: Myke Simon

Saturdays

Cinema Soiree

7-10pm

Until the last Saturday in April

Watch movies at Chefs Hall 111 Richmond St W

Complimentary popcorn while quantities last

Eats, drinks, items for sale

Instagram @chefshallto


Feb 24

Last Saturday in Little Portugal

2-6pm

Last Saturday of each month

Gain free* access to Gallery Visits & Vintage Crawls

Instagram @lptbia


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