Free* Things to do in Toronto This Week

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Fun Free* things to do in Toronto Apr 15-21!

*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


Hi everyone!

Here are some FUN FREE* things to do in Toronto

Be sure to check out our other articles linked below and throughout the article for more fun to be had every day of the week!

We've condensed all of the free* things to do in Toronto into one article for your convenience.

Keep scrolling for Free* Things to do in Toronto for a Limited Time AND Ongoing Free* Things to do in Toronto!

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Try your luck with more Trivia Nights in Toronto. Who knows, maybe you'll win something! Afterall, it's all about statistics.


Apr 16

Danu Comedy Night

Free* comedy show

Eats, drinks, and more for sale

8:30-10:30pm

1237 Queen St. W.

Instagram @danusocialhouse

For more comedy nights, check out our article: Comedy Shows Toronto


Apr 16

Cyanotype Workshop

Have you seen those reels of people capturing images of flowers, leaves, and other 2D objects using the light of the sun by layer different filters of glass on a paper?

Cyanotype

Materials will be provided but feel free to bring a 2D object of your choice

3-4 pm

Toronto Reference Library (3rd Floor, Discussion Room) - 789 Yonge St

Instagram @tpl.foundation

The Toronto Public Library has a lot to offer other than books. Find out in our article: Toronto Public Library

empty cinema theatre chairs and blank screen

Photo Credit: Geoffrey Moffett

Apr 17

Celebrate National Canadian Film Day by:

Hosting a watch party with:

Free* Canadian film rentals @bay_street_video

OR

Go to a screening or two of your choice:

11am - Media Commons Theatre, 130 St George St, 3rd Floor - Robarts Library

1pm - Scotiabank Theatre, Au#9, 259 Richmon St W - Screening: Ru (French)

2pm - Toronto Public Library - Dufferin/St Clair, 1625 Dufferin St - Screening: Scarborough

3pm - Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St W - Screening: Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire

3:30pm - Toronto Public Library – Maria A. Shchuka Branch, 1745 Eglinton Ave W - Screening: Ballerina

4pm - TIFF Lightbox, 350 King St W - Screening: La moitié gauche du frigo (The Left-Hand Side of the Fridge) (French)

6pm - Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst St - Screening: Unarmed Verses

6pm - Toronto Public Library, North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street - Screening: Beans

6:30pm - Imagine Cinemas Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St - Screening: Stay the Night

6:30pm - Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond St W - Screening: Akilla's Escape

6:30pm - Imagine Cinemas Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St - Screening: Stay the Night

6:45pm - Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave - Screening: eXistenZ

7pm - Imagine Cinemas Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St - Screening: Peace by Chocolate

7pm - Cineplex Empress Walk, 5095 Yonge St 3rd Floor - Screening: BlackBerry

7pm - Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St E - Screening: Festival Express

7pm - Imagine Cinemas Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St - Screening: Another Planet

7pm - Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Eglinton and VIP, 2300 Yonge Street - Screening: True Confections

7:30pm - The Redwook Theatre, 1300 Gerrard St E - Screening: Roadkill

7:30pm - Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave - Screening: Brother

9:30pm - Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond St W - Screening: J'ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother), Delphine (French)

9:30pm - Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond St W - Screening: Machotaildrop

Instagram @canfilmday


Apr 19

Karaoke Night

9pm - 12am

Eats, drinks, items for sale

The Cats Cradle Bar - 1245 St Clair Ave W

Instagram @thecatscradlebar


Apr 20

Harbour Nights - Yacht Rock/Disco DJ Session

10pm Free* with RSVP on Eventbrite

at Tapestry 224 Augusta Ave

Drinks and other items for sale

Tickets for sale at the door

Instagram @tapestry_to

pin ball games of jurassic park, willy wonka and stranger things all in a row

Photo Credit: Okan You

Apr 20

Free-Play Game Nights

Pinball, Air Hockey, Pool and more

Fridays and Saturdays

19+ event

Eats, drinks, other items for sale

DJs

6pm - close

At the Pint Public House

No cover

Instagram @

For more no cover events, check out our: Night Clubs Toronto


Apr 21

Sunday Group Bike Ride

Thompson Park / Leslie Street Spit

Birdwatching and beach picnic

It's also one of our favourite places to see the sunset. Find out more in our article: Best Toronto Sunset Locations

If the weather is set to rain on Sunday, then the gorup bike ride will take place on Saturday April 20th

Meet at Bikechain at 9am and go for a talking pace 30km bike ride

OR meet everyone at Thompson Park but do get in touch with the organizers

Instagram @bikechainut

If you want to meet the organizers at Thomspon park, the park is one of the stops along our Downtown to Woodbine trail article. Check it out to know what to expect!


Free Things to do in Toronto for a Limited Time

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pink street art sign on black background on white brick building that reads Toronto we don't take naps most likely taken in the fashion district near graffiti alley in Toronto based on the partial street sign available to us on the pole on the left - there is also a no parking and stop sign on the pole

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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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Try your luck with Trivia Nights in Toronto. Who knows, maybe you'll will something! Afterall, it's all about statistics.

For our party people, you could try these Nightclubs in Toronto.


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

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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

Japanese ceramics

Photo Credit: Diana Lisunova

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

cherry blossom Toronto at Robarts University of Toronto

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Anytime Soon

Cherry Blossoms

We've put together an article with 17 locations for you to enjoy the cherry blossoms ranging for super popular to less traffic.

Plan your visit and stay tuned, here: Cherry Blossom Toronto

Japanese dragon drawing in black and gold

Photo Credit: Sei

Apr 2 - May 11

A World of Dragons: Dragons in Children's Books

All are welcome during operating hours

Toronto Public Library - Lillian H. Smith Library

239 College St - 4th Floor - in the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books

Instagram @tpl.foundation


Apr 4, 11, 18, 25

Law & Order Toronto Viewing Party

O'Grady's - 518 Church St

7:30 - 9pm

Toronto is featured in this TV series!

O'Grady's is a lgbtqia2s+ positive space

Instagram @ogradysonchurch

For drag performances, check out our: Drag Queen Events article.


March 12 - April 20

Lumiere - The Art of Light

Annual light-based art exhibit held at Trillium Park

Part of the park is under construction

Still, Trillium park is one of the best places to see the city skyline and is a nice break from the hussle and bussle of the city.

Bonfires will be held weather permitting

Instagram @ontarioplace

This used to be our favourite place to see sunsets but the construction poses a bit of obstruction for the time being.

For other sunset locations until the construction is over, check out our: Best Toronto Sunset Locations article.


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.

This season is up until May 30th so make sure not to miss out! :D

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


Mar 30 - Jun 16

Eat in or Dine Out: A Culinary Exploration of Our Special Collections Art Exhibit

Explore how people used to eat in the past

See ads of different restaurant food menus, wartime posters about rationing and recipe books including one for artificial milk from 1867

Instagram @tpl.foundation

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.


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

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


Last Saturday of the Month

Little Portugal Gallery Visits and Vintage Crawls

2-6pm

Last Saturday of each month

Gain free* access to Gallery Visits & Vintage Crawls

Instagram @lptbia


Ongoing Free Things to Do in Toronto

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CN Tower in Toronto with a nice pink, blue, purple, and golden sky

Photo Credit @punttim

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Here are free* recurring things to do in Toronto.

*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

Toronto Reference Public Library viewing down from the top floor

Photo Credit @nick.smith_photography

Any Time

Toronto Public Library

The Toronto Public Library has some great programming at libraries across the city including fashion, tech, and other great learning opportunities in various languages and subjects.

Check out our article on 50+ of the Best Free* Things You Can Do Thanks to the Toronto Public Library - trust us, you won't want to miss out on all the deals in terms of free classes and free passes to certain museums and art galleries!

three people hiking through the woods, forest, or park at sunset - we see their silhouettes - one is walking with walking sticks and wearing a backpack, one is jumping and one is striking a pose with their hand on their hip

Photo Credit @ckiro

Visit a Park and Enjoy Nature

You can go for a hike or a bike ride on one of the trails we write about while staying healthy and fit without breaking the bank.

Check out our Hike / Bike Trails articles.

Whether it be in nature or in the city, there's always something nice to do and experience in Toronto.

Weekly

Repair Cafe

Repair Cafe usually has a dedicated day on Saturdays at one of their hubs to help Toronto public repair their household items including small appliances, jewelry, clothing, computers and more.

No guarantees and there's usually a one item per person policy

Definitely worth checking out their workshops and pop-ups to continue the life of your cherished items

Instagram @repaircafeto

t-rex bones on display at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto

Photo Credit @_el_chicho

Once a Month

Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum has resumed their once a month free evenings which take place on the third Tuesday of each month. See natural history right in the heart of Toronto.

Instagram @romtoronto

the Power Plant in Toronto on the waterfront with a small reflection pool which becomes a skating rink in the winter and people walking in front of it

Photo Credit @scottwebb

Tuesdays Through Sundays

Power Plant

Located at Toronto's waterfront, enjoy viewing contemporary art from around the world

Instagram @thepowerplantto

taken at night in front of the Art Gallery of Ontario entrance in Toronto with lots of people exiting the building

Photo Credit @driscoll2393

Wednesdays

Art Gallery of Ontario

It's always nice to see First Nations, Métis and Inuit creations as well as interactive installations and contemporary art.

Want to be inspired for a great date idea? Check out our Art Gallery of Ontario article.

Aga Khan Museum in Toronto with reflection pool in front and a person with long hair and wearing a dress biking in front

Photo Credit: Ray Gao

Aga Khan

Enjoy viewing a collection of Islamic arts.

Want to know what to expect before going? Check out our visit to the Aga Khan museum: Aga Khan Museum

Gardiner Musuem in Toronto with Linda Frum and Howard Sokolowsky Plaza in front and a head sculpure with stripes

Photo Credit @BetterThenBlog

Gardiner Museum

Enjoy viewing some pottery and clay sculptures.

Instagram @gardinermuseum


Wednesdays to Sundays

Myseum

Learn about the history of Toronto's neighbourhoods.

Instagram @myseumoftoronto

Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto the MOCA sign outside the art gallery museum

Photo Credit @BetterThenBlog

Fridays

Museum of Contemporary Art

View international and interdisciplinary contemporary art.

Want to be inspired for a great date idea? Check out our Date Idea MOCA article.

Evergreen Brick Works main building taken from inside the park with a pond reflecting the main building

Photo Credit @gvchana

Saturdays

Evergreen Brick Works Farmers' Market

Free entry - items for sale

May to October the market is held outdoors. November to April, it is held indoors.

Instagram @evergreen_brick_works

wooden box that reads Farmer's Market and is overflowing with chili peppers, blackberies, blueberries, basil, tomatillos

Photo Credit @gvchana

Wychwood Barns Farmers' Market

Free entry - items for sale

The market is held outdoors during the warmer months and indoors during the winter - rain, snow, or shine!

Access Instagram page for details @thestopfarmersmarket


Sundays

Bata Shoe Museum

If you're into fashion and learning a bit about international and historical shoes, then the Bata museum is for you!

Instagram @batashoemuseum


Anytime*

TVO Learning Resources*

TVO Learn - learning resources from kindergarten to grade 12

TVO Mpower - educational games for kindergarten to grade 6

TVO Kids - educational videos and games based on the Ontario curriculum

TVO Mathify

- Free math tutoring for individuals who are taking courses in grade 4 to 12 and have an OEN number

- Hours are 9am-9pm Monday to Friday and 3pm-9pm on weekends except for statutory holidays

- The ratios are 1 to 1, sessions are recorded for future reference

- Everything is completely virtual and can be accessed conveniently from the comfort of your remote location

- Teachers are Ontario Certified and have at least 2 years of experience in a class room

*These resources are not only made available to the Toronto public but the Ontario public - terms and conditions still apply - double check websites for details and any changes



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