After a blistering winter, the sun is finally out and the city is overflowing with events and adventures to explore. Many of these hidden gems are free and accessible to all. This year we are treated to a slew of free concerts and outdoor film festivals. Below is a list of some of the these free events that are taking place across our beautiful city. This list will be periodically updated as new events are announced. In addition, a list of Toronto’s Street Festivals can be found here and more can be found out here about the Friendly Financial Coach, Toronto’s only non-biased Financial Literacy Coach.
In celebration of the Pan Am Games, Toronto is hosting a series of free concerts at Nathan Philips Square.
July 12th – Death From Above 1979
July 13th – Ondatropica
July 15th – Lila Downs
July 16th – Luciano
July 19th – The Flaming Lips
July 22nd – Marie-Pierre Arthur
July 22nd – Café Tacvba
July 25th – Damian Robitaille
August 7th – Chromeo
August 8th – Tanya Tagaq
August 8th – The Roots
August 9th – Janelle Monae
August 9th – Brigitte Boisjoli
August 11th – Jann Arden
August 12th – A Tribe Called Red
The Annual music festival is bringing a bunch of big artists to Toronto and as always, an free three night concert series at the Yonge-Dundas Square.
June 19th – TBA
June 20th – The New Pornographers, Best Coast, Dilly Dally and more.
June 21st – Shad, Ty Dolla $ign, Casey Veggies and more.
Toronto Jazz Festival
Toronto’s Jazz Festival that runs from June 18th-29th.
June 19th – George Clinton & Parliament Funk, Morris Day & The Time and Dumpstaphunk
Beach BBQ and Brews Festival
A three day festival at Woodbine Beach headlined by free concerts.
June 19th – The Trews
June 20th – 54-40
June 21st – Big Sugar Reggae Style
A free concert series at the Yonge-Dundas Square on Friday evenings. Shows begin at 8:30pm
June 26th – Mx Justin Vivian Bond with Special Guests
July 3rd – Buck 65
July 10th – Swing & Hey Wow
July 17th – Le Chiva Gantiva
July 24th – Kevin Parent & Stef Paquette
July 31st – Tre Mission with Keita Juma
August 7th – Fast Romantics with Kandle & The Krooks
August 14th – Zaki Ibrahim
August 21st – Grand Analog
September 4th – Special Guests to be Announced
Free Outdoor Movies
Tiff in the Park 2015
One of my favourite outdoor film festivals in Toronto. Screenings take place at David Pecaut Square at approximately 9pm on Wednesdays.
July 8th – Strictly Ballroom
July 15th – Whale Rider
July 22nd – Annie Hall
July 29th – Watermark
August 5th – The King’s Speech
August 12th – Dial M for Murder
August 19th – The Artist
August 26th – The Triplets of Belleville
September 2nd – Pride and Prejudice
TIFF In Your Park
A series of free films that take place in parks all around Toronto and surrounding cites. Please go to link for more information.
July 11th – Fly Away Home
July 18th – Khumba
July 23rd – Hugo
July 24th – Breakup Buddies
July 30th – Song of The Sea
July 31st – The Good Lie
August 7th – Beyond the Lights
August 14th – Hotel Transylvania
August 21st – Ghost Busters
August 24 – Manufactured Landscapes
August 28th – Hugo
September 1st – Pleasantville
September 4th – Satellite Boy
September 25th – The Sapphires
Harbour Front Free Flicks
Free weekly films that are shown on Wednesdays at the WestJet stage by the waterfront.
July 8th – Raising Arizona
July 15th – Win Win
July 22nd – Young Frankenstein
July 29th – Stories We Tell
August 5th – Boy
August 12th – The Descendants
August 19th The Darjeeling Limited
August 26th – True Grit
Yonge Dundas Square
Films begin around Sunset.
June 16th – 8 Mile
June 23rd – The Hunger
June 30th – A Star is Born
July 7th – Be Kind Rewind
July 28th – Dream Girls
August 4th – Viva Las Vegas
August 11th – Dick Tracy
August 18th – The Wiz
Aug 25th – Inside Llewyn Davis
September 1st – Dancer in the Dark
Christie Pits Film Festival
A series of films shown in Christie Pits park and are pay what you can.
July 5th – Nosferatu
July 12th – Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
July 19th – The Birds
July 26th – Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster
August 2nd – Mean Girls
August 9th – What Ever Happened To Baby Jane
August 16th – There Will Be Blood
Movies In The Park
A few movies that take place in Riverdale Park.
July 11th – TBA
July 25th – TBA
August 8th – TBA
August 22nd – TBA
So those are the big free events that are taking place across the city. As mentioned, this list will be regularly updated when new events arise over the summer. If you also have anything to add, please share it with me.
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