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21 FREE Toronto events worth checking out in April

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Ainsley Smith Mar 30, 2018 1:38 pm 3,018

It’s no surprise that a city as vibrant as Toronto can get a little expensive.

Which is why we’ve put together an incredible list of things to check out in the city this month that won’t cost you an arm and a leg to attend.

From foodie events to art installations, we’ve rounded up 21 free events happening all month long.

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Free Lunch Time Yoga

What: Spend your lunch hour stretching, twisting, breathing and add some calm to your Tuesday with this FREE yoga class.

When: April 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 & 26
Time: 12 pm to 1 pm
Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East
Admission: Free

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest

What: The annual week-long celebration returns to Riverside this month, featuring wine and craft beer pairings with local food and shopping. Wine and craft beer lovers can delight in tasting new and established Ontario wines and locally brewed craft beers, while getting to know Riverside shops, eateries and community spaces.

When: April 3 to 7
Time: 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: Riverside BIA , along Queen Street East between Davies and De Grassi Street
Admission: Free, but donations are encouraged

Free Spoken World Poetry

What: Every Tuesday evening this April, the Toronto Poetry Project is hosting free spoken word poetry at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. No previous experience is required, just remember to bring your own paper and pens.

When: April 3, 10, 17 & 24
Time: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East
Admission: Free

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Mass Exodus 2018

What: The public is invited to explore the various forms of art and design executed by graduating fashion students from the School of Fashion at Ryerson University. The installation provides a glimpse into the future of fashion through various mediums.

When: April 4
Time: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East
Admission: Free

8th Annual Level Up Showcase

What: Ontario’s very popular annual Level Up Showcase returns to celebrate the best video games in class for 2018. This free event invites attendees to play games created by students from post-secondary schools across Ontario.

When: April 4
Time: 5 pm to 10 pm
Where: Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street
Admission: Free

Meta 2018

What: This annual three-day exhibition showcases technology-based contemporary art by the emerging talented artists from the Ryerson New Media program.

When: April 5 to 7
Time: Thursday, 6 pm to 9 pm; Friday, 10 am to 6 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Arta Gallery, 14 Distillery Lane
Admission: Free

Left Field Brewery

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What: Peking chipotle BBQ pulled pork tacos, Korean chili con carne, and salmon tartare are all on the menu at these pop-up party inside Left Field Brewery.

When: April 6
Time: 4 pm to 9 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive
Admission: Free

 Shout Owen Wilson’s Iconic “Wow” in Toronto

What: This Friday, Torontonians are invited to head to the CN Tower where they’ll have the opportunity to say “wow” in true Owen Wilson-style. Event organizers are inviting attendees to bring signs and to arrive decked out in Owen Wilson-inspired costumes.

When: April 6
Time: 6 pm
Where: 
In front of the CN Tower, Roundhouse Park Toronto, 255 Bremner Blvd.
Admission: Free

Evergreen Brick Works Saturday Markets

What: The Evergreen Brick Works Saturday market has grown to become the largest farmers’ market in Toronto. Here you’ll find a wide variety of local and seasonal food from local farmers and producers.

When: Every Saturday- April 7, 14, 21 & 28
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue
Admission: Free

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Golden Bubble Free Waffle Giveaway

What: Golden Bubbles is expanding into the GTA and to celebrate the grand opening of the first Toronto location, the dessert house is offering FREE bubble waffles! This weekend, Torontonians can get their first taste of eggy, made-to-order waffles in Scarborough.

When: April 7 & 8
Time: 1 pm to 3 pm
Where: 3276 Midland Ave, Unit C125, Scarborough
Admission: Free

Phancy Food Brunch Pop-Up

What: Smoked salmon Benedicts, “Elvis” Stuffed French Toast, and more brunchy foods are on the menu at this Sunday morning pop-up inside a brewery!

When: April 8
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive
Admission: Free

1 Year Anniversary at Hollywood Cone Toronto

What: Hollywood Cone is celebrating its first year open on Queen West with a free ice cream cone giveaway for the first 100 people in line this Sunday plus $3 cones on special all day.

When: April 8
Time: 3 pm
Where: 1167 Queen Street West
Admission: Free

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420 Toronto

What: As we get closer to officially legalizing weed in Canada, you better believe that Torontonians are going to be lighting up on April 20. The festivities in Toronto will be taking place at Nathan Phillips Square and will feature vendors, speakers, music, and food from Smoke’s Poutinerie and Chimney Stax Baking Co.

When: April 20
Time: 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West
Admission: Free

Record Store Day

What: This April, music lovers are invited to celebrate independent record stores all over the city with parties, in-store performances and special releases.

When: April 21
Time: Times vary by store
Where: Record stores throughout the city
Admission: Free

Brews, BBQ and Tunes

What: This fundraiser event in support of The Stop Community Food Centre will raise the roof with a good ol’ Fashioned Barn Raising! Admission is free for the community event featuring BBQ along with a choice of 50+ craft beers and live music.

When: April 19
Time: 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Earlscourt BBQ By PorkNinjas, 1278 St Clair Avenue West
Admission: Free

Earth Day

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Earth Day Celebration

What: Come celebrate Earth Day at the Toronto Botanical Garden, where visitors can enjoy family-friendly activities nature crafts, nature-themed stories, blender bike rides, gardening, and more.

When: April 22
Time: 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East
Admission: Free

Earth Day Festival at Downsview Park

What: This annual family-friendly event features an afternoon of free activities, including tree planting, nature walks, campfires, arts and crafts and more.

When: April 22
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Downsview Park, 70 Canuck Avenue
Admission: Free

Baha’s Samosa Pop-Up

What: Eat some samosas! Drink some beers! This afternoon at Left Field promises lots of beer-friendly bites.

When: April 27
Time:  4 pm to 9 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive
Admission: Free

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Maximum Exposure

What: This year-end exhibition showcases the work of artists from Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts.

When: April 27 to May 6
Time: All day
Where: Ryerson School of Image Arts, 122 Bond Street
Admission: Free

Disco Soup

What: Slow Food Toronto celebrates World Disco Soup Day 2018 with a pop-up disco party where you dance and fight food waste by making and eating soup from ingredients that would otherwise be discarded.

When: April 28
Time: 3:30 pm to 10 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
Admission: Free

Dipped Donut Pop-Up

What: Doughnuts in a brewery! This sweet event is all about deep-fried pastries and beers!

When: April 29
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive
Admission: Free

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail her at [email protected]

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