Here are 17 free Toronto events to check out in August

Jul 29 2016, 10:33 pm

We love summer in the 6ix. We love free events in the 6ix even more.

From food to culture, check out these awesome free things to do in Toronto this month!

Kultura Festival

  • What: The 11th annual Kultura Filipino Arts Festival returns this month with live performances, traditional and modern cuisine, curated interactive art installations and a bustling marketplace.
  • Where: Several venues, including Nathan Phillips Square
  • When: August 5 – 7

Krinos Taste of the Danforth

  • What: One of Toronto’s most famous summer events, The Krinos Taste of the Danforth is Canada’s largest street Festival and is back for its 23rd year.
  • Where: Danforth Avenue
  • When: August 5 –  7

Beats, Breaks & Culture: The Bridge

  • What: Bringing back the beat! Check out this free event featuring a mix of live music, DJs and dance, celebrating all that is hip-hop and electronic music.
  • Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
  • When: August 5 –  7

India Day

  • What: Celebrate India Day at Yonge-Dundas Square and experience great cuisine, culture and entertainment all day long.
  • Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
  • When: August 7, 10 am – 8 pm

Entertainment District Art Crawl

  • What: 50 amazing artists and designers featuring works of art, photography, fashion, pet fashion, sculptures, woodworkers, metal workers, home decor, and more. Food trucks and DJs will also be present!
  • Where: David Pecaut Square, 215 King Street West
  • When: August 12, 11 am – 6 pm

International Awareness Day

  • What: People from around the world will come to Toronto to celebrate 45 years of Taoist Tai Chi® practice together. From demos to dancing dragons, all events are free.
  • Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
  • When: August 13, 8 am – 2 pm

York-Eglinton International Street Festival

  • What: Organized by the York-Eglinton BIA, the street festival incorporates the local businesses and presents visitors a vibrant international market in the heart of the city.
  • Where: Eglinton Avenue West, between Marlee Ave and Dufferin Street
  • When: August 13 – 14

PanAmerican Food Festival

  • What: We really are a city all about food. The fourth annual Pan American Food Festival showcases the best food products while celebrating cultural diversity of the Americas.
  • Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
  • When: August 13 – 14

YouTube FanFest

  • What: The international YouTube FanFest lands in Toronto this month with a line up of local YouTube celebs. Free event with tickets, which can be claimed here!
  • Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, 909 Lakeshore Blvd
  • When: August 13, 7 pm

Hot & Spicy Food Festival

  • What: Savour the flavour of the south! Southern BBQs, brass bands, and much more.
  • Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
  • When: August 19 – 21

Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest

  • What: The 5th Annual Scarborough Afro-Carib fest is taking place this month, with live performances, tasty African & Caribbean Cuisine and other cultural foods
    from all over the world.
  • Where: Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive
  • When: August 20 – 21

Sweetery Toronto

  • What: The Sweetery Toronto, bringing everything sweet and sweet people together, is back for its second year.
  • Where: David Pecaut Square, King Street between Simcoe and John
  • When: August 20 – 21

Taste of Manila

  • What: Canada’s largest Filipino street festival returns to Little Manila with all its deliciousness and cultural festivities.
  • Where: Bathurst and Wilson
  • When: August 20 – 21

16th Annual Toronto Chinatown Festival

  • What: The 16th annual Toronto Chinatown Festival gives everyone a chance to get better acquainted with the cultural heritage of the neighbourhood, while trying some awesome food.
  • Where: Spadina Ave. (between Sullivan St. & St. Andrew St.)
  • When: August 20 –  21


  • What: What began in 1990 as a way to introduce Taiwanese composers to the Canadian public is now an annual festival. This year’s theme is “A cultural tango with Hong Kong.”
  • Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
  • When: August 26 – 28

Union Station’s free events

  • What: If you haven’t heard yet, there are lots of food activities and free movies happening at Union Station this summer. But there are a lot of other free events happening throughout the month as well.
  • Where: Union Station, 65 Front Street West
  • When: Throughout August

Check out Yonge-Dundas Square

  • What: More free goodies at Yonge-Dundas Square this month. The busy monthly calendar outlines all the free concerts, movies, and events.
  • Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
  • When: Throughout August



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