14 free things to do in Toronto this June

May 17 2016, 12:14 am

Warm weather means outdoor events, and our city is known for its many festivals under the sun (or stars). From arts to food, check out this month’s free activities in and around Toronto.

What: Our annual summer arts festival, Luminato is back with a solid line up of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, film, food, literature, and more. A program of free events is listed here.
Where: Various venues
When: June 10 – 26

Roncy Rocks
What: Roncy Rocks Music & Arts Fest West sets its stage once again at Roncesvalles Village this month. Check out the live music, art, and sidewalk sale all along Roncesvalles Ave.
Where: Roncesvalles Avenue
When: June 11

What: The annual music and arts festival returns this month and with it the landmark Game Land at Yonge Dundas Square. Launching on the Thursday, the square will be home to music and e-sports until the 18.
Where: Yonge & Dundas Square
When: June 16-18

Beach BBQ & Brews Festival
What: Taking place over Father’s Day weekend, the boom 97.3 Beach BBQ & Brews Festival has become an annual weekend staple at Woodbine Park. Live music, grilling demos, children’s events, and beverage vendors are enough to make any dad happy.
Where: Woodbine Park
When: June 17-19

CHIN Picnic
What: The 50th annual CHIN International Picnic returns for their massive free multicultural picnic.
Where: Exhibition Place
When: June 17-19

The Junction Summer Solstice Festival
What: The all day festival celebrates the longest day of the year. The Junction Summer Solstice Festival features food, art, workshops, shopping and more.
Where: Dundas Street West and Keele Street
When: June 18

The Waterfront Artisan Market
What: A new event is taking place at Toronto’s shoreline presented by The Waterfront BIA and Toronto Market Company. Bringing together a mix of crafters, artisans, chefs, and bakers, this free event will take place over six weekends over the summer.
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West, between Rees Street and Spadina Ave
When: June 18-19

The Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival
What: The 28th annual Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival takes place over a weekend, with almost give hundred athletes expected to take part. Head down to the Island to check out and cheer the teams.
Where: Centre Island
When: June 18-19

The 2016 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards
What: Stars, music, and parties are heading this way soon. The award show formerly known as the MMVA’s is back with host Gigi Hadid, as well as headliners Alessia Cara, Nick Jonas, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and you can check out the glitz and glam in the heart of the city.
Where: Much Music headquarters, 299 Queen St West
When: June 19

Taste of Little Italy
What: Torontonians descend to College Street for the annual celebration of Italian cuisine. Extended patios, music, and food will fill the neighbourhood until 1 am on Friday and Saturday night.
Where: College Street, between Bathurst and Shaw
When: June 19-21


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Pride Toronto
What: Toronto’s Pride Festivities is bigger than ever, with a celebration beginning June 1 and ending July 3. The Parade itself takes place on July 3, but the month long lineup includes the 1st Annual Pride Day at Centreville, Trans March, Dyke March, Human Rights lectures and panels, and much much more.
Where: Various venues
When: June 1 – July 3

TD Toronto Jazz Festival
What: Fill your world with sax and piano this month as the annual 10-day TD Toronto Jazz festival returns. Several venues are offering free shows, including Nathan Phillips Square’s Outdoor Stage gig featuring Jarrod Lawson.
Where: Various venues
When: June 24 – July 3

Annex Festival on Bloor
What: A Bloor Street one day block party that features music, vendors, food, and children’s activities. With over 20,000 attendees each year, this marks the 19th year of the Annex fave.
Where: Bloor Street between Bathurst and Spadina
When: June 26

The Toronto Fringe Festival
What: Since 1989, the Fringe Festival has brought hundreds of shows to venues across the city. From visual art, dance, to busking, the event offers a ton of free programming.
Where: Various venues
When: June 29 – July 10

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