We’ll be the first to tell you that Toronto is easily the greatest city in the world, but damn, can it ever get expensive!
This is why we’ve put together an incredible list of things to check out in the city this month that are, you guessed it, FREE.
From wine festivals to a massive outdoor pillow fight, Easter events and movie screenings, we’ve rounded up the 22 amazing events happening all month long.
- Win $1,000 from VIA Rail to celebrate National Canadian Film Day 150 (CONTEST)
- There's an incredible photography exhibit at Union Station next week
- There's a massive multicultural BBQ festival coming to Toronto this summer
What: April 1st is more than just April Fool’s Day, it just so happens to be International Pillow Fight Day! Torontonians, get your pillow cases ready and join in on the fun by paying Nathan Phillips Square a visit!
When: April 1, 3 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
What: Have you been contemplating purchasing some new artwork for your condo? What if we told you that you could paint your favourite four-legged friend for free? For one night only, you can come relax, paint and socialize, and paint your own pet!
When: April 1, 4 pm to 7 pm
Where: Imagine Art School, 12 Centre Street
What: Some people might think it’s still too soon to poke fun at the late Rob Ford. But for those that don’t, Free Flicks, presented by Stiegl, is showing a free screening of Andy King’s comedy/action film about our city’s most controversial crack-smoking mayor.
When: April 3, 7:30 pm
Where: Royal Cinema, 608 College Street
What: Riverside’s 3rd Annual Winefest is back for another week-long celebration, featuring wine pairings with local food and plenty of shopping. Attendees can enjoy tasting new and established Ontario wines while getting to know the local shops, eateries, and bars in Riverside.
When: April 4 to 9, 4 pm to 10 pm
Where: Riverside BIA (along Queen Street East between the DVP and Empire Avenue)
What: Ontario’s very popular annual Level Up Showcase returns to celebrate the best video games in class for 2017. This free event invites attendees to play games created by students from post-secondary schools across Ontario.
When: April 5, 5 pm to 10 pm
Where: Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street
What: For those Torontonians who have an affinity for board games, Matt Leacock, the board game inventor of Mole Rats In Space will be hanging out at Snakes and Lattes to share his newest cooperative game developed in conjunction with Peaceable Kingdom.
When: April 6, 5 pm to 9 pm
Where: Snakes & Lattes, 489 College Street
What: Toronto will be paying tribute to the men and women who fought for Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917, at Fort York National Historic Site with a weekend of Great War exhibits and events.
When: April 8 to 9, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Fort York: Garrison Common, 250 Fort York Boulevard
What: Attention hip-hop lovers, for one night only, you can catch a free screening of Michael Rapaport’s incredible documentary about the groundbreaking hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest.
When: April 11, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
What: Get into the Easter spirit this spring at this family-friendly event. There will be a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny, crafts, face painting, raffles and so much more.
When: April 15, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Jackson Ave and Bloor Street West
What: The MRKT is a public shopping event produced by The Toronto Creative Entrepreneurs. Open to members of the community, The MRKT features a variety of fashion, beauty, art, handmade goods, home décor, food merchants, live entertainment,
on stage demonstrations, and so much more to help you get in the spring spirit.
When: April 15 to 16
Where: Holiday Inn Toronto Yorkdale, 3450 Dufferin Street
What: ‘8os kids unite, you can catch a free screening of Spielberg’s iconic classic family sci-fi film from 1982 about a loveable alien trying to get home.
When: April 16, 6 pm to 8 pm
Where: Louis Cifer Brew Works, 417 Danforth
What: Every spring, the annual Beaches Lions Club Easter Parade brings Queen Street to life with colour, music, fun and entertainment.
When: April 16, 2 pm
Where: The parade will begin on Queen Street at Munro Park
and proceed west along Queen Street ending at Woodbine Ave
What: Round up the little ones and come and enjoy a complimentary chocolate Easter egg hunt in a giant straw Castle.
When: April 16
Where: Courtice Flea Market, 1696 Bloor Street
What: Interested in improving your business online presence, but don’t know where on earth to start? Come and learn the ins and outs of creating an online strategy to promote your business for FREE!
When: April 18, 7 pm to 8 pm
Where: S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park
What: For those looking to enjoy an evening filled with the captivating sounds of a live band, make sure to pay Ossington’s Reposado a visit for an intimate night of music.
When: April 19, 930 pm to 130 am
Where: Reposado, 136 Ossington
What: Take spring cleaning to a new level, as you join Stop Plastics for an afternoon of cleaning up one of the city’ beloved beaches. Make sure to bring your own gloves and wear suitable footwear for a sandy (and possibly wet) beach.
When: April 22, 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Marie Curtis Park, 2 Forty Second
What: In celebration of Earth Day and Canada 150, Downsview Park is hosting a series of exciting activities, including their annual Earth Day tree planting. Earth Day 2017 will be in support of Highway of Heroes. While participation is free, pre-registration is required and a non-perishable food item is requested for donation in support of a local food bank.
When: April 23, 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Rd
What: Embrace the spring weather and head to Leslieville’s outdoor flea market. Here you’ll find vintage goods, antiques, collectibles, and work from local artisans.
When: April 23
Where: Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane
What: Ahmad Kanji, a newcomer from Syria who teaches conflict resolution, will be discussing the war in Syria and chances for peace.
When: April 26, 12:45 pm to 2 pm
Where: Friends House, 60 Lowther
What: Parkinson Canada presents CBC Radio personality Andy Barrie discussing his personal journey with Parkinson’s and depression.
When: April 26, 530 pm to 8 pm
Where: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence East
What: If you have yet to get into French film, now is your chance. Alliance Française will be hosting a free screening of a 1973 François Truffaut film.
When: April 27, 730 pm to 9 pm
Where: Alliance Française, 24 Spadina Rd
What: This interfaith festival is open to all and will showcase some of the cultural achievements of our city’s different traditions. Come and enjoy an afternoon of food, song, dance and entertainment from many of the world’s great faith traditions.
When: April 30, 2pm to 5pm
Where: Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre, 40 Titan