30 FREE Toronto events worth checking out this June

May 30 2019, 8:05 pm

With so many exciting things taking place during the warmer months in the city, we wanted to help you give your wallets a break by rounding up the best free Toronto events happening in the month of June.

From outdoor concerts to food festivals, cultural events and more, here are the top 30 free events taking place in Toronto this June.

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Union Summer Market

Union Summer Market

Union Summer Market

What: The open-air market situated on the doorstep of Toronto’s Union Station will be returning to the city this week. The outdoor marketplace promises to “showcase the best of Toronto’s eclectic culture, talent and spirit with a curated mix of local food vendors and entertainment.”

When: On now until August 3
Time: 5:30 am to 12:45 am
Where: Union Station – 65 Front Street West
Price: Entry is free

Bayview Village Monday Movie Nights

What: As part of Bayview Village and Weddingbells month-long ‘I do, I do, I do’ pop-up, you can enjoy complimentary movie nights in the wedding chapel. Classic wedding-themed films like Bridesmaids and My Best Friend’s Wedding will be screened. Plus, there’s free popcorn. Reserve your spot here.

When: June 3, 10, 18, and 24
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Where: Bayview Village Shopping Centre, 2901 Bayview Avenue
Price: Free

Henderson Brewing Tour

What: Get ready for a guided tour of the brewery that includes a history of the neighbourhood and brewing in Toronto, samples of the beers currently on tap and a souvenir tasting glass. Make sure you RSVP your attendance for this weekly offering!

When: Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18, and 25
Time: 7 pm
Where: Henderson Brewing – 128a Sterling Road
Price: Free without tasting, $5 with tasting

UpMarket: The Floral Edit

What: For the second summer in a row, UpMarket returns to The Lane in Yorkville Village. Every Wednesday during summer, you can shop from a highly curated selection of local vendors offering handmade creations, gourmet foods, and unique gifts.

When: Kicks off on June 5 and runs through August 28
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where: The Lane, Yorkville Village
Price: Free to attend

Free Toronto Raptors Tailgate Party

What: Our Toronto Raptors are facing the Golden State Warriors this evening as part of the NBA Playoffs for Game 3. And in case you can’t snag a ticket, there will be a FREE Raptors tailgate party happening in Maple Leaf Square tonight.

When: June 5
Time: Gates open at 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay Street
Admission: Free to attend

FREE Crazy Crepes

 

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What: Crazy Crepe, known for their Japanese-style crepes originating in Harajuku, is opening its first Toronto location at Church and Carlton on June 7. And to celebrate their grand opening, the eatery will be offering free Strawberry Cream Crepes to the first 100 customers to visit on June 7 and 8.

When: June 7 and 8
Time: From noon
Where: 366 Church Street
Price: Free

Dundas West Fest 2019

What: Dundas West Fest kicks off the evening of June 7 with a night market of over 40 licensed patios, and local and international music, and continues on June 8 with food, games, vendors, arts, music, and dance.

When: June 7 and 8
Time: Friday, 6 pm to 12 am; Saturday, 10 am to 12 am
Where: Dundas Street West
Price: Free to attend

Summer Music in the Park

What: This summer, head to Bloor-Yorkville and snag a seat by the ‘big rock and enjoy some incredible live music that ranges from jazz to traditional Cuban and Greek and Celtic.

When: June 7 to September 7 (Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Time: Fridays, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm; Saturdays, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm; Sundays (only in July and August), 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Village of Yorkville Park, Bellair and Cumberland streets
Price: 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: June 8, 15, 22, and 29
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: Admission is free

Kensington Market Flea

What: Starting this Saturday, the weekly Kensington Market Flea kicks off. During the market, visitors will see plenty of independent vendors and artisans from across the city. You can check out plenty of handmade items, art, vintage clothing, records, and other locally designed goods.

When: June 8, 15, 22, and 29
Time:  11 am to 6 pm
Where: 214 Augusta Ave, the rear outdoor area of El Gordo Foods
Price: Free to attend

Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival and Contest

Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival

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What: Back for another year, Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival and Contest boasts 150,000 butter tarts of all sizes and flavours for sale from over 60 butter tart makers, as well as a marketplace populated with bakers and artisans.

When: June 8
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: 333 King Street, Midland, Ontario
Price: Admission is free

desiFest

What: Get your bhangra moves ready because desiFEST is back for its 13th year at Yonge-Dundas Square. Canada’s premier South Asian urban music festival is a free event that will feature a collection of artists from Canada, Pakistan, India, Pakistan, Australia, and Singapore.

When: June 8
Time: 11 am to 11 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
Price: 
Free

World Naked Bike Ride Toronto

What: The annual World Naked Bike Ride returns to Toronto this June and will be rolling through downtown on June 8, giving you the perfect excuse to strip down. Each year, World Naked Bike Ride protests car culture, the pollution cars make and use of non-renewable energy like oil.

When: June 8
Time:
 1 pm to 6 pm
Where: It starts at Coronation Park (by the waterfront at the centre of the park; at the big Canadian flagpole.)
Price: Free

Yoga in the Square

What: It’s almost time to get your stretch on. Because Yoga in the Square is officially returning to Yonge-Dundas square in June. The popular downtown Toronto hub is teaming up with lululemon for the second year in a row to bring the city free, weekly community yoga sessions.

When: Mondays between June 10 and September 2 (except July 1)
Time: 12 pm to 1 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
Price: Free to participate

Fleurs de Villes

What: Canadian floral event company Fleurs de Villes will exhibit a must-see, custom floral couture installation at Yorkville Village this month. Visitors will be treated to a jaw-dropping display of one-of-a-kind, floral-dressed mannequins and elaborate, exotic flower arrangements created by some of Toronto’s most talented flower mavens. In total, there will be 10 mannequins installed at Yorkville Village, with an 11th mannequin displayed in the lobby of The Hazelton Hotel.

When: June 13 to 17
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Yorkville Village, 136 Yorkville Avenue
Price: Free to attend

Taste of Little Italy

Taste of Little Italy

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What: Billed as the city’s “most frequented and delicious street festival,” this event features local and visiting vendors hawking everything from Italian standards like spiedini, pizza, and risotto, to international delicacies represented by businesses in the ’hood.

When: June 14 to 16
Where: College Street, from Bathurst Street to Shaw Street, Toronto
Price:
 Admission is free

NXNE Festival Village 2019

What: This year’s festival features three free performance areas including the new Slaight Music Emerging Artists Stage at Queen Street. There will also be a free standup comedy tent, eSports, Cirque de Soleil street performers, the NXN-Flea Market and much more will provide a jam-packed lineup of activities throughout the festival weekend.

When: June 14 to 16
Time: Friday, 4 pm to 10 pm; Saturday, 12 pm to 11 pm; Sunday, 1 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Along Yonge Street and at Yonge-Dundas Square
Price: Free to attend

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show at Fort York

What: The Toronto Outdoor Picture Show is kicking off its opening weekend at Fort York with Thelma & Louise, who set out on a weekend getaway before things go horribly wrong. The next day you can enjoy Misery, Rob Reiner’s psychological horror about a famous author who is rescued from a car crash by his “#1 fan.” Don’t miss out.

When: June 15 and 16
Time: 7 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Fort York National Historic Park
Price: Free to attend

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea – Summer is Coming Market

What: This month, the Trinity Bellwoods Flea is hosting its annual Spring Market, where you can shop local from a range of vendors and artisans for locally made eats and delicious spring sweet treats. Four-legged friends are also welcome!

When: June 16
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
Price: Admission is free

9th Annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show

What: This Father’s Day, Canada’s largest display of luxury vehicles will be parked along Toronto’s Mink Mile from Bay Street to Avenue Road as part of the 9th Annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show.

When: June 16
Time: 
12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Mink Mile section of Bloor Street (Bay Street to Avenue Road)
Price: Free to attend

ROM 3rd Monday Nights Free

Royal Ontario Museum dinosaurs

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What: On 3rd Monday Nights Free, ROM guests will be able to explore the museum’s galleries and collections, free of charge. With complimentary access and extended hours, visitors are invited to explore art, culture, and nature in the museum’s 40 permanent galleries.

When: June 17
Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park
Price: Free to attend

The Junction Summer Solstice Festival

What: The Junction Summer Solstice is not only the largest event of its kind in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, it’s also a great chance for locals and visitors alike to explore everything the unique area has to offer. This block party allows visitors to enjoy local restaurants and businesses as they set up on the street for a once-a-year opportunity.

When: June 22
Time: 12 pm to 12 am
Where:
 Dundas Street West from Quebec Avenue to Indian Grove
Price: Free to attend

Here Comes the Sun Laneway Party

What: In celebration of the first weekend of summer, The Laneway Project and Ossington BIA are hosting “Here Comes the Sun,” a laneway block party in the alleys just northwest of Queen and Ossington. And in good summer fashion, there will be street art, music, beer, wine, fashion, games and plenty more.

When: June 22
Time: 4 pm to 10 pm
Where: Ossington Laneways from Humbert to Foxley. Meet on Foxley Place at Ossington Ave and Foxley Street
Price: Free to attend

Pride Parade

What: Costumes, choreography, and colour! Stand loud and proud with more than 120 groups marching in Pride Toronto’s Pride Parade, one of the largest in North America.  There will be unforgettable performances, floats, marchers, and all the glitter you can handle.

When: June 23
Time: 2 pm
Where: The parade begins at Bloor and Church, South on Yonge Street to Yonge and Dundas Square
Price: Free

City Cinema: Ghostbusters (1984)

What: This summer, you can enjoy free weekly movies in the heart of downtown Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square. From June 25 to August 27, Yonge-Dundas Square will once again bring an outdoor film series, City Cinema, but this time, with a hilarious live twist. Every Tuesday, City Cinema will host a live performance by The Second City before screening the funniest films featuring The Second City alumni John Candy, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Mike Myers, and more.

When: Every Tuesday, from June 25 to August 2
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
Price: Free

Toronto Ribfest

toronto Rib Fest food events

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What: If nothing says “Canada Day” to you more than a saucy rack of ribs, you’ll find no shortage at Ribfest. In addition to two stages with live music all day, perks for the kids include free KidzZone activities, a massive mobile midway and a variety of daily activities.

When: June 28 to July 1
Time: Friday, 3 pm to 10 pm; Saturday to Monday, 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Etobicoke Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Road
Price: Admission is free

Redpath Waterfront Festival

What: At Redpath Waterfront Festival, you’ll find incredible live performances, a massive ship from the Royal Canadian Navy, delicious food, local shopping, and more.

When: June 29 to July 1
Time: All day
Where: Toronto Waterfront
Price: Free

MOCA Community Sundays

What: The Museum of Contemporary Art is offering the perfect way to escape the city by offering free admission to all visitors on one Sunday each month so they can check out all the new exhibits.

When: June 30
Where: MOCA – 158 Sterling Road, Toronto
Time: One Sunday monthly from 10 am to 2 pm
Tickets: You can reserve your free tickets online

Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday

What: The 16th season of Pedestrian Sundays brings back one awesome way to spend your Sundays this over the coming months. Performers, musicians, artists, and shopping, basically an awesome Sunday Funday.

When: June 30
Time: 12 pm to 7 pm
Where: Kensington Market
Price: Free

Christie Pits Film Festival

What: Starting June 30, movie buffs can enjoy an impressive lineup of films at the Christie Pits Film Festival as part of Toronto Outdoor Picture Show’s 2019 programme, a summer-long series of outdoor films celebrating the theme, Dynamic Duos. This year’s theme explores “partnership, friendship, coupledom, doppelgängers, and other dualities in a wide variety of cinematic two-handers.” Christie Pits Film Festival will kick off its ninth season on Sunday, June 30, with a screening of the short films: I Like Girls and Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls, and the feature film Rafiki. 

When: Beginning June 30 and runs until August 25
Time: 7 pm
Where: Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford Ave West
Price: Free, but a $10 donation is encouraged

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