Written by Lindsay Dent
Toronto in the summer is my favourite! The island, the markets, the festivals! There are so many incredible things to look forward to in this beautifully vibrant city. With the heat and excitement of the summer months upon us, sometimes it can cause extra pressure to want to be out every single night enjoying the vibes of the city without breaking the bank. I have gathered some fun ways in which you can still get the 6ix experience you are hoping for without having to spiral into the broke summer blues before Canada Day hits.
Music is an incredible way to bring people together. Shake it with your besties, and bop to the beat with a few free activities that will have you grooving’ to the sounds of the city this summer.
vocal, piano, jazz, dance, chamber and world music September until May Tuesday -Thursday free admission -
Richard Bradshaw Amphitheater
Beaches Jazz Festival
July 5-28th - free admission
multi-genre concerts every Friday June to August. free admission - Yonge and Dundas square
Toronto is known for the buzz of its entertainment. Here are a few ways to capture that buzz and feel a part of the excitement without totally splurging.
Woodbine Race Track
Watch heart thumping horse racing and get classy at the Woodbine Races: (minimum bet is $2)
Movies Under the Stars
Harbour Front Centre & Yonge Dundas Square. Catch a flick under the stars at the Harbour Front Centre free admission or get the thrill of watching big stars on the big screen while watching some Hollywood favourites at City Cinema June to August - free admission every Tuesday night Yonge and Dundas Square
Shakespeare in High Park
Bring your own lawn chair, blankets, picnic and beverages for a fun evening of retellings of some of Shakespeare ís most famous plays with Shakespeare in the Park. This summer you can catch - the battle of sexes is on full display with a comedic tale of love and desire, Much Ado About Nothing, and the timeless story of morality and power, Measure For Measure. - pay what you can July 4th - Sept 4th High Park
Browse some inspiring pieces at the Art Galley of Ontario - every Wednesday from 6-9 pm Free admission - The AGO
Snap Pics at Graffiti Alley
Take an impromptu photoshoot and amp up your Instagram feed in Toronto's graffiti alley is located in The Fashion District runs south of Queen Street West from Spadina Avenue to Portland Street beginning at 1 Rush Lane
Toronto isn’t just a concrete jungle, there are many incredible spots to seek out nature and escape the heat and bustle of the big city. Here are a few inexpensive ways to get active in T.O.
Sail to Toronto Island & Ride Around
Take in the #views with a scenic ferry ride to the Toronto Island - $7.87 for adults, $5.16 for students, and seniors, $3.80. Take a stroll or cruise around the Toronto Island on a bike and take in some of the city ís most breath-taking views - Single bikes are $10 deposit, $8 first hour and $4 per half hour after that.
Swim Your Worries Away in a Public Pool
Cool off in five of Toronto's public pools: Donald D. Summerville Olympic Pools, Monarch Park Outdoor Pool, Sunnyside Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, Riverdale Park East Outdoor Pool, High Park Outdoor Pool has free admission
Sugar Beach Picnic
Pack a delicious picnic and a cooler full of cool drinks and head on over to Sugar Beach to catch some rays
Walk, ride, run, or rollerblade along the paths of the waterfront
Yoga in the Centre of the City
Namaste outside in the centre of it all with Yoga in the Square is every Monday June - Sept is free admission ñ Yonge and Dundas Square
Day Trip to the Bluffs
Take a day trip to Toronto's not so best kept secret and have a relaxing beach day at the Scarborough Bluffs
High Park Zoo
Prepare for a nice hike and check out some furry friends at Toronto's High Park Zoo. Take a glimpse at animals such as the bison, sheep, emu, llamas, and the infamous capybaras is free admission
Take in the sights and smells of Allan Gardens Conservatory, an indoor botanical garden that has six different green houses - free admission
Food & Drink
Come hungry and prepare to explore some of the marvellous tastes our city brings out in the summer. Take a tour around the world with some of the best food and drink festivals and events this city must spoil our taste buds with.
Burger lover? Burgermania is the place for you to experience all the creative ways in which you can indulge in one of North America's most beloved delicious inventions on May 31- June 2nd is free admission - Yonge and Dundas Square
Riverside Eats and Beats Festival
Looking for some groovy beats with a side of delicious eats? Check out the Riverside Eats and Beats Festival on June 1st is free admission and spanning 10 blocks between DVP just past De Grassi Street on Queen Street East
Steam Whistle Brewing
Thirsting for a cold one on those endless summer days? Every visitor 19 years of age or older can enjoy the crisp, refreshing taste of Toronto's delicious pilsner at Steam whistle Brewery - One Complimentary Beer Per Person at The Roundhouse - 225 Bremner Blvd
Taste of the Danforth
Gettem' to the Greek and taste and experience being Greek for the weekend at the Taste of the Danforth on August 9th - 11th
Toronto Veg Festival
Enjoy free samples, cooking demos and live music at the Toronto Veg Festival on Sept 6-8 - Free admission at the Harbourfront Centre
Great Food any day at St. Lawrence Market
Window shop and taste some delicious local samples at the St. Lawrence Market - 93 Front St E.