Free things to do all year long in Toronto are like knowing about a secret underworld of events in the city. Every week, every night of the week there's something to do that's absolutely free right under your nose. No pay what you can bucket, no "take a walk in a park" options, just some solid suggestions from free fun spots around the GTA.
Here are my top picks for free things to do by day of the week all year long in Toronto.
Dance class at Steps Studio
Every Monday Steps Studio (at the corner of Yonge and Davenport) offers a free introductory Salsa class. Meet the teachers, see the studio and try a Level 1 Salsa lesson before committing to signing up. No partner needed if you don't have one. Just bring your hips.
No cover on Mondays at the Horseshoe Tavern. Sometimes, even Tuesdays are free, and music is totally decent. Best thing to do before heading out is check their official listings page (which is updated constantly), and if you like what you see/hear, head down and walk on in for a free concert downtown.
Free yoga at Lululemon
There's a free yoga class every Tuesday at Lululemon on Queen West at 8p.m. Bring your own mat and a willingness to walk out onto Queen street a sweaty, albeit relaxed mess.
All levels are welcome to these classes, just make sure to pre-register to make sure you get in.
Canadian Opera Company free concert series
Tuesdays and Thursday at Noon (and some Wednesdays at 5:30p.m.) catch a free concert in one of the most stunning music venues in the country. Artists from around the world perform here in vocal, piano, jazz, dance, chamber and world music styles.
Every Wednesday night from 6-9p.m you can walk into the Art Gallery of Ontario, gratis! Some tips to make sure you get in (it's often super busy) is to get there right at 6 and don't bring a backpack to avoid coat check. There's also the free after three program all week for people 14-25.
Wednesdays from 4-8p.m. see the entire Aga Khan museum. Unlike some that only allow you to view permanent collections on free nights, Aga Khan generously gives free reign. It gets very during these hours so strollers aren't recommended.
Thursdays at 9p.m. there is a free improv show at Second City in the John Candy Box Theatre called Longform Preview. It's basically a bunch of students and alumni of the Longform Conservatory performing before your very eyes. Great way to start a night off. The theme show that follows is paid though, so hurry and get out of there afterwards!
Free brewery tours
What better way to start the weekend than with an Amsterdam Brew House tour at 245 Queens Quay West (just next to the Harbourfront Centre). Tours last about 30 minutes and a free tasting. Tours are limited to 16 people though, so register in advance if you can. Tours happen at Noon, 4 and 6p.m. (they also happen other days of the week at limited times.)
Power Tours at the Power Plant
Saturday's at 3p.m. take a guided tour of the waterfront gallery's exhibits. You'll get to check out the latest goings on at the gallery and have it explained to you by an in house art expert. Exhibits at the Power Plant are typically free year round, except for the odd event and their opening bash is always open to everyone with the option of a cash bar.
Toronto Reference Library talks
There are talks happening inside the Reference Library on any given night, and the quality is A+. I'm talking artists, authors, Rome Dallaire and Mike Myers. Check out their lineup for some free fun any night of the week all year long.
Did I miss a free event in Toronto that you like to pop into all year long? Let us know in the comments!
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by Phil Villeneuve via blogTO