Affordable Events in Toronto This Summer
Summer is when things really start to warm up in Toronto, but it’s not just the outdoor temperatures that get warmer in June. Some of Toronto’s hottest events happen throughout the summer, and a wide variety of them are free of admission for Toronto citizens and tourists alike.
From live concerts and music festivals to film and the arts, whatever your interests may be, there’s likely an affordable summer event in Toronto to please them.
Mississauga Waterfront Festival
The Mississauga Waterfront Festival has been entertaining kids and adults without an admission fee since the summer of 1998. Not only has the festival featured more than 600 performances on multiple stages throughout the years, a special children’s stage has brought special characters like Dora the Explorer, Babar the Elephant, Shrek and tons of other festival favorites like clowns, pony rides, face painters and carnival rides for the kids. Whether you attend the Mississauga Waterfront Festival at Port Credit Memorial Park for the drummers, dancers, arts, crafts, food trucks or countless other attractions, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with this favorite Ontario festival.
Salsa on St. Clair
You may want to move to Toronto after one visit to the Salsa on St. Clair festival. This free street party has played host to more than 1.5 million salsa enthusiasts since its creation in 2005, and the party is certainly not cooling off. For one weekend in July, Hillcrest Village is transformed into one of the best Latin events in the country with a happening street market, salsa dancing, spicy foods and plenty of activities for the kids. Don’t forget to wear your workout clothes in the morning because a free Zumba class is held outside at the Main Stage both days.
End August with a bang this year by paying a visit to North America’s biggest street performance festival — Scotiabank Buskerfest. With everything from side-splitting comedians, contortionists, fire jugglers, aerial artists, daredevils, magicians, fire jugglers, musicians and countless other awe-inspiring acts, you’ll never forget these four days (and nights) of pure excitement. Even better, Buskerfest is the world’s largest epilepsy awareness event, and it takes place right here in Toronto’s popular Yonge Street neighbourhood.
Dancing on the Pier
Clear your calendar for every Thursday night throughout the summer, because you’ll want to head down to Harbourfront Centre every week for the 100-percent free Dancing on the Pier event. With unique dance and music styles taking the stage each week, you’re guaranteed to go from tapping your toes to letting the music move your entire body in a matter of minutes.