Free Events in Toronto for When You’re Broke and Bored

Free Events in Toronto for When You’re Broke and Bored

I hate the type of friends that don’t have a day job so they spend all afternoon texting about how bored and broke they are. Like you’re not currently dying every second of every day in a concrete wasteland. Nope, instead your friend is choosing to ignore the fact that at this very moment you’re sitting in a cubicle too small to swing a cat in. Lets silence those bastards once and for all. 

In Toronto, there’s always something going on that caters to any budget type. If you don’t want to spend the summer looking for a job – who can blame you! Just don’t text about it because ain’t nobody got time for that. Get outside and check out one of these free events taking place in Toronto and stop messaging about the lack of activity – some of us have spreadsheets to compile.

Outdoor Events

Fresh Wednesdays 

Date: July 10- August 28
Place: Nathan Philips Square at 100 Queen Street W
Time: 10am – 2pm 

Canadian artists are accompanying the Farmers’ Market every Wednesdayuntil August 28. Enjoy a stretch of vendors selling Ontario-grown produce, flowers, baked goods and live entertainment.

Date: Until July 14
Place: Multiple locations, more information
Time: Festival program 

Expect 30 video documentaries, new media, photography and art installations from graduating students. P.S this technically isn't an outdoor event but you know, here we are. 

Taste of Thailand 
Date: July 13 – 14
Place: Nathan Phillips Square at 100 Queen Street W
Time: 12pm – 8pm 

The biggest Thai Community event in Canada features cooking demonstrations, authentic Thai food, fruit carving, dancing, vendors, and more. Everyone is welcome.

Music Concerts and Festivals

SoundClash Festival 
Date: July 12 – July 14
Place: Harbourfront Centre
Time: Friday: 6pm – 11pm
Saturday: 1030am – 11pm
Sunday: 1030am – 630pm 

This music-based festival features a market, a pop-up shop, hands-on displays, dance crew face-offs, discussion panels, and so much more. Of course, there’s also Chairlift and Boundary performing Friday night, Born Ruffians and The Belle Game Saturday night, and Five Alarm Funk on Saturday afternoon. 

UNITY Concert with Talib Kweli 
Date: July 20
Place: Yonge & Dundas Square
Time: 1pm – 10pm 

Hip-hop legend Talib Kweli is headlining at Yonge-Dundas Square and opening is Toronto’s own Rich Kidd. The festival is featuring over 50 performances that include breakdancing, beat boxing, MCing, and more over four days. Make sure to get there early for this one though because the square is sure to be packed for Talib Kweli and no amount of elbow shoving (please don’t be that guy) is going to help. For more UNITY events be sure to check out the official Facebook Page

Virgin Mobile presents Indie Fridays 
Date: Every Friday until September 6
Place: Yonge & Dundas Square
Time: 8pm – 10pm

July 12: Danielle Duval 
July 29: Zeppelinesque 
July 26: Lindi Ortega and Red Wanting Blue 
Aug 2: Saidah Baba Talibah and Ride The Tiger  

Events in the Park

Shakespeare in High Park Date: Until September 1
Place: High Park Amphitheatre at 1873 Bloor St. W.
Time: 8pm 

This summer Canadian Stage is presenting Shakespeare in High Park with a powerful tragedy and an early comedy. Macbeth is taking place Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays until September 1. The Taming of the Shrew is happening Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays until August 31. It’s PWYC. So you know, optional.

Outdoor Movies

City Cinema: Cult Classics 
Date: Every Tuesday until August 20
Place: Yonge & Dundas Square 

Watching a movie at Yonge & Dundas Square obviously sounds like a moronic and complete waste of time (what with all the noise, glaring lights, and pollution) but hey, what’s your next best option? Going across the street to the actual cinema and paying $15 for an IMAX feature film? Get real. Suck it up and bring a lawn chair. 

Below is a list of movies being screened for the month of July.

Anchorman, The Legend of Ron Burgundy 
Date: July 16
Time: 9pm


Napoleon Dynamite 
Date: July 23
Time: 9pm 


The Goonies 
Date: July 30
Time: 830pm


Harbourfront Free Flicks 
Date: Every Wednesday until August 28
Place: Harbourfront Centre at 235 Queens Quay West 

Now here’s a location that’s perfect for outdoor movie watching (just excuse the smell of the lake). If you don’t already live close to the Queens Quay, Free Flicks has planned a fantastic selection of screenings that makes the trip well worth it. Below is the list of movies for the month of July.

Galaxy Quest 
Date: July 10
Time: 9pm 


Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 
Date: July 17
Time: 9pm 


Top Secret! 
Date: July 24
Time: 9pm 

Streets of Fire 
Date: July 31
Time: 9pm


TIFF in the Park: A Summer of Romance 
Date: Every Wednesday until August 28
Place: King & Simcoe at David Pecaut Square

Beginning in July, TIFF and the Toronto Entertainment District BIA are presenting free outdoor screenings of romantic classics. This is perfect for after a breakup – trust me, super cathartic. The Notebook is screening at the end of August so just make sure to book that one off and bring lots of tissues.

Date: July 10
Time: 9:15pm

City Lights 
Date: July 17
Time: 9:15pm

Sleepless in Seattle 
Date: July 24
Time: 9:15pm


The Way We Were 
Date: July 31
Time: 9pm


Christie Pits Film Festival: Hits in the Pits 
Date: Every Sunday until July 28
Place: Christie Pits Park 

Cult classics aren’t really your thing and you’re much too bitter about romance to give a shit, which means you’re into documentaries. Right? I have a knack for knowing people. This month, Christie Pits is hosting open-air screenings of pretty wicked flicks that cover such topics as LCD Soundsystem and The Rolling Stones.

Gimme Shelter 
Date: July 14
Time: 9pm 

Buena Vista Social Club 
Date: July 21
Time: 9pm

The Last Waltz 
Date: July 28
Time: 9pm

Zoe Badley
Zoe Badley

A writer that starts and finishes conversations alone, pretends to own a corgi, and believes in the power of Beyoncé.

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