Free Things to Do in Toronto in Summer 2024

Summer Music in the Garden_photo by Brian Medina (2022)_Provided by Harbourfront Centre_One-Time Use
Summer Music in the Garden_photo by Brian Medina (2022)_provided by Harbourfront Centre_One-Time Use

Toronto is an exciting, vibrant city defined by its diverse cultures. It’s not only a foodie’s delight due to the wide range of fine dining and hidden gem restaurants, but its hockey team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, boasts the most loyal and valuable fan base in the NHL as reflected by the exhorbitant cost of game tickets. All of this can weigh heavy on your wallet! But, believe it or not, there are many free things to do in Toronto in summer 2024. Keep reading to find out about them! You may also be interested in reading, “Toronto Events and Things to Do on Canada Day Weekend 2024“.

Free Flicks at Harbourfront Centre 2024

Enjoy watching free movies by the lake at Harbourfront Centre on Tuesdays throughout the summer. Films begin at 8:30 p.m. and include the following:

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 – Mean Girls (2004)
Tuesday, July 2, 2024 – Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Tuesday, July 9, 2024 – Grease (1978)
Tuesday, July 16, 2024 – Le Mozart Noir / The Black Mozart (2003)
Tuesday, July 23, 2024 – Clueless (1995)
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 – The Mighty Quinn (1989)
Tuesday, August 6, 2024 – The Last Dragon (1985)
Tuesday, August 13, 2024 – Forrest Gump (1994)
Tuesday, August 20, 2024 – Double Happiness (1994)
Tuesday, August 27, 2024 – Barbie (2023)

Summer Music in the Garden_photo by Brian Medina (2022)_Provided by Harbourfront Centre_One-Time Use
Summer Music in the Garden_photo by Brian Medina (2022)_provided by Harbourfront Centre_One-Time Use

Summer Music in the Garden Free Concerts 2024

Listen to free concerts at the Summer Music Garden at Harbourfront from Friday, June 21, 2024 to Thursday, August 29, 2024. Some of the free concerts scheduled for summer 2024 include:

Friday, June 21, 2024, 7 p.m. – The IndigiDivas – Classical, Contemporary
Thursday, June 27, 2024, 7 p.m. – It’s Pronounced “George” – Caity Gyorgy – Jazz
Thursday, July 4, 2024, 7 p.m. – Secret Heart – Hailey Gillis, Andrew Penner – Alternative Folk
Thursday, July 25, 2024, 7 p.m. – Scenic Sojourn – Toronto Chinese Orchestra Chamber Players – traditional & Contemporary Chinese
Sunday, August 4, 2024, 4 p.m. – Tango and Diaspora – Payadora – Tango

High Park

High Park, located at Bloor Street West and Keele Street, is a 161-hectare park that can be explored by foot, bike, or rollerblades! The terrain is hilly so wear a solid pair of walking or hiking shoes. High Park Outdoor Swimming Pool, located closer to Keele Street, is free to the public. From July 21 to September 1, 2024, Canadian Stage will be performing Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Dream in High Park. The play takes place at High Park Amphitheatre (you can park near or at Grenadier Restaurant). Admission is Adults $32 and Children (16 and under) $19.

Beaches Jazz Festival 2024

The Beaches Jazz Festival 2024 takes place in Toronto’s Beaches neighbourhood during weekends from July 5-28, 2024. There are free music performances on the TD Main Stage, as well as at locations along Queen Street East.

TD Main Stage at Woodbine Park

Enjoy free concerts from July 18-21, 2024 including the following:

Thursday, July 18, 2024
All 90s: DJs, Starting From Scratch (Get On Up) and Mista Jiggz (Renaissance) along with guest host Master T (MuchMusic X – Tendamix/Da Mix).

Friday, July 19, 2024
7 p.m. New Level Entertainment
9 p.m. Soul of Motown

Saturday, July 20, 2024
4 p.m. Johannes Linstead
5:30 p.m. Jordan Astra
7 p.m. Philcos
9 p.m. Boom Shaka Lakas Disco Party

Sunday, July 21, 2024
3 p.m. Jerome Tucker
4:30 p.m. Mississauga Heat
6:30 p.m. Lazo and Exodus the Bob Marley Experience

Woodbine Park is located at Coxwell Avenue and Eastern Avenue:

Streetfest 2024

Stroll along Queen Street East from Thursday, July 25, 2024 to Saturday, July 27, 2024 and listen to live performances at oudoor cafes, the Beach Library, Fire Hall, Kew Gardens, and other businesses. Performances will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Queen Street East from Woodbine to Beech Avenue is closed off to vehicle traffic.

Ferry crossing Lake Ontario to Toronto Islands.
Ferry crossing to Centre Island

Toronto Islands

The Toronto Islands are comprised of Centre Island, Ward’s Island and Hanlan’s Point. They are free to the public, although there is a cost for the ferry ride, which leaves at Jack Layton Terminal at the foot of Bay Street. Bring a picnic lunch to the islands and don’t forget your swimsuit as there are several beaches where you can swim (Hanlans Point is a clothing optional beach). You can also bring your bike on the ferry and ride around the islands! Bikes, canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, and stand-up paddle boards are available to rent at Centre Island. Visit Far Enough Farm and enjoy petting the farmyard animals and looking at exotic birds. Centreville Amusement Park features rides for the kids at an additional cost.

Honda Indy Fan Friday 2024

One of the most popular free things to do in Toronto in summer 2024 is the Honda Indy Fan Friday 2024. Watch racers compete in on-track action, enter contests, get your favourite racer’s autograph and enjoy a variety of off-track entertainment during the Honda Indy Fan Friday on Friday July 19, 2024. While Fan Friday is free, attendees are encouraged to make a donation to Make-A-Wish Canada. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Honda Indy takes place at Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Boulevard.

Free Admission Nights at Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum and Gardiner Museum 2024

The Art Gallery of Ontario is free to the public the first Wednesday evening of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Book your free general admission tickets in advance to ensure a spot. Tickets will be released online at 10 a.m. on the Monday immediately preceding the Wednesday.

The Royal Ontario Museum offers free admission to the public on the third Tuesday of every month from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Advanced bookings are not required. First come, first served.

The Gardiner Museum offer free admission every Wednesday after 4 p.m. until closing at 9 p.m.

Edwards Summer Music Series 2024

Enjoy free concerts at the Toronto Botanical Garden on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. in July and August 2024. Hosted by broadcaster Anwar Knight, the scheduled concerts include:

Thursday, July 11, 2024 – Amanda Rheaume
Thursday, July 18, 2024 – The Ladies of Soul
Thursday, July 25, 2024 – The Fugitives
Thursday, August 1, 2024 – Trash Panda Brass
Thursday, August 8, 2024 – Sophie Lukacs
Thursday, August 15, 2024 – Bowed Arts
Thursday, August 22, 2024 – Lily Frost
Thursday, August 29, 2024 – Alexis Baro

Toronto Botanical Garden is located at 777 Lawrence Avenue East.

I hope you enjoyed reading about these free things to do in Toronto in summer 2024. Let me know in the comment section if you have anything to add.