Free and Cheap Things to Do in Toronto this Spring & Summer 2019Posted on: July 2, 2019
The summer season is upon Canada and everyone’s excited for warm weather. Time to plan out some things to do in Toronto to enjoy the amazingly warm temperature of the Summer months.
Summer is one of the best times of the year in Toronto. Lots of delightful events and activities to lure us to go outside and see the wonderful sights and sounds of the city once again – music festivals, street fairs and parties, flea markets, food and drink events and nature trips.
Let’s go find them…
Capture the beauty of the cherry blossoms in High Park Toronto
First off, let’s celebrate the arrival of the Spring season with a visit to High Park and view the magnificent cherry blossoms on the Sakura trees along the hillside of Grenadier Pond. The cherry blossoms usually reach their peak bloom days in late April or early May, so it’s the best time to see them in all their full pink glory. It’s one of the most popular spring events in the city, so make sure you don’t miss this spectacular blooming experience – it’s totally free!
2019 Spring flower show
If you can’t wait for the cherry blossoms to be in full bloom, you can enjoy the colourful display of fresh spring flowers at the annual Spring & Easter Flower Show held at Allan Gardens Conservatory & Centennial Park Conservatory which will take place until May 10, 2019.These gorgeous gardens and greenhouses are full of all kinds of flowers that are already blooming – daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, fragrant Easter lilies and hydrangeas! There are also a variety of trees, palms and plants from many climates and parts of the world. You won’t miss the coy ponds and the birds, too! A walk through these gardens will surely give you 30 minutes of natural therapy in a colourful and tranquil oasis right in the heart of the city — all for free!
Get back to Mother Nature
Another great way to come out of hibernation and enjoy a great day outdoors is to go walking and hiking at one of the city’s many hike-friendly parks. A great spot is the Humber Arboretum, a 250 acre parkland full of botanical gardens and nature trails for the whole family to enjoy.
The Evergreen Brick Works is another gorgeous place to go hiking in the middle of the city. What it has are tons of hiking trails, mountain biking trails and quiet streams where you’ll enjoy beautiful skyline views and nature walks. Don’t miss the Saturday farmers markets for wonderful local produce and other organic, fresh food items.
Go birdwatching or fishing at the Tommy Thompson Park
Birds have long been known to signal the arrival of Spring and many celebrate by heading to the Tommy Thompson Parks for the annual Spring Bird Festival which will take place on May 11, 2019 in line with International Migratory Bird Day. Tommy Thompson Park is one of the city’s largest green spaces and is a prime hotspot for different types of migratory birds, such as the Baltimore Oriole, Ring-billed Gulls, Black-crowned Night Herons and the Common Terns. You will surely enjoy watching the colorful birds swooping and diving and delight in their sweet chittering sounds as they rest on the branches of trees. It’s a unique urban wilderness full of natural areas such as wildflower meadows, cottonwood forests, coastal marshes, cobble beaches and sand dunes, and of course, the birds, butterflies and fishes! It’s just minutes from downtown so make sure to plan a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of noisy Toronto.
Cheer on the Jays
The beginning of Spring is also the start of the Blue Jays season. If you love baseball, then of course you won’t want to miss out on the chance to cheer for our home team the Toronto Blue Jays. They promise an exciting season, with 4 home games at the start of April to kick off the season and more throughout the month. You can grab tickets and watch them under the dome at the Rogers Centre or cheer them on with a group of friends at some of Toronto’s best sports bar – there’s Toronto Style Bar & Grill which has some outdoor seating, The Dock Ellis is another good spot to watch sports and enjoy some tasty decently priced food items, and Homestand is Toronto’s newest sports bar and has all sorts of Jays-related events to hype up sports enthusiasts.
Spring festivals galore
Another perfect Spring adventure that’s not to be missed are the Spring festivals.
Kick it off with the exciting outdoor street festival ‘Spring Into Parkdale’ which is taking place on May 12, 2019. It’s an annual event which features a sidewalk sale with tons of outdoor vendors selling food, plants, cell phone cases and many, many more! Plus, there will be live entertainment and free family-friendly activities.
Art festival in Toronto’s Distillery District
The annual Artfest Toronto takes place this year from May 19th to 21st. Local artists from across Ontario, Quebec and other cities and provinces will be exhibiting their amazing art and craft at the beautiful Distillery District. Drop the kids at the Artfest Kids pavilion for a free art workshop while you explore the array of paintings, photography, sculpture, pottery, glass art, jewellery, designer clothing and more. Admission is free, so go and immerse in some fine art!
6th annual film festival
Who would want to miss the largest film festival ever? The annual National Canadian Film Day (NCFD) returns on April 19. This year marks an exciting milestone – the centennial year of Canada’s first blockbuster film, its most successful silent film todate, and its oldest surviving feature film – Back to God’s Country starred by Canadian film actress Nell Shipman. In commemoration of this, the festival will host a selection of films celebrating 100 years of Canadian cinema. So, for the film buffs out there — check the NCFD website and book a screening!
We’re sure you won’t run out of things to do in Toronto this Spring, you probably won’t even have enough time to do all the things that are out there to explore. The best thing is, you won’t really need to open your wallet to have fun and enjoy. Some events and activities are cheap and will cost you just a few dollars but, believe it or not, there’s plenty of free things to do as well!
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