Toronto loves its summer festivals and the city abounds with them in July. From food to music to arts and culture, there’s a bit of everything in the city this month and the best part is that you can experience it for free. Here are 15 of the best free things to do in Toronto in July, so you can save your money to fill your tank for scenic summer trips.
The best things in life (and summer) are free, and they’re the best you’ll find in Toronto this month.
Canada Day at Downsview Park
The annual July 1st celebration returns to Downsview Park, with entertainment, children’s games, inflatables, vendors, food trucks and, of course, fireworks! Grab a blanket and your best friends for a free Canada Day celebration and light show.
Where: Downsview Park
When: July 1, 2022, 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Toronto Food Truck Festival
We love food trucks. And we love food truck festivals even more! The Toronto Food Truck Festival returns this summer, with vendors like The Kathi Roll Express, Pharaohs Kitchen, Food Dudes, Buster’s Sea Cove and Craig’s Cookies.
Entry will be free and organizers say there’s something for everyone!
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East
When: July 29-August 1, 2022
Taste of India 2022
After a two-year hiatus, the fifth annual Taste of India festival returns to Nathan Phillips Square this summer. The free two-day event begins July 31, bringing a diverse display of culture and culinary art.
This year, expect to experience a “gourmet utopia” as well as classical dances, Bhangra, music and musical melodies by singers and a live DJ from noon to 10 p.m.
When: July 31-August 1, 2022
Where: Nathan Phillips Place, 100 Queen Street West
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Toronto Outdoor Image Fair
The season of movies under the stars is back! The Toronto Outdoor Picture Show (TOPS) is back for a summer of FREE movies and this year’s theme is called Curtains up!. The films will pay tribute to all the performers we’ve missed seeing live during the pandemic, from dancers to circus acts to musicians and more. Check out the full movie schedule here.
Where: See locations
When: Until August 28, 2022
TD Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival
Dust off your dancing shoes because the countdown to salsa on St. Clair has officially begun! Hailed as Canada’s largest Latin street festival, Toronto’s TD Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival makes an in-person return in July with all the lively Latin flair you can handle.
Where: St. Clair Avenue W (Winona Drive to Christie Street)
When: July 9-10, 2022, 12 p.m. — 10:30 p.m.
Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade 2022
After two long years, Caribana is back! This iconic festival of Caribbean culture and traditions is the largest of its kind in North America and attracts massive crowds throughout its duration.
This year, attendees will experience an all-new Grand Parade Central, hosted on the Expo grounds. Entry to the parade is free, but entry is required to see the Mas Bands parade, where a masked party takes place until 6 p.m.
Where: Exhibition Venue and Lake Shore Boulevard
When: July 30, 2022
July’s edition of this summer festival at Stackt Market is essentially one giant outdoor party, complete with a local vendors market, music series, food station, BIPOC artist showcase, and more. What better way to enjoy summer in the city than with great music, great bites, and great company in an outdoor oasis?
Where: Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst Street
When: July 16, 2022
100 Days of Summer by Art & Water
Toronto’s waterfront has unveiled its packed summer lineup and kicking off is Canada’s first and only floating arts and culture festival that will run until September 5. culture in the daily lives of Torontonians,” the description reads. This is not one to miss!
Where: 585 Queens Quay West and 1 Queens Quay West
When: Until September 5, 2022
Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington Market
After a two-year hiatus, the Sunday street parties we know and love are officially back at Kensington Market. Pedestrian Sundays are back for the summer and will continue through the fall. On the last Sunday of every month for the next few months, Toronto’s quirkiest neighborhood will host a street-wide celebration of community, culture and ecology.
Where: Kensington Market
When: July 31, 2022
Toronto’s vibrant Ossington Strip is hosting its own festival in July. Returning for its fifth edition, OssFest will feature a health and wellness component in the morning, followed by local artisans and businesses showcasing their wares throughout the day. There will also be more than 25 extended terraces as well as all-day and evening music and entertainment programs.
Where: Ossington Avenue between Queen West and Dundas West
When: July 23, 2022
Toronto Brazil International Festival
The biggest Brazilian festival in Canada takes over Earlscourt Park this month. Admission to the event is free, and you can experience the best in Brazilian and international cuisine, music, art, culture, and more.
When: July 16-17, 2022
Where: Earlscourt Park
Taste of Laurent
The annual Taste of Lawrence festival returns for a weekend of non-stop entertainment in July, including a range of music and dance performances, mouth-watering multicultural cuisine, halfway rides and more family entertainment.
When: July 8—10, 2022
Where: Lawrence Avenue, Warden Avenue to Birchmount Road
Filipino street festival
A dynamic event showcasing the best of the Philippines is taking place in North York this summer. Toronto’s Filipino Street Festival will take over Little Manila in July, filling the streets with delicious food, great music and fun cultural experiences.
Where: Little Manila, Bathurst Street and Wilson Avenue
When: July 23-24, 2022
Free day use at Ontario Provincial Parks
No summer is complete without a day trip (or several) to Ontario’s provincial parks. Towering trees, sparkling lakes and unobstructed views compare to nothing you’ll find in the city. And for just one day in July, you can visit them for free.
Ontario Parks is launching a one-day celebration called Healthy Parks Healthy People. You will have until 10 p.m. to enjoy the parks thanks to the free pass that will be given to you on your arrival.
When: July 15, 2022
Where: See all Ontario Parks here
Toronto Public Pools
The city-operated outdoor pools are now open and there are so many to choose from. There’s nothing quite like cooling off on a hot summer’s day, and you can do it at pools all over the city, all summer long.
Where: See locations
When: Open until September 2022