6. Good Ol’ Riverdale Farm
Riverdale Farm is a literal farm within the sprawling city. A vast 7 acres of green space right in the downtown core—including moo cows, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, and chickens, which the farm staff care for daily. You can witness life on the farm for free, and even snag some homemade jam or a pie in the Riverdale farm house store.
7. Hit the Harbourfront Boardwalk
Toronto Harbourfront Centre, on the shores of Lake Ontario, offers a wide 10-acre spot for free relaxing in a park, walking the boardwalk, catching a free outdoor show or exhibit, or even strapping on your ice skates during the winter months.
8. Escape to the Beaches
The Beaches, located in Toronto’s east end, offers waterfront galore for strolling, shopping, eating, and even catching the totally free annual fireworks extravaganza on Canada Day long weekend and the Blues Festival at the end of May.
9. Catch a Free Opera
The Canadian Opera Company offers a summer series of free afternoon performances in various music genres in their airy, outdoor amphitheatre—ideal for a romantic picnic!
10. Rock Out at Yonge-Dundas Square
Yonge-Dundas Square offers a complete calendar of free outdoor movies, concerts, and cultural events throughout the year.