We’ve got an exciting month coming our way, Toronto! There are tons of events and activities in our city this April, and many of them are also free. If you’re saving room in your budget for summer fun, then this list of free and cheap things to do in Toronto this month will come in handy.
Let’s hop right in to the very best free and cheap things to do in Toronto this April. Enjoy, friends!
The Beaches Easter Parade is returning to the east end this April and it’s a free neighbourhood-wide tradition that the city looks forward to each spring.
This event is said to be the largest and longest-running Easter parade in the world, drawing 50,000 visitors per year.
The annual parade will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, April 9th just north of the shoreline along Queen Street East.
When: Sunday, April 9th, 2023 at 2 PM
Where: Queen Street East, Munro Park to Woodbine Avenue
Bring your friends and fam to The ROM on the third Tuesday night of each month for a free museum visit! This monthly offer includes free access to all of the galleries and exhibitions at the museum.
Advanced tickets are not required and it’s first come, first served, so be sure to arrive on time for a guaranteed spot!
When: Every third Tuesday of the month
Where: The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park
Attend a magnificent free concert at Toronto’s prestigious Roy Thomson Hall this month.
The hour-long show will feature Canada’s finest choirs and organists, as well as the star of the show —Roy Thomson’s spectacular Gabriel Kney pipe organ.
“The community is invited to enjoy an hour of beautiful music in the splendour of this acoustically superb venue,” the description says.
When: Friday, April 28th, 2023 at 12 PM
Where: Roy Thomson Hall
Looking for fun Saturday morning activities this month? Cineplex Canada has brought back its Family Favourites deal, offering just $2.99 movie tickets.
If you’re looking for something you can enjoy with your little ones in April, you can watch The Secret Life of Pets, Hop, My Neighbor Totoro, AND Willy Wonka!
When: April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th, 2023 at 11 AM
Where: Find your nearest theatre
An illuminated experience has arrived in our city and it’s completely free to enjoy. Lumière: The Art of Light at Ontario Place is lighting up the waterfront with incredible works of art.
Formerly named the Winter Light Exhibition, this event will take over Trillium Park until May.
“Utilizing innovation, light and discovery, Lumière encourages Ontario artists and creators to ‘illuminate’ the park,” the description says.
When: Until May 7th, 2023
Where: Trillium Park, Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd West
A beloved Toronto event marking Ramadan is coming back to Toronto this spring, celebrating this beautifully diverse city.
Enjoy an evening of food, fun, and fireworks, coinciding with Ramadan, at this free public event called Fast in the 6.
On April 14th, stop by Nathan Phillips Square “to celebrate the diversity and inclusion that makes Toronto so vibrant and special.”
When: April 14th, 2023
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
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The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has a longstanding tradition of allowing the public to visit the gallery for free every Wednesday evening.
Free general admission tickets must be booked in advance, online.
If you don’t manage to get one, be on the lookout on Mondays when a limited number of free timed-entry tickets are released for the following Wednesday.
When: Wednesdays from 6 PM to 9 PM
Where: The Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West
This free indoor art pop-up market is the place to be for unique treasure hunting this spring.
Shop directly from the hands of 85+ amazingly talented Toronto artists and artisans.
Dance the day away to live DJ music as you browse local art, photography, sculptures, jewelry, fashion, home decor, skin care, and one-of-a-kind items.
When: April 16th, 2023
Where: Woolfitt Gallery, 1153 Queen Street West
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) has reopened with new spring exhibitions, and you can visit for free!
The museum has a Free Friday Nights tradition that brings art lovers together on the best night of the week.
Visitors are invited to celebrate contemporary art and community and enjoy live performances, installations, pop-ups, activations, and more.
You can book your spot in advance to guarantee entry or drop in on the day. The last time slot for entry is 8:45 PM.
When: Fridays from 5 PM to 9 PM
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, 158 Sterling Road #100
Head to Toronto’s shipping container market for an indoor shopping event from local vendors and makers.
Browse your way through the stalls of Toronto small businesses while mingling with fellow locals and dancing the day away to live DJs.
Plus, the first 30 guests will receive swag bags filled with goodies from local businesses!
When: April 22nd, 2023
Where: Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst Street