The warm weather is coming as spring rolls on! If you want to save a few bucks this season, we don’t blame you. Luckily, there are plenty of free and fun festivities in Toronto to pick from. Here are 10 free and cheap things to do in Toronto this May.

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ROMWalks is a collection of guided walking tours that take participants on a unique journey of “urban discovery” via the Royal Ontario Museum.

Learn something new! Free walks are scheduled on Sundays at 2 PM and Wednesdays at 6 PM. Each walk’s starting meet point is listed here.

When: Every Sunday at 2 PM & Wednesday at 6 PM in May
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free

Public gardens 

Make the most of the spring weather by taking in the free public gardens around the city!

There are plenty to select from no matter which part of Toronto you’re in.

When: All May
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free

Watch the sunset at Riverdale Park

The weather is warmer and that mean you can catch a sunset!

Riverdale Park is on the best views in the city so pull up some blanket and enjoy.

When: All May
Where: Riverdale Park East, 550 Broadview Ave
Cost: Free

Toronto Sunday Market

Every Sunday of the month The Parkdale Hall hosts a market with vintage clothing, jewellery, arts, crafts and more.

When: Every Sunday in May from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: The Parkdale Hall, 1605 Queen Street West #2
Cost: Free

Toronto Maple Leafs tailgates

Maple Leaf Square is holding free tailgate parties during Leafs playoff games with two of them falling in May on the 2nd and 4th.

Make sure to register on the Maple Leafs app at 1:00 PM the day prior to each game to secure your spot.

When: May 2nd & 4th, 2024
Where: Maple Leaf Square, 15 York St
Cost: Free

The Bookworm’s Market

Like a Scholastic Book Fair, but for adults! Shop books, cozy goods, and stationery at this one-of-a-kind market.

There will be vendors, food and drinks, music, poetry, an art battle, workshops, a costume contest and more.

When: May 3rd, 2024 from 7 PM – 11 PM & May 4th, 2024 from 11 AM – 5 PM
Where: Society Clubhouse, 967 College St
Cost: Free

Toronto Comic Arts Festival 

315+ comic creators will be present at the 2024 Toronto Comic Arts Festival – a must-visit for any comic book lover!

When: May 11th, 2024
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Cost: Free

Beaches Artisan Market

This family-friendly market in Toronto’s Beaches neighbourhood features the handcrafted works of over 50 independent artists, artisans, makers, and designers.

When: May 12th, 2024 from 11 AM – 5 PM
Where: Kew Gardens, 2075 Queen St E
Cost: $1 per hot dog, $23 per ticket

Toronto Blue Jays Loonie Dog Night

The Toronto Blue Jays have one May home game on the 21st where you can get $1 ballpark hot dogs – woo!

Grab some tickets for under $30 in the 500s, grab your $1 hot dog and rejoice!

When: May 21st, 2024 at 7:07 PM
Where: Rogers Centre, One Blue Jays Way
Cost: $1 per hot dog, $23 per ticket

Doors Open 

According to Doors Open, “Explore Toronto’s architectural, historical, cultural and socially significant buildings for free during the Doors Open weekend. This year’s theme is hidden histories.”

“Uncover untold stories from across the city through a variety of open house experiences, engaging tours and insightful talks.”

When: May 25th & 26th from 10 AM – 5 PM
Where: Multiple locations
Cost: Free

Enjoy any of these free and cheap things to do this May, Toronto!