Let’s be honest, our wallets could use a break right now, and thankfully, you don’t need a very big budget to have a good time in the city this month. There are tons of free and cheap things to do in Toronto this April 2022, including art exhibitions, concerts, flea markets, parades, night markets, and more.
Whether you’re looking to celebrate the Easter long weekend, enjoy the milder weather, or explore the city on a Sunday afternoon, these activities have you covered.
Stock up on new treasures and support local while you’re at it at this artisan market on Queen West. Over 50 artisans and vendors will be stationed at the venue, selling jewelry, bath and body products, leather goods, stained glass, candles, clothing, and more. The first 30 shoppers through the door will get a VIP swag bag!
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St West
When: April 3, 2022
Feeling like perusing a selection of cheap goodies this April? The Leslieville Flea in The Distillery District is where it’s at. With a zero dollar admission fee, you can look through tons of handmade goods, artisanal products, handcrafted items, and more at this curated market. Although you will have to pay a small price if you decide to buy anything, most of the stuff up for grabs here is pretty darn cheap.
Where: 28 Distillery Ln
When: April 24, 2022
The annual parade that takes place in the Beaches every Easter weekend in Toronto is returning this April. The parade will travel from Queen Street East and Munro Park Avenue, and continue along Queen Street East to Woodbine Avenue, with floats to see, treats to eat, and music to enjoy all afternoon long.
Where: See parade route here
When: April 17, 2022, at 2 p.m.
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Wing enthusiasts, this is not a drill. St. Louis Bar & Grill has brought back its all-you-can-eat boneless wings event at all of its Ontario restaurants for an entire month. Until late April, you’ll be able to fill up on as many wings as you can handle all for $19.99. Nope, we’re not clucking around!
Where: Find your nearest location
When: Until April 24, 2022
A brand new Asian night market called Superfresh is taking over the Annex this April with 4,000 square feet of delicious eats, live entertainment, and special surprises. The market’s vendors will showcase many different regions through their menu offerings, from Northern China and Nepal to Taiwan and Korea.
While you chow down on tasty treats, you’ll get to enjoy the sounds of live DJs, do some pop-up shopping, explore local artisan products, and participate in the amazing culture and heritage of these Asian nations.
Where: 384 Bloor St W
When: Opens early April 2022 — Monday to Sunday, 1 p.m. to late
Put on your thinking caps, friends! A real-life treasure hunt in Toronto is happening at The Grand Order of Divine Sweets and there are some very sweet prizes up for grabs. Not only will the hidden treasure contain a delicious handcrafted treat, but also a scroll you’ll need to bring to the bakery to redeem your prize. The grand prize, however, is the Golden Egg — a large, dark chocolate smash egg covered in edible gold and filled with treats and $1,000 cash.
Where: 1162 Queen St W & city-wide
When: Starting on Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m.
Toronto’s popular RendezViews patio is now open for the season and there’s a three-day party coming up that you won’t want to miss. Festivities include food and drink, lawn games, live music, giveaways, and watch parties for sporting events throughout the three days. As for the musical entertainment, the iconic Sam Roberts Band will be headlining the event on Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by Toronto’s own Anders NST performing on Sunday afternoon.
Where: 229 Richmond St W
When: April 2 — April 4, 2022
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The MOCA is reopening to the public this month with a brand new season of exhibitions. Described as “ambitiously inclusive, interdisciplinary, and internationally renowned,” this is the place to see and experience contemporary art. Get excited for unique new showcases at the MOCA, a “place for everyone to explore that provokes ideas and discussion and challenges the current cultural moment.”
Where: 158 Sterling Rd
When: Opens March 10th, 2022
Price: Adult $10, Student $5 with ID
Experience the evolution of our city through the eyes of Toronto’s emerging artists. The art gallery at the St. Lawrence Market is now showcasing 60 artworks acquired by the City from the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair over the past six decades. Do a little shopping at the market and then head upstairs to this FREE show and explore the ever-changing geographical and cultural landscape of our city.
Where: The Market Gallery, 95 Front St E
When: Until April 17th, 2022
Art enthusiasts, this one’s for you. A year-long celebration of exceptional art, called ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art, is bringing all kinds of FREE public exhibits, installations, and displays to the city at various ArtworxTO Hubs. The displays you’ll get to see are contemporary works by local and international artists. Opening in early March is the I am land installation at Union Station, and HOME(LAND) at Cloverdale Common. Each of the installations has its own unique theme and message.
Where: Various locations
When: Until Fall 2022