Beach days, nature hikes, picnics with friends — summertime never fails to remind us that the best things in life are often free. And when it comes to free things to do in Toronto this June, there’s no shortage of them. You won’t have to spend a dime to attend these festivals, parades, and outdoor parties. You could even bike naked through the streets and cannonball in a swimming pool all day long — talk about cheap thrills.

Check out this list of the best things to do for free in Toronto this June, so you can save your dollars for patio szn.

100 Days of Summer by Art & Water

Toronto’s waterfront has released its jam-packed summer programming and kicking things off is Canada’s first and only floating arts and culture festival running until September 5. “Performances will bring together songwriters, musicians, and other artists from all walks of life to deliver art and culture into the daily lives of Torontonians,” the description says. It’s not one to miss!

Where: 585 Queens Quay West & 1 Queens Quay West
When: Until September 5, 2022
Cost: Free

Backyard Festival

The June edition of this summer-long festival at Stackt Market is basically a giant Pride-themed outdoor party, complete with a local LGBTQ+ vendor market, music series, food station, an art showcase, and more. What better way to enjoy summer in the city than with good tunes, good bites, and good company in an outdoor oasis?

Where: Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst St
When: June 18, 2022
Cost: Free

Do West Fest

A street-wide celebration is making its way to Dundas St West. Dubbed “Toronto’s official start to summer,” Do West Fest (formerly Dundas West Fest), promises to deliver three days of non-stop fun to the west end. As always, the festival will occupy 14 blocks of Dundas St West, stretching from Ossington to Lansdowne in the heart of Little Portugal.

Where: Dundas St West, Ossington to Lansdowne
When: June 3-5, 2022
Cost: Free

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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 well into the fall. On the last Sunday of every month for the next several months, Toronto’s most eccentric neighbourhood will host a street-wide celebration of community, culture, and ecology.

Where: Kensington Market
When: June 26, 2022
Cost: Free

Pride Month Kickoff Party

Stackt Market will transform into a celebration of all things Pride to kick off the month of June. The event will feature epic programming, events, art installations, and musical performances celebrating Toronto’s 2SLGBTQ+ community. Get ready to dance, eat, shop, and support the city’s 2SLGBTQ+ artists and creators.

Where: Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst St
When: June 4, 2022
Cost: Free

Pride Street Fair

A multitude of vendors, artisans, and local organizations will take over The Village during Festival Weekend. Come together in celebration of togetherness and support for the community and most importantly, have fun! Plus, you’ll want to check out the Wellness Zone, Art Zone, and Food Zone.

Where: Church St & Wellesley St
When: June 24-26, 2022
Cost: Free

Pride Parade

After two long years, Toronto’s world-famous Pride Parade will take place for its 41st in-person edition this June. Celebrate how far Toronto’s 2SLGBTQ+ community has come and throw on your rainbow colours for this massive celebration of love. There will be over 200 contingents and over 200,000 marchers in this year’s parade, so needless to say, it will be spectacular.

Where: Bloor St & Yonge St
When: June 26, 2022, 2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Taste of Little Italy

This beloved annual event is hosted by Little Italy BIA and takes place along College Street, from Bathurst St. to Shaw St, a.k.a. Toronto’s Little Italy neighbourhood. The street fest closes the road to vehicles, as live music, vendors, and awesome food stands take over. Make sure you head to it with an empty stomach, as food is definitely the draw.

When: June 17—19, 2022
Where: College St W (Little Italy)
Cost: Free


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 The Colourway

A whimsical walkway has popped up in Toronto. The free outdoor pop-up, called The Colourway, is a series of rainbow arches made out of 5,000 recycled pool noodles. If you snap a photo of The Colourway, you’ll be given access to all kinds of deals and freebies at participating storefronts in the area, including free pizza, gym passes, clothing discounts, and more.

Where: 1479 Yonge St
When: Until June 24, 2022
Cost: Free

The World Naked Bike Ride 2022

It is an annual event that turns heads globally, and it’s returning to Toronto. The World Naked Bike Ride will be taking place this year on June 11. According to organizers, the annual World Naked Bike Ride is a “global protest against the over usage of oil and urban pollution, promoting greater cycling safety on our roads, and encouraging body freedom for everyone.” This is set to be the biggest ride yet, so get ready for quite the spectacle!

When: June 11, 2022
Where: Starts at Coronation Park (by the waterfront at the centre of the park)
Cost: Free

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show

The season of movies under the stars is about to return here in the city! The Toronto Outdoor Picture Show (TOPS) is making a comeback for the summer with a new series of programming called Curtains Up!. The films will pay tribute to all of the performing artists we’ve missed seeing live during the pandemic, from dancers to circus acts to musicians and more.

Where: See locations
When: Begins June 23, 2022
Cost: Free

Toronto Public Pools

City-run outdoor pools will open this month and there are so many of them to choose from. There’s nothing like taking a refreshing dip on a hot summer day and starting this June 18 and June 30, you’ll be able to do so at pools all over the city.

Where: See locations
When: Opening June 18 & 30, 2022
Cost: Free