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8 Free Things to do this Fall
8 Free Things to do this Fall
If you are looking for things to do this fall, we have some tips for you. And best of all, they don't have to cost you a cent. We searched for some free things for this fall and winter, and you might be surprised how much the 6ix has to offer. Check for our recommendations below.
Remember: These days, it's best to check with your destinations before you head out. Businesses, services and attractions may open or close due to changing restrictions.
A city full of art
BigArtTO is a city-wide celebration of public art that offers free access to over 200 hours of temporary public artworks projected onto local buildings and landmarks. Created by Toronto artists, the projections will play Wednesday through Saturday in each of Toronto's 25 wards, allowing residents check out some amazing artwork without having to leave their neighbourhood. In mid November, it will visit Don Valley West and Etobicoke Centre, before moving on to Parkdale-High Park and Toronto Danforth. Be sure to check the site for future stops.
Catch up on your reading
The Toronto Public Library has issued you a challenge – The Reading Challenge 2020, that is! The basic idea is that you read or listen to 12 books in 12 months or more, if you feel particularly literary. An entire community has sprung up on social around it, so jump in and get suggestions for new books, talk about the works you've read and loved, and just be part of the conversation. The Challenge runs until the end of December, so there's still time to get involved or to catch up on your winter reading.
Head down to the farm
Riverdale Farm is a working farm in the middle of downtown in Toronto's Cabbagetown neighbourhood. You can visit the 7.5 acre property and get a first-hand taste of farm life, including raising livestock (cows, pigs, sheep, goats and chickens). The property features flower, vegetable and herb gardens, as well as wooded areas and ponds connected to the city's rich ravine system. Admission is free and the Farm is open 12 months a year so it's always a great escape.
Jazz up your November
Speaking of amazing neighbourhoods… one of our favourites in the heart of downtown is Kensington Market. Home to an incredible array of restaurants, galleries, bars, quirky shops and odds and ends, Kensington is an amazing place to explore any day of the year. Kensington also has its own jazz festival. Over the past five years, the Kensington Market Jazz Festival has supported and showcased hundreds of Toronto- and Canadian-based musicians. Because of COVID, this year the festival will run virtually over two days (November 7 and 8). So, tune in and catch some of the finest Canadian jazz and please donate if you can to keep this amazing Festival going in the future. Really, there are a ton of festivals and shows online worth checking out so get on and explore, and support your favourite musicians.
The Santa Claus Parade
Not even COVID can stop Santa! The Santa Claus Parade has been a highlight on the fall calendar since 1913. And, while you won't be able to attend in person this year, you can watch the Parade from the comfort of your couch, curled up in a blanket with your warm cup of choice. As the organizers note: We've been doing so uninterrupted for 116 years, and that's exactly what we were planning to do again this year bring Santa's magic back to town. Our plans, like so many of yours, have changed, but we will still be with you to celebrate the holidays and bring Santa's magic to Canada. So, tune in on Saturday, December 5 at 7 pm on CTV or CTV2 to catch the action.
TSO at the AGO
The AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) is now offering a free annual pass for youths 14 to 25, as well as free general admission to all visitors from 6 pm to 9 pm on Wednesdays. And, from now until the end of January, you can catch Toronto Symphony Orchestra musicians perform live at the AGO in Walker Court. As an alternative to its previously scheduled performances at Roy Thomson Hall, TSO musicians are now planning to spend the coming year up close and personal, performing in smaller ensembles and connecting with audiences throughout the GTHA. The AGO will be their home every month until the new year. Coming up in January, you'll also be able to catch the Canadian Opera Company live at the AGO!
Take in a Toronto park
Did you know that there are more than 1,500 parks in Toronto from tiny little one-bench parkettes to big destinations like High Park, Trinity Bellwoods and the Toronto Islands. Toronto has consistently ranked as one of the world's greenest cities, with a leaf canopy that covers many neighbourhoods. But, it's the amazing number of parks that really stands out. When the leaves are changing, the city lights up in a bouquet of colours, and when the snow falls the evergreens come into their own. Don't just watch from your window get out into nature and explore the city's parks, no matter what the calendar says!
Explore a neighbourhood
There are so many options, and you can certainly enjoy the best of many neighbourhoods without ever opening your wallet. Maybe try the Entertainment District, The Distillery District, The Annex, Old Town or Midtown and that's just the core. There's really no end of exploring to do, right here in the city. So, break out your compass, fill up your thermos and strap on some comfortable shoes. You've got some adventuring to do!