Looking to try new things this year? Here are our top 20 things to do in Toronto this 2020 for FREE.
Being in a city as diverse as Toronto, there is always something to do 24/7/365. We thought to help by providing a list of experiences that will not only allow you to see the various areas of the city, but also give you some unique events to try. The best part, they’re free!
From festivals to comedy shows, there are endless opportunities for all kinds of adventures to be had.
Here are our top 20 free activities to enjoy in Toronto this New Year.
Newmarket Winter Wonderland Light
Enjoy a beautiful light show and free outdoor skating at the New Market Winter Wonderland.
LOCATION: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket
DATES: Until February 17, 2020
Hilarious Stand Up Comedy: The Danny Show
Support many local comedic artists and laugh your night away at this awesome stand up comedy show. The shows are free and you’re guaranteed to laugh! *Must be of legal age*
LOCATION: The Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas Street East, Toronto
DATES: Wednesdays @ 7:30pm, starting January 22, 2020
Mindful Meditation Class
Relax with this free mindful meditation class. This meditation group meets every Monday at 6:00 pm. Their approach brings together the modern, secular mindfulness techniques and research, as well as the perspectives of the ancient contemplative traditions from East and West. Sessions are open to everyone.
LOCATION: Centre Place, 320 Richmond St E, Toronto
DATES: Every Monday at 6:00 PM until February 3, 2020
Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Concert Series
Enjoy a lovely concert in one of Toronto’s most breathtaking and intimate spaces. Discover exciting artists, both established and emerging, and experience the joy of live performance in an incredible variety of genres.
LOCATION:Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145, Queen St W, Toronto
DATES: Tuesdays and Wednesdays @ 12:00 pm, until May 28, 2020
New Music Festival
The 2020 New Music Festival features Brazilian pianist, composer and arranger André Mehmari. A stellar list of guest artists includes Emmanuele Baldini, Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa and the Penderecki String Quartet. Join them for 10 days of concerts, workshops and master classes as we celebrate new music.
LOCATION: Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park, Toronto
DATES: January 12 – January 21, 2019
Shaolin Qigong Intro Workshops
Participate in four introductory Shaolin Qigong Workshops! Qigong (pronounced Chee-Goong) is very much about understanding your own energy and learning how to cultivate it through techniques such as breathing, energy awareness exercises, stretching, and movement.
LOCATION: Meridian Hall, 1 Front Street East, Toronto
DATES: Mondays @ 12:00 pm from January 13 – February 3, 2020
Best of LGBTQ Short Film Festival
Enjoy a showcase of LGBTQ Short Films from around the world today. Films from Ireland, Norway, Sweden, UK, USA.
LOCATION: Carlton Cinemas, 20 Carlton Street, Toronto
DATES: January 13, 2020
Lunchtime Yoga Classes
Spend your lunch hour stretching, twisting, and breathing and add some calm to your day! Lunchtime yoga classes are taught by instructors from Modo Yoga Danforth. Please bring your own yoga mat & water bottle.
LOCATION: Meridian Hall, 1 Front Street East, Toronto DATES: Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 12:00pm from January 14 – January 30, 2020
Toronto Light Festival
The Toronto Light Festival, the City’s first-ever light art festival, is returning for another year to the Distillery Historic District! Visitors will be taken on a new visual journey and cerebral adventure, designed to entertain and inspire. The Festival will transform the picturesque historic neighbourhood into one of the largest open-air galleries in North America, lighting up the long winter nights with distinctive works from local and international light artists.
LOCATION: The Historic Distillery District 55 Mill Street, Toronto
DATES: January 17, 2020 – March 1, 2020
Contemporary Dance Classes
Join an evening beginner contemporary dance class with Ming-Bo Lam! Beginner Contemporary begins by warming up the body through a combination of gentle movements and foundational elements of ballet technique. The second half of the class is focused on learning a short combination. Be prepared to have FUN, laugh a lot and learn something new! Suggested class attire is something breathable that you can comfortably move in, with socks or bare feet for footwear. (Photo Credit: Alvin Collantes)
LOCATION: Meridian Hall, 1 Front Street East, Toronto
DATES: Thursdays @ 6:00 pm from January 16, 2020 to January 30, 2020
DesignTO, formerly the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, brings you 10 days filled with immersive installations, fantastic exhibitions, engaging talks, and more design and art than ever before. With this much to do, you’ll want to make sure it all makes it into your calendar.
LOCATION: Various Toronto locations – see their website for more info.
DATES: January 17, 2020 – January 26, 2020
Annual Millpond Hockey Classic
Enjoy a well-loved, fun-filled winter tradition: outdoor hockey on the millpond. Taking place during the Fire & Ice Festival, the 10th annual Alton Millpond Hockey Classic features men’s, women’s and kids’ games. Catch the action outside or from the warmth of the beautiful Paul Morin Gallery overlooking the millpond.
LOCATION: Alton Millpond., Queen Street West, Alton
DATES: January 18, 2020 @ 8am-3pm
Night Hike in the Ravines
Join expert naturalist and avid tracker Lee Earl with Evergreen staff for a wintery walk through the Don Valley Brick Works Park to explore the ravines at night. You’ll bundle up and head out on a prowl to explore the nocturnal community and look for evidence of animal survival in the winter. You’ll also listen to the calls of the Barred and Northern Saw-whet Owls, look for roosting birds and other tracks.
LOCATION: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON, M4W 3X8
DATES: January 21, 2020 @ 6:00pm
A Tale of Success Film Screening: Angel Has Fallen (2019)
Join the Brentwood library for a free screening of Angel has fallen.
LOCATION: Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Road North, Toronto
DATES: January 28, 2020 @ 6:00pm
The Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition Finals
Listen to the talented solo performers of The Glenn Gould School as they compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra during the 2020-21 concert.
LOCATION:Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W, Toronto
DATES: January 29, 2020 @ 10:00 am
Human Rights Film Festival Opening Night: I AM NOT ALONE
Check out the Opening night of the Human Rights Film Festival where they will be screening I AM NOT ALONE, directed by Garin Hovannisian.
LOCATION: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto
DATES: January 30, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Chocolate Making Workshop
This classic chocolate making workshop is ideal for excited beginners and any chocolate lover wanting a hands-on introduction into the world of chocolate making! We share with you the unique history of chocolate and chocolate making and pass the tradition onto you by teaching you how to make your own gourmet chocolate treats… roll up your sleeves, it’s time to get crafty!
LOCATION: S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Avenue, Toronto
DATES: January 31, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Port Union Winterfest
Port Union Winterfest is a winter community festival for all ages! Come on out and enjoy Live Entertainment, Displays, Games,Inflatables, BBQ and much more!
LOCATION: Port Union Community Recreation Centre, 5450 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto
DATE: January 25, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Year of the Rat – Eye Dotting Ceremony & Dance Performances
In celebration of the Year of the Rat this Lunar New Year, Scarborough Town Centre is hosting events Eye Dotting Ceremony & Dance Performances.
All shows will feature 5-lion dance performances and folk dances at STC’s Centre Court.
LOCATION: Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Dr
DATE: January 18, 2020 – January 19, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Snowshoes and Snowclues
Discover the wonders of winter wildlife! Join us to track and identify signs of local animals, and learn some of their secrets for surviving chilly winter temperatures. Try out snowshoeing and leave behind tracks of your own! Snowshoes will be provided. In the event of a snow-free day, join us for a winter walk through the woods.
LOCATION: Malton Community Centre, 3540 Morning Star Dr, Westwood, Mississauga
DATE: January 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am