40 million people visit Toronto every year and you could be one of them! The city is home to haute shopping, cutting edge restaurants, spectacular attractions, and world class entertainment to spend your time and money on, but if you have a smaller budget or just want to do something different Toronto also has loads of free things to do! To most travelers these remain elusive hidden gems but below are the three best places that you can find out about cultural festivals, free events, and live entertainment to make your stay that much better!
City of Toronto Website- The city websites Explore & Enjoy section has loads of information so that you can see, in advance, what's happening in the city when you'll be there! You can find out about parks, hiking trails, transit and lots of other useful information!!
NOW Magazine- Since 1981 Torontonian's have been turning to NOW for alternative news about arts, culture, and politics. However, the real gem of NOW is the entertainment listings in the back! The best of Toronto's thriving comedy, music, and arts scenes for the entire week is held within its pages! Best of all it's free! Just look for the NOW news boxes on street corners, new issues every Thursday!
Ask a Local- Most Canadian's regard the people of Toronto in a fairly unflattering light. They think them rude with an inflated sense of self importance, and while some of Toronto's 3 million inhabitants may have a bit of a hard outer surface, once cracked you'll most likely find a nice person who's day would be made by helping you out! Torontonians are proud of their city and love sharing it with people. A local eatery off the beaten path, a unique festival , or a buddies band playing at a bar could be your reward just for chatting with someone at a bus stop or the table across from you.
If you are planning on visiting our fair metropolis I hope you'll find lots of fun things to do using these three awesome sources of information. Let us know what fun stuff you find or already love about Toronto.
By: Curtis Diehl