Ten great free or nearly free things to do this spring in Toronto

Spring is upon us so here are ten great free or nearly free things to do that might inspire you to get off the couch.

The Distillery Historic District is a pedestrian-only village set amidst historic architecture that includes some of the most extensive and best-preserved Victorian industrial architecture in the country.

Check out the full bloom of Cherry Blossoms in High Park, one of the most popular spring events in the city. If you can, stay away from peak-viewing weekends.

The Toronto Harbourfront Centre offers a variety of cultural activities to the public free of charge. Visitors can stroll the boardwalk on Harbourfront’s 10-acre site, relax in one of the parks and take in the waterfront view.

Yonge-Dundas Square is a spectacular public space in the heart of downtown where you’ll often find free events, such as movies, concerts, and sponsored promotions.

The annual Spring Bird Festival at Tommy Thompson Park takes place on May 11.  You can join a birding workshop, guided walk or conservation activities for kids and adults.

The Canadian Opera Company offers free lunch hour performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Starting May 26, Pedestrian Sundays are back in Kensington Market, when there are no cars, but lots of music, street food, vendors, street performers and character.

Entry to the Permanent Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario is free from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. At the Bata Shoe Museum “pay-what-you-wish” admission is held Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m.  Admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art is pay-what-you-can at all times, and the Market Gallery at St. Lawrence Market, which explores Toronto history and culture, is always free.

Photo: Crowds enjoy Sakura Cherry blossoms at High Park

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