5 Free or Cheap Things to do in May- Toronto

Who doesn’t despise the question “So, what do you want to do today?” In order to avoid missing fun activities going on in the city and also maximizing my summer, I decided to keep track of free and cheap activities taking place in Toronto each month. For May, I already have about 15 events/ activities I am excited to try on the weekends. Plus as Rochelle and I are preparing to save for our Europe trips, exchanging a lunch date for one of these free activities is a plus. Here are some things I will be making sure to check out in May.


#1 Doors Open Toronto

This is my favourite time of year. Make a list of the coveted museums you have been meaning to visit and check them out on May 28-29. During Doors Open Toronto, 150 cultural and historical buildings are open to the public. Yes there might be longer lineups but you save money. I want to check out: Bata Shoe Museum, City TV, and Omni building.

Cost: Free      Click: to visit website

#2 Cherry Blossoms

If you are a nature lover like me, you will enjoy seeing the cherry blossoms blooming in High Park or at the University of Toronto in mid-May. Last year I missed the bloom period which is only a couple of days but this year I am determined to see what the rave is all about. Working in the High Park area, I can attest to the amount of people that show up.

Cost: Free       Clickto visit website

#3 Toronto’s Festival of Beer

Just like a wine tour, take advantage to taste test different beers and try new labels. Although I am not a fan of beer myself, I am open to try new things and potentially find one that will change my mind. This is a beer festival so why not make use of the beautiful Toronto weather. It takes place May 21-22.

Cost: $30       Click: to visit website

Or you can opt for a free option which is to check out a brewery tour. Amsterdam Brewhouse offers free tours and tastings on a regular bases. Plus you have the benefit of being next to Lake Ontario shores which is always so scenic.

Cost: Free    Click: to visit website

#4 Second City

I had positive reviews of Second City comedy shows before. With Drake’s new album out, why not check out the show “The Hotline Always Blings Twice.” Its an evening of laughs that is totally appropriate with the new album release. If you are a student, you have the benefit of a discounted ticket.

Cost: $25, student: $14-18 (depending on the day you go)   Click:  to visit website

#5 City Sightseeing Toronto Tour Bus

Beat the tourist rush that starts in June and until August by checking out the tourist hot spots in May. My goal this summer is to be a tourist in my own city which means hopping on one of those red, open roof top tour buses. Not only will you learn something new about your city from the tour guide, but the bus will take you to the coolest places in the city. Moreover,  you can score some cheaply priced tickets to get into museums and attractions.

Cost: $38.06, students: $34.51 (with valid ID)      Click:  to visit website




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