Harbourfront Free Flicks
Now in its 14th year, The Harbourfront is screening family-friendly flicks like Mean Girls and Strange Brew every Wednesday night starting June 22, 2016. Films begin after sundown, usually between 8:30 pm and 9:00 pm, and the venue is mostly covered and has seating.
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 973 4000
Bollywood Classic Film Series
The Aga Kahn Museum is hosting a series of Bollywood films from the 1960s to the present day. Although most of the films being shown are ticketed, the upcoming August 13th screening of Jodhaa Akbar is playing outside in the Aga Khan’s stunning courtyard and is free.
Aga Kahn Museum, 77 Wynford Dr., Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 646 4677
Toronto’s largest outdoor theatre event and one of the most fascinating outdoor cinemas of the summer is the annual Sail-In Cinema at Sugar Beach. From August 18-20, 2016 free movies will be screened on a two-sided screen atop of a barge on Lake Ontario. The line-up is suitable for the whole family and includes crowd pleasing classics Hook (18th), Jumanji (19th) and The Princess Bride (20th).
City Cinema at Yonge-Dundas Square
Grab a lawn chair or blanket and head on down to Yonge-Dundas Square to catch a free double feature at sundown. Every Tuesday starting June 28th and running until August 30, 2016, the National Film Board will show a film followed by a funny film (this year’s theme) like Bridesmaids and the classic Coming to America.
Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E., Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 979 9960
Movies in St. James Park
Every last Thursday of June, July and August, St. James Park hosts free film screenings, starting around 9:00 pm. Get there early as some of the films are preceded by live entertainment like June’s screening of Kinky Boots, which will follow a drag show at 8:00 pm.
St. James Park, 120 King St. E., Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 392 2489
Every Friday in July, Mel Lastman Square comes alive with family-friendly entertainment including buskers and interactive art installations, followed by a free movie screening when the sun sets.
Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St., Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 338 3343
Under The Stars Screening Series
A free ten-week screening series outside Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park begins June 18, 2016. Popcorn and refreshments will be sold, and if it rains, the films will take place inside the Daniels Spectrum building.
Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E., Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 238 2453
Film Night at Trinity Bellwoods Park
For one night only, Trinity Bellwoods will be showing a series of National Film Board shorts from the Best of the Best: Especially for Kids series on June 22nd starting at 7:30 pm. The films will be playing in the ‘dog bowl’, and there will be refreshments available to purchase.
Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 338 4386
Open Roof Festival
The Open Roof Festival returns to Toronto for its seventh year celebrating indie music and film. Every Tuesday and Wednesday night starting June 21, 2016, enjoy live music at 8:00 pm followed by a movie at 9:00 pm. Tickets are only $15, and the venue is really on a rooftop. Alcohol and other refreshments are available to purchase.
Christie Pits Film Festival
The ever-popular Christie Pits Film Festival is back for its sixth year and happens every Sunday starting June 26, 2016. This year’s series is called ‘Stranded in Christie Pits’ and will feature films like Gravity and Cast Away, which explore the themes of isolation, confinement, escape, and perseverance.
Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 338 4386