Top Free Events to Check out at This Year’s Luminato Festival

From Joni Mitchell to Marina Abromovic, there are some amazing people and events coming to this year’s Luminato Festival. But beyond the ticketed happenings are some amazing free ways to enjoy this culture binge. Here are our top free picks at Luminato 2013.

Serena Ryder Friday, June 14, 9 pm @ The Hub at David Pecaut Square 

The Juno-winning Toronto artist will perform a free concert on the opening night of the festival.

Future Tastes of Toronto: At The Kids’ Table Saturday June 15 & Sunday June 1612-7 pm @ The Distillery District

President’s Choice pairs chefs and kids to create culinary collaborations together. Cute/hilarious/there will be PC Black Label menu items to eat. Noms.

Amadou & Mariam Sunday, June 16, 3 pm @ The Hub at David Pecaut Square

Malian musician couple Amadou & Mariam will perform their eclectic sound, and songs from their new album Folia. 

Lunchtime Illuminations: Nicholas Jennings, Murray McLauchlan & Sylvia Tyson Monday, June 17, 12 pm @ The Hub at David Pecaut Square

Yorkville in the ’60s, stomping ground of Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, will come to life as Nicholas Jennings shares tales from behind the Riverboat Coffeehouse counter, where the aforementioned musicians played some of their first shows. 

Viktor&Rolf Dolls Sunday June 9-Sunday June 3010 am-5:30 pm @ Royal Ontario Museum, Thorsell Spirit House

A catwalk platform designed especially for the space featuring porcelain dolls wearing the label’s designs.

L’Allegro Movement Project Wednesday June 19, 7 pm @ Daniels Spectrum

Young students and dancers with Parkinson’s Disease celebrate the expressive possibilities of music. 

Evening Illuminations: A Gala Reading Thursday, June 20, 6 pm @ The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library 

Lisa Moore, Sheila Heti, and Miranda Hall for a Luminato-style gala reading. 

A Symphonic Birthday Party Friday, June 21, 8 pm @ The Hub at David Pecaut Square

A Luminato tradition, the TSO performs for free under the stars! 

A Literary Picnic Saturday, June 22, 12 pm @ Trinity Bellwoods Park

Food trucks, authors giving advice on three different stages, a book trade, author signings, and more!

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