Ya know what makes life livable?

Ice cream.

Also bacon. Bacon ON ice cream.

Oh, and Poutine. And wine…whisky. The Office reruns. Wine. Anything written by Christopher Nolan. Wine.  Preferably all at once!

And things that are FREE.

With all of that in mind, we present the Freebie: A weekly guide to events in Barrie that require zero money.

Click on the headline for each to find out more!


Free Wine Tasting RJS RQ 2020

Saturday you can a sneak preview of the RJS 2020 Restricted Quantity line of wines!

There will be a tasting of 5 great wines with a small food pairing while raising money for the Women & Childrens shelter of Barrie!

See descriptions of the wines for tasting here:



Tiny Hoppers Barrie Grand Opening


On Saturday bring your family out to experience what Tiny Hoppers Early Learning Centre has to offer! There will be arts, crafts and entertainment for the children. Froggles the mascot will be there with Disney princesses and superheros.

Tour emergency vehicles (Police, Fire and Ambulance). Feel free to dress up and get into the Halloween spirit. Take advantage of our Grand Opening special pricing and fun draws! Ribbon cutting ceremony at 11. Cake and refreshments will be provided.



Robbie Craig’s Northern Projects Barrie, Ontario Show

Join Canadian artist Robbie Craig for a showcase of a wide variety of prints, canvas prints and other treasures; including new scarves, art cards, coins, neck warmers, Holiday Ornaments prints, photography prints and jewelry.



The Ghost Bus is back for its 5th annual tour of the City’s community centres bringing FREE Halloween fun for everyone! In addition to the ghost bus, each location will offer an array of Halloween themed activities that are fun for all ages (certain activities will only run while supplies last).

Parents are encouraged to use their discretion when deciding whether or not to enter the ghost bus with their children. The bus is on the softer side of a typical haunted house but may be too spooky for some participants.

The bus will remain stationary all night so participants may drop in anytime during the event. While costumes are not necessary they are encouraged!


Looking for more events in Barrie? Be sure to check our calendar!

And if you have an event or business you’d like to publicize, we can help! Send us an email and we’ll get started