Make the most of the first weekend of the month by checking out the top events happening in the city.
From food and drink festivals to cheering on your favourite team during the Super Bowl, here are the top Toronto events for February 2 to 4.
What: La Poutine Week kicks off in Toronto this will give diners the chance to try the ultimate poutines at select restaurants in the city. The dining public will have a chance to eat and vote on their favourites before a winner is announced at the end of the week.
When: Now until February 7
Where: Participating restaurants in Toronto
What: Toronto’s biannual prix fixe promotion returns and will not only feature special menus at select restaurants across the city but also a unique Culinary series this year.
When: Now until February 8
Where: Restaurants across Toronto
What: Progress is an international festival of performance and ideas presented in partnership with SummerWorks Performance Festival and The Theatre Centre. The festival will feature a series of performances including MDLSX, Race Cards, LOST in Trans, and many more.
When: Now until February 8
Where: Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West
What: Now in its second year, temporary winter art exhibit Ice Breakers is returning to Toronto’s waterfront. Organized by Winter Stations and The Waterfront Business Improvement Area (WBIA), Ice Breakers will provide the city with five temporary wintertime art installations that are 100% free to the public.
When: Now until February 25
Where: Queens Quay from Harbourfront Centre to the Toronto Music Garden
What: For the second year in a row, the historic Distillery District will be home to the Toronto Light Fest this winter. Designed to entertain and inspire, the free to attend light festival will feature curated light installations and illuminated sculptures created by a number of local and international artists.
When: Now until March 4
Where: Distillery District
What: Ontario Place has welcomed a new free event: Winter at Ontario Place. The new festival features various winter-themed activities including the Winter Light Exhibition, skating on the new synthetic skating rink and film screenings at the newly re-opened Cinesphere.
When: Now until March 18
Where: Ontario Place
What: When the weather starts to drop, it means it’s officially time to go skating. And it just so happens that the city’s most scenic rink has its doors open for the winter season. The Natrel Rink is complete with heated indoor change rooms and the rink-side Bistro Natrel for those interested in getting a snack post-skate. The best part? Skating at the Harbourfront rink is totally free.
When: Now until the end of March
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
What: Sausage Party Toronto pops up in the brewery for an afternoon of beers and bites. On the menu, four unique loaded gourmet vegetarian and vegan hot dogs to choose from.
When: February 2, 4 pm to 9 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive
What: Live in the Library celebrates Black History Month. Come and enjoy an exciting performance of Caribbean and African rhythm and dance, performed by the kids of Toronto’s own Ubuntu ensemble.
When: February 2, 7 pm to 8 pm
Where: Parkdale Public Library, 1303 Queen Street West
What: Starting in February, Ripley’s will be hosting Paint Nite at the Aquarium, where visitors will have the chance to let their creativity flow in a vibrant underwater oasis. Led by an O-FISH-AL Paint Nite instructor, painters will get to create a marine-themed canvas painting, all while enjoying fun cocktails.
When: February 2, 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: Ripley’s Aquarium, 288 Bremner Boulevard
What: Motionball 2018 will be taking over the Liberty Grand this February for an epic celebration in support of the Special Olympics Canada Foundation.
When: February 2, 9 pm to 2 am
Where: Liberty Grand, 25 British Columbia Road
What: This unique dining and theatrical experience is set inside the 1860s home of William Lyon Mackenzie and his wife Isabel. The intimate event includes period music and four-course Victorian inspired meal, as well as the opportunity for participants to interact with actors.
When: February 2 and 3
Where: The Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street
What: Tour the Market with a glass of sparkling wine in hand and enjoy tastings from three Market merchants before partaking in a four-course demo and dine experience that features “the bounty of the Market paired with local Ontario wines.”
When: February 2, 3 and 5
Where: St. Lawrence Market, 93-95 Front Street East
What: This female-only hackathon takes place February 2 to 4 at the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University and is organized by students with a background in STEM fields and welcomes female post-secondary students, recent grads, and even high school students to participate.
When: February 2 to 4
Where: Lassonde School of Engineering, 4700 Keele Street, North York
What: Come and enjoy the 50th annual Richmond Hill Winter Carnival the first weekend of the month. This weekend of fun features a great lineup of fun and entertainment organized by local volunteers.
When: February 2 to 4
Where: Mill Pond, near the corner of Mill Street and Trench Street
What: You finally have a chance to watch all your favourite cult-classic films on the big screen. Cineplex is hosting the Flashback Film Festival at select theatres across Canada, where attendees will be able to sit back with some movie theatre popcorn and enjoy their favourite flicks from the ’80s and ’90s. The lineup includes Back to the Future, Gremlins, Hot Fuzz, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Big Lebowski, and more.
When: February 2 to February 8
Where: Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP – 10 Dundas Street East, Suite 402, Toronto
What: Looking for a special way to celebrate your love for your favourite four-legged friend? Treasure your most beloved best friend this Valentine’s Day with an Awkward Valentine’s Pet Photoshoot on February 3 at a Little Italy pet store.
When: February 3, 2 pm to 5 pm
Where: Pet Uno, 675 College Street
What: Calling all soca lovers – the doctor is in! Dr. Jay de Soca Prince will be taking over the Natrel Rink this month as he spins soca rink-side for the hottest winter party in town.
When: February 3, 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Natrel Rink, 235 Queens Quay West
What: Feel like your Earl Grey routine is growing old? This weekend at the Toronto Reference Library, tea drinkers will be able to discover something new with the hundreds of tea tastings and opportunities to visit with experts from the industry at one of the many complimentary presentations. There will be, of course, plenty of opportunities to shop, as there will be teas, teawares, and related products for sale.
When: February 3 and 4, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
What: Channel the Edwardian era over teas and a tiered cake stand topped with mini pastries, scones, croissants, strawberries and cream, crumpets, and tea sandwiches.
When: February 3 and 4, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace
What: World Nutella Day takes place annually on February 5, which, in 2018 is a Monday meaning many Toronto bakeries customarily are closed. As a result, the single day devoted to all things choco-hazelnut has spawned into World Nutella Weekend. Check out our roundup featuring top picks on where to celebrate.
When: February 3 to 5
Where: Participating bakeries in Toronto
What: As part of the Sunday Interludes Concert Series, you can enjoy a free performance from Derek Gripper on the first Sunday of the month. For over 10 years, Derek Gripper has produced some of South Africa’s most extraordinary works.
When: February 4, 2 pm
Where: Mazzoleni Concert Hall in Ihnatowycz Hall, 273 Bloor Street West
What: Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching and Toronto sports bars are reserving seats to watch the big game. The festivities include tailgate parties, half-time buffets, chicken wings galore, and other game day essentials. Whether you’re cheering on the Eagles or the Patriots, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable night at any Toronto bar.
When: February 4
Where: Check out these restaurants and bars hosting Super Bowl events