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20 things to do in Toronto this weekend: January 12 to 14

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Ainsley Smith Jan 12, 2018 5:30 am 556

You officially made it to the weekend, and because of this, you deserve to have some fun.

And if you’re still trying to decide what to do this weekend, here’s a list of the biggest events for you to choose from.

Have a great weekend, Toronto!

Light Up the Beach

What: Now in its 10th year, Light Up the Beach features more than 80,000 twinkling Christmas lights along the Toronto Beaches boardwalk to support The Michael Garron Hospital Foundation. The light display is truly a sight to see and a tradition that every Torontonian should enjoy.

When: Now until mid-February
Where: At the foot of Leuty Avenue, The Beach

Bentway Skate Trail

What: The highly anticipated Bentway Skate Trail located under the Gardiner Expressway is officially open to the public! This season’s events and activities include Friday night skate parties and Ice Breaking Workshops.

When: Now until mid-March
Where: The path runs from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street

Winter at Ontario Place

What: This new winter 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

Skating at Harbourfront Centre

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 its own rink-side bar and grill 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 

The Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls

What: The annual Winter Festival of Lights stretches over 8 kilometers in Niagara and will run through to the end of January. Attracting over 1 million visitors annually, this incredible spectacle is Canada’s largest lights festival. Just imagine a breathtaking, colourful scene with millions of sparkling lights and animated displays that extends to Dufferin Islands. And yes, it’s completely free to attend!

When: Now until the end of January
Where: Niagara Falls

4th Annual Vintage Prom Toronto

What: Now in its 4th year, Toronto Vintage Prom will host another exciting evening filled with plenty of vintage music, fashion and fun. Prom-goers are invited to travel back in time with this year’s prom theme: ‘Dreams of the Silverscreen’, which will celebrate classic Hollywood with the decor, fashion and live music being inspired from the 1920s to the 1950s.

When: January 12, 8:30 pm to 2 am
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West

Friday Night Jazz

What: On the second Friday of every month, Ripley’s Aquarium hosts an evening of live music paired with cash bars located throughout the aquarium.

When: Janaury 12, 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Boulevard

Music from People City

What: Today is the final day to check out Toronto’s most iconic musical assets as part of Music from People City – a professionally curated event series that invites locals, visitors and travellers to experience the city’s world-class music scenes, sounds and stories firsthand.

When: January 12
Where: Venues throughout the city

Ice Breaking and DJ Workshop

What: Come and learn about the foundations of DJing and how to breakdance on ice prior to the Friday night outdoors Beats and Bents Friday night skate dance party.

When: January 12, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: 250 Fort York Blvd.

Pierogi Me! Pop-Up

What: Dumplings and fresh craft beer are the big draw at this mid-January pop-up event.

When: January 12, 4 pm to 9 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive

Blank Canvas at the AGO – GIVE ME A BEAT

What: Blank Canvas will use poetry, live music, and dance to create a unique artistic showcase, that will leave the audience lost in rhythm and gaze.

When: Janaury 12, 7 pm to 8 pm
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West

Azhar Usman

What: Coined as America’s funniest Muslim, Azhar Usman will be in Toronto this weekend to challenge racial and cultural stereotypes, all while leveraging the power of curiosity and intellect to decipher societal issues.

When: January 12 & 13, 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive

Designer Shoe Sale

What: The Designer Shoe Sale will be taking over the Markham Fairgrounds, where you can shop from designers like BCBG, Vince Camuto, Franco Sarto, Lucky Brand, Cole Haan, and Sam Edelman. There will be over 30,000 pairs of shoes on sale, including women’s outdoor, athletic, casual, fashion, and work shoes.

When: January 12 to 14
Where: Markham Fairgrounds, 10801 McCowan Rd, Markham

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival

What: You can celebrate the best in Canadian cinema at the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s latest film festival, Canada’s Top Ten. During the festival, moviegoers can enjoy screenings of the 10 selected films and offer related industry programming and learning sessions in Toronto

When: January 12 to 21
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West

DJ Skate Nights

What: Sharpen your skates and skills at Toronto’s number one outdoor winter party. This year you can expect another stellar lineup of DJs that will bring the heat to your Saturday nights.

When: January 13,  8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

Solar System Social

What: If you’re what you might refer to as a space nerd, then you need to check out this space-themed speaker series. Enjoy an evening filled with exciting ideas and research from the field of planetary science in the form of short, informative, and interesting talks

When: January 13, 6 pm to 8 pm
Where: Burdock, 1184 Bloor Street West

Beavis And Butt-Head 90s Dance Party

What: 90s’ lovers rejoice! Sneaky Dee’s is hosting a Beavis and Butt-head dance party on Saturday, where your favourite 90s tunes and MTV classics will be playing all night.

When: January 13, 10 pm to 2 am
Where: Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College Street West

Dipped Donut Pop-Up

What: Delicious donut creations and fresh craft beer are on offer at this afternoon event in Toronto’s east end.

When: January 14, noon to 4 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive

Renaming of Christie Pits ice rink

What: This fun, family-oriented event will give the public an opportunity to celebrate the newly named Sid Smith Artificial Ice Rink with their local community. In addition to skating, there will be music, activities such as viewing a photo display, light refreshments and special appearances by Toronto Maple Leafs alumni who knew Sid Smith.

When: January 14, 1 pm to 3 pm
Where: Skating rink, Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor Street West

Monster Jam

What: This action-packed live event features world-class drivers as they compete in front of a massive crowd in both monster truck racing and freestyle competitions.

When: January 14, 3 pm
Where: Rogers Centre, One Blue Jays Way

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail me at [email protected]

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