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17 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, February 3

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Ainsley Smith Feb 02, 2018 10:00 am 496

Looking for something fun to do this Saturday?

We’ve rounded up the hottest events happening in and around the city today.

Enjoy!

ElleHacks Female-Only Hackathon

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: Now until February 4
Where: Lassonde School of Engineering, 4700 Keele Street, North York

Richmond Hill Winter Carnival

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: Now until February 4
Where: Mill Pond, near the corner of Mill Street and Trench Street

La Poutine Week Toronto

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

Flashback Film Festival

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: Now until February 8
Where: Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP – 10 Dundas Street East, Suite 402, Toronto

Winterlicious 2018

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

Progress Festival

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

Ice Breakers

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

Toronto Light Fest

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

Winter at Ontario Place

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

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 

Dinner with the Mackenzies

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 3
Where: The Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street

Awkward Valentine’s Pet Photos

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

Scott Disick at Rebel

What: The internet’s favourite party boy and longtime love interest of Kourtney Kardashian will be hosting a party at Rebel this Saturday alongside DJ Jed Harper and Scotty Scratch.

When: February 3, 10 pm to 4 am
Where: Rebel, 11 Polson Street

Toronto Tea Festival

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

High Tea at Casa Loma

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

World Nutella Weekend

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

Savour St. Lawrence Market

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 3 and 5
Where: St. Lawrence Market, 93-95 Front Street East

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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 her at [email protected]
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