32 things to do in Toronto this long weekend: February 15 to 18

Feb 15 2019, 3:23 am

Toronto, the looooonnngggg weekend is finally here!

Make the most of your Family Day weekend by checking out some of the awesome events happening in the city.

From fun family activities to free outdoor festivals and attractions, here are the top events happening in and around Toronto over the long weekend.

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Friday, February 15

Love at the zoo

The Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo/Facebook

What: Looking for a wild way to spend Valentine’s Day in Toronto this year? The Toronto Zoo is hosting dinner date nights this week. Possibly one of the most exotic locales in the city to celebrate the annual day of amore, this evening event promises special animal encounters, an interactive and informative presentation on the elaborate, awkward, and sometimes hilarious lengths to which animals will go to attract a mate.

When: Now until February 16
Time: 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Road
Price: $95

Sugar Sammy in Toronto

What: After an incredible year, marked by a series of prestigious events, Canadian comedy superstar Sugar Sammy returns to Toronto this week. Those looking for a laugh can expect a fun evening that touches on cultural, social and political topics.

When: Now until February 16
Where: Randolph Theatre
Price: From $29.99 to $49.99

Progress Festival

What: Progress is an international festival of performance and ideas, with shows ranging from theatre to dance to music. The festival is co-presented by the SummerWorks Festival and the Theatre Centre and it brings groundbreaking work from around the world to Toronto for three weeks.

When: Now until February 17
Time: Varies by day
Where: Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West
Price: Single tickets are $25

Toronto Black Film Festival

What: It there’s one thing that you don’t want to miss this week, it’s Toronto’s Black Film Festival. Throughout the city, participating theatres will be showing a wide variety of films: short films, narrative feature films, docs, and animated films.

When: Now until February 18
Time: Varies by day
Where: Various locations throughout Toronto
Price: Available online here

Ice Breakers



What: Now in its third 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 24
Time: All day
Where: Queens Quay from Harbourfront Centre to the Toronto Music Garden
Price: Free to the public

Rose: A New Musical

What: From Sarah Wilson and Mike Ross, co-creator of Spoon River, comes an inspiring and joyful musical about acceptance, love, and finding your own path, even when that path isn’t what you thought it would be.

When: Now until February 24
Time: Showtimes vary by day
Where: Soulpepper Theatre, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane
Price: From $36

Toronto Light Fest

What: For the third 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 3
Time: After sunset
Where: Distillery District
Price: Free

Winter at Ontario Place

What: Following last year’s successful inaugural winter program, Ontario Place will once again come alive this winter season. Running from now to March 17, the West Island of Ontario Place will be home to the Winter Light Exhibition, free public skating and community bonfires. This year, visitors can also look forward to a series of DJ nights at the iconic waterfront venue and a range of beloved films at Cinesphere.

When: Now until March 17
Time: 6 pm to 12 am
Where: 955 Lake Shore Blvd. West
Price: Free to attend

The 7

The 7, Hudson’s Bay

What: Come and check out The 7 this weekend, a new pop-up that features eight unique, picture-perfect rooms. The concept is to help Torontonians beat the winter blues with fun out-of-the-box and Instagrammable rooms full of colour, art and 3D visuals.

When: Open now until the end of winter
Time: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 9:30 pm; Saturday, 9:30 am to 9:30 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Seventh floor Hudson’s Bay, 176 Yonge Street
Price: Free to the public

TIFF Next Wave Film Festival

What: The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival features FREE movies, amazing guests and Q&A sessions, industry workshops and panels, and a Young Creators Showcase, which is a showcase of student shorts.

When: February 15 to 17
Time: 11 am to 11 pm
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West
Price: Free

Wavelength Winter Festival

What: Wavelength Winter Festival will be taking over the Garrison this weekend, giving Toronto an epic lineup of music all weekend long.

When: February 15 to 17
Time: Showtimes vary by day
Where: The Garrison, 1197 Dundas Street West
Price: From $15

Canadian International Auto Show

What: Experience the total automotive experience with over 600,000-sq-ft of dazzling displays, big prize giveaways and engaging exhibits.

When: February 15 to 24
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Price: Adults are $25

Post V-Day Social

Black Lab Brewing/Facebook

What: Everyone and their pups are invited to bask in the aftermath of Valentine’s Day at Black Lab Brewing. Enjoy great brews, play bar games and mingle with fellow dog-lovers.

When: February 15
Time: 6 pm to 11 pm
Where:¬†Black Lab Brewing ‚Äď 818 Eastern Avenue
Price: Free

ROM Friday Night Live

What: Spend your Friday night on the ROM’s dance floor with top DJs and live artists, or explore museum’s stunning galleries with tasty food and drinks. This edition of Friday Night Live Encore, which is titled #FNLROM: Love, features free access to the new exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

When: February 15
Time: 7 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: $19.21

Saturday, February 16

Niagara Icewine Daytrip

What: Tired of cakes and cookies? Savour a different kind of sweetness by indulging in some Icewine. Learn about how this nectar is made, and enjoy it at the best time of year to try it: the middle of winter, when it’s just been released.

When: February 16
Time: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Where: Starting at Union Station
Price: $295

Greektown Food Tour

What:¬†Calling all foodies! You can explore Toronto‚Äôs historic Greektown this weekend and visit a number of authentic Greek restaurants and cafes that are more ‚Äúoff-the-beaten-path.‚ÄĚ Participants can look forward to delicious Greek coffee, traditional street-style food, and fresh pastries. It‚Äôs the ultimate balance of comfort foods and¬†sweets.

When: February 16
Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Meet in front of Pape Station, Danforth Village
Price: $50

Natural Soap Workshop

Natural Soap Workshop

What:¬†If you want to try a fun, hands-on experience, you can spend an afternoon learning how to make natural soap the ‚Äúold fashioned way,‚ÄĚ by hand.¬†Learn from an experienced soap maker, step by step, what is involved in the cold process of making natural soaps.

When: February 16
Time: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Yonge and Eglinton
Price: $100

Lunar New Year: The Year of the Pig

What:¬†You can celebrate the Year of the Pig as you learn¬†how an Italian painter became one of the most beloved artists for three emperors in the Qing Dynasty and contributed to the Chinese paintings today. Visitors can also get hands-on and make their own Pig Hero paper lantern, then take a money bath and hit the ‚Äúgong‚ÄĚ for good fortune.

When: February 16
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street
Price: Free

Roses and Rosé

What: This two-hour workshop will teach you how to ice picture-perfect layer cakes, with decorative roses to boot. Enjoy the learning over a glass (or a few) of wine, and get into the spirit of loveee.

When: February 16
Time: 2 pm to 5 pm
Where: 230 King Street East
Price: $75 to $85

Après Skate Saturdays

What:¬†If you‚Äôre in the mood for ice skating, head to the Bentway where skaters over 19 can enjoy complimentary samples of¬†Kahl√ļa¬†with coffee or hot chocolate on Saturday evenings from 5 pm to 9 pm. Apr√®s Skate Saturdays run every Saturday until February 16.

When: February 16
Time: 5 pm to 9 pm
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd.
Price: Complimentary samples, but skate rentals are available on-site for $10

Arkells Rally Cry Tour



What: In honour of their fifth studio album, the Hamilton five-piece is bringing its nation-wide tour with special guests, Lord Huron to Toronto this week for a local show.

When: February 16
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay Street
Price: From $54

DJ Skate Nights

What: You can sharpen your skates and skills at Toronto’s number one outdoor winter party. Each weekend you can expect a different DJ who will be spinning the hottest tracks. The best part? This skating party is totally free.

When: February 16
Time: 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Skating is free

Sunday, February 17

Trinity Bellwoods Flea ‚Äď New Year Market

What: Continue your long weekend by checking out the Trinity Bellwoods Winter Market, which will feature lots of new vendors, brands and designers. 

When: February 16
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
Price: No admission

The Leslieville Flea Family Day Weekend

What: This Sunday, come and enjoy this curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles and handcrafted goods.

When: February 17
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Inside the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District
Price: Admission is free

Toronto Pug Grumble


Toronto Pug Grumble/Facebook

What: Bring your pugs to the Dog Bowl in Trinity Bellwoods Park this Sunday for a Toronto Pug Grumble. Get ready for lots of snorting, rolling and grumbling.

When: February 17
Time: 2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Trinity Bellwoods Dog Bowl, 790 Queen Street West
Price: Free

Monday, February 18

Winter Stations 2019

What: Winter Stations returns for its fifth year, welcoming international designers to bring public art installations to The Beaches. The installations, which run from February 18 until April 1, will be temporary structures that will be able to withstand our rigours winter weather.

When: February 18 to April 1
Time: All day
Where: Woodbine Beach, 1675 Lake Shore Blvd. East
Price: Admission is free

Nathan Phillips Square Skating Party

What: Families can visit Nathan Phillips Square at City Hall on Family Day to take part in a fun-filled outing sponsored by Tim Hortons, which will feature informal skating instruction and hot beverages at the Tim’s House lounge. Skate rentals are available.

When: February 18
Time: 9 am to 10 pm
Where: 100 Queen Street West
Price: Free

Family Day at Fort York

What:¬†This Family Day,¬†bring your family to explore the history of Toronto and Fort York. Visit the Fort‚Äôs historic kitchen and sample some baking from the hearth, enjoy hot chocolate, the roaring fire, and plenty of activities for the little ones.¬†Don‚Äôt forget your skates ‚Äď The Bentway at Fort York public skating trail is open until 9 pm.

When: February 18
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd
Price: Admission is free

Family Day at Evergreen Brick Works

Evergreen Brick Works / Instagram

What: This year, you’re invited to spend Family Day at Evergreen Brick Works. Celebrate indoors with Brewer’s Backyard, enjoy outdoor activities in the Children’s Garden, or grab a bite to eat from tasty food vendors with your loved ones. Admission is FREE!

When: February 18
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: Admission is free

AGO Family Day

What: This Family Day, the AGO will be hosting a family-friendly college party. Visitors can look forward to arts and crafts, sculpture building, dancing, karaoke, a family-friendly tour of the Mickalene Thomas’ Femmes Noires exhibition, and much more.

When: February 18
Time: 10:30 am to 4 pm
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West
Price: Children are free, youth and students are $11, adults are $19.50 and seniors are $16


What: Bundle up for a free day of family-friendly winter activities at Rouge National Urban Park. There will be bird watching, pinecone bird feeder building, snowshoeing, ice carving demonstrations and more.

When: February 18
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Bob Hunter Memorial Park
Price: Admission and activities are free

Family Day Freestyle drop-in painting

What: Get your creative juices flowing this Family Day at Fresh Paint Studio’s drop-in painting session. While this isn’t a guided painting lesson, there will be images on display to provide reference along with helpful staff members. Just pay for your canvas and the studio will supply the rest.

When: February 18
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Fresh Paint Studio (Danforth East), 1849 Danforth Avenue
Price: $20 and up

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