27 Toronto events worth checking out this February

Jan 30 2019, 1:15 am

February isn’t only about the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day.

From food festivals and concerts to Toronto Fashion Week and drink festivals, February is looking like one busy month.

Winterlicious 2019

via Le Fenice/Winterlicious 2019

What: Toronto’s biannual prix fixe promotion returns this winter from January 26 to February 8, and in addition to the special menus at restaurants across the city, Winterlicious will also host a Culinary Events Series.

When: Now until February 8
Time: Varies by location
Where: Restaurants across Toronto
Price: Varies by location

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

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 Tea Festival

What: Are you a sipper or a chugger? Either way, you’re welcome here. Tea lovers will be able to enjoy hundreds of tea tastings, as well as opportunities to chat with industry experts at one of the many complimentary presentations at this three-day event.

When: February 1 to 3
Time: Friday, 12 pm to 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday 3, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Toronto Reference Library – 789 Yonge Street
Price: From $16

Spring National Bridal Show 2019


What: Getting ready to say your “I Do’s?” If your big day is coming up, you need to attend the most inclusive and inspiring wedding planning event in Ontario.

When: February 1 to 3
Time: Friday 5 pm to 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Enercare Centre, Princes’ Boulevard, HALL D
Price: $18

2019 Motionball Toronto Gala

What: Motionball 2019 will be taking over the Liberty Grand this February for an epic celebration. Hosted by Devo Brown, you don’t want to miss this incredible night of philanthropy and fun all in support of the Special Olympics Canada Foundation.

When: February 1
Time: 9 pm to 2 am
Where: Liberty Grand, 25 British Columbia Road

Winter Chocolate Show

What: This one-day festival is going to celebrate Canada’s craft chocolate makers. Bean-to-bar creators will be offering samples of their sweet treats and selling their bars and bites. Love cacao? Get here.

When: February 2
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Enoch Turner Schoolhouse – 106 Trinity Street
Price: $7.50 in advance and $10.00 at the door

Superbowl LIII

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 Patriots or the Rams, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable night at any Toronto bar.

When: February 3
Where: Check out these restaurants and bars hosting Super Bowl events

Chinese New Year Gala

Chinese New Year Gala

What: The sixth annual CNTV Chinese New Year Celebration Gala returns to Toronto this February, and it’s known for being the largest extravaganza for the Chinese Community. Over eight hundred elite artists from Mainland China and Canada perform in the preeminent social networking event for the Chinese community.

When: February 4
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Sony Centre for Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East
Price: From $36 to $168

Toronto Fashion Week

What: Toronto Fashion Week returns to Yorkville Village this winter, bringing a stellar lineup of local designers, events and parties.

When: February 5 to 7
Time: Showtimes vary by day
Where: Yorkville
Price: Varies by the show

Final First Thursdays: We Are Each Others Muse

What: TiKa is performing with special guests James Bailey and TIYAL and there will also be an art sale, an advice column-style Q&A with artist Dayna Danger, a meme-making workshop by Fallon Simard, a performance by Kiera Boult and the work of The Original Smiths, who make retro, vintage and up-cycled clothing.

When: February 7
Time: 7 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West
Price: Advance tickets are $13, at the door are $16

The Drake Hotel’s 15th Birthday

What: The Drake Hotel is throwing an epic 15th birthday party and Toronto is invited. The four-day extravaganza kicks off the on the 7th with the grand reopening of Drake Underground featuring multiple musical performances, brand new art and a dance party ’til late.

When: February 7 to 10
Time: 10 pm to 2 am
Where: Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West
Price: Daily events vary in price

Lady Beer Fest Winter Warm Up

Friends enjoying a drink outside (Shutterstock)

What: Society of Beer Drinking Ladies is turning five years old and it’s celebrating with two epic parties. Guests can look forward to Ontario craft beer and cider, women-owned food vendors, women’s Artisan Market, performances curated by Girl Gang Cabarets and Firecracker Comedy Project and much more.

When: February 9
Time: Session 1, 2 pm to 6 pm; session 2, 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: Henderson Brewery Parking Lot, 128A Sterling Avenue
Price: $20 to $85

Dragon Ball 2019

What: The tradition continues! The Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation’s annual benefit gala returns to celebrate Chinese New Year. Guests can look forward to a variety of exquisite cuisines in addition to a four-course dinner and silent and live auctions.

When: February 9
Time: 5:30 pm
Where: Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place, 105 Princes’ Blvd.
Price: Tickets start at $480

Toronto Black Film Festival

What: It there’s one thing that you don’t want to miss this February, 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: February 13 to 18
Time: Varies by day
Where: Various locations throughout Toronto
Price: Available online here

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 month. Those looking for a laugh can expect a fun evening that touches on cultural, social and political topics.

When: February 14 to 16
Where: Randolph Theatre
Price: From $29.99 to $49.99

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

Wavelength Winter Festival

Live Nation National Concert Week


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 square feet of dazzling displays, big prize giveaways and engaging exhibits.

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

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 February for a hometown show.

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

Opera Atelier – The Angel Speaks

What: Don’t miss this Toronto premiere. Opera Atelier presents a gorgeous one-hour concert experience melding musical masterpieces by the great English composer Henry Purcell with baroque dance – and a new Canadian commission.

When: February 21
Time: 8 pm to 9 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery, 100 Queens Park
Price: $100

PetSmart National Pet Adoption Weekend


Litter of Terrier Mix Puppies Playing in Dog Bed (via Shutterstock)

What: For nearly 20 years, PetSmart Charities of Canada has partnered with animal welfare organizations across the country to bring adoptable pets into PetSmart stores to give them a helping hand at finding a forever home. Last National Adoption Weekend over 1,800 pets found forever homes from dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, small pets and more.

When: February 22 to 24
Time: Saturday, 9 am to 9 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Select PetSmart locations across Toronto (Check website for full list of participating locations)

The Super Naughty Show

What: The Super Naughty Show is Toronto’s sexiest art show, featuring hundreds of adult-oriented paintings and sculptures all from local independent artists.

When: February 22 and 23
Time: Doors open at 8 pm
Where: Super Wonder Gallery, 584 College Street
Price: $10

Coors Light Après Ski V5

What: Skip the slopes and head straight for the champagne! Now in its fifth year, the Coors Light-sponsored Après-Ski party takes over The Porch for an afternoon of outdoor wintertime fun this February.

When: February 23
Time: noon to 8 pm
Where: The Porch Toronto, 250 Adelaide Street West
Price: $24.99 to $39.99

Cat Video Fest

What: Celebrate the irresistible cuteness of felines with this special event screening featuring a compilation of the latest and best cat videos. Hot Docs is proud to be supporting this travelling event and will be donating 10% of the ticket sales to Toronto Cat Rescue.

When: February 23
Time: 4 pm
Time: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West
Price: $15.04

Toronto Chinese New Year Ball

Chinese New year Ball/Shutterstock

What: The Hong Kong-Canada Business Association celebrates the Year of the Pig with a ball that includes traditional lion dancing, Chinese games, food, silent auctions and more.

When: February 23
Time: 6 pm to 11 pm
Where: 600 Highway 7, Richmond Hill
Price: Individual tickets start at $220

What: The ladies behind one of the hottest podcasts are coming to town this February. Comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark of My Favourite Murder are bringing their podcast tour to Toronto and while tickets are sold out, there are still plenty of re-sell tickets up for grabs.

When: February 23
Time: 8 pm
Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East

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