23 things to do in Toronto this weekend: February 22 to 24

Feb 21 2019, 7:33 pm

We’ve made it to the weekend, Toronto.

And whether you’re looking to get outside and enjoy the milder weather or stay warm inside, there are plenty of events happening in the city to keep you entertained.

From the checking out ridiculously expensive cars at the International Auto Show to enjoying a ski shot or two at a rooftop après ski party, here are 23 events taking place throughout the city this weekend.

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Friday, February 22

I am a Cold Fighter Free Boxing Class

free boxing class

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What: To help bring awareness to the many ways you can stay healthy and strong during the cold and flu season, Torontonians are invited to take part in a free boxing class hosted by Jamieson Vitamins this weekend. Taking place on various dates this February, fitness enthusiasts can lace up and join the free boxing class and wellness session at a number of fitness centres throughout the city.

When: On now until February 23
Time: Varies by day
Where: Various locations throughout the city
Price: Free

Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair

What: From collectors and curators to gallerists and designers, visitors can explore and discover works of art from over 300 top contemporary artists from Canada and abroad.

When: Now until February 26
Where: Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place
Price: Adults start at $16

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: Now until February 24
Where: 
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Price: Adults 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

Ice Breakers

Ice Breakers

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What: Now in its third year, temporary winter art exhibit Ice Breakers has taken over 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

Toronto Light Fest

What: For the third year in a row, the historic Distillery District is 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

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 are on display until April, will be temporary structures that will be able to withstand our rigours winter weather.

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

PetSmart National Pet Adoption Weekend

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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: Varies by location
Where: Select PetSmart locations across Toronto (Check website for full list of participating locations)

 Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival

What: This all-ages, winter music festival will feature the best of urban, blues, rock,  jazz, country, folk and roots music. Come and enjoy more than 100 artists will be performing at seven venues over three days.

When: February 22 to 24
Time: 7 pm to 2 am
Where: Various venues
Price: $15

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

Saturday, February 23

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

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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

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

IKEA PJ Party

What: Guests are invited to spend the evening at IKEA in their PJs. With activities like yoga, meditation, bedtime snacks and guidance from a sleep expert, you’re bound to reach levels of relaxation you’ve never been to before.

When: February 23
Time: From 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Participating locations across Canada
Price: Free to attend! Register online

Sunday, February 24

MOCA Community Sundays

MOCA

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What: The Museum of Contemporary Art is offering the perfect way to escape the cold this winter. Starting this Sunday, in alignment with the release of new winter exhibitions, the museum will be offering free admission to all visitors on one Sunday each month.

When: From Sunday, February 24, 2019
Where: MOCA – 158 Sterling Road, Toronto
Time: One Sunday monthly from 10 am to 2 pm
Tickets: Available online

The Wedding Co. Market

What: The Wedding Co. Market is a cozy winter marketplace for Toronto couples seeking to be inspired by local wedding industry members who are passionate about their craft and who take pride in offering exceptional service.

When: February 24
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
Price: $20

Canadian Latte Art Competition

What: Watch in awe as baristas boast their best pouring skills to craft beautiful, milky bevvies. Competitors are required to make six drinks – two sets of matching free-pour lattes and one set of matching designer patterns. Ooooh, aaaah.

When: February 24 to February 26
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Enercare Centre – 100 Princes’ Boulevard
Price: $100

Vegan Brunch

What: Enjoy a delicious menu of gluten-free, raw and cooked vegan delights. Get your ticket now to spend a Sunday afternoon with music, food, great company, giveaways and all the good vibes. The ideal way to warm up from the inside out at the end of February.

When: February 24
Time: 12 pm to 3 pm
Where: 44 Charles Street West
Price: $25

Carnivale – Greek Supper Club

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What: All the angles of Greek food are going to be covered at this event: cheese, street food, comfort food, sausages, roast meats, baklava and so much more. All the dishes will be prepared using Cretan olive oil, and there will be Greek wines on deck.

When: February 24
Time: 6 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: St. Lawrence Market Kitchen – 95 Front Street East
Price: $85 to $99

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Free Oscars Screening

What: The Bloor Street cinema is rolling out the red carpet on Oscar night. Dress casual or go glam for the red carpet screened live from 6:30 pm followed by a live feed of the awards show.

When: February 24
Time: 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto,
Price: Free

Oscar’s Viewing Party

What: Are you rooting for a Star if Born or Green Book? Come and cheer on Hollywood’s biggest stars and enjoy some cocktails while you wait for the moment of truth.

When: February 24
Time: 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
Price: Free