20 things to do in Toronto this weekend: February 23 to 25

Feb 23 2018, 2:55 am

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 20 events taking place throughout the city this weekend.

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: Now until February 25
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Ice Breakers

What: Now in its second year, Ice Breakers provides the city with five temporary wintertime art installations that are 100% free to the public. This is the final weekend to check it out, so head on down to the waterfront ASAP!

When: Now until February 25
Where: Queens Quay from Harbourfront Centre to the Toronto Music Garden

The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair

What: Whether you’re in the market for an acrylic painting, a professional print or a one-of-a-kind sculpture, you’re going to find the perfect piece at The Artist Project, a contemporary art fair happening in Toronto this weekend.

When: Now until February 25
Where: Better Living Centre, 195 Princes’ Blvd

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

Eats on King

What: The City of Toronto is launching “Eats on King,” a new program, described as similar to Winterlicious and promoting restaurants in the area of the King Street Pilot project.

When: February 19 to March 29
Where: Participating King West restaurants

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.

When: Now until the end of March
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West 

Yoko Ono: The Riverbed

What: This weekend, you can experience Yoko Ono’s latest art installation The Riverbed at the Gardiner Museum. The Riverbed invites visitors to collaborate with the artist, the museum, and each other through everyday action and contemplation.

When: Now until June 3
Where: The Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park

Friday Night Beats and Bents

What: This weekend, not only can you go skating at Toronto’s hottest new skate trail, but skaters can enjoy a slew of activities including DJ (6:30 pm to 7:30 pm) and Icebreaking (6 pm to 7:30 pm) workshops on Friday night.

When: February 23
Where: 250 Fort York Blvd

Mama Raty’s Finnish Meat Pie Pop-Up

What: The brewery hosts Mama Raty for this pop-up event featuring Finnish meat pies and craft beers. On the menu, handheld pies featuring fluffy dough packed with savoury beef and rice and fried to perfection.

When: February 23, 4 pm to 9 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive

ART the Band FREE Performance

What: ART the Band is playing a two-set FREE show at Gladstone Melody Bar Friday evening. The 5-piece jazz-funk collective currently has a monthly residency at The Gladstone and is set to release their third studio album this summer.

When: February 23, 8 pm to 10 pm
Where: The Gladstone Hotel, Melody Bar, 1214 Queen Street West

The Wall Street XChange

What: Come and celebrate the city’s diversity and talent at Wall Street XChange. The evening will start off with an art exhibit of local artists and as the night progresses, you can enjoy live entertainment from local dancers, singers and rap artists. This will be followed by an epic party that you do not want to miss out on.

When: February 23, 8:45 pm to 2 am
Where: 1214 Queen Street West

Hungry for Comfort: Surviving a Canadian Winter

What: Food enthusiasts can take a historic look at “how different peoples survived and thrived in Canada’s bitter winter” at this one-day spotlighting “culinary stories of the First Nations, Metis, French and English, with speakers, demonstrations, workshops and tastings.”

When: February 24, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Boulevard

Coors Light Après Ski V4

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

When: February 24, noon to 8 pm
Where: The Porch Toronto, 250 Adelaide Street West

Alan Doyle

What: Canadian singer Alan Doyle – best known as the lead singer of the former east coast folk band Great Big Sea – performs at Massey Hall as part of his nearly four-month-long North American tour.

When: February 24, 8 pm
Where: Massey Hall

New Generation Studio Showcase

What: If you’re looking to shake up your Saturday night and avoid the typical club scene, come and enjoy this epic showcase featuring live performances and DJ sets as part of the New Generation Studio Showcase.

When: February 24, 8 pm to 2 am
Where: 183 Geary Avenue

Icefest 2018

What: Toronto’s historic Yorkville neighbourhood will be transformed into a showcase of delicate, stunning ice sculptures using over 20,000 lbs of crystal clear ice this February. The main event is, of course, the  Sassafraz Ice Carving Competition, which will be taking over the east side of the Village of Yorkville Park.

When: February 24 & 25
Where: Cumberland Street and Bellair Street

The Wedding Co. Market

What: Have a wedding coming up? Now in its 17th year, The Wedding Co. Market brings together over 70 talented and passionate exhibitors waiting to connect with you to bring your one-of-a-kind celebration to life.

When: February 25, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Stree

Restaurants Canada Show

What: This annual trade show for industry folks will sample and demo innovative new products, dishes, and gadgets.

When: February 25, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Enercare Centre, 100 Princes’ Boulevard, Suite 1

Speed Rack

What: Now in its third year, cocktail competition Speed Rack – created for and by female bartenders to promote female bartenders – will see competitors go head to head in round-robin, timed, and judged challenges in the Toronto edition of the national qualifiers.

When: February 25, 3 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: Enercare Center, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Boulevard

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