20 things to do in Toronto this weekend: February 9 to 11

Feb 9 2018, 2:09 am

Don’t let the cold weather keep you from enjoying the city this weekend, especially because there are so many fun events happening all over Toronto!

From a craft beer festival to a Harry Potter party, here are 20 awesome events happening in Toronto this weekend.

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

DJ Skate Night at Natrel Skating Rink

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 the rink-side Bistro Natrel 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 

Winter Palace Ball

What: If you’re looking for an excuse to get dressed up this Friday, there’s a masquerade taking place where you can dance the night away. Guests can enjoy performances, two live bands, a silent auction, spectacular dinner service, and plenty of caviar and champagne.

When: February 9, 6:30 pm to 1:30 am
Where: Palais Royale, 1601 Lakeshore Blvd. West

Beats and Bents: Welcome to Jamrock

What: Toronto’s Bentway Skate Trail located under the Gardiner Expressway is hosting weekly Friday night skate party tonight. Escape the deep freeze and teleport to the Caribbean this Friday for a mix of reggae, dancehall and soca sounds.

When: February 9, 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd

Never Grow up – A Taylor Swift Dance Party

What: Are you ready for it? Spend your Friday night celebrating all things T-Swift at this epic Taylor Swift Dance party. Even if you weren’t born in 1989, come shake it off at Adelaide Hall.

When: February 9, 9 pm to 2 am
Where: Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide Street West

Vegan Market Social: A Few of My Favourite Things

What: This fun cocktail pop-up is dedicated to celebrating food and its abilities to bring people together.  Set in a micro-pantry, this intimate evening will be filled with some delicious bites and allow guests to socialize with other food lovers.

When: February 9 and 10, 7 pm to 9 pm or 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Urban Acorn Market, 1565 Dupont Street

The Best of Hollywood 2017

What: In honour of Tinseltown’s biggest night, the iconic Cinesphere theatre at Ontario Place will be screening the best Hollywood movies from 2017 over the next month, just in time for the Oscars. This weekend’s lineup includes Lady Bird and Call Me By Your Name. 

When: February 9 to 11
Where: Cinesphere at Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd West


What: There’s a pop-up pizzeria coming to Toronto this weekend, but rather than serving up cheesy pies, this new place deals exclusively in dessert! The promo from the Dr. Oetker brand is already advertising its impending arrival on Queen West for a full week in February when it will dish out FREE chocolate pizza to the public.

When: February 9 to 14, 3 pm to 9 pm
Where: 1056 Queen Street West

20 Years of Harry Potter Cosplay Party

What: In honour of 20 years of Harry Potter, a massive cosplay party will be taking place where fans relive the magic, take a photo in a Hogwarts photobooth, meet Hagrid, Crookshanks and Scabber characters. The all-ages event will feature potion making stations, a magic show, and Harry Potter-themed drinks including Butterbeer- alcohol-free will also available.

When: February 10
The Estonian House, 958 Broadview Avenue

Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Fest

What: Get bundled up and enjoy this outdoor winter festival featuring great craft beers and delicious winter food. Make sure to wear your best retro ski gear!

When: February 10
Where: 255 Bremner Blvd

Valentine’s Day Flower Market

What: Come and celebrate your loved ones by picking up a custom arrangement of locally grown blooms. Here you’ll find a romantic floral colour palette and buckets full of ranunculus, anemone, tulips, orchids, snapdragons, anthurium and more.

When: February 10, 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Sleepover by thisopenspace, 950 Queen Street West

Love at the Zoo

What: Looking for a wild way to spend Valentine’s Day in Toronto this year? The Toronto Zoo is hosting dinner date nights this month. This evening event promises special animal encounters, an interactive and informative presentation on mating and parenthood in the wild, a tour of Reproductive Laboratories, and an all-you-can-eat (AYCE) feast.

When: February 10, 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Where: Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Road

Art & Wine With Your Valentine

What: This February, treat your special someone to an artistic date at Paintlounge. Enjoy a step-by-step guided workshop, or participate in a freestyle session to paint anything you want.

When: February 10, 7:30 pm to 10 pm
Where: The Paintlounge, 784 College Street

DJ Skate Nights: MANIFESTO

What: MANIFESTO is one of Canada’s biggest celebrations of hip-hop culture and is a multi-disciplinary, world-class organization with a positive social and economic impact. On February 10, MANIFESTO will be taking over DJ Skate Night.

When: February 10, 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Natrel Rink, 235 Queens Quay West

Awolnation – Here Come The Runts Tour

What: Awolnation will be in town for two nights this weekend and will be taking over the Pheonix Concert Hall. Sing and dance the night away to the hits Sail, Run, and Hollow Moon.

When: February 10 and 11
Where: The Pheonix Concert Hall, 410 Sherbourne Street

Gladstone Flea: The Love Market

What: This Sunday, head to the Gladstone Hotel for its award-winning brunch, then spend the afternoon checking out the love-themed vendors featuring wild and earthy flowers, body jewellery, locally designed lingerie, quirky bedroom accessories, wedding photographers, wedding planners and more.

When: February 11, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West

Big News Breakfast Olympic Pop-Up

What: If you’re feeling hungry, Left Field Brewery is hosting an Olympic themed breakfast. Speciality items include: “The Nordic” – Nanaimo Bar French Toast, “The Speed Skater” – Smoked meat breakfast sandwich, “The Curler” – Canadian bacon breakfast sandwich, and “The Bobsledder” – Breakfast Poutine.

When: February 11, 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive

Galentine’s Day Showcase

What: Named after the beloved episodes of NBC’s Parks & Recreation, come out and celebrate Galentine’s Day at Comedy Bar with a lineup of stand out female stand-ups.

When: February 11, 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West

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