Toronto, we finally made it to the weekend.
There is so much happening this weekend in Toronto, so be sure to get outside. Not sure what to do this weekend? Check out our list of the top events happening in the city on the final weekend of the month.
What: The September, Toronto’s destination for designer shoes and accessories, is hosting a massive warehouse sale this weekend with high-end designer brands like Kate Spade, UGG, Aquazzura, Valentino, Vince, Tods, Stuart Weitzman, Lanvin, and more all up to 80% off.
When: Now until January 27
Where: 535 Queen Street East (Suite 7), Toronto
What: The annual Winter Festival of Lights stretches over 8 kilometers in Niagara and will run through to the end of January. Attracting over 1 million visitors annually, this incredible spectacle is Canada’s largest lights festival. Just imagine a breathtaking, colourful scene with millions of sparkling lights and animated displays that extends to Dufferin Islands. And yes, it’s completely free to attend!
When: Now until the end of January
Where: Niagara Falls
What: Calling all music lovers: the Burdock Piano Fest is back for its third year. This January, Toronto’s Burdock Brewery will be the place to be, as it will be setting up its baby grand piano and hosting a series of incredible concerts from 30 plus pianists, including a number of special guest performers.
When: Now until January 29
Where: 1184 Bloor Street West
What: Sharpen your skates and skills at Toronto’s number one outdoor winter party. This year you can expect another stellar lineup of DJs that will bring the heat to your Saturday nights.
When: Now until February 17 (Saturday’s from 8 pm to 11 pm)
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
What: Now in its 10th year, Light Up the Beach features more than 80,000 twinkling lights along the Toronto Beaches boardwalk to support The Michael Garron Hospital Foundation. The light display is truly a sight to see and a holiday tradition that every Torontonian should enjoy.
When: Now until mid-February
Where: At the foot of Leuty Avenue, The Beach
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
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
What: Ontario Place has welcomed a new festival: 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
What: Part of the Winterlicious culinary even series, this 10-course tasting experience is served up in a “forest-like” dining room and promises demonstrations and interactive elements along with dinner.
When: January 26, 7 pm
Where: Palais Royale, 1601 Lake Shore Boulevard West
What: Come an enjoy an evening of yoga, meditation, live music, sound healing, art, amazing connections and more. The evening’s entertainment will include live music, with vocals by ALEXANDRIA.
When: January 26, 8 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: The Jam Factory, 2 Matilda Street
What: This free party will kick off the new year and celebrate the launch of The Power Plant’s Winter 2018 Exhibition Season. Be among the first to experience exhibitions by Kader Attia and Emeka Ogboh, and view the progression of Michael Landy’s continually evolving Fleck Clerestory Commission Project.
When: January 26, 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 231 Queens Quay West
What: Escape the cold and get ready to sip on a signature tropical cocktails at Ripley Aquarium’s annual Beach Bash. Let loose to the sounds of DJ Shamz and capture the moment at the photo booth. Beach attire is not mandatory but is highly recommended.
When: January 26, 8 pm to 12 am
Where: Ripley’s Aquarium, 288 Bremner Blvd.
What: Come and warm up as you get your creative vibes flowing at this epic DJ paint party. Make some cool art with good company and awesome beats, as you enjoy a wine or beer from the bar.
When: January 26, 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Paint Cabin, 723 Gerrard Street East
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: January 26 to February 8
Where: Restaurants across Toronto
What: Tour the Market with a glass of sparkling wine in hand and enjoy tastings from three Market merchants before partaking in a four-course demo and dine experience that features “the bounty of the Market paired with local Ontario wines.”
When: January 26 and 27
Where: St. Lawrence Market, 93-95 Front Street East
What: Transcendance Project, a Toronto-based contemporary dance company, has announced the opening of EVE OF ST. GEORGE, Toronto’s first immersive dance production inspired by and with cast from New York City’s smash-hit theatrical experience Sleep No More.
When: January 26, 7 pm & 10 pm; January 27, 7 pm & 10 pm, and January 28, 7 pm
Where: A dozen daunting spaces — some open, others locked — in The Great Hall, located at 1087 Queen Street West
What: This Saturday, Montecito Restaurant will be transformed into the perfect venue for all things wedding including food, beverages, music, decor, florals and dresses as part of its second annual wedding show.
When: January 27, 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Montecito Restaurant, 299 Adelaide Street West
What: The 4th annual CIBC National Ski and Snowboard Day will be taking place from coast to coast on January 27, giving Canadians incredible access to the nation’s majestic winter playgrounds as select resorts will be offering incredible discounts on lift tickets.
When: January 27
Where: Participating resorts across Canada
What: Now in its second year, The Drake Barn Burner Hockey Game + Dinner takes place this January in Prince Edward County and will see all-star chefs face off at Essroc Arena (AKA Duke Dome), in support of Community Food Centres Canada, and The StoreHouse Food Bank which will benefit from the proceeds of game ticket sales.
When: January 27
Where: Essroc Arena, 111 Belleville Street, Wellington, Ontario
What: This Saturday, you can enjoy a screening of what has been dubbed as the best worst movie of all time, The Room. Don’t miss your chance to experience Tommy Wiseau’s epic masterpiece. This quirky black comedy is a riot.
When: January 27, 11 pm to 2 am
Where: Imagine Cinemas Carlton, 20 Carlton Street
What: Channel the Edwardian era over teas and a tiered cake stand topped with mini pastries, scones, croissants, strawberries and cream, crumpets, and tea sandwiches.
When: January 27 and 28, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace
What: This Sunday, the skating rink at Nathan Phillips Square will be decked out with tartan-clad skaters, giving Torontonians the opportunity to embrace Scottish culture in a totally Canadian way as part of the Great Canadian Kilt Skate.
When: January 28, 1 pm to 3 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West
What: Don’t have a place to watch the Grammys this Sunday? The Drake Hotel will be hosting a special Grammy viewing party, hosted by Boosie Fade. Come and cheer on your favourite musicians as you enjoy delicious eats and drinks.
When: January 28, 7 pm to 2 am
Where: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West