16 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, January 20

Jan 18 2018, 9:44 pm

Toronto, Saturday is finally here.

Make the most of this epic Saturday by checking out the hottest events happening in the city today.


Toronto Design Offsite Festival

What: The Toronto Design Offsite Festival is Canadas largest cultural celebration of design with over 100 free exhibitions, window installations, and events forming Toronto’s design week.

When: Now until January 21, 10 am to 9 pm
Where: Various venues throughout the city

Come Up To My Room

What: The Gladstone Hotel’s annual Come Up to My Room exhibit provides artists and designers the opportunity to take risks and to push their ideas, creating an immersive and interactive experience for the viewer.

When: Now until January 21
Where: The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West

The Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls

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

Light Up the Beach

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

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: Winter at Ontario Place 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

Doughnut Fried Chicken Sandwiches at Glory Hole Doughnuts

What: Toronto’s Glory Hole Doughnuts is bringing back its most drool-inducing special ever. For one day only this January, you’ll be able to sink your teeth into a crispy, fried chicken sandwich built between two glazed doughnuts.

When: January 20
Where: 1596 Queen Street West

Japanese Winter Festival

What: This weekend, you can immerse yourself in the rich history of Japan as you experience its beautiful culture at the annual Japanese Winter Festival in Toronto. The highlight, of course, is the delicious Japanese foods that will be available. Festival-goers can expect to try sushi, desserts and finger foods during the event.

When: January 20, 1 pm to 5 pm
Where: William Doo Auditorium, New College, 45 Willcocks Street

DJ Skate Nights

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: January 20, 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

2018 Small Ball Mini Cask Fest

What: Left Field Brewery’s inaugural mini cask festival will showcase six unique cask beers, Steambox Dumplings, and an exclusive 5 oz. collector’s glass (while supplies last).

When: January 20, 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive

Aga Khan Museum free weekend

What: This weekend, you can warm up your winter with gallery admission, storytelling sessions, film screenings, giveaways, and family fun — free for all to enjoy all weekend long. 

When: January 20 and 21
Where: Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive

Dinner with Chef Scott Pickett at Canoe

What: Chef Scott Pickett joins Chef John Horne and Ron McKinlay in the kitchen to collaborate on this six-course tasting menu “featuring a diverse mix of local and seasonal ingredients.” Dinner is preceded by a cocktail reception.

When: January 20 and 21, 5:30 pm to 11 pm
Where: Canoe, 66 Wellington Street West

The Persian Table

What: Sonbol Zand and Shirin Tavasoli host this supper club featuring culinary traditions from Iran. On the menu, doogh, a savoury yogurt drink, Bademjoon Kebab, stuffed eggplant, Koofte Ghelgheli, lamb meatballs with pistachios, and more.

When: January 20, 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: The Depanneur, 1033 College Street

2018 Repair Cafe

What: Don’t throw it away, fix it! Bring in a broken household item to the Repair Cafe where you can get help fixing it for free. Volunteers fix household item, ranging from small household appliances such as toasters and lamps to computers and clothes. There will even be a bike repair booth available outside the library’s front doors.

When: January 20, 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: Toronto Reference Library Atrium

Toronto Women’s March

What: This January, join Toronto as it unites its communities to march in the name of women everywhere. There will be a number of motivational speakers in attendance, who will be announced closer to the march.

When: January 20, 12 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street Wes

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