17 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, January 26

Jan 25 2019, 4:11 am

The weekend continues.

Make the most of today by checking out what’s happening in Toronto this lovely Saturday.

A number of events are wrapping up this weekend including Happy Place, DesignTO and the Star Wars: A New Hope and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra screening, so make sure to check them out before they are gone.

The 7 at Hudson’s Bay

The 7

The 7 at Hudson’s Bay

What: Come and check out The 7 this weekend, a new pop-up that features eight unique, picture-perfect rooms. The concept is to help Torontonians beat the winter blues with fun out-of-the-box and Instagrammable rooms full of colour, art and 3D visuals.

When: Open now until the end of winter
Time: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 9:30 pm; Saturday, 9:30 am to 9:30 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Seventh floor Hudson’s Bay, 176 Yonge Street
Price: Free to the public

See also

Star Wars: A New Hope

What: The 1977 classic film, Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, will be hitting the big screens in Toronto this winter for a very special performance with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. One of the most thrilling science fiction adventures ever made features renowned composer John Williams’ iconic score and you can watch it performed live to picture at the Roy Thompson Hall this January.

When: Now until January 26
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Roy Thompson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street
Price: Starting at $50

Happy Place Toronto

What: Happy Place is an interactive, 20,000-sq-ft immersive exhibit with larger-than-life installations and multi-sensory themed rooms, and it’s on a mission to spread happiness here in Toronto and around the world.

When: Now until January 27
Time: Thursday, 11 am to 7 pm; Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre
Price: From $32

Purple Rain Screening

What: This weekend you can catch a screening of Purple Rain, a story about a young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home who must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise.

When: Now until January 27
Time: Screenings are at 8 pm
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd. West
Price: $15 for adults

DesignTO 2019

What: DesignTO, formally known as 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 27
Time: 10 am to 12 am
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Price: Free

Toronto International Boat Show

What: North America’s largest indoor boat show drops anchor in Toronto month. Come and find the boat of your dreams – and everything to go along with it – at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place.

When: Now until January 27
Time: Varies by day
Where: Enercare Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd
Price: From $20

Burdock Piano Fest

What: Calling all music lovers: the Burdock Piano Fest is back for its fourth year. This week, 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 who have yet to be announced.

When: Now until January 28
Time: Varies by day
Where: 1184 Bloor Street West
Price: Varies by the show. Some shows as low as $10

Winterlicious 2018

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: Now until February 8
Time: Varies by location
Where: Restaurants across Toronto
Price: Varies by location

Ice Breakers



What: Now in its third 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 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 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 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 on a synthetic rink and community bonfires. This year, visitors can also look forward to a series of DJ nights at the iconic waterfront venue and bring a range of beloved films to Cinesphere.

When: Now until March 17
Time: 6 pm to 12 am
Where: 955 Lake Shore Blvd. West
Price: Free to attend

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Early Screening

What: Chris Pratt returns to the Lego world, only this time, Duplo invaders from outer space are wrecking everything faster than the Lego citizens can rebuild. While the movie doesn’t officially hit the big screens until February 8, you can catch an early screening this weekend at select theatres.

When: January 26
Time: 2 pm
Where: Select theatres, full list here
Price:  $13.99 for adults, $8.99 for kids

Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Fest

Winer Events

Winter Craft Beer Festival, Steam Whistle Pilsner/Facebook

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: January 26
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: 255 Bremner Blvd.
Price: From $25

Australia Day 2019

What: Bring your mates down and celebrate Australia Day with your Toronto fam at Hemingway’s! There will be free Aussie Day T-shirt to the first 250 guests (with Amsterdam purchase), meat pies, snags on the BBQ, giveaways, prizes and much much more.

When: January 26
Time: 3 pm to 11 pm
Where: Hemingway’s, 142 Cumberland Street
Price: Pay for what you eat

CIBC National Ski & Snowboard Day

What: Dust off your skis and wax your boards, it’s time to hit the slopes. This month, the fifth annual CIBC National Ski and Snowboard Day will be taking place from coast to coast, giving Canadians incredible access to the nation’s majestic winter playgrounds. This year there are over 100 ski and snowboard areas participating in National Ski and Snowboard Day, making it the biggest national ski event ever.

When: January 26 and 27
Time: Varies by location
Where: Participating resorts across Canada
Price: Day passes start at $72

Après Skate Saturdays

What: If you’re in the mood for ice skating, head to the Bentway where skaters over 19 can enjoy complimentary samples of Kahlúa with coffee or hot chocolate on Saturday evenings from 5 pm to 9 pm. Après Skate Saturdays run every Saturday until February 16.

When: January 19
Time: 5 pm to 9 pm
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd.
Price: Complimentary samples, but skate rentals are available on-site for $10

DJ Skate Nights: Yohomo on Ice

What: You can sharpen your skates and skills at Toronto’s number one outdoor winter party. This Saturday night, Yohomo DJ’s Diego Armand and Phillippe are spinning blades of glory anthems all night long with two special figure skating shows featuring Toronto drag legend Carlotta Carlisle.

When: January 26
Time: 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Skating is free

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