Another week begins in Toronto and our city is looking as vibrant as ever. Even in the dead of winter, we locals can’t be stopped from going out and enjoying all of the events and activities that this town has to offer. From a hot chocolate festival to exhibitions and immersive outdoor art, you already know that when it comes to fun things to do, Toronto always delivers.
Here are 10 of the best things to do this week in Toronto to help you make the most of it.
The most romantic occasion of the year is this Monday and destinations around the city are pulling out all the stops to make it the best one yet. Restaurants are offering all kinds of Valentine’s Day specials in Toronto, including prix fixe menus, decadent desserts, and romantic cocktails.
If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect surprise for your true love, there are plenty of Valentine’s Day dining specials you can still book.
An entire festival dedicated to warm and chocolatey goodness is happening this week in Toronto. Head over to Stackt Market for live music, DJs, drinks, snacks, s’mores, and good vibes. Soulful music will fill Bailey’s Patio as you toast s’mores over a fire pit and enjoy some delicious hot cocoa.
Where: 28 Bathurst St
When: February 11th — 21st
A unique travelling art installation is lifting spirits in Toronto for the next four weeks. The moonGARDEN is now open and it’s a dreamy illuminated experience right in the downtown core. Visitors will get to walk between the spheres as they glow and transform through animated and immersive shadow theatre designs.
Where: 120 Adelaide St W
When: Until March 5th
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Another interactive display is popping up in the city this Friday and it has delighted locals in cities all over the world. The installation, called Island of Warmth, is designed to resemble a campfire and uses movement and sound to keep its flames burning bright. The bonfire is surrounded by sensors placed on the floor and relies on the people around it to bring it to life. If you’re a fan of outdoor art, this one’s worth the visit!
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
When: February 18th — March 20th
A dreamy outdoor destination is coming to the city this weekend. Winter Glow is coming to Toronto’s Black Creek Pioneer Village this February and it’s all the things we love about the season combined into one magical experience. Walk or drive along a 1.8 km trail as you take in the gorgeous wintry sights synchronized to music. Some of the attractions you’ll see along the way include ice sculptures, snow carvings, life-sized snowglobes, illuminated structures, and more.
Where: 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy
When: Until February 27th
A new immersive art experience has officially opened its doors in Toronto. Joining the ranks of Immersive Van Gogh and Beyond Monet is Immersive Klimt, a colourful new exhibition curated by the “world-renowned master of digital art” Italy’s Massimiliano Siccardi. Through vivid 360 projections, the revolutionary works of Gustav Klimt come to life all around you. Klimt is described as a “rebel, genius and legend” of a painter, and now you can be swept up in his electrifying world.
Where: 1 Yonge St
When: Until March 13th
Take a dreamy winter stroll under the stars and the glow of twinkling lights and campfires. This special experience is a great excuse to enjoy the fresh air and nature and snap some adorable photos while you’re at it. Enjoy the art installations displayed along the trail, live performers, food and beverages, and of course, breathtaking scenery.
Where: Mountsberg Conservation Area, 2259 Milburough Line
When: Until February 20th
This exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario explores Caribbean history and culture through over 200 photographs, as well as paintings, sculpture, and video works by modern and contemporary Caribbean artists. According to the AGO, the exhibit will “invite visitors to experience the multiple ways of encountering the Caribbean and its diaspora, from the period following emancipation through today.”
Where: 317 Dundas St W
When: Until February 21st, 2022
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As part of Habourfront Centre’s Kuumba, Toronto’s largest Black Futures Month celebration, you can buy tickets to a unique presentation of South African dance called Via Kanana.
“Pulsing with rhythmic energy, eight performers of Via Katlehong Dance have teamed up with contemporary choreographer Gregory Maqoma for Via Kanana, examining corruption in South Africa and those in power who make unfulfilled promises in the transition to democracy since the end of Apartheid,” the description says.
The show will be accompanied by a documentary, all of which will be available for online viewing starting on February 16th. The tickets are PWYC between $15 and $45.
When: February 16th — March 6th, 2022
Ontario is known for its waterfalls and in the colder months, the cascading waters transform into something out of a storybook. The large frozen formations and jaw-dropping icicles are worth bundling up and venturing outside for. If there’s anything we can appreciate about these frosty winter months, it’s the majestic sight of frozen waterfalls near Toronto and throughout southern Ontario.