It’s the final weekend of February, friends, and it’s going to be a frosty one. But, don’t let the weather stop you from having some fun! Not when there are so many great things to do in Toronto this weekend. From laughing along at a live comedy show to getting up close and personal with exotic reptiles to an Edwardian-themed high tea at the castle, you’ll have plenty to talk about with your coworkers by the time Monday rolls around.
Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Toronto this weekend!
Art enthusiasts, this one’s for you. A year-long celebration of exceptional art, called ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art, is bringing all kinds of free public exhibits, installations, and displays to the city at various ArtworxTO Hubs. The displays you’ll get to see are contemporary works by local and international artists. Opening in early March is the I am land installation at Union Station, and HOME(LAND) at Cloverdale Common. Each of the installations has its own unique theme and message.
Where: Various locations
When: Until Fall 2022
Live comedy is back at The Second City Toronto, starting with a new show on the Danforth Mainstage called Welcome Back to the Future. “From improv games to classic sketches to sizzling satire, this experience is a great way for us all to laugh our way into the new normal,” says a description of the show. We could use a good laugh right about now, so you’ll definitely see us there.
Where: 2800 Danforth Ave
When: February 26th
This event is dedicated to all things reptilian. Get up close to unique and endangered reptiles, learn from some of the leading curators of these fascinating creatures, and share in the passion and advocacy of helping these animals thrive in the world. If you’re a lover of reptiles or are simply curious and want to learn more, this event will not disappoint.
Where: International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd, Hall 4
When: February 27th
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A unique exhibition is on display at Toronto’s Gardiner Museum this month. Canadian visual artist Shary Boyle is putting on a major showcase, described as “a multi-sensory installation including drawings, ceramic sculpture, life-sized automatons, two-way mirrors, coin-operated sculpture, and an interactive score.” If you’ve been itching for an opportunity to see incredible local art, this exhibition is a must!
Where: 111 Queens Park
When: Until May 15th
The annual international design competition at The Beaches is back and this year’s winners have been revealed. Winter Stations will run for six weeks straight and will showcase the six winning projects along the shoreline. This year’s winners took their creativity to new heights, transforming the lifeguard towers into northern cardinal birds, isolation pavilions, beehives, and more.
Where: Woodbine Beach, 1675 Lake Shore Blvd E
When: Until March 31st
Winter Glow is running for the last time at Toronto’s Black Creek Pioneer Village this weekend 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: February 4th — February 27th
Toronto’s very first Crokicurl rink is open for the remainder of this month and you can rent it out to play with friends. This Canadian-made game is a blend of cornhole and curling and it’s loads of fun. Your reservation comes with 45 minutes of game time and two tables on the heated patio. You can even upgrade your experience with a fried chicken feast, drinks, and neon toques.
Where: Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst St
When: Multiple dates
Care for some tea? In celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Toronto’s historic castle is hosting an elegant high tea experience inspired by the Edwardian era. Savour the majestic atmosphere of the castle while you indulge in scones, pastries, sandwiches, and more.
Where: 1 Austin Terrace
When: Until February 27th
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Are you ready to be whisked away to the year 2099? Terra Lumina has returned at the Toronto Zoo for more nightly magic under the stars. The immersive light show features an illuminated 1.5 km trail designed to make you feel like you’ve travelled to a “radiant” future world.
Where: The Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Road, Toronto, ON
Cost: Adult (18-64) $29.99 + HST
Another season of skating in Toronto’s skies is well underway. The popular Sky Skate rooftop rink at The Porch is now open and it’s one of the most picturesque spots in town for gliding under the stars. There are heaters all around the rink to make your skate a bit more comfortable, but you’ll definitely still want to dress for a typical Canadian winter night. You’ll also be able to warm up with a drink at the bar afterwards!
Where: 250 Adelaide St. W
When: Until March 2022