The NHL All-Star Weekend is just around the corner! If you’re coming from outside of Toronto for the big event you may be trying to plan out how you’re going to spend your time (besides the All-Star Game, of course!) We’ve put together a list of how to spend 48 hours in Toronto during All-Star Weekend.
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If you’re going to attend a weekend dedicated to hockey, you may as well check out the place full of the history of ice hockey, exhibits on players, teams, National Hockey League records, memorabilia and NHL trophies, right? The Hockey Hall of Fame is open 7 days a week from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, meaning you should be able to fit it into your stay.
When: 7 days a week from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: 30 Yonge St
Cost: $25 per ticket ages 14-64, $15 per ticket ages 4-13, $20 per ticket ages 65+, free ages 3 and under
You’re going to be in Toronto to watch sports, so naturally Real Sports Bar is a must. Conveniently located beside Scotiabank Arena, Real Sports boasts Toronto’s largest screen to watch a game on standing at 39-feet among about 200 other TVs inside the restaurant.
When: 7 days a week from 11:30 AM – 12:00 AM
Where: 15 York St
This free exhibit at Myseum of Toronto is a great stop for anyone wanting to learn more about Toronto’s sports history. According to their website a trip to this exhibit can teach guests everything “from infamous bat flips and buzzer-beating three-pointers, to Stanley Cup curses and fairweather fandoms. Whether they bring us together or reflect our divisions, the sports we play tell us a story.”
When: Wednesdays – Saturdays from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Where: 401 Richmond Street W
Ever attended a 24 hour game of shinny? Well, now you can. theScore Bet is putting on a A 2-v-2, 24-hour continuous game of outdoor shinny downtown. Whether you want to join the fun and sign up a team or just watch, it is sure to be fun. A $5,000 grand prize is up for grabs and former NHL All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist Curtis Joseph will be on hand for a ceremonial puck drop and meet & greet with fans as the action gets underway.
When: Thursday, February 1st at 5:00 PM – Friday, February 2nd at 5:00 PM
Where: The Well Ice Rink, 444 Front Street W
One thing about Toronto is you’re going to be doing a ton of walking! While you’re strolling the city going from place to place, don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for some familiar faces.
Not only have celebrities such as Justin Bieber (and maybe his wife Hailey Bieber), Michael Bublé, Will Arnett and Tate McRae been confirmed for the NHL-All Star Game as celebrity captains, there are other celebs you could see too.
Actors and actresses such as Jacob Eldordi and Michelle Yeoh are currently filming in Toronto so you never know who you could spot.
The Fan Fair put on by the NHL is bringing all the action to The Metro Toronto Convention Centre all weekend long. You can expect family-friendly interactive games, NHL Mascots, NHL All-Stars & Hall of Famers, and even a chance to take a picture with The Stanley Cup.
Don’t forget to purchase a ticket.
When: Thursday, February 1st from 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday February 2nd from 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Saturday February 3rd from 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM & Sunday February 4th 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street W
Cost: $24+ per ticket
Now that you’ve checked out some of the other sights and sounds around the city, time to dive into the All-Star themed events being put on. Keep your eyes peeled for Justin Bieber’s drew house pop up trucks which will be all over the city serving coffee, hot coco and churros.
Want even more on-ice action? The Professional Women’s Hockey League 3-on-3 Showcase featuring all six PWHL teams competing in a 20-minute game is happening Thursday at the Scotiabank Arena.
Or if you want to party All-Star-style, you can attend a performance by Diplo presents Thomas Wesley. Put on by Sports Illustrated, Hockey fans are invited to a night of celebration at Liberty Grand to kick off hockey’s big weekend on Friday, also featuring an opening set from musician/DJ Frank Walker.
When: Times vary
Cost: Free – $130
Your itinerary is booked. Now all that’s left to do is enjoy NHL All-Star Weekend!