The long weekend is coming up and there are plenty of exciting ways to stay busy. Whether you want to get outside or stay toasty indoors, you are sure to find all kinds of fun things to do on Family Day weekend in Toronto.

From high tea to DJ skating and brunch parties, here’s what’s going on in our city over the holiday weekend!

Skates & Sounds: Family Fun Day

Bring the whole family for a day of free fun on the ice skating trail at College Park.

This Family Day weekend event will feature free skate lending, live music by DJ Mel Boogie, s’mores, maple taffy, and a contest!

When: February 18th, 2 PM to 6 PM
Where: Barbara Ann Scott Ice Trail, 420 Yonge Street

Bloor-Yorkville Icefest

Bloor-Yorkville Icefest is making a comeback this Family Day weekend and will transform the neighbourhood into a whimsical world filled with frozen displays.

There will be over 40 creations made from 60,000 lbs of ice on display at the festival, which will be carved into magnificent, one-of-a-kind sculptures.

Icefest will also feature live ice carving demonstrations, an ice lounge, and an ice wall with projections.

When: February 18th and 19th, 2023, 12 PM to 11 PM
Where: Village of Yorkville Park & Bloor-Yorkville area

Sponsored Pick: The Second City Mainstage’s brand new 87th Revue

Ready for an evening of non-stop laughter? The Second City is back! Their new location just opened up at One York Street, and not only are they sporting a brand-spankin’ new look, but they’re celebrating 50 years of funny with their Mainstage Revue featuring a fresh cast & new material each show. Check it out while you still can!

Where: One York Street, 1 York St., Toronto
When: on NOW until the last Sunday of February, 2023. Check out their website for all showtimes.
Cost: use code CURIOCITY25 for $25 tickets for Sunday 7PM shows in February.

Family Day Skate Party

This family-friendly skate party is the last hurrah of the season for Toronto’s skating trail under the Gardiner Expressway, and you don’t want to miss it.

Taking place on Family Day weekend, the event will feature a DJ skate party, an interactive scavenger hunt at 12 PM, a family fun indoor workshop with Kids Coding, plus Beaver Tails and tasty concessions.

When: February 20th, 2023, 12 PM to 9 PM
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Boulevard

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Winter Stations

Winter Stations is making a comeback this Family Day Monday!

This single-stage international design competition takes place every year, and contestants must incorporate the Kew and Woodbine beach lifeguard towers into their installations in creative ways.

The winners get to bring their designs to life and showcase them along the beaches for several weeks in the winter and spring.

Winter Stations will be taking place at multiple locations this year and instead of staying in one place, some installations will be relocated to give more residents a chance to visit.

When: February 20th to April 3rd, 2023
Where: Woodbine Beach and 1381 Lakeshore Road East (Mississauga)

High Tea at the Castle

Casa Loma is hosting its popular Edwardian afternoon tea service this Family Day weekend.

Enjoy an elegant traditional high tea at Toronto’s majestic castle, complete with premium teas, scones, gourmet pastries, and tea sandwiches.

Plus, entry to the castle is included with your reservation, so you can make a whole day out of it!

When: February 18th to 20th, 2023
Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace

Toronto Black Film Festival

TBFF is back this long weekend to showcase powerful and thought-provoking Black films.

This festival aims to “give unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world,” and spark meaningful discussion about today’s cultural, social and socio-economic issues.

Screenings will be held at Carlton Cinema throughout the long weekend, and live performances at Pogue Mahone Pub & Kitchen.

When: February 15 to 20th, 2023
Where: See full events schedule

The Weekender Cafe Pop-Up

Brought to us by Patois’ Chef Craig Wong, Sundays Coffee Club, and Barbet, this pop-up cafe concept is worth checking out this weekend.

Stop by for unique merch, freebie samples, delicious creations by Chef Wong himself, and all of the good vibes.

When: Until Monday, February 20th, 12 to 6 PM
Where: 796 Dundas Street West

Disney Animation: Immersive Experience

A whole new world, a new fantastic point of view! An exhibit called Disney Animation: Immersive Experience is taking place in Toronto and it’s every bit as magical as it sounds.

You’ll get to see Disney films old and new come to life all around you, including Encanto, Zootopia, FrozenThe Lion King, Peter Pan, and Pinocchio.

The exhibit is open throughout the long weekend and you can purchase your tickets in advance online.

When: Until March 19th, 2023
Where: Lighthouse Immersive Inc, 1 Yonge Street


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Mademoiselle Toronto White Party

Toronto’s popular raw bar and grill is hosting an all-white brunch party this Family Day long weekend.

Dress to impress in your best white getup and prepare to dine on delicious bites, sip cocktails, and dance your winter blues away.

When: February 19th, 2023, 1 PM
Where: 563 King Street West

Distillery District – Après Ski Weekends

Ditch the skis and join Toronto’s Distillery District for some fun Après Ski activities.

Warm up by the fire pits, sip on some hot chocolate (or alcoholic beverages), and munch on delicious treats.

These fun-filled festivities run every weekend until March 21st. Space is a little limited so just know that it is first come, first served and weather permitting.

When: Saturdays and Sundays until March 19th, 12 PM to 6 PM
Where: 55 Mill Street

Sweet City Fest

Toronto’s month-long festival dedicated to all things sweet is going strong this Family Day weekend.

Enjoy special events and activities including workshops, bake sales, socials, family-friendly Sundays, live music, and much more.

When: Until February 26th, 2023
Where: Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst Street

Free Family Open Skate with DJ

Freshen up your ice skating skills at The Hangar District in Downsview. Pop on by for a free skate on an 80,000-square-foot airplane hangar.

There will be live DJs in the evenings, free skating lessons, and a special Family Day program on Monday.

So make sure to bring your skates and if you don’t have a pair or forget them, there will be free rentals for both skates and helmets (first come first served).

When: February 20th, 2023, 1 PM to 4 PM
Where: Across from 95 Garratt Blvd

Family Day Weekend at Toronto’s top attractions

Several of Toronto’s most popular attractions will offer special programming for visitors of all ages on Family Day Monday.

The Toronto Zoo, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Art Gallery of Ontario will be having special hands-on activities and presentations throughout the weekend.

When: February 17th to 20th, 2023

There you have it, friends — the very best things to do on Family Day weekend in Toronto. Have a good one!