What to do this Winter!
The February blahs are upon us and the weather outside is looking more frightful than ever! It can feel like a million years until summer arrives so why not make the most of the winter season? Check out our favourite destinations – inside and out – to enjoy, right here in our beloved city!
Winter Stations 2020 at the Beach – Feb 17th to March 30th
Winter Stations are back this February! The international design competition brings artists, designers, and landscape architects together to create an incredible variety of installations along the beach. This year’s theme is Beyond the Five Senses. The exhibits will also showcase how humans and animals alike make meaning of the world we live in. Go check it out!
Ice Skating @ Harbourfront Centre
For 30 years Natrel Rink has been one of the most beautiful places to skate in our city. Perfectly placed next to the shore line of Lake Ontario, this rink not only offers scenic eye candy, but complimentary skating as well! Don’t have skates? No problem – skates can be rented on site for $13.00. Check out their website below for more info.
Toronto Light Fest – on until March 1st
If you didn’t get down to the Distillery Christmas Market and still want some winter magic, the Toronto Light Fest might just be the ticket. The goal of the light fest is to “create a positive, magical urban world…transform a moment of consciousness from the cold of the dark to the warmth of the light” and quite frankly, “make winter not suck so much.”
Winterfolk Music Festival – February 21st-23rd
Soothe the soul this winter at The Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival. The festival will run for three days at five venues (including Danforth) and features performances from 100 artists. With this much entertainment there is sure to be something for everyone and fun for the entire family! Best of all, you’re sure to stay warm and cozy while watching your favourite performer in one of the various venues! Advance wristbands start at $15.00, or pay $25.00 at the door.
A Tropical Oasis in the City at Allan Gardens
Can’t get to that island in the sun this winter? Take a stroll through Allan Gardens Conservatory, the stunning Edwardian-era Palm House is not only a spectacle from the outside but even more so on the inside. With an assortment of tropical plants and flowers to be admired, it’s the perfect place to get some quiet time or read a book. Check out their website for special event dates and more information on private tours. Access to the gardens is completely free!
Brews with your Best Friend!
Black Lab Brewing Inc. was founded in March of 2018 by Billy and Anne Madden, and inspired by their trusty and loyal black lab mix named Snoopy. Now East-enders can enjoy truly exceptional beers with their canine companions – we’re having trouble thinking of anything that is more ‘east end’ Toronto than that!
A Good Ol’ Movie
Maybe going out to the movies is a lost art for some but there’s something special about going to the Fox Theatre. This local favourite offers wonderfully curated movies – from contemporary, to classic, to cult films, there is always something worth checking out. The Fox is also licensed and offers an array of craft beer and wine in addition to the BEST popcorn. Let’s keep this Beach institution thriving by heading to The Fox this winter!
This combination of Bocce Ball-meets-mini golf really grabbed our attention as something new and definitely different. Players toss balls down an ever-changing series of tracks toward the perch, knock each other’s balls off course, and score points for being closest to the perch. Fully licensed and equipped with a menu of shareable pub faves, you won’t leave hungry!
Family Bowling at Shamrock Bowl
Plan a fun family outing, or get together with the gang at Shamrock Bowl, now fully renovated and restored to its 1940s-era glory! Offering eight lanes of 5-pin bowling, a licensed bar, and menu of shareable dishes, this is an awesome venue for birthday parties and corporate events! 280 Coxwell Ave (at Gerrard)
Theatre district doesn’t need to be downtown. Stick to the East end and take in some local culture at Crow’s Theatre, featuring critically acclaimed plays and musical performances for all ages. They offer kid’s camps, workshops, gallery space, and wedding or special event venue rooms as well! Check out their website for full details and to purchase tickets.
Terra Lumina at Toronto Zoo
Visit the Toronto Zoo to take an enchanted nighttime stroll through the magical light-filled exhibits of Terra Lumina, an immersive luminescent art installation on a 1.5 km walking path. Bundle up the fam and hit the trail after nightfall until April 13 to catch this multimedia spectacle that is said to transcend time and space and engage your senses!