Things To Do in Toronto (Updated Weekly)

So I’ve tried this a few times now but I think this might be the best way.  A consolidation of events by week in ONE place.  Phew.  Hopefully, for those who have been asking, this will be a central spot, similar to my Toronto Drink Deals Post, that will be a one stop shop for events that I am super interested in and hopefully you will be too! Here’s the first stab, would love to hear any feedback you guys might have and if this format works!

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Week of March 2

Ricarda’s Kitchen PartyMarch 4 – Any party that includes music, all you can eat food stations, drink tokens and a chilled out party vibe is a party for me.  $55 for your ticket gets you entry and access to all the fun.
Beach Bash in the 6ix – March 6 – Need a vacation? Ripley’s Aquarium is getting transformed into a tropical paradise for one night only.  Enjoy cash bars, food stations, and music by DJ Shamz.  Admission for the event is $32.
Winter Stations 2020 – Beyond the Senseson until March 30 – Woodbine Beach is the home of some of the winning art installations from over 100 submissions for this year’s Winter Stations art festival.  Admission is free.
The Proof’s Pearl – Igloo Dining Experience at the Intercontinental Hotelreservations avail. until the end of March – dine and/or drink in an Igloo at the Intercontinental Hotel in Toronto who are celebrating their 30th anniversary.  The prix fixe menu will run you $50 a person which gets you a drink, shareable appetizer, dessert and of course, an extremely unique dining experience.
Winnie The Pooh Exhibit at The ROMon until August 3 – The most popular fictional bear is coming to the ROM! I am personally super excited for this one. Discover and rediscover the magical world of this much-loved bear and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood.  Showcasing original sketches, manuscripts, letters, photographs and memorabilia from all the Winnie The Pooh stories.  It’s also the only Canadian stop on the tour.  Admission is $31 for the exhibit plus access to the rest of the ROM

Week of March 9

Sugar Shack TOMarch 14 & 15 – The 5th Annual Sugar Shack festival is back at none other than Sugar Beach.  Experience all things sweet with live music, ice activities, delicious food and of course maple syrup.  Admission is free.
Winter Stations 2020 – Beyond the Senseson until March 30 – Woodbine Beach is the home of some of the winning art installations from over 100 submissions for this year’s Winter Stations art festival.  Admission is free.

Week of March 16 – It’s St. Patrick’s Day!

Winter Stations 2020 – Beyond the Senseson until March 30 – Woodbine Beach is the home of some of the winning art installations from over 100 submissions for this year’s Winter Stations art festival.  Admission is free.

Week of March 23

Winter Stations 2020 – Beyond the Senseson until March 30 – Woodbine Beach is the home of some of the winning art installations from over 100 submissions for this year’s Winter Stations art festival.  Admission is free.

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Week of February 24

Toronto LightfestJanuary 15 – March 1 – The Distillery District get transformed into a an incredible sight for the eyes with light installations.  The festival which is now in its fourth year features exhibits local and international light artists.

Week of February 17

Toronto LightfestJanuary 15 – March 1 – The Distillery District get transformed into a an incredible sight for the eyes with light installations.  The festival which is now in its fourth year features exhibits local and international light artists.

Week of January 20

Toronto LightfestJanuary 15 – March 1 – The Distillery District get transformed into a an incredible sight for the eyes with light installations.  The festival which is now in its fourth year features exhibits local and international light artists.
DJ Skate Nights at the Harbourfrontevery Saturday until Feb 14 – DJ Skate Nights are back, showcasing some of the city’s most talented DJs at Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink. Every Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m.

Week of January 13

Toronto LightfestJanuary 15 – March 1 – The Distillery District get transformed into a an incredible sight for the eyes with light installations.  The festival which is now in its fourth year features exhibits local and international light artists.
DJ Skate Nights at the Harbourfrontevery Saturday until Feb 14 – DJ Skate Nights are back, showcasing some of the city’s most talented DJs at Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink. Every Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m.

Week of January 6

DJ Skate Nights at the Harbourfrontevery Saturday until Feb 14 – DJ Skate Nights are back, showcasing some of the city’s most talented DJs at Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink. Every Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m.

Week of December 30

A Nutcracker Christmas at the CastleDecember 1-January 5 – so many activities to get into the festive spirit all with the backdrop of the stunning Casa Loma.  A 40ft tree, shows by famed illusionist entertainer Professor Wick, ice skating performers and of course visits with Santa in his castle workshop.

Week of December 23

Christmas Dinner at Victor RestaurantDecember 25 – Executive Chef Lanny MacLeod is serving his take on a traditional holiday dinner.  Festive bites, traditional roasted turkey breast, caramelized onion and turkey confit stuffing, butter whipped potatoes, fresh rolls with maple butter and the MacLeod family cranberry sauce are just a few items you can expect.  Take the stress out of holiday entertaining this year!
Miracle on Ossington November 25 – December 26, 5PM-2AM (M-F), 2PM-2AM (Weekends).  If the Christmas markets are not your thing, Toronto has its own Christmas themed bar now open in the pop up space at 146 Ossington. Come dressed in your best holiday outfit and enjoy themed cocktails at this pop-up which happens in cities all across the world!
Sippin’ SantaNovember 25-December 26, 5PM-2AM (M-F), 2PM-2AM (Weekends). And the same people bringing you Miracle on Ossington have turned up the heat with a Tiki inspired holiday themed bar at Project Gigglewater.  If you can’t escape to somewhere warm this year, this could be your go-to spot.
A Nutcracker Christmas at the CastleDecember 1-January 5 – so many activities to get into the festive spirit all with the backdrop of the stunning Casa Loma.  A 40ft tree, shows by famed illusionist entertainer Professor Wick, ice skating performers and of course visits with Santa in his castle workshop.

Week of December 16

Holiday Fair in the SquareDecember 7-23, Nathan Phillips Square.  Combines the fun of a Christmas market and excitement of a carnival all in one place with proceeds going to charity.
Holiday Hills MarketNovember 22 – December 22 – Stackt Market.  The trendy market made up of shipping containers is getting a holiday makeover with curated shopping, food, winter activities and pop-up experiences.  Perfect for last minute shopping!
A Nutcracker Christmas at the CastleDecember 1-January 5 – so many activities to get into the festive spirit all with the backdrop of the stunning Casa Loma.  A 40ft tree, shows by famed illusionist entertainer Professor Wick, ice skating performers and of course visits with Santa in his castle workshop.
Thirsty Elf Pop-Up BarNovember 28-December 21, Thurs-Sat, 4:30-9:00PM.  Toronto’s smallest hidden bar will temporarily re-open its doors to spread some holiday cheer and serve up some fabulously festive cocktails from the creative mixologist mind of Rus Yessenov.
Miracle on Ossington November 25 – December 26, 5PM-2AM (M-F), 2PM-2AM (Weekends).  If the Christmas markets are not your thing, Toronto has its own Christmas themed bar now open in the pop up space at 146 Ossington. Come dressed in your best holiday outfit and enjoy themed cocktails at this pop-up which happens in cities all across the world!
Sippin’ SantaNovember 25-December 26, 5PM-2AM (M-F), 2PM-2AM (Weekends). And the same people bringing you Miracle on Ossington have turned up the heat with a Tiki inspired holiday themed bar at Project Gigglewater.  If you can’t escape to somewhere warm this year, this could be your go-to spot.

Week of December 9

Thirsty Elf Pop-Up BarNovember 28-December 21, Thurs-Sat, 4:30-9:00PM.  Toronto’s smallest hidden bar will temporarily re-open its doors to spread some holiday cheer and serve up some fabulously festive cocktails from the creative mixologist mind of Rus Yessenov.
Miracle on Ossington November 25 – December 26, 5PM-2AM (M-F), 2PM-2AM (Weekends).  If the Christmas markets are not your thing, Toronto has its own Christmas themed bar now open in the pop up space at 146 Ossington. Come dressed in your best holiday outift and enjoy themed cocktails at this pop-up which happens in cities all across the world!
Sippin’ SantaNovember 25-December 26, 5PM-2AM (M-F), 2PM-2AM (Weekends). And the same people bringing you Miracle on Ossington have turned up the heat with a Tiki inspired holiday themed bar at Project Gigglewater.  If you can’t escape to somewhere warm this year, this could be your go-to spot.

Week of December 2

A Nutcracker Christmas at the CastleDecember 1-January 5 – so many activities to get into the festive spirit all with the backdrop of the stunning Casa Loma.  A 40ft tree, shows by famed illusionist entertainer Professor Wick, ice skating performers and of course visits with Santa in his castle workshop.
Holiday Fair in the SquareDecember 7-23, Nathan Phillips Square.  Combines the fun of a Christmas market and excitement of a carnival all in one place with proceeds going to charity.
Home Alone in ConcertDecember 6-7.
Thirsty Elf Pop-Up BarNovember 28-December 21, Thurs-Sat, 4:30-9:00PM.  Toronto’s smallest hidden bar will temporarily re-open its doors to spread some holiday cheer and serve up some fabulously festive cocktails from the creative mixologist mind of Rus Yessenov.
Miracle on Ossington November 25 – December 26, 5PM-2AM (M-F), 2PM-2AM (Weekends).  If the Christmas markets are not your thing, Toronto has its own Christmas themed bar now open in the pop up space at 146 Ossington. Come dressed in your best holiday outfit and enjoy themed cocktails at this pop-up which happens in cities all across the world!
Sippin’ SantaNovember 25-December 26, 5PM-2AM (M-F), 2PM-2AM (Weekends). And the same people bringing you Miracle on Ossington have turned up the heat with a Tiki inspired holiday themed bar at Project Gigglewater.  If you can’t escape to somewhere warm this year, this could be your go-to spot.

Week of November 25

Fairmont Royal York  Tree Lighting Ceremony November 28, 3:30 – 5:30 pm in the Imperial Room Foyer.  For 90 years the Fairmont Royal York has been celebrating Christmas in the city.  Join in for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Animated Window Display, in support of Children’s Wish Foundation. There will also be a visit from Santa, a special musical performance and a two-story Gingerbread House
Thirsty Elf Pop-Up Bar – November 28-December 21, Thurs-Sat, 4:30-9:00PM.  Toronto’s smallest hidden bar will temporarily re-open its doors to spread some holiday cheer and serve up some fabulously festive cocktails from the creative mixologist mind of Rus Yessenov.
Miracle on Ossington November 25 – December 26, 5PM-2AM (M-F), 2PM-2AM (Weekends).  If the Christmas markets are not your thing, Toronto has its own Christmas themed bar now open in the pop up space at 146 Ossington. Come dressed in your best holiday outfit and enjoy themed cocktails at this pop-up which happens in cities all across the world!
Sippin’ SantaNovember 25-December 26, 5PM-2AM (M-F), 2PM-2AM (Weekends). And the same people bringing you Miracle on Ossington have turned up the heat with a Tiki inspired holiday themed bar at Project Gigglewater.  If you can’t escape to somewhere warm this year, this could be your go-to spot.

Week of November 18

Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic 2019November 23, 5-7PM, Free public concert and lighting ceremony taking place in the Village of Yorkville Park.
FAO Schwarz Holiday Pop-UpNovember 23 – December 9.  At Hudson’s Bay on Queen Street, fun activities for the whole family.
Toronto Aurora Winter FestivalNovember 22-January 5.  Ontario Place will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with skating, a tube park, massive light displays, a Christmas Market, rides and lots to eat and drink

Week of November 11

Toronto Christmas MarketNovember 14-December 22, every day except Mondays.  Distillery District gets lit up with the for the Christmas Market with entertainment, food & drink, locally handcrafted products and of course Santa.

Week of November 4

Friday Night Live at the ROMEvery Friday until November 29.

Week of October 28

Happy Halloween everyone! 
El Rey Mezcal Bar introduces Brunchas of October 27.  Your favourite local Mexican restaurant is now featuring brunch inspired by the central regions of Mexico.  Available every Saturday and Sunday from 12-4PM
Friday Night LiveNovember 1, 7PM.  The Fashion edition of Friday Night Live at the ROM.
Uniqlo Down for Winter EventNovember 1-3.  Head down to Yonge/Dundas Square to check out the latest Winter collection from Uniqlo and test out their products first hand.
Diwali Festival of LightsNovember 2, 12-8PM.  The first even Diwali Festival of Lights being held at Nathan Phillips Square featuring dance, drama, theatre, food and a festive light show!
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Concert – October 31-November 2.
Legends of HorrorSeptember 27-October 31 – A one hour, 2 km self-guided walking tour commencing in the lower gardens of Casa Loma and winding its way through the castles tunnels and darkest spaces never before open to the public while experiencing theatrical interpretations of all of the classic horror film figures.

Week of October 21

Canadian ElectionOctober 21 – Go Vote. Enough said.
Friday Night Live at the ROM – Every Friday until November 29.
Legends of HorrorSeptember 27-October 31 – A one hour, 2 km self-guided walking tour commencing in the lower gardens of Casa Loma and winding its way through the castles tunnels and darkest spaces never before open to the public while experiencing theatrical interpretations of all of the classic horror film figures.
Halloween Haunt at Canada’s WonderlandSeptember 27-October 27.  Spend an evening walking the grounds of Canada’s Wonderland and watch it transformed into something out of your nightmares.  Haunted attractions and shows and of course selected rides to add to the thrill.

Week of October 14

Friday Night Live at the ROM – Every Friday until November 29.  This week’s theme: Dig It.  Put on your dancing shoes and dig into the hottest performances, fab food and drinks! Can you dig it?
Legends of HorrorSeptember 27-October 31 – A one hour, 2 km self-guided walking tour commencing in the lower gardens of Casa Loma and winding its way through the castles tunnels and darkest spaces never before open to the public while experiencing theatrical interpretations of all of the classic horror film figures.
Halloween Haunt at Canada’s WonderlandSeptember 27-October 27.  Spend an evening walking the grounds of Canada’s Wonderland and watch it transformed into something out of your nightmares.  Haunted attractions and shows and of course selected rides to add to the thrill.

Week of October 7

It’s also Thanksgiving weekend so look out for some of your favourite restaurants in Toronto featuring Turkey Dinner specials including Cafe Boulud, The Drake Group of Restaurants, Momofoku, STK, Azure, Casa Loma, and the Oliver and Bonacini Grill

Toronto Flower MarketOctober 12 – CAMH –  The 7th annual Toronto Flower Market returns for its biggest season ever, featuring nine markets.  Celebrate local growers and florists and take home some blooms for to admire at home
Toronto PumpkinfestOctober 12-14 – Downsview Park – 3 days celebrating everything that is fall with pumpkins, food, entertainment and local vendors
Legends of HorrorSeptember 27-October 31 – A one hour, 2 km self-guided walking tour commencing in the lower gardens of Casa Loma and winding its way through the castles tunnels and darkest spaces never before open to the public while experiencing theatrical interpretations of all of the classic horror film figures.
Halloween Haunt at Canada’s WonderlandSeptember 27-October 27.  Spend an evening walking the grounds of Canada’s Wonderland and watch it transformed into something out of your nightmares.  Haunted attractions and shows and of course selected rides to add to the thrill.

Week of September 30

Dasha TorontoNow Open – The newest addition to the King West strip, Dasha Toronto is now open for reservations serving upscale Chinese cuisine from Michelin starred chef  Akira Back.  They even have a speakeasy and karaoke.
LOV King WestNow Open – Another addition to the King West strip, famed vegan and vegetarian restaurant from Montreal is now taking reservations.  The interior is just stunning and perfect for those instagram shots!
Legends of HorrorSeptember 27-October 31 – A one hour, 2 km self-guided walking tour commencing in the lower gardens of Casa Loma and winding its way through the castles tunnels and darkest spaces never before open to the public while experiencing theatrical interpretations of all of the classic horror film figures.
Halloween Haunt at Canada’s WonderlandSeptember 27-October 27.  Spend an evening walking the grounds of Canada’s Wonderland and watch it transformed into something out of your nightmares.  Haunted attractions and shows and of course selected rides to add to the thrill.
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi In ConcertOctober 3, 7:30PM.  Presented by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, experience this classic film in a whole new way with a live score.
Nuit BlancheOctober 5.  The annual all night public arts festival is back to transform Toronto streets with over 90 art projects.

Week of September 23

Broadview Hotel’s 2nd BirthdaySeptember 23-28, events every day of the week! The Broadview Hotel is turning 2 and is celebrating with events every night of the week including Moet & Mussels, Taco Tuesday and a surprise Friday night event!
Daisy Social Club OpeningSeptember 23.  Taking over the old space occupied by Rushlane, Daisy Social Club opens as Queen West’s newest cocktail bar.
Workout Wednesday – Yoga in the ParkSeptember 25, 6:30-7:30PM.  Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre is hosting a series of FREE programs and events in the park leading up to the opening of the recreation centre.
Octo-berfest at the AquariumSeptember 27.  Enjoy craft beers and Live music all while experiencing the underwater magic at Ripley’s Aquarium.  This is a 19+ event.The Infamous Le Brunch at LavelleSeptember 29.  If you want a side of a rooftop pool party with your brunch, this is the event for you.

Week of September 16

3rd Monday Nights Free at the ROM Every 3rd Monday of the month, 5:30-8:30PM.  Free admission and extended hours to experience all the permanent galleries.
barre3 FREE Class Week (Midtown Location) September 18-23, various times.  Celebrate the opening of barre3’s new studio at Yonge/St.Clair with free classes all week.
Sunset Yoga at Ontario PlaceSeptember 18, 6-7PM.  Free monthly sunset yoga classes in Trillium Park Pavilion.
Queen West Art CrawlSeptember 21 & 22.  Two day outdoor art exhibition featuring 200+ of Canada’s most innovative established and emerging artists.

Week of September 9

Museum of the Moon at The BentwaySeptember 10-15, 6-11PM.  Free events all week long including mood meditations, live podcasts, musical performances.
TIFF –  September 5-15, various times and locations.  Tickets are still available for some of this year’s most anticipated and talked about movies.
Yorkville Murals Block PartySeptember 13 & 14, 12-6PM.  Live mural paintings, live DJs, sculptures, light installations all set up in a beautiful courtyard in Yorkville.
Kensington Market Jazz FestivalSeptember 13-15 – 3 days of Toronto Jazz in the Kensington Market neighbourhood.  Expect over 300+ musicians playing over 120 shows!

 

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