6 events to try out in Toronto this weekend

Winter might seem like the ideal time to hibernate, especially during an ongoing pandemic. But there are still a fair number of activities to safely take part in across the city. Whether you’re into art or the great outdoors, here are six of the best things to do in Toronto this weekend.

Check out DesignTO

The DesignTO Festival is happening online and in-person at venues across the city from Jan. 21 to 30. Expect unique window installations, exhibitions, various events, workshops, talks and more. Most events and exhibitions are free, but some require a RSVP or purchased tickets, so check in advance. All window installations are viewable from the outdoors, making for a fun, free (and safe) way to enjoy some art in the city.

Go skiing

If you’re hoping to get some skiing in without driving too far, Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre and the Centennial Ski and Snowboard Centre have both opened in the city recently and depending on what we see weather-wise for the remainder of winter, should be open until around mid-March. Centennial Park has one learning area where you can walk up and two runs with a carpet lift at the main hill, while Earl Bales has one beginner area with a rope tow and three runs with a chairlift at the main hill.

Try out stackt market’s rooftop tasting menu

Willing to brave the cold this weekend for an out-of-this-world dining experience? The stackt market is running an outdoor rooftop dining and cocktail event called GoldInn, featuring a five course tasting menu designed by Ration Food Lab. You can reserve tickets for this weekend for parties from two to eight people, at a price of $88 per person. If the cold is simply too much for you, stackt offers a take-home version at a reduced price, so you can replicate the fine dining experience in the comfort of your home! Reserve ahead here.

Hang out at the Harbourfront

While summer may be prime time for hanging out lakeside, Harbourfront is still worth a colder weather visit. First off, you can go for a skate overlooking the lake at Natrel Rink. There’s often public art on display like the current Nordic Spotlight, which starts Jan. 27 highlights modern Nordic art and culture through various media. The area in general also features many options for takeout or grabbing a coffee.

Hit up a food hall

If you’re bored of your local takeout joint (or just in need of a few new go-to options), pay a visit to one of the city’s food halls. They’re a great way to sample new concepts or types of cuisines without spending too much since there’s always a variety of options to choose from. Add Annex Food Hall, World Food Market and Chef’s Hall to your list.

Slide down a toboggan hill

If weather cooperates and you make sure to bundle up, an afternoon of tobogganing can be a great way to blow off steam or just have some good old fashioned winter fun. Some of the best spots in the city to set down your sled include Centennial Park, Withrow Park, Withrow Park, Trinity Bellwoods and High Park.