Now that January is behind us, we’re that much closer to spring and not only that, COVID restrictions have been recently loosened, meaning that options for things to do in the city have opened up considerably. With that in mind, here are seven of the events in Toronto this weekend.
Check out Winter Glow at Pioneer Village
Running Feb. 4 through to Feb. 27 is Winter Glow, happening at Black Creek Pioneer Village. The family-friendly outdoor festival features a 1.8 km trail, which you can choose to walk or drive. Events like these might be more common Toronto nowadays, but you won’t want to miss Winter Glow – the winter fun includes snow carvings, ice sculptures, life size snow globes, live performances and a light show synchronized to music. Pets are welcome and advance ticket purchase is required.
Take advantage of a return to indoor dining
With COVID restrictions recently changed to include a limited capacity return to indoor dining, this is the perfect weekend to treat yourself to a dinner out (if you’re comfortable doing so) and support local restaurants in the process. As long as you have proof of vaccination and follow public health guidelines, you’re good to chow down.
Get up close and personal with Van Gogh
The Toronto Star Building is currently home to the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibition, running through March 27. Fans of the Dutch painter (or those wanting to learn more about his work and process) can do so in a unique manner that goes beyond simply looking at a work of art. Instead, visitors will have the chance to walk through giant projections that highlight the brushstroke, detail and colour of many famous works like Starry Night, Sunflowers and The Bedroom.
Eat some poutine
This weekend, you can take advantage of the tail end of La Poutine Week (running through Feb. 7). The Canadian comfort classic and ideal winter indulgence is being offered at various eateries in major cities across the country. Luckily for us, Toronto is one of those cities. Each participating restaurant was tasked with creating a unique spin on the fried and cheese-laden favourite and those who order and taste are encouraged to vote for their favourites on LaPoutineWeek.com.
Go to a secret comedy show
While the draw of a comedy show is normally the comedians themselves, there’s nothing wrong with adding a bit of mystery to the proceedings. This Saturday at Comedy Bar sees the Super Secret Stand Up Show happening at 7 p.m., one of the coolest events in Toronto. Hosted by John Mostyn, the lineup is classified, but is said to feature a mix of Canada’s top professional comedians and a few surprise drop-ins, too.
Try out Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Make your way to Yorkdale Mall this weekend for Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. The Experience (running through Feb. 27 after its recent reopening last weekend). If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the science and technology behind some of your favourite superheroes, this immersive experience might be for you. Simply join S.T.A.T.I.O.N., the scientific combat support network for the Avengers, and delve into the history, science, engineering, genetics and profiles of fan-favourite Avengers, including Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther, Black Widow and more.
Go on a scavenger hunt
The Bloor West Village BIA is hosting a fun, family-friendly scavenger hunt (running through Feb. 28) where participants explore the neighbourhood with the Goosechase App to find animals in storefront windows and answer clues. Complete the quest to win weekly prizes or a grand prize of $500. The hunt makes for a safe, easy way to rediscover Bloor West Village and its many shops and restaurants.