How to plan the perfect Valentine’s date night this weekend in Toronto

It’s Valentine’s weekend (yes, it’s technically just a day, but since Feb. 14 is on a Monday this year, might as well make a weekend out of it in Toronto)! Whether you’re planning on celebrating with your long-term partner to rekindle the flame of romance, in the honeymoon period of a new relationship or just planning a first or second date with a Tinder match, the city is teeming with activities to plan your date around this weekend. From scavenger hunts to surprise elopements, take advantage of all the fun the city has to offer!

Cook a romantic dinner together with a virtual cooking class

Couples looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day without leaving the house can check out this virtual cooking class. The Chef Upstairs has several classes to sign up for from Feb. 11 to 14. Grab your ingredients and follow along as the chef teaches you to make pan-seared scallops, beef tenderloin and flourless chocolate torte. There are alternatives for pescatarians and vegetarians to enjoy too.

Take part in a city-wide couples’ scavenger hunt

A Valentine's Day scavenger hunt event will take participants across Toronto
Photo Courtesy: We-Vibe

Spice up your Valentine’s Day this year by participating in a scavenger hunt across Toronto hosted by We-Vibe. Couples will have the chance to win free sex toys for an entire year on Feb. 12. To participate, start by following We-Vibe on Instagram. They’ll be posting clues as to where you can find one of five golden chorus toys hidden throughout the city. Couples that are successful will have to email a photo to We-Vibe to claim their prize. Good luck!

Enjoy some laughs at a cannabis-friendly comedy show

Kick back with your date and get ready for some laughs at the Love Buds Valentine’s Day Comedy Show. This cannabis-friendly event will take place at a secret Danforth location revealed to ticket holders on the day. It’s presented by the Cannabis Comedy Festival and will feature comics Ben Bankas, Paul Thompson, Tamara Shevon and more.

Get married at a Vegas chapel-themed bar

Bar Mordecai is organizing a Valentine's Day elopement event for couples in Toronto.
Bar Mordecai will be transformed into a Vegas-style wedding chapel this weekend.

Looking to elope this Valentine’s Day but want to stay in Toronto? Bar Mordecai is giving couples the chance to get married in a Las Vegas-styled ceremony on Feb. 12 and 13. The elopement package includes nuptials hosted in a Vegas-themed private room, photography and even an Elvis serenade. You can also bring up to 10 guests to enjoy a mini reception on the heated and covered patio.

Get wined and dined at the top of the CN Tower

If you and your valentine haven’t already visited the most Toronto-esque date night spot, then now is the time. The CN Tower 360 restaurant is pulling all the stops for guests visiting this Valentine’s Day weekend with a special menu. Couples can enjoy a three-course dinner for $85, sip on 360 Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine and enjoy chocolate-covered strawberries. Finish off the night with tiramisu or mignardise for dessert.

Light up the romance with the Nordic Lights display

Go on a romantic stroll with your date to visit the Nordic Lights display at the Harbourfront Centre. This dazzling spectacle features Nordic and Canadian light art that’s co-produced with Fjord Studio. It’s running till Feb. 21 in case you’re in need of a date night idea after Valentine’s Day.

Plan date night with the help of a Shakespeare-themed babysitter

Are you a parent who can’t find a babysitter for Valentine’s Day? Then you’re in luck. Shakespeare in Action is hosting an event to take care of the kids while parents enjoy a romantic night out. Kids ages six to 12 will be entertained with movies, snacks and games at Artscape Weston Common while parents have some alone time.

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