While January has been dreary AF, winter hibernation isn’t your only option! Cut yourself outta that deep freeze because it’s officially February and that means Spring and warmer weather is just around the corner. While we’re hoping and praying to see the sun even just once this month, distract yourself in the meantime with these awesome events! Take a look at the top things to do this February in Toronto and the GTA:
A Few of Our Favourite Tings (February 9)
Trick yourself into thinking you’re somewhere down in the tropics! U-Feast will be hosting their first-ever Jamaican themed dinner with the lovely boys and gals from Cadillac Jenkins. We can’t think of a better way to beat the cold than chowing down on some Island comfort food. Sign up at U-Feast to get $25 off and see the full menu here. Think Jerk Spiced Duck Confit, Oxtail Ravioli and more.
Arts & Crafts Valentine’s Day Workshop (February 10, 11, 12, 14)
Grab your boo this Valentine’s Day and get crafty while you string your hearts together and fall in love at the Arts & Crafts Workshop by the Paint Cabin. Choose between making string art or couples painting then follow your hearts and make some art together. Both workshops come with complimentary champagne and cupcakes. Reserve your spot here.
Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Fest (February 11)
Brave the cold and find your whackiest retro ski suit because the Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Fest is back in Toronto on February 11th. Along with 40 Ontario Craft Brewers and Craft Cider producers, festival-goers can also give curling and skating a whirl, warm up by fire pits, view ice sculptures, and bite into eats from an assortment of local food trucks. Get tickets at the gate for $30.
I’d Tap that Onesie Dance Party (February 11)
If you live in onesies during the winter months than the Gladstone’s “I’d Tap that Onesie Dance Party” is not to be missed. Celebrate infatuation, flirtation, and forays into friendship in honour of Valentine’s Day and get saucy with meet-and-mingle activities like dancing, spin the bottle and match-maker games. Grab advance tickets for $10 and prepare for the comfiest party of the year.
Valentine’s Day Heart-Opening Yoga (February 11)
Get your heart pumping and do something different for Valentine’s Day this year! Lululemon on Queen West will be offering a 75-minute heart opening yoga class at The Attic. Register for $10 here and bring your partner, a friend or fly solo – there ain’t nothing wrong with a little self-love. Mats are provided but attendees must also bring a towel and an open heart (of course!).
TIFF Next Wave Film Festival (February 17 – 19)
Grab some popcorn and get comfy! TIFF Bell Lightbox will be taken over by the next generation of film lovers during the 6th annual Next Wave Film Festival from February 17th to 19th. Movies will be FREE for anyone under 25 and film-goers can also feast their eyes and ears on special guest appearances and creator workshops, as well as participate in a 24-Hour Film Challenge, Battle of the Scores and more. See the full schedule here.
Wavelength Music Festival (February 17 – 19)
Wake up from your winter hibernation and head out to the 17th Annual Wavelength Music Festival cuz these beats are sure to melt the deep freeze. The festival promises a whirlwind of amazing music by Canadian indie bands like Tops, Diana, The Wrong Guys and so many more. Get an all access pass or RSVP to individual shows and be a part of what they’re calling the “live, curated mixtape.”
Kids Fest 2017 (February 18 – 20)
Looking for a fun Family Day activity? How bout making it an entire “Family Day Weekend?!” Kids Fest Toronto will be setting up camp at The International Centre from February 18th to 20th with a whole bucket load of interactive activities, games, and rides. Think mini-put, science experiments, a petting zoo, carnival games and more. Get ticket info here.
Polar Bear Fest 2017 (February 25)
February 25th is International Polar Bear Day and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than getting up close and personal with the real deal. The Toronto Zoo will be hosting Polar Bear Fest on February 25th, free with regular zoo admission. Learn all there is to know about polar bears during the “Polar Bear Invasion” and a special “Conserving the Polar Bear” Presentation (pre-registration required). Attendees of the special presentation will also have chance to win a private training session with a zoo keeper and one of the Toronto Zoo’s polar bears.
The Wedding Co. Market (February 26)
Tying the knot? The Wedding Co. Market will be transforming the Artscape Wychward Barns into a cozy winter marketplace showcasing all things wedding. From decor to flowers to everything in between, plan the perfect nuptials and be inspired by Toronto’s very best industry professionals. Grab online tickets for $20 or get them for $30 at the door.