Winter Activities That Won’t Break The Bank This January
We love our wonderful city, but Toronto living can get pretty expensive. You get a lot, but you pay a lot, too. Luckily, this January, you don’t have to spend a penny to enjoy some amazing activities around the city. We’ve rounded up the very best free events for you to go to with your family, best friends, or significant other:
1. Get Your Skate on at The New Bentway Skate Trail
The wait is over! The Bentway skating trail is finally finished. Here is another reason not to hibernate this winter.⛸❄️ @thebentway We were on a mini hiatus during the Holidays ☃️. While taking this break we realized how important it is to have a healthy balance between work and play. With that being said, we want to begin the year with positivity and share more with you. 6iOptix is taking its creativity to the next level and bringing in some advanced and cutting edge products 🕶👓. Stay tuned and thank you for the continues #love from the #6. . . . #6ioptix #eyewear #eyeglasses #glasses #eyewearfashion #eyecandy #optical #fashion #lifestyle #style #toronto #thesix #6i #lights #visiual #thebentwayskatetrail #fortyork #skating #winterfun #specs #shades #sunglasses #design #skateTO #thebentway
This much-anticipated skating trail under the Gardner Expressway is finally open to the public. Rentals may cost you an extra $10.00, but the skating is completely free. Don’t miss out on BEATS AND BENTS Friday Night Skate Parties, featuring one of the hottest DJ’s spinning tunes all night long.
2. Take a Stroll Through Allen Gardens
Step outta the winter wonderland, and into a tropical Oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle. #exploretocreate #justgoshoot #visualambassadors #visualsoflife #createcommune #fatalframes #thecreatorclass #neverstopexploring #getoutstayout #toronto #theoutbound #wildernessculture #artofvisuals #canaoncanada #agameoftones #heatercentral #explorecanada #thesix #outdoors #thesix #photography #adventure #canonrebelt5 #photooftheday #worldplaces #wander #dome #botanicalgarden #allangardens #toronto
Pretend you’re in a tropical rainforest in this oasis in the middle of the city. Take a warm walk through the different sections of flora and explore six greenhouses, featuring the historic, glass-domed Palm House. It’s also the perfect backdrop for bloggers and photography enthusiasts.
3. Check Out Toronto Light Fest and See Unique Installations
Take a romantic evening stroll through the Distillery to check it all out. From January 19th until March 4th, The Toronto Light Festival will be shining brightly, with works from local and international artists. Expect a lunar eclipse, a new micro-distillery, a fire-breathing dragon, a pyramid, and so much more.
4. Get Cultured at the AGO
Wednesday nights at the AGO are completely free! Spend your evening at one of the largest and most distinguished art museums in North America. Get inspired by the incredible art displays and new and changing exhibits.
5. Catch a Concert With The Canadian Opera Company
Listen to the incredible sounds, presented by the Canadian Opera Company, at the Free Concert Series. Discover established and emerging artists while enjoying a live performance in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre.
6. Check out the Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO)
Remember this shop-able installation of Union pendant lights by @shelterbay at @stylegarage? With 8 modular shapes and 5 striking finishes, Union encourages you to explore form and colour to create your own unique pendant light. . Early Bird Registration for this year ends soon: http://todesignoffsite.com/2018-exhibitor-registration/ . #todo17 #todo18 #torontodesign #designweek #art #design #toronto #todesignoffsite #designoffsite #todesignoffsite
Enjoy 100 free design events, exhibitions and window installations across Toronto. The festival is all about bringing people together to celebrate contemporary culture. If you love design and art, this is definitely something you should check out.
7. Winter at Ontario Place
A festival dedicated to all winter activities is taking over Ontario Place this season with free admission. Make sure you see the Winter Light Exhibition, with 12 illuminated exhibits by local artists. Highlights also include ice skating, a bonfire, watching movies at the Cinesphere in IMAX®, hiking the Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail and viewing the Illuminated Island.
8. Admire The Public Art Installations With Ice Breakers
Starting on January 19th, stunning works of art will be displayed around the city. Discover and explore the five different art installations located around Queens Quay West this winter.
9. Learn More with Digital Innovation Hubs
If you’re looking to expand your mind, register for free workshops with the Toronto Public Library. They’re offering incredible classes like 3D printing, Photoshop, Web design and more!
10. The Power Plant: Winter 2018 Opening Party
ICYMI our Winter 2018 Exhibition Season opens on 26 January with a free Opening Party at 8 PM. Join us and be amongst the very first to experience shows by Kader Attia and Emeka Ogbh, and see the evolution of Michael Landy’s participatory, growing installation. Mark it in your calendars, we’ll see you there! 🎉 bit.ly/TPPWinter2018 #contemporaryart #ThePowerPlantTO #TorontoArt #KaderAttia #EmekaOgboh #MichaelLandy
To kick off the 2018 winter exhibition season, there will be a FREE party on January 26th! Be amongst the first to experience exhibitions by Kader Attia and Emeka Ogboh, and view the progression of Michael Landy‘s continually evolving Fleck Clerestory Commission Project. Free admission to the gallery all year round.
Are you going to check out any of these free events this month?
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Julia is the Editor and Community Manager at StyleDemocracy. She loves spending her time outdoors as much as possible. Her favourite things include dogs, photography, reading, plants, interior design and travelling. Follow her personal account @juliarmelcher.