Weekend events in Toronto include some standout Design Week parties, the first ever Blue Jays fan fest, free entry at the Aga Khan Museum and the return of the Toronto Light Festival in the Distillery District.
Events you might want to check out:
Toronto Light Festival (January 19 – March 4 @ Distillery District)
Picking up where the Toronto Christmas Market left off, the Toronto Light Festival transforms the Distillery District back into a magical light show that's free to visit no matter the day.
Ice Breakers (January 19 – February 25 @ Multiple Venues)
Toronto's waterfront will become a temporary art exhibit, featuring five international artist teams creating larger than life contemporary installations at different spots along the Queens Quay.
PULP Paper Art Party (January 20 @ Super Wonder Gallery)
Ever partied in a room full of paper? PULP sets up shop in Little Italy and reclaims discarded materials to create gorgeous art installations, with live music and dancing going down on top of it all.
Beats and Bents: The Future is Female (January 19 @ The Bentway)
Visit Toronto's latest skating trail for the Future is Female alternative skating party, where DJ Lucie Tic and Jayemkayen spin an eclectic mix of hip hop, R&B, trap, and indie music.
Something Strange Circus Sideshow Festival (January 20 @ Mod Club)
An assortment of sideshow acts from magicians to burlesque dancers to acrobats come from around the continent to get weird with Toronto.
Free Admission to the Aga Khan Museum (January 20-21 @ Aga Khan Museum)
The Aga Khan Museum opens the doors to its stunning gallery completely for free this Saturday and Sunday. In addition to free gallery entry there'll also be film screenings and storytelling sessions.
Japanese Winter Festival (January 20 @ William Doo Auditorium)
Experience Japanese culture here in Toronto at this annual winter festival that includes tons of free food samples in addition to other Japanese inspired activities.
Blue Jays Winter Fest (January 20 @ Rogers Centre)
The Blue Jays host the first ever Winter Fest, a one day event giving fans unprecedented access to their home team through player appearances, field access, and more.
Toronto Women's March (January 20 @ Nathan Phillips Square)
On January 20th, thousands of women and allies unite outside Nathan Phillips Square to march in the name of women everywhere. This year's theme is defining our future.
Ctrl V North York Grand Opening (January 20-21 @ Crtl V North York Downsview)
Toronto's newest destination for virtual reality is opening its doors for free this weekend. Practice your archery skills, survive a zombie apocalypse, create your own universe, train to be a space pirate and more.
Trinity Bellwoods New Year's Flea (January 21 @ The Great Hall)
The Bellwoods flea market makes its 2018 debut with new vendors, bakers, and designers that'll cure any and all winter blues.
TO DO or Die Party (January 19 @ The Garrison)
The Garrison hosts Toronto Design Offsite Festival's first ever dance party. Get hot and sweaty in the name of design with DJs Joe Blow and Fly Lady Di.
Dads and Lads (January 20 @ Striker Sports Bar)
Toronto's only queer sportsbar, Striker, hosts a brand new party for all kinds of dads and lads out there. DJ Knight Muzik spins house and DJ Maggy covers top 40 and throwbacks.
Love Design Party (January 20 @ Gladstone Hotel)
Come Up To My Room is back at the Gladstone for its 15th year, and with it comes a Saturday night art party. Explore all floors soaking in tons of art while drinking and dancing the night away.
RU K-POP Ready? (January 20 @ Meltdown eSports Bar)
Meltdown eSports Bar are celebrating Korean pop culture through games, prizes, and an intense K-pop dance party
Stranger Things Snow Ball (January 20 @ Rivoli)
Imagine the year is 1984 and you just slayed the shadow monster terrorizing your town. Pretty good reason to party, right? Relieve your middle school dances without all the preteen awkwardness.
A Tribe Called Red (January 19 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
Triumphant, educational, and catchy as heck, A Tribe Called Red's 2016 LP is just a phenomenal record. Their live show celebrates Indigenous history with moving sounds and on screen visuals.
TOKiMONSTA (January 19 @ Velvet Underground)
Jennifer Lee AKA TOKiMONSTA is an American DJ producer who's remixed or collaborated with dozens of international artists. She's in Toronto spinning music from 2017's Lune Rouge.
Exclaim's Class of 2018 (January 20 @ Smiling Buddha)
Exclaim! Magazine and promoter Dan Burke's Class of 2018 concert series presses on, introducing up and comers like WHOOP-szo, Lush Buffalo, and Tange to an unsuspecting Toronto.
Shakira (January 20 @ Air Canada Centre)
Find out if her lips do or don't lie once and for all at the single Canadian stop on Shakira's El Dorada World Tour.
Free Mochi at Meet Fresh (January 19-21 @ Meet Fresh)
A popular Taiwanese dessert spot opens in Toronto, and as part of their soft-opening, they're handing out free mochi to the first 300 customers on the 19th, 20th, and 21st.
Small Ball Mini Cask Fest (January 20 @ Left Field Brewery)
This all new mini cask festival is looking to impress, with 6 unique cask beers, exclusive collectors glass, and dumplings all on site. Plus, it's free admission.
FRUITS Magazine: The End (January 19-28 @ 156 Projects)
FRUITS was an underground Japanese street fashion magazine. Its operations are shutting down, but not before an exhibit displaying some of its all time best shots of Tokyo fashion hits Toronto.
In Place (January 19 @ Harbourfront Centre)
A group exhibition including six projects from London, UK's Aberrant Architecture arrive on the streets of Toronto to create site-based installations. Like Ice Breakers t's in association with TO DO Fest.
Belly Dance Show (January 20 @ Winchester Street Theatre)
Winchester Street Theatre hosts a night of Egyptian folklore and belly dancing in hopes that you'll discover something new to love about the culture.
DanceWeekend'18 (January 19-21 @ Fleck Dance Theatre)
A feast of globally inspired dance, 25 professional dance companies and 350 dancers take over this theatre for a weekend celebrating the best in choreography and all things dance.
Canada's Top Ten (January 12-21 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
The best Canadian films of 2017, as curated by TIFF, land at the Bell Light Box theatre all week long under the fun tagline, "See The North." Films from comedies to documentaries to shorts are being played.
Toronto Design Offsite Festival (January 15-21 @ Toronto, ON)
TO DO Festival is Canada's largest celebration of design, bringing over 100 free, not to mention stunning, exhibitions and events to Toronto during Design Week.
IDS (January 18-21 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
For lovers of interior design this weekend-long show is a paradise. Discover leading brands and homegrown talent, showcasing pieces way more interesting than what you'll find at IKEA.
Soundtrack of the City (January 18-22 @ Multiple Venues)
Underground Toronto musicians are under the spotlight at this five day, multi venue indie music fest. Odds are you'll find your next favourite artist at one of these shows along Queen and Kensington.
Come Up To My Room (January 18-21 @ Gladstone Hotel)
The Gladstone's four day alternative design festival is a vehicle for exploring experimental art, giving over 30 innovative artists rooms to fill with visuals from their wildest imaginations.