416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Jan.31 – Feb.1)

DJ SkateIt’s here again – the weekend. Does it feel like weekdays are longer in the winter? The colder it gets, the slower the time passes by, no? If you’re waking up wondering what you’re going to do with your free time for the next two days other than keeping the couch warm and engaging in a Netflix marathon session, there is plenty to keep you busy. This weekend’s Toronto events will keep you warm, well fed and entertained. Here is my TOP5. Have fun!

DJ Skate Night at Harbourfront Centre – One of the most scenic rinks brings the party outdoors with the help of Toronto’s top DJs. If you don’t feel like getting dolled up to hit the club, lace-up instead and  catch the vibe and beautiful lake-front scenery at Toronto’s only Saturday night music skating event. Expect good hip-hop, R&B, and some good old fashioned ice-twerking…maybe go easy on the twerking.
Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival – The second annual Winter Craft Beer Festival hosted by Steam Whistle Brewery returns to the Roundhouse Park this Saturday, from 11am to 5pm. Over 20 breweries and 5 food trucks have confirmed their attendance, and the first 500 people through the gates will get a 2015 festival toque. Tickets are on sale for $20 (+$5 at the gate). This event takes place outside, and although the beer will keep you warm, but maybe bring a toque and an extra pair of gloves.

Douglas Coupland at the ROM and MOCCA – This Canadian contemporary artist is opening this cross-venue exhibit today. Coupland has utilized a variety of media from lego to found materials to express himself in this exhibit. He explores contemporary issues of today, including Canadian identity, the power of language and presents of technology.
La Poutine Week – Celebrate this gravy-covered national treasure. Why? Do you really need a reason? It’s Poutine! 23 Toronto restaurants are offering special dishes for Poutine Week kicking-off this Sunday. For only $10, you can try a unique poutine dish and vote for the best on the Poutine Week’s website. The celebration takes place in cities across the country and even New York City.

Winterlicious – The prix-fixe celebartion kicks-off this weekend, and if you haven’t done your research you can catch up here. There are over 200 participating restaurants to choose from, whether you’re in the mood for lunch or dinner. Reservations are going fast so you better get on it.

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