I think we can all agree, whether we want to admit it or not, that winter is officially in full swing! We're nearing the end of January and February is right around the corner which means many more cold days are in our very near future.
It's a known fact that the end of January and beginning of February is one of the most depressing times of the year. The cheerful holiday season is far enough behind us that we've forgotten all about them, the spring isn't close enough to start looking forward to it, and all we have is very cold days and lots of snow.
But that doesn't mean we have to sit around our homes, sad that the warm weather is still a few months away. February is full of fun events, parties and festivals that will have your social schedule filled up in no time!
Things To Eat & Drink
Things To Do On A Date
Things To Do For Under $20
Things To Do That Are Classy AF
Things To Do For Free
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Eat an insane brunch at the good kind of School
School might be back in full swing now, but that doesn't mean it has to be all work and no play. Visit the Toronto restaurant named School in Liberty Village for an insanely delicious brunch meal!
Enjoy unconventional drinks in the stunning basement bar Good Fortune.
This bar is actually considered a secret bar in Toronto because it's located in the basement of the Mexican restaurant, La Carnita. The space is beautiful and they serve up some seriously unique drinks like alcoholic milkshakes, slushies and jello shots!
Savour some Italian plates at the beautiful Oretta
Oretta is a stunning space located in the King West area of Toronto that is so aesthetically pleasing, you won't want to leave! They have a menu full of delicious Italian plates for dinner or lunch, but this location is also a cafe that can be used as a study space or a place to catch up with friends!
Eat platefuls of tacos at Wilbur Mexicana restaurant
Wilbur Mexicana restaurant in Toronto is known for their insanely delicious tacos. If you've been craving Mexican food, this is definitely the place to go. Plus, everything is super affordable so you won't be breaking the bank!
Head to Hanmoto for some late night Japanese eats.
Hanmoto is a subtle spot that is barely even noticeable from the street, but they serve amazing Japanese eats. Plus, they're open until 2 am every night which is perfect for those night when you want to leave the bar early and get some snacks.
Feel like you were transported to Paris at the adorable Cafe Cancan
This adorable cafe located near U of T will literally make you feel like you were transported straight to Paris. Everything in the cafe is a pastel colour and they serve French bistro style plates that are super delicious!
Spend some time at El Rey Mezcal Bar for tequila cocktails.
This Kensington Market staple is the best place to go if you're a huge lover of all things tequila. This bar serves up some seriously delicious cocktails made with one of the best tequila selections in the city! Enjoy great music, great company and great drinks at this great bar.
Eat heart-shaped avocado toast at Early Bird Coffee & Kitchen.
This coffee shop doesn't just serve your typical lattes and americano's, they also serve a weekend brunch that is every avocado lovers dream! Enjoy their rose-shaped avocado toast, their pink eggs benedict or their gorgeous smoothie bowls!
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Skating at The Bentway Skate Trail
This newly opened skate trail under The Gardiner Expressway is exactly what every Toronto couple should be doing for date night this February. There are views of the downtown skyline, cute Christmas lights and fun DJ skate nights all winter long!
Take a trip to Chicopee Tube Park for nighttime tubing
This super fun winter activity is just a 2 hour drive out of Toronto to get to! It's located near Kitchener, Waterloo and you're guaranteed a super fun date if you come here. They're even open for nighttime tubing with makes it that much more fun and exciting!
Get your game on at Toronto's SPiN ping pong bar
The SPiN ping pong bar is a great idea for your next date. If you two are competitive, then this is the place to let those competitive personalities out and have a good time! This spot also serves food and snacks and could be a great idea for a double date or a group as well.
Have an afternoon of coffee and boardgames at Snakes & Lattes.
This is probably Toronto's cutest date spot, hands down. You've got amazing cups of coffee to keep you energized but you've also got tons of fun board games to keep you occupied! It's a great spot for a first or second date when you're just getting to know someone and want to have some fun with them!
Pick out outfits for each other at the Black Market
Toronto's Black Market is probably the #1 thrift store in the city for obvious reasons. Everything here is $10 or less making this store the prime spot for finding hidden gems for cheap! Make this spot your next date by picking out an outfit for each other and taking some cute pics.
Get active at Basecamp Climbing
There's no better way to spend an afternoon than by doing something fun and active. Rock climbing is a great way to get active and have a great time doing it with your S/O. Basecamp Climbing has some of the highest climbs in the entire city!
Spend the afternoon tobogganing at Riverdale Park.
There's a reason that Riverdale Park is one of the best parks in the entire city, because it has a gorgeous view of the downtown city skyline! It's also a popular place in the winter to go tobogganing because the hill is massive.
See a jazz show under the sea at Ripley's Aquarium
The Ripley's Aquarium in downtown Toronto has some seriously unique events all year round. They offer gorgeous tanks filled with tons of your under water favourites. But did you also know that on Friday nights you could listen to jazz in the middle of the aquarium? Yup, this super fun idea should be your next romantic date night!
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See a documentary screening at Hot Docs Cinema
The historic Hot Docs Cinema located in the Annex is the place to go for the first screening of all new Canadian and international documentaries. Tickets to a show are usually around $11.50 so you won't be dishing out any extra cash for this activity.
Enjoy arcade games, pizza and drinks at the Get Well Bar
This bar is everything you'll need to let that inner child of yours out. They have tons of fun arcade games, late night pizza slices and an amazing selection of drinks that are super cheap! What more could you ask for?
Laugh all night long at a Second City comedy show
The Second City comedy theatre is a great spot to go in the city if you're looking to have some serious laughs. They offer some really affordable shows for under $20 plus they offer student discounts as well!
Enjoy a winter hot chocolate from Sweet Jesus
Sweet Jesus is famous in the city for their outrageously delicious ice cream cones. They also make a mean hot chocolate in the winter that you need to try if you haven't already. Some of their amazing flavours include S'mores, cake batter, candy cane white chocolate, salted dark chocolate and more!
Go to a Thursday night party at the AGO
Every 1st Thursday of the month the AGO holds a party called First Thursdays. Tickets are only $13 in advance where there will be a DJ, drinks, and exciting new art exhibits to explore!
Go coffee shop crawling through the city!
Toronto is known for it's amazing coffee culture that boasts insanely unique cafes on basically every corner. Why not explore some of the best by going on an afternoon coffee shop crawl!
Eat some unique fries at Moo Frites
Moo Frites located in Toronto's Kensington Market area is the best place to go if you love everything to do with fries. They make some seriously unique fries here like the Kimchi fries, Japanese style fries and more!
Enjoy macarons and tea at Ladurée Yorkdale
The famous macaron and high tea shop from Paris has finally made it's way to Canada and is now located at the Yorkdale mall! You can stop in and grab a box to go or sit down and enjoy some tea and pastries with your macarons of course.
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Have a martini night at Hey Lucy Cafe
This King West Italian joint has everything you could want in a classy evening. They serve over 20 different kinds of martinis to pair with your amazing Italian plate. On Wednesdays they even have a martini special where martinis are only $4.99!
Get pampered at Her Majesty's Pleasure with drinks and beauty services
This beauty bar has everything you could want in a beauty spa. They have a full bar serving up amazing cocktails that you can enjoy in their beautiful interior while you wait for your service. You can choose between services like manicures, pedicures, blowouts, facials and more!
Enjoy a night out at Toronto's classiest house party
The Addisons Residence in Toronto is a cool club that is designed to look just like a house! They have a full bar, a DJ and super fun events all the time that make for a unique and classy night out.
Enjoy a classy buffet style brunch at Colette Grand Cafe
This gorgeous restaurant located in the King West area is known for their delicious buffet style brunch. It's the perfect place to go with your crew for a classy brunch next weekend!
Have a high tea outing at the Ritz Carlton Hotel
This hotel in Toronto is definitely known for being super ritzy. They offer a super classy high tea on the weekends that is perfect for your next indulgent activity.
Treat yourself to a massage at the Elmwood Spa
You definitely deserve to pamper yourself once in a while and this downtown spa is the perfect place to do it at. They offer amazing deals Monday-Thursday whether you're just looking to soak in their hot tubs or you want to add a luxurious spa service to your day!
Get amazing views of the city with this aerial tour Groupon.
Take an aerial tour of Toronto with GTA Airlines. They're offering an amazing Groupon deal right now that's over 50% off their regular price! See the amazing city skyline from above and get some great pictures.
Visit this secret tropical bar in the city.
Hidden behind a convenient storefront in the Trinity Bellwoods area is this secret bar that looks like you were transported to a tropical oasis. Mahjong Bar is a snack/cocktail bar that is the perfect place to go if you're looking for a unique and fun night out.
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Go for a winter stroll through Trinity Bellwoods Park.
Trinity Bellwoods is one of the most popular areas in the city for shopping, restaurants and bars for a good reason. They are also home to Trinity Bellwoods Park which is the perfect place for a casual winter stroll.
Peruse the isles of lush green plants at Allan Gardens.
The Allan Gardens Conservatory is a great place to escape the winter cold. Admission is completely free and you can spend an entire afternoon wandering and admiring and the beautiful lush green plants around you!
Visit the Aga Khan Museum for a fun evening of exploring.
The Aga Khan Museum of Islamic Art is both beautiful in it's architecture and it's amazing exhibits. On Wednesday evenings from 4-8pm entry is free to explore all of the exhibits!
Check out this year's Winter Stations exhibit in The Beaches.
For the 4th year in a four The Beaches is hosting the interactive Winter Stations exhibit! It will be starting on February 19th until April 1st and will have a series of creative and interactive stations set up along the length of the beach.
Skating at the Harbourfront Natrel Rink.
This gorgeous skating rink offers the best view of the city and the waterfront while you're skating. The best part about this skating rink? It's completely free for everyone! They also have fun midnight skating events and DJ skate nights.
Have a photoshoot in Toronto's famous Graffiti Alley.
This tiny alley in Toronto's Queen West area is super popular for photo shoots and tourists because it's fully of beautiful and unique graffiti! You don't see too much graffiti in Toronto so it's a great place to visit if you want to get a look into Toronto's street art community.
Read a few new books at the Toronto Reference Library.
The Toronto Reference Library is one of the most beautiful locations in the city and it's perfect for a free adventure in the city! You can spend the day studying, catching up on work, or reading some unique books in the numerous isles!
Attend a free concert at the Canadian Opera Company.
The Canadian Opera Company in Toronto is offering a free concert series from September to May! The series ranges from jazz to piano to vocal shows that allow you to discover some seriously talented musicians in the city for no cost at all.