February in Toronto

Festivals, Trade Shows, Family Events and More

A chainsaw is used to sculpt ice at Bloor-Yorkville Icefest
••• IceFest comes to Bloor-Yorkville Village in February. Marilyn Campbell

Black History Month, The Book Lover's Ball and of course Valentine's Day are just a few of the special events taking place in Toronto in February 2013.

All of February
Black History Month
Many of Toronto's heritage sites and museums create special programs to celebrate Black History month, as do arts organizations throughout the city.

Continues to Thursday February 7, 2013
Enjoy Prix Fixe menus options at over a hundred of Toronto's fine dining restaurants.

Friday February 1, 2013
Megan's Walk Dinner and Dance Gala
This fundraising gala at the Atlantis Pavilion serves as the kick-off for the annual Megan's Walk on Mother's Day weekend.

Friday February 1 - Sunday February 3, 2013
Kuumba Festival
Harbourfront Centre celebrates Black History Month with an all-ages festival offering workshops, lectures, performances, a market and more.

Friday February 1 - Sunday February 3, 2013
Richmond Hill Winter Carnival
The town of Richmond Hill celebrates winter with live music, ice carving demonstrations, War of 1812 reenactments, a pancake breakfast and more.

Saturday February 2, 2013
Groundhog Day
Wary groundhogs across North America will be having a look for their shadow to gauge what kind of weather is on the horizon. Head out to a Groundhog Day festival or celebrate closer to home.

Saturday February 2, 2013
Totsapalooza: A Day With Oliver Jeffers
Oliver Jeffers, Don Kerr and Kevin Sylvester will be at The Revival for this family affair.

Saturday February 2, 2013
Toronto Tea Festival
Sample teas and learn from industry experts in the Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library.

Saturday February 2, 2013
World Wetlands Day at the Toronto Zoo
Family activities celebrating wetland creatures and conservation take place at the Americas Pavilion.

Saturdays & Sundays February 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17 and Monday February 18, 2013
Model Railroad Club of Toronto Shows
See "O" Scale trains travel over 5,000 feet of tracks through a miniature Ontario-inspired landscape.

Thursday February 7, 2013
The Book Lover's Ball
This black tie gala at The Fairmont Royal York celebrates and supports the Toronto Public Library.

  • Learn about volunteer opportunities for book lovers in Toronto.

Thursday February 7 - Sunday February 10, 2013
Toronto Sportsmen's Show
Head to the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place for displays and demos on fishing, boating, travel, wildlife, and more.

Friday February 8, 2013
Tokens for Change
During Tokens 4 Change student volunteers will be inside TTC stations and at other spots in the city collecting cash and tokens in support of Etobicoke's Youth Without Shelter.

Friday February 8 - Sunday February 10, 2013
CIBC LunarFest
This free weekend festival at Harbourfront Centre celebrates the Year of the Snake.

Friday February 8 - Sunday February 10, 2013
Canadian Motorsports Expo
At the International Centre in Mississauga.

Saturday February 9, 2013
Space Odyssey Sleepover at the Ontario Science Centre
Families and groups can spend the night learning about the universe and space technology.

Saturday February 9 - Sunday February 10, 2013
Harlem Globetrotters 2013 World Tour
The famous basketball show comes to the Rogers Centre.

Sunday February 10, 2013
The City of Vaughan's 24th Annual WinterFest
Live music, family entertainment, ice carving demos, and more.

Sundays February 10, 17, 24 & Monday February 18, 2013
Go Ape in Febru-Hairy with the Monkey Bunch
Family entertainers The Monkey Bunch perform a February Family Series at The Drake Underground.

Thursday February 14, 2013
Valentine's Day
Themed events are scheduled both on the day of and the weekend surrounding Valentine's Day. Check out options for families, singles, friends and couples.

Friday February 15 - Monday February 18, 2013
Spring Fishing and Boating Show
Head to the International Centre by Pearson Airport for four days of vendors and seminars for anglers.

Friday February 15 - Sunday February 24, 2013
The Canadian International Auto Show
From the latest innovations to the greatest classics, the Auto Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre has cars from around the world on display for you to ogle and enjoy.

Sunday February 17 - Monday February 18, 2013
HarbourKIDS: SK8
Two days of free programming aimed at kids 12 and under, centered around Harbourfront Centre's Natrel Rink.

Sunday February 17 - Monday February 18, 2013
Toronto Kids-Fest
Indoor inflatables, stage shows, face painting and more at the International Centre.

Monday February 18, 2013
Family Day
This Ontario holiday is intended to give families more time together. Accordingly, there will be plenty of family-oriented events planned.

Wednesday February 20, 2013
Authors at Harbourfront - Toronto Talks: The Future of Our City
Edward Keenan and Ivor Tossell lead a participatory event on Toronto politics.

Thursday February 21, 2013
Crossmedia TO 2013
This "Digital Mash-Up" at the Toronto Reference Library will showcase "companies and creators in motion, mobile, marketing, publishing and games."

Sunday February 24, 2013
Our Kids Camp Expo
Visit Roy Thomson Hall to learn about day and overnight camps in Ontario and Quebec.

  • Read about Summer Camps for Kids and Teens in Toronto

Week of Monday February 25, 2013
Second Harvest - Lunch Money Days
On Lunch Money Days Torontonian's are asked to brown bag it and use the money they otherwise would have spent to buy lunch to make a donation to Second Harvest. Donate online, plan an office event, of just give a donation to one of the volunteers who will be out across the city.

Wednesday February 27, 2013
Authors at Harbourfront - Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction Finalists
The five finalists will participate in a panel discussion.

Friday February 22 - Sunday February 24, 2013
The Outdoor Adventure Show
Info and products for the outdoor enthusiast at the International Centre in Mississauga.

Saturday February 23 - Sunday February 24, 2013
Bloor-Yorkville Icefest Festival
Ice sculptures come to the neighbourhood with carving demonstrations, competitions and plenty of photo ops.

Saturday February 23, 2013
Owl Prowl at Kortright
Head to the Kortright Centre for Conservation in Vaughan for an evening all about owls.

Sunday February 24 - Saturday March 2, 2013
Celebrate Freedom to Read Week
Join Toronto's literary community in a variety of events, or use the tools on the website to plan and submit your own event.

Thursday February 21, 2013
Bata Shoe Museum - Glamour and Grace: 1950s Fashion in Film
Visit the museum for an evening screening of the1962 French film Vie Privee (A Very Private Affair), directed by Louis Malle and starring Brigitte Bardot.


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