February might seem like a dreary month, when most of us are getting sick of winter and wishing for spring. While it’s find to be feeling some mid-winter blahs, don’t despair entirely – there’s plenty to keep you occupied this month. Distract yourself and inject some more excitement into February with some of the month’s best events. Here are eight to check out.
La Poutine Week (February 1-7)
If you find yourself craving everyone’s favourite combination of French fries, cheese curds and gravy, during the first week of February you can do some serious indulging thanks to La Poutine Week. The event sees various Toronto restaurants serving up signature takes on the oh-so-Canadian dish so you can get your fill of the various incarnations of the classic junk food favourite.
Kuumba (February 5-7)
Harbourfront Centre observes Black History Month each year with Kuumba, one of the largest celebrations of Black History Month in the city, and this year is no different. This year’s theme is “Black Like We” which will be explored through inspiring and educational programming featuring dance, panel discussions, music, comedy and family activities.
Winterfolk Music Festival (February 12-14)
Ditch the mid-winter doldrums with the help of some live music. Winterfolk is back once again and bringing three days of music to five venues along the Danforth. Take your pick of over 150 artists playing urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music. A wristband gets you into 90 shows over the folk-filled weekend and there are four ticketed shows that cost extra.
NBA All-Star Game (February 14)
OK, so the game itself is almost sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch on TV knowing that that game is being played close by. Valentine’s Day just got a little more special for sports fans. The NBA All-Star Game will be played in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on February 14, the first time the game has ever been played outside of the U.S. Some of this year’s starters include Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Stephen Curry.
The Motorcycle Show (February 19-21)
Motorcycle fans of all ages will want to make their way to the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place February 19 to 21 for The Motorcycle Show. The three-day event will feature how-to demonstrations covering topics such as getting over obstacles, riding on gravel, picking up a fallen motorcycle and slow speed riding techniques. In addition, there will be a stunt show, a night dedicated to female riders and a chance for kids 6-12 to ride.
Canadian International Autoshow (February 12-21)
If four wheels are more your speed than two, you can make time for the Canadian International Autoshow taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Check out the best in exotic cars, cars made famous by their celebrity owners, an exhibit dedicated to the Indy 500, a display of super-charged luxury performance cars and more.
LunarFest (February 20-21)
Celebrate the Year of the Monkey at LunarFest, which will explore Chinese, Korean and Taiwanese New Year’s traditions. Harbourfront will be playing host to this year’s festivities which will include music, dance performances, fortune telling, the chance to try your hand at some traditional crafts and a tea tasting.
Bloor-Yorkville Icefest (February 20-21)
The Village of Yorkville Park will be home to the 11th annual Icefest. This year’s theme is “Expressions of Love”, inspired by Heart Month and the Valentine’s Day season. See some ice carving in action on February 20 when blocks of ice are turned into original ice sculptures and then vote for your favourite creation. Learn more about the process of ice carving on the 21st when there will be ice carving demonstrations in the park