Family Day Weekend Events in Toronto for 2016
Family Day Weekend Events offer plenty of options for bonding with (or escaping from) your loved ones. Since NBA All-Star Weekend and Valentine's Day are happening this weekend, the city is stacked with parties and other happenings. Whether you want to celebrate with themed events or ignore basketball and romance completely, there's something on tap for you.
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NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND
NBA All-Star Weekend Parties and Events (Feb. 11-14)
While you may not be able to catch the big game, the city will be filled with parties and events in the name of NBA All-Star Weekend. Whether you want to spend an evening clubbing with Amber Rose and Blac Chyna or attempt to sneak into an exclusive soiree at the Thompson, there's plenty to do from Thursday to Sunday.
Valentine's Day Events
If you want to fully commit to the Hallmark holiday, there's more than a few decent date options on tap this weekend. Whether you want to hit up a warehouse parties or go to an aquarium soiree, one of these is sure to please your S.O. (if not, there's always Netflix and Chill).
Anti-Valentine's Day Events
Does it pain you to walk the red and pink clad aisles of Shoppers Drugmart at this time of year? Ditto. If Valentine's day is not for you, opt to attend one of these events with your galentine, bromantic partner or - if your feeling bold - go solo.
Valentine's Day Restaurants
Toronto's most well-loved restaurants are pulling out all the stops on Sunday night. Thoroughbred, the Drake One Fifty, Cafe Boulud and many more have created top-notch menus in celebration of Cupid's big day.
Neon Windbreaker (Feb. 12)
Hometown noiseniks Neon Windbreaker are unfortunately calling it quits after seven years, likely to focus on their numerous other projects (one member plays in Dilly Dally; another heads up label We Are Busy Bodies). This Smiling Buddha gig will be their last.
TR/ST (Feb. 12)
Apparently I'm the only person concerned that the Velvet Underground's surprise rebirth is being helmed by the same guys responsible for this and this, but I'm willing to put my pessimism aside for what's overall still happy news. Especially since one of our all-time fave goths, TR/ST, is headlining.
Winterfolk Music Festival (Feb. 12-14)
The Winterfolk Music Festival returns to the Danforth the weekend, bringing with it a handful of free and paid shows worth checking out. This year's lineup is filled with urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots bands. You can catch sets by Alana & Leigh Cline, Danny Marks, DRUMHAND, The O'Pears, and many more. A three-day wrist band will set you back $15.
Wavelength 16 (Feb. 12-14)
The annual fest takes over Valentine's Day weekend once again with another round of cool and eclectic names. Calvin Love, Duchess Says, Steve Lambke, Foxes in Fiction and many more are slated to play.
Toronto Black Film Festival (Feb. 10-14)
The Toronto Black Film Festival is now in full swing and you can catch a bevy of features and shorts that are "international, independent, politically incorrect and eye-opening" this weekend.
Live Fast, Die Old: A Tribute To Lemmy (Feb. 12)
For one evening only Bloor Hot Docs is screening a tribute to the late and great rock and roll legend, Lemmy Kilmister. If you get to the venue early you'll get to catch a set by DJ Moe Berg and sip on drink specials.
TIFF Next Wave (Feb. 12-16)
TIFF Next Wave is geared toward young film lovers and creators, but that doesn't mean the programming is too youthful for those over twenty. This weekend you can catch flicks like Bottle Rocket, The Notebook and The Social Network at the Lightbox. It's also hosting the Space Jam live read for NBA All-Star Weekend.
DJ Skate Nights: Lula Skate (Feb. 13)
Head to the Harbourfront Centre on the first Saturday of the month for the second to last DJ Skate Night of the season. The music for this week's installment will be brought to you by Lula Lounge's DJ Trambo.
Yeezy Taught Me (Feb. 13)
Head to Adelaide Hall for an all Yeezy all night dance party on Saturday. The team behind Never Grow Up: A Taylor Swift Dance Party will be playing all his greatest hits from All Falls Down to Bound 2, you'll be celebrating the Louis Vuitton Don all night with fellow Kanye lovers.
With Contributions by Shazia Khan.
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