Toronto & Surrounding Areas Local Events February 8th to 11th, 2024
As the weekend approaches, Toronto and its surrounding areas are buzzing with a variety of events. From cultural celebrations to food festivals, there’s something for everyone. Whether you're a chocolate lover, eager to experience the Lunar New Year, or interested in exploring the wonders of winter, these events are sure to captivate your senses. Join in the fun and immerse yourself in the rich diversity and exciting activities happening in and around the city.
1. Vaughan Celebrates Winterfest 2024
On Sunday, February 11, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, head over to the Vellore Village Community Centre in Vaughan for the Winterfest celebration. This family-friendly event promises a multitude of winter-themed activities. From ice skating and snowshoeing to sledding and snowman building, there's no shortage of fun in store. Warm up with delicious hot chocolate and tasty treats as you enjoy live entertainment. Here are some activities you can look forward to:
- Meet & Greets with JJ & Cody from CoComelon
- Meet & Greet (and Ice Skate!) with Roman Sadovsky, Vaughan’s Canadian Olympic Figure Skater
- FREE Stage Entertainment – Darrelle London, RAW Taiko, Fire Guy Show, Brandon David Magic, Darrelle London, Ioanna, Kreative In Dance Styles (K.I.D.S)
- Midway Rides
- Horse-drawn wagon rides
- Snowshoeing and skating
- Giant Games
- Sports Games
- Fire pits and Muskoka chairs
- And many more...
Winterfest is the perfect way to embrace the beauty of winter in Vaughan.
2. Toronto Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration
Experience the vibrant colors and rich traditions of the Lunar New Year at the Dragon City Mall and Chinatown Centre in Toronto. On both Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere. Enjoy lion and dragon dances, traditional performances, and cultural displays. Indulge in delectable Asian cuisine from local vendors and explore the bustling streets filled with unique shops and stalls. The Lunar New Year Celebration is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the Year of the Dragon and embrace the multicultural spirit of Toronto's Chinatown.
3. The Winter Chocolate Show
Calling all chocolate enthusiasts! Make your way to the Toronto Reference Library on Saturday, February 10, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for a tantalizing experience at The Winter Chocolate Show. Discover a world of decadent chocolates, artisanal creations, and innovative confections. Sample a variety of flavors, learn about the art of chocolate making, and attend engaging workshops and demonstrations. Don't miss the chance to indulge your sweet tooth and explore the magical world of chocolate at this delectable event.
4. Lunar Nights: Year of the Dragon Festival
If you're in Markham, don't miss the Lunar Nights: Year of the Dragon Festival at the Markham Museum. Running from Thursday, February 8, to Sunday, February 25, this festival offers an extended celebration of the Lunar New Year. On Fridays and Saturdays, the festival runs from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm, and on Thursdays and Sundays, it runs from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Additionally, the festival is open on Wednesday, February 14, and Family Day, Monday, February 19, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Chinese culture with captivating performances, interactive activities, and delicious food. From cultural displays to lantern installations, the Year of the Dragon Festival is a must-visit event for all ages.
Whether you’re a local or a visitor, these events offer a fantastic way to spend your weekend. So, bundle up, step out, and enjoy all the vibrant experiences Toronto and its surrounding areas have to offer. Stay tuned for more updates on upcoming events.
Photo via @cityofvaughan @thewinterchocolateshow @lunarnightsfestival