Here is a short list of ideas to celebrate 2018 Valentine’s Day in Toronto with your special someone.
1. Escape the City
Orangeville is a great place for a day trip or weekend getaway from Toronto.
Theatre Orangeville is offering a weekend package that includes Two Tickets to a Live Performance at the theatre, Premium Overnight Accommodations @ Best Western Plus Orangeville Inn and Suites and $75 Downtown Wine and Dine Voucher which is valid at select Downtown restaurants, and Free Entry to the Scenic Trails & Bridges of Island Lake.
From February 15,2018
Opera House 87 Broadway, Orangeville
$299.99 plus HST for 2!
2. Shiver Show- The Magic of Skating & Dance on Stage
For the first time in Toronto, Glisse on Ice Shows, Anton Azanov & KulKat Entertainment Inc. have teamed up to present to you a fascinating & romantic twist on the dangerous tale of the Ice Queen and her frozen kingdom, in a story told through theater, figure skating & dance.
Incorporating dance elements of Ballroom, Latin, Flamenco and Ballet, Circus Elements of Lyra & Pole, Musical Interludes with captivating female vocals & violin and of course Figure Skating, this will be a show you won’t want to miss!
Friday February 9th | 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday February 10th | 4:00 PM -5:30 PM & 7:30 PM -9:00 PM
Glenn Gould Studio Theater- 250 Front Street West, Toronto
Premium : $110, Standard $85
3. Love at the Zoo: First Comes Love
Join us for a delicious evening of food and fun as we learn the fine art of romance as observed in the animal kingdom.
Join us for an evening of fascinating facts on parenthood in the wild, where you will learn facts such as how the male sea horse, and not the female, carries their young or that giant pandas only have 72 hours in which they can mate!
Saturday February 10 OR Wednesday February 14 | 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto
$85 / $160 Couple, includes dinner
4. Hooking Up: Second Base
We’re bringing romance back this year–with a skewered spin. The Second City proudly presents “Hooking Up: Second Base.” We’ve pulled together our favourite tales of Tinder troubles, long-lost lovers, and all the sickening bliss that comes with new relationships. Rolled up into 90 minutes of fresh, new comedy, this fast-paced performance is just the right amount of heat you need this February.
February 12 to 18, 2018
The Second City
51 Mercer St, Toronto
$26 & up
5. A Loveless Retreat For Self Professed Geeks
Come join us for Films, Docs and Talks on subjects that Nerds and Geeks Love like – ESports, B-Movies, SuperHeroes, Cardistry, Weird Science, Geek Culture, Geek Love and Post Apocalyptic SciFi.
GeekFest is a great alternative to traditional Valentine’s Day celebration.
Come alone, with any non-mineral Companion or with a Group of Deuterostomes.
February 14, 2018 | 5PM-10:30PM
129 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
$12 per film block – $30 for the whole event
6. Winter Palace Ball
This Masquerade will be a night to remember with exceptional performances, two live bands, a silent auction, spectacular dinner service, and a full night of dancing. Caviar appetizers and champagne await you!
Friday, February 9, 2018 | 6:30PM – 1:30AM
Palais Royale, 1601 Lakeshore Blvd W, Toronto
$90 to $130
7.Veni Vidi Valentine
On this day of the wretched red and pink Hallmark cards, the globe-trotting trollops of Skin Tight Outta Sight and Boylesque TO bring you Rome, ancient Rome to be exact. Expect all the togas, orgies and excess your little, lovesick heart desires. With oiled up gladiators, vestal virgins and well-wined Bacchanalian feasts, the Gods must be joking! Your hosts, Caligula (Johnnie Walker aka Ginger Darling), the Faun (SMB) and the Mino-whore (Tanya Cheex) lead a romping spectacle that’s sure to go up in flames!
Wednesday, February 14 | 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Revival Bar, 783 College St. Toronto
$65 VIP; $35 Guaranteed Seating; $25 General Admission
8. Goin’ Back to New Orleans
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 07:00 PM – 09:30 PM
St Andrew’s Church, 73 Simcoe St, Toronto
$25 at door cash/credit
9. Food and Drink Events for a Valentines Date
Sweetheart Tea at Gibson House: Treat your special someone, friends or family to a Victorian-inspired tea, including finger sandwiches and sweets in Mrs. Gibson’s parlour. Costumed interpreters serve afternoon tea in the setting of the elegant mid-19th century home. Guests may tour the museum at their leisure.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | Two sittings: 12:00 PM and 2:30 PM @ Gibson House Museum – 5172 Yonge Street, Toronto
The Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival: Craft Beer, Food Trucks and Campfires.
Saturday February 10, 2018 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM @ Roundhouse Park – 255 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, Ontario
Pickering’s Annual Butter Tart Festival: Some of the best Butter Tart Bakers from around Ontario plus other Bakery items and of course a diverse Market Place.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM @ Pickering Recreation Complex, 1867 Valley Farm Rd, Pickering
Cooking Class & Wine Pairing Experience: Learn how to create a variety of health-inspired dishes while sipping your way through some of the world’s most renown wine regions. During an interactive, original and hands-on experience, you will be led on a mouthwatering journey exploring different authentic cuisines with complimenting wine pairings.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM @ 510 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto
Your Valentine’s Cupcake Design & Wine: For Heaven’s Cake’s and Shakes is hosting a Valentines Day Special event where couples can come and decorate their cupcakes together, as well as have the opportunity to meet other couples.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM @ 192 Spadina Ave – 192 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
10. Orchid Show
Orchids stands for love and beauty and these delicate flowers were a symbol of fertility and virility in ancient Greece. Southern Ontario Orchid Society is hosting an Orchid Show and Sale with over 30,000 orchids on Display. Get a red orchid for your valentine! Details
February 11 & 12, 2018
Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto
Children 12 and under Free
11. Valentine’s Dinner Dance
Who ever said that food is the path to a person’s heart, was right! Enjoy a romantic dinner date night in the cozy ambiance of 21 West Restaurant at the Old Mill Toronto. Dance the evening away with the romantic ballads of Elton John. An evening not to be missed! Details
Saturday February 10, 2018 | Doors open 6:00 PM
Dancing 8:00 PM. -11:45 PM
Valentine’s Day Special on Feb 14, 2018 | Doors open 6:00 PM
Pianist 7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
Old Mill, Toronto
$129.99 per person plus HST includes Dinner and Show
12. Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery
The action begins when you notice some colourful characters enter the dining room. Interact as much as you’re comfortable with- ask them where they were earlier that day, how they know each other, where that accent is from! Then, someone you’ve just met dies or a body is found. A detective is called in to lead the questioning but you get to follow along too and keep track of the clues. Guests celebrating special occasions can even be included in the show for a few extra laughs (please call the Box Office after booking to arrange). Can you figure out whodunit?!
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Dinner, Show: 06:30 PM
Show only: 07:30 PM
Mysteriously Yours… Mystery Dinner Theatre, 2026 Yonge Street, Toronto
Dinner & Show: $94.00
Show Only: $50.85
14. Plan a Paint Date
Paint the Spit: Meet artist, Kerry O’Meara, who will lead you through painting a piece that mingles with the spirit of Tommy Thompson Park, a.k.a. The Leslie Street Spit. Kerry will guide you through the painting step-by-step – and in the end you’ll leave with your own work of art to hang on your wall.. Details
Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM @ Tommy Thompson Park
1 Leslie St, Toronto
Art & Wine With Your Valentine: Experience Valentine’s Day in style with an artistic date at Paintlounge! We’ve got an awesome Valentine’s line-up so that you can creatively impress your date on V-day. Details
Various Dates at Paint Lounge locations: 784 College St , Toronto
173 Queen St E, Toronto & 118 Main St Markham, Markham
15. Toronto Light Festival
Grab a cup of hot chocolate and explore Toronto’s light festival! Go on a new visual journey and cerebral adventure, designed to entertain and inspire with your Valentine! Details
January 19 – March 4, 2018
The Historic Distillery District
55 Mill Street, Toronto
Three racy plays in three hot cars to rev up the romance for Valentine’s Day. A theatrical catered cocktail party featuring drinks, dancing and of course, cars! Details
Friday, February 16, 2018 | 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
H.J. Pfaff Audi, 16775 Leslie Street, Newmarket
$40 to $50
17. Concerts / Live Theatre & Dinner
Enjoy a concert or take in a live theatre performance and go for dinner at your favourite restaurant:Open Table Valentine’s Day Dinner Listings. For all live music events happening this weekend, see Things to do this weekend in Toronto.
Concerts for Celebrating Valentine’s Day include
1.Rumours by Fleetwood Mac A COAL MINE CONCERT @ Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth, Toronto | February 4–25, 2018
A hand-picked cast of Toronto’s best singers and musicians will perform Rumours in its entirety, as A COAL MINE CONCERT.
2. Comes Love: A Valentine’s Concert@ Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
Toronto | Thursday, February 15, 2018
The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre keeps the romance alive with a special post-Valentine’s Day concert featuring one of Canada’s leading jazz vocalists, Adi Braun. With Adi’s smooth and sultry vocals, Tom King on piano and Pat Collins on bass to set the mood, guests are sure to fall in love with this performance of vintage torch songs, timeless standards and classic love songs.
3. Prohibition, A Concert @ Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane, Toronto | February 9 to 22, 2018
Gangsters, flappers, booze and jazz – prohibition didn’t stop the party, it only forced it underground where it thrived. Music Director Mike Ross invites you to the Distillery District for a night of stories and songs from the “dry” days of the Roaring Twenties. Details
4.The Duet Songbook Concert Ft. Lisa Michelle & Carlos Morgan @ Hugh’s Room Live – 2261 Dundas St W, Toronto | Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Created by Carlos Morgan, R&B Songstress, Lisa Michelle and the Juno Award Winning Vocalist come together to perform some of the best, timeless and classic duet love songs from the 1960’s to present. Michelle and Morgan perform classic duet love songs from Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Jill Scott & Anthony Hamilton, Ashford & Simpson and Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson, to name a few. Details
5. Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet @ Roy Thomson Hall – 60 Simcoe St Toronto | February 14 & 15, 2018 | 8:00pm
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the TSO’s esteemed Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis presents his selections from Prokofiev’s masterpiece, the passionate ballet Romeo and Juliet. The Orchestra’s gifted Principal Harp is featured in Reinhold Glière’s thoroughly romantic Harp Concerto, and a tuneful overture by 19th-century Russian composer Mily Balakirev opens the program. Details
6. Under the Indian Musical Sky with Constantinople and Shashank Subramanyam on Friday, February 16, 2018 | 8:00PM – 11:00PM @ Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto
Acclaimed Montreal-based group Constantinople joins forces with Grammy Award-nominated flutist Shashank Subramanyam, who first caught the attention of audiences at the age of six, and has since inspired a generation of Indian Carnatic musicians. Details
7. Ian Bostridge with Julius Drake on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – 8:00 PM @ Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto
The acclaimed English tenor is well known for his performances as an opera singer and as a song recitalist. His international recital career has taken him to stages around the world, and his recordings have won all the major international record prizes and been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards. Details
8. Old Man Luedecke on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM @ Hugh’s Room Live – 2261 Dundas St W, Toronto
Old Man Luedecke is the real thing, a modern-day people’s poet and traveling bard and balladeer. He’s played around the world to a loving and increasing fan base, and won two Juno awards in the process. Tim O’Brien is a multiple grammy-winning roots multi-instrumentalist whose solo work and collaborations have made him one of the most respected American players working today. Details
9. Jim Cuddy on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | 8:00PM @ Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St., Toronto
Joining Jim on tour are his bandmates Colin Cripps (guitar), Anne Lindsay (fiddle), Steve O’Connor (keyboards), Bazil Donovan (bass) and Joel Anderson (drums). Details
10. Valentine’s Day With Micah Barnes And Jackie Richardson on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | 8:00PM @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria Street, Toronto
Chart-topping jazz artist and former member of The Nylons again joins forces with Canada’s foremost lady of theatre, jazz, blues and gospel to explore the world of love and romance. Performing songs that take the audience through the various stages of romantic relationships from the first glow to the complications of long term intimacy, these two singers create a very special magic together. Details
11. Pro-Fusion on Saturday, February 17, 2018 – 8:00-10:00 PM @ Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
This concert presents a fusion of favourite styles and pieces that span the interests of our audiences. With music by The Who, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Chuck Mangione, P.D.Q. Bach, Piazzolla, Michael Jackson, Queen, Bernstein, and a couple of “fan favourite” movie and musical theatre selections, “Pro-Fusion” has something for everyone, with a mélange of popular styles that are even more magical when played by a full orchestra. Details
Live Theatre events include
1. Rigoletto by By Canadian Opera Company @ The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
When Rigoletto’s only joy, his daughter Gilda, is seduced by his amoral employer, anger and passion drive him to murder. But Gilda, blinded by a powerful and innocent love, places herself in the path of her father’s revenge, with heartrending consequences. January 20 to February 23, 2018
2. A DELICATE BALANCE @ Young Centre for the Performing Arts
In all things – friendship, intimacy, civility – there is a balance that must be carefully maintained to avert disaster. When a daughter returns home and friends move in, Albee shows how easy it is to tip the scales.January 13 to February 10, 2018
3. Come From Away @ Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King Street West, Toronto
It’s been called the “edge of the world.” The weather is wild, but the locals never lack for warmth. And it’s here, in Newfoundland, where a remote town became the epicenter of a remarkable true story filled with unusual characters, unexpected camaraderie and uncommon generosity. February 13 to September 2, 2018
For Family Day ideas, see Family Day in Toronto & GTA.