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16 Fun Things To Do in Toronto on Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day holds a special place in my heart, as it’s a time to celebrate the love and connection I share with my wife. Even after twenty years, I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to do something extraordinary to commemorate our bond and create cherished memories together. Whether it’s a romantic dinner, an adventurous outing, or a heartfelt gesture, Valentine’s Day offers the perfect occasion to express our affection in meaningful ways. As the holiday approaches, I find myself brainstorming new and creative ideas to surprise and delight my wife, ensuring that our celebration is as unique and unforgettable as our love story.

Here are just a few ideas that I’m considering to ensure this Valentine’s Day extra special for us.

Valentine’s Day guide

Ripley’s Aquarium Valentine’s Dinner

Once again, Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto is set to host their highly anticipated Valentine’s Day Dinner this year. Couples can indulge in a romantic three-course meal amidst the mesmerizing shark tunnel or alongside the vibrant Rainbow Reef exhibit, creating an unforgettable dining experience. Adding to the ambiance, a live band will serenade diners, and ticket holders will have exclusive access to the Lover’s Lounge following their meal.

Alter Wellness spa

Experience a unique wellness journey with your partner at Alter, the city’s newest wellness destination focusing on hot and cold exposure. Featuring a spacious sauna, four-person ice baths, breathwork classes, and inviting lounge spaces, Alter offers the perfect setting to unwind together. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Alter’s special Two for $75 Package available from February 1 to 15, offering either a self-led drop-in or instructor-led class for you and your date. Additionally, don’t miss the special edition Supportive Connections Classes on February 10 and 14, where you and your partner can learn how to rely on each other for support in the sauna and ice bath. Strengthen your bond through breathwork, movement, and alternating between hot and cold temperatures, leaving you feeling refreshed and closer than ever.

Caliban Arts Show

For a night filled with laughter, head to the Caliban Arts Theatre (533 College Street) on February 14 for the Relationship Status: Valentine’s Day Comedy Show. Whether you’re single, divorced, in a relationship, or navigating a unique situation, you’re guaranteed a hilarious evening with some of Canada’s top comics sharing their take on various dating scenarios. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets are $20 for singles and $35 for couples.


The expansive outdoor patio in Toronto has been converted into a magical winter retreat known as WinterViews, boasting a variety of attractions including a skating rink, snug cabins, fire pits, and more! Located at 229 Richmond St W, visitors can enjoy complimentary ice skating, indulge in seasonal drinks at the Back Country Lodge, or opt for a secluded dining experience in one of the ten Northern Cabins, each equipped with a private fire pit perfect for roasting marshmallows.

The Bata Shoe Museum

Transport yourself back in time and groove to the beat at the Totally 80s Prom! The Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor St. W) invites you to a throwback 1980s-themed Prom Party on Valentine’s Day, complete with delectable appetizers, a nostalgic retro photo booth, a DJ spinning all the hits from the 80s, and exclusive access to the museum’s current exhibitions. Attendees are encouraged to don their finest 80s-inspired attire for the occasion. Tickets are available starting at $35.

Dinner At Ikea

Indeed, it’s true! On February 14th, IKEA stores across Toronto will be hosting their yearly Valentine’s Dinner for 2 event. For just $34.99, couples can enjoy a delightful three-course meal along with Nordic Fruit water and mocktails. The only requirement is to pick up tickets in advance from the in-store restaurant, as they will not be sold on the day of the event.

Tilt Arcade

Unleash your competitive spirit with your partner at an arcade bar in Toronto. Tilt Arcade Bar, located in Parkdale at 1255 Queen Street West, offers a diverse selection of retro arcade games and 90s consoles within a lively, divey atmosphere. Alternatively, FreePlay is another fantastic choice, allowing you to pay a cover fee for unlimited gameplay while enjoying craft beers between rounds.

Link Up

Indulge in a delightful evening of art and music at an RnB-themed Paint Party hosted by Locals Link Up. Unleash your creativity while sipping wine and vibing to RnB tunes, guided by a skilled instructor to create your own masterpiece. Join them on February 16th from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 1112 Dundas Street East. Painting supplies will be provided, and complimentary wine will be available while supplies last! Tickets are available starting at $60.

ROM After Dark

ROM After Dark

Experience ROM After Dark for a memorable evening out in Toronto, perfect for couples seeking unique events. This monthly 19+ event offers curated music, live performances, delectable food and drinks, and the chance to explore the museum without the usual hustle and bustle of kids.

Each month boasts a different theme, and on February 16th, ROM After Dark presents Lunar Love! Celebrate both Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day with captivating dragon dances, lively DJ sets, photo opportunities, and more. Tickets are required in advance, priced at $40 per person (or $36 for ROM members).

LOCATION: 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON

The Distillery District

Take a leisurely walk through the charming Distillery District, a vibrant area that offers more than just holiday charm – it’s a delightful neighborhood to discover all year round! This Valentine’s Day, explore the historic cobblestone streets and indulge in a meal at one of the top-notch restaurants in the area. There’s no shortage of enjoyable activities to partake in at the Distillery District. Consider embarking on a segway tour to explore the neighborhood or join a candle-making workshop at Yummi Candles. And to cap off your romantic evening, don’t forget to snap a sweet couple photo by the iconic heart-shaped structure.

Sweet City Fest at Stackt

Sweet City Fest, returning to Toronto’s stack market from February 9th to 19th, promising a delectable array of eats, drinks, and entertainment from over 100 vendors. 

Name a Roach

For a quirky twist, consider participating in the Name a Roach Toronto Zoo fundraiser, where you can name a cockroach in honour of your loved one for Valentine’s Day. 

V Day Floral Workshop

Alternatively, get creative at the V-Day Floral Workshop at stackt market, crafting a unique floral masterpiece with your partner. 

Murder Mystery

For those intrigued by mystery, the Murder Mystery Dinner & Show at the Chelsea Hotel offers an evening of suspense and intrigue. 

Twist Gallery

Couples can also enjoy a Build Your Own Charcuterie night at Twist Gallery, (110 Queen Street West) complete with a Gusto 54 Chef guiding the experience.

As Valentine’s Day comes to a close, I’m left with a heart full of beautiful memories and a stomach full of delicious chocolates. However, as I attempt to squeeze into my clothes the following week, I’m reminded that perhaps I indulged a bit too much in the sweet treats of the holiday. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t trade a single moment of celebrating love with my wife for anything in the world. After all, a day’s worth of indulgence may lead to a year’s worth of dieting, but the joy and love shared on Valentine’s Day are truly priceless.

by Myles Shane

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