This weekend is positively stacked. With NBA stars and celebrities in town for the All-Star Game and surrounding events, plus Family Day on Monday, it will be easier this year than previous ones to avoid anything Valentine’s-related if you’re just not feeling it.
That said, there are also a ton of fun things to do if you’re single-and-looking, single-and-not-looking or anything in between. Here are a few of our picks:
Anti-Valentine’s Day with Battle Sports Inc.
On Sunday, check out this afternoon of aggressive competition to express, say, all that lingering anger you’re still harbouring towards your ex. Choose between breaking stuff inside the North York establishment’s Rage Room or try shooting it up in the Dart of War Nerf Gun Area (and don’t skip the indoor archery and archery dodgeball). Once you’ve exorcised your demons, don’t miss a live version of The Dating Game from 3:30 pm to 5 pm. Tickets are $20 at the door. Details here, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love, Colouring, Chocolate and Wine at The Story Planet
Feel like something a little more low-key, like getting tipsy and creative? The Story Planet is hosting an event on Valentine’s Day from 7:30 pm to 10 pm. $10 gets you a night out filled with play, colouring, drinking, art and colouring therapy. Art supplies will be provided. Wine, beer, coffee and snacks available for purchase at the café. Bring someone you love or make a new connection. Buy tickets here.
The Steady’s single-friendly prix fixe dinner
“Dark Love” is the theme of this year’s prix fixe offering at The Steady Café & Bar, and all of the food on the menu will be black or dark red (with both vegan and meat options!). There will be a tarot card reader on site, live music throughout dinner and dancing afterwards. It’s $55 per person, but if you take advantage of the bring-your-friends promotion, a table for four will cost just $200. RSVP here.
[See more prix fixe dinner ideas here.]
Toronto’s Largest Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
Stir Events by Match.com is throwing a huge party on Saturday at Union Night Club. Loosen up with some complimentary drinks between 7 and 8 pm before playing icebreaker games, dancing and mingling with other Toronto singles. Wait, how is that anti-Valentine’s? Anyway, buy your tickets here.
The Original Crush party hosted by I’d Tap That at The Gladstone
In case you hadn’t noticed, the historic hotel’s Valentine’s Week Love Inn programming is off the hook this year. Check out the Facebook page for this week’s full list of events, but we’re planning on getting to Sunday’s Original Crush party at the Melody bar, an inclusive, sex-positive, queer-friendly night with Spin-the-Bottle, Truth-or-Dare and a live Twitter feed coordinating digital meet-ups. Find out more here.
Valentine’s Day at Purina PawsWay
Do you love your dog more than most people? Fair enough. Why not spend V-Day showering your pup with the love he or she gives you unconditionally? Head over to the Purina PawsWay with your best friend for a Valentine’s-themed photo booth and arts and crafts. Details here.
Netflix and chill… with yourself
When life gives you loneliness, order a pizza. Check out our favourite Toronto pies here. If you’re into novelty, good ol’ Pizza Pizza is offering a medium-sized, two-topping, heart-shaped pizza deal for $10.99. And may we also delicately suggest this playlist to accompany your quiet time at home?
Want more V-Day events? Check out our full listings here.
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