11 Events Worth Leaving Brampton For This Winter

Trekking to Toronto from Brampton with no weekend GO service can be quite a feat, one that we Bramptonians know all too well.

But sometimes there are events worth a trip to the big city. Here’s a list of 11 events that we think are worth the travel to enjoy.

Shake Shack Pop-Up at Momofuku Daishō

This American classic is making its way to Toronto for one day only! On Wednesday, January 18th from 12:30 PM – 6:30 PM, Shake Shack is teaming up with Momofuku Daishō for its debut on 190 University Avenue. Expect a massive lineup of eager foodies preparing to taste the brand’s popular shack beef burgers and fries. The quantity is limited, however, and the event will be a first-come, first-serve basis.

Nail and Champagne Bar Pop-Up at East Thirty Six

Thinking of a little pick-me-up or a quick get together with the girls? You’ll have the perfect excuse on Sunday, January 22nd if you head to East Thirty Six at 36 Wellington Street East for Toronto’s first ever Nail and Champagne Bar Pop-Up. Between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM, ladies can choose between 2 packages: $50.00 for a manicure with mimosas and $60.00 for a manicure with champagne.

Beach Bash in the 6ix at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Grab your favourite beach attire on Friday, January 27 and escape to the beach at Ripley’s. For $40 you’ll be able to enjoy a beach themed menu, cocktails and a ride on a surf simulator. A DJ will be playing dance music all night while you hang out with your faves and pretend you’re in Cabo. The party kicks off at 8 p.m. Ripley’s is located at 288 Bremner Blvd in Toronto.


Enjoy Toronto’s winter culinary celebration from Monday, January 27 to Thursday, February 9. Over 220 restaurants are participating, offering prix fixe menus at discounted prices. It’s the perfect time to indulge in some delicious eats from that uber expensive restaurant you’ve been waiting to try. For further information regarding pricing, menus and to make reservations, visit the Winterlicious website here.

Toronto Light Festival at the Distillery District

There’s something about bright twinkling lights that chases away those winter blues. Pair that with the rustic vibe of the Distillery District and you’re in for a treat. From Monday, January 27 to Sunday March 12, the Distillery is putting on an epic lights display. We hear it’s Instagram-worthy too.

Toronto Tea Festival at the Toronto Reference Library

Calling all steepers! The Toronto Tea Festival is back this year, taking place at 789 Yonge St. on Saturday, January 28 and 29. The festival is perfect for tea lovers of all experience levels. A single day’s ticket is just $15 and a ticket for both days is a great price at $25. The ticket covers admission as well as a shopping bag, a free tasting cup and so much more! Peruse hundreds of teas and shop for tea-related products.

First Thursday Party at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Take yourself out of your comfort zone and enter the sophisticated world of art and alcohol for a few hours at the Art Gallery of Ontario. For just $12, enjoy access to art, music, culture, drinks and food stands. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 2.

Harry Potter Dance Party at The Phoenix Concert Centre

If partying with muggles is not your thing, how about a dance party with fellow witches and wizards? The Appreciation Society will be holding a special event for all Harry Potter fans on Thursday, February 2nd. Tickets are $12 per person and upon entering, guests will be individually sorted into different houses and will be provided with a special mask of beloved Harry Potter characters. You’ll also be able to try a couple of popular drinks such as butter beer pitchers and fire whisky shots. The fun kicks off at 10 p.m.

Soca on Ice at Natrel Skating Rink

Looking for a family-friendly event that is not only free, but involves amazing tunes and winter fun? On Saturday, February 4th, head to Harbourfront Centre at 235 Queens Quay West with your entire family in tow for Soca on Ice! Dr. Jay de Soca Prince will be spinning all of the hottest soca tracks between 8 – 11 p.m. while you and your family and friends have a blast on the ice. What better way to spend your Saturday night?

Farewell Party at Honest Ed’s

We’ve all caught glimpses of Honest Ed’s on our adventures downtown, and now it’s time to say goodbye to the historic landmark. This event will take place between Thursday, February 23 and Sunday, February 26, and it brings the city together to pay tribute to the popular Toronto landmark. Before the building is demolished, everyone is invited to head over to 581 Bloor Street West for a special market and dance party in celebration of Honest Ed’s.

Game Tournament at Cineplex

Cineplex and WorldGaming are hosting a Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare tournament for Canadian players to compete for $65,000.00 in cash and other prizes. Registration for the event is already open as teams must qualify for the tournament by participating in one of the 24 live regional qualifiers happening at Cineplex theatres on Sunday, February 26. The finals are going to take place at the Downtown Toronto Scotiabank. More information on the event can be found here.

Did we miss any noteworthy events worth leaving Brampton for? Let us know in the comments.