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Forget the winter blues, bring on more weekend fun

A man runs in a park with the skyline of Toronto in the background on April 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lars Hagberg

We made it through another week of wintry weather — snow, ice pellets, freezing rain and freezing drizzle. You name it, we saw it.

And here comes the weekend, a time for us to relax and have fun. Below are some events taking this weekend.


Toronto Polar Plunge
This Saturday, the Toronto Polar Plunge is giving everyone the chance to jump in a lake for a good cause. If you’ve brave enough, head down to Sunnyside Beach, where you can raise money for the Special Olympics Ontario 2019 Invitational Youth Games in Toronto this May. The plunge into Lake Ontario will take place at noon. This year, organizers have also added a two-kilometre run beforehand to get warmed up. Registration costs $35, but that fee will be waived if you raise $50 for the event.

Chinese New Year Celebration
The Chinatown BIA wants you to celebrate the Year of the Pig with its Chinese New Year celebration this weekend. The Dragon City Mall and Chinatown Centre on Spadina Avenue will both host Chinese New Year celebrations on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Organizers say there will be stage performances at both malls, as well as activity booths, lantern riddles, and handmade crafts at Chinatown Centre.

Titanic: An IMAX 3D Experience
The multiple Oscar-winning movie has been watched by almost everyone, and here is your change to watch it again or for the first time. Titanic will be shown in IMAX 3D from Friday and until Sunday at the Ontario Place Cinesphere. The run-time for the movie is three hours and 14 minutes. Click here for ticket information.

Bloor-Yorkville Icefest
The glitzy Yorkville neighbourhood in Toronto will be transformed into a wonderland filled with glittering ice sculptures this weekend. The Bloor-Yorkville Icefest returns this year with the theme: Hollywood North. More than 70,000 pounds of ice will be carved into sculptures that celebrate the film industry in Toronto. Cumberland and Bellair streets will be closed to traffic along the park perimeter to allow people to take in the sights. There will also be live DJs at the Icefest Lounge, a photo booth, and a scavenger hunt. The event takes place on Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Toronto Art Crawl Urban Exhibit
Winter can give you the blues but you can boost your spirits with the Toronto Art Crawl, which is taking place the historic Great Hall on Sunday. Local artists and designers will be showcasing their art, photography, as well as home decor, fashion and vintage items. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are required but children under 10 can enter for free.

TTC closure

Partial Line 1 closure
Subways won’t be running on Line 1 between St. Clair and Lawrence stations this weekend due to work on the Eglinton Crosstown. Shuttle buses will be running and Wheels-Trans service will be available upon request. Anyone requiring an elevator should exit at York Mills Station.