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Leap into the weekend of fun in Toronto

Last Updated Feb 27, 2020 at 10:26 am EST

A child jumps over a puddle in the rain. (iStock by Getty Images, evgenyatamanenko)

Happy Leap Day weekend! Feb. 29 is on Saturday, so celebrate the additional day in February and march into soon-to-be-spring with these events below.

Keep in mind that there is also a partial subway closure on Line 1 this weekend, but don’t let that spoil your fun.


Judge a book by its cover
People usually say “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but you can do that at the Art of the Book by celebrating the beauty and artistry of books. This exhibit showcases rare, artist-made books from Toronto Public Library’s Special Collections. Explore printed books from the 1400s, ornately decorated covers, whimsical miniatures, and contemporary forms that challenge the ideas about what a book can be. This event is free to all and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Nature walk in High Park
Wander through High Park with family and friends this weekend and explore the park’s “sleeping skeletons” such as our majestic oaks, hardy maples and whimsical willows. Learn how to identify different trees during their winter dormancy by studying their buds, twigs and bark. This walk and others happening at the park over the winter are led by “nature interpreters” and take place on wooded trails that are not stroller or wheelchair accessible. Make sure to wear weather appropriate clothes and boots. This event is free all, here’s more information on the same.

Culinary fusion
Explore African-Canadian cooking and compare the then and now. Take a trip down history with a lantern tour of the Officers’ Mess where soldiers once dined and relaxed. Try a historic punch from an 1827 cookbook and drop by the 19th-century kitchen to watch a historic cooking demonstration. This event is part of Toronto History Museums’ Black History Month programming. Here’s how to save a spot!

One act at a time
Woman At Play(s) is a festival of one-act plays written by Canadian female playwrights, directed by female directors with all female characters. The six, one-act comedy and drama plays, which are around 20 minutes long, revolve around ageism, supernatural events, existence, societal perspectives, and identity. This event celebrates women of all diversities and audience for all genders. This event runs until March 8. Tickets range from $15 to $20.

Wands at the ready?
Attention all witches and wizards, the magical Wizards Beer Festival is back this Sunday with a wide range of activities like wand making classes to tarot card readings, as well as some foot-tapping music and amazing brews to set the tone of the enchanted night. Appropriate wizard attire like robes and gowns are encouraged. This festival is created for fantasy and magic lovers, a mystical place where your imagination can run free. Here’s how to grab those tickets.


Partial Line 1 closure
There will be no subway service on Line 1 between Finch and Sheppard-Yonge stations on Saturday and Sunday due to track work. Shuttle buses and Wheel-Trans service will operate.