Plan an evening around the city’s top cultural venues, with unique events and cutting-edge programming for visitors and locals alike.
Get creative at the AGO
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is open late (until 9 p.m.) every Wednesday and Friday. AGO Free Wednesday Nights are a bargain, but things can get a bit busy, so opt for Friday if your goal is a cerebral date night.
Friday evenings feature Drawing. Drinks. Social. with instructor-led drawing workshops, creative exercises, conversation and vino.
Jumpstart the evening with dinner at AGO Bistro, the onsite restaurant designed by Toronto-born, internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry. Bonus: get 20% off dinner with your Drawing. Drinks. Social. Ticket.
Explore ROM After Dark
This once-a-month Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) party combines the wonder of the natural world with the excitement of DJ beats, eclectic food and drink. It’s a fab Friday night out for friends or workmates with plenty of Yorkville restaurants and lounges nearby for post-party noshing.
Be sure to check the ROM After Dark schedule for upcoming RAD parties. You can’t miss the Lee-Chin Crystal, the striking prismatic structure added in 2007 that transformed the ROM experience both inside and out.
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Have sea-rious fun at Ripley’s Aquarium
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada turns into a hepcat jazz club the second Friday of every month (7 to 11 p.m.). Groove to a live band as it plays the classics, sip on cocktails and enjoy unbelieveable views minus the daytime crowds.
Kickstart the weekend at MOCA
Take in contemporary art and culture at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s MOCA Free Friday Nights. With free admission to all the gallery’s exhibits between 5 and 9 p.m., plus live performances, installations, pop-ups and activations, this is a can’t-miss date night in the up-and-coming west end.