Beat the Winter Blues in Riverside

Winter isn’t all doom and gloom – especially when you’re in Riverside! From exploring the fantastic coffee scene, enjoying a craft beer flight, or catching a comedy night full of belly laughs, the neighbourhood provides a great excuse to say ‘no’ to hibernation mode this winter season!

Hit the Ice Rinks

Brush up on your snowplow stop, or perfect that Axel jump! Riverside and surrounding areas have no shortage of both indoor and outdoor ice rinks for people of all ages to enjoy.

Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre

Regent Park South 

Riverdale Park East

Greenwood Outdoor Skate Rink

Warm up With Craft Beer and Cider

Riverside has some of Toronto’s most well-known breweries and cider houses, so set a date, rug up, and head down to warm your bones with great drinks and food to match.

Brickworks Ciderhouse

Get a taste for what Brickworks Ciderhouse has to offer at their Wassail Cider Festival being held on February 9th. Featuring cider sampling, food, live music, and more, tickets can be purchased here, or by contacting Brickworks at 647 341 4500.

Eastbound Brewery

Check out their weekly food & drinks specials, or join them for trivia nights throughout February.

Saulter Street Brewery

Exercise your trivia prowess at Saulter Street’s February Quiz Club on February 6th from 6.45PM – 9PM.

Explore Riverside’s Parks and Outdoor Spaces

Joel Weeks Park

Thompson Street Parkette

Corner of Broadview Ave/Thompson St (North West of Queen St. E)

McCleary Playground

Corner of McGee St and Queen St E.

Jimmie Simpson Park

Bruce Mackey Park

The Rooftop Bar @ The Broadview Hotel

Providing amazing views of the Toronto skyline and the Don River, The Rooftop Bar at The Broadview Hotel opens every night from 5PM till late to get you through the winter chills.

Explore Riverside’s Winter Events

Johnnie Walker Dinner @ The Civic

Sample rare whisky pours, learn about flavour profiles, and indulge in five paired courses with the Johnnie Walker team on February 5th. Reservations can be made here.

Riverside Wine and Craft Beer Festival

Come down to celebrate wine and craft beer from over 20 different vendors from Tuesday 2nd April to Saturday 6th April.

Comedy Night @ I’ll Be Seeing You

Tuesday nights made fun again with weekly comedy nights from 8:30PM onwards at I’ll Be Seeing You bar, located at 747 Queen St E.

The Joy of Writing Workshop

Toronto Public Library Queen/Saulter branch is hosting a writing workshop every Tuesday from 7PM – 8:30PM until the beginning of May. Visit the TPL website for more further info and more upcoming events.

ITF Tae Kwon Do

The Ralph Thornton Community Centre is hosting weekly Tae Kwon Do classes from 6:30PM – 8:30PM every Tuesday and Thursday for both kids and adults. Classes are free, taught by qualified black belt instructors, and instruct on essential self-defence, kicking, punching, and sparring techniques.

Calligraphy Healing Meditation

Experince the power of Tao calligraphy with Master Zhi Gang Sha every Wednesday from 7PM – 8:30PM until the beginning of March. Tao calligraphy allows deep healing to take place by transforming low frequency and vibration in soul, heart, mind, energy, and matter into high frequency and vibration, bringing balance, healing, realization, and transformation. Classes are $20 and spots can be reserved by emailing

Saulter Street Stairway Gallery

Escape the cold and check out Wendy Lu’s exhibit at Saulter Street Stairway Gallery from January 12th – February 24th. The exhibit is free to enter and can be accessed via the third and fourth floor of The Ralph Thornton Community Centre