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21 FREE events happening this March in Toronto

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Ainsley Smith Feb 25, 2017 6:47 am 4,060

Now that spring is finally on the horizon, it’s time to start getting serious about filling your calendar with the best events taking place in Toronto this month.

One of the biggest events is obviously St. Patrick’s Day, but before you choose where to chug copious amounts of green beer and Guinness, take advantage of the other incredible and FREE events happening this month.

From art installations and circus classes, to networking events and markets, we’ve rounded up the best events taking place throughout the city that won’t cost you an arm and a leg to attend.

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The Leslieville Flea: Winter Market

What: Embrace the winter weather and head to Leslieville’s outdoor flea market. Here you’ll find vintage goods, antiques, collectibles, and work from local artisans.

When: Now until April 23, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane

Toronto Light Fest

What: Now until mid-March, the Distillery District’s streets will be transformed into a huge open-air gallery, lighting up the long winter nights with works from Canadian and International light artists.

When: Now until March 19
Where: Mill Street, Distillery District

Winter Stations

What: Toronto’s Winter Stations is back for its third year, and once again, it is inviting Torontonians to get outside to embrace the cold while exploring the city’s winter waterfront landscapes.

When: Now until March 27
Where: Along Toronto’s waterfront

Page One Turns One

What: Page One Cafe+Bar is celebrating its first birthday, and is inviting Torontonians to come and celebrate its memorable year. There’ll be drink specials, door prizes, DJ Dustin Nantais, chill vibes, munchies, and more.

When: March 1, 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: 106 Mutual St. Unit 8, Page One

Movies for Mental Health

What: This workshop focuses on empowering young adults, educators, health professionals and community members to gain a better understanding of mental health and includes a resource fair, film screenings and a resource panel.

When: March 2, 4 pm to 8 pm
Where: 100 McCaul, OCAD University

Office Wars: Retro Video Games Tournament

What: Ditch the predictable office retreat, and join Toronto’s Fifth Pubhouse after work every Thursday this month for some serious team building fun. Here you’ll find four-way battles featuring Nintendo 64 console and classic games including Mario Cart, Smash Bro, Star Fox and more. Make sure to pre-register your team.

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Study and Go Abroad Fair Toronto

What: Looking to get more out of your education? Come attend the Study and Go Abroad Fair. Here you’ll meet with top-ranking universities from around the world, learn about undergraduate and post-graduate degrees and certificate programs, as well as gap year and travel options (work abroad, volunteering, internships and language travel).

When: March 5, 1 pm to 5 pm
Where: 255 Front St W,  Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Celebrate Toronto 2017

What: This two-day festival will be celebrating Toronto’s 183rd anniversary with a weekend filled with skating, local vendors, food trucks, activities and more to celebrate the past, present and future of our city.

When: March 5 to 6
Where: 100 Queen W, Nathan Phillips Square

Nowruzgan

What: This three-day celebration, will host local and foreign artists, and feature a series of workshops, theatre presentations, music, cinema, and visual arts geared around Canada 150 and Nowruz (Persian New Year). Daytime activities are geared toward youth and families and combine Persian art/craft technique with Canadian content.

When: March 10 to 12
Where: 5040 Yonge St, Toronto Centre for the Arts

Sugar Shack TO

What: In partnership with Waterfront Toronto, the 2017 Sugar Shack TO will be loaded with tons of ice activations, two sugar shacks, live entertainment, a food market, specialty winter bar, warming station and so much more.

When: March 11 to 12
Where: 11 Dockside Dr, Canada’s Sugar Beach

Family Fan Day

What: Come and meet your favourite Canadian media personalities and enjoy interactive attractions, contests, mascots and swag bags. Attendees can meet the stars of Degrassi: The Next Class, Anne of Green Gables, Bad Blood, Kim’s Convenience, Heartland, Murdock Mysteries, and much more.

When: March 11, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 1 Front E, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

Toronto Green Market Spring Edition

What: Get into the spirit of spring at Toronto’s Green Market. Here you’ll find all your green living, eco-friendly, natural and organic needs from a variety of local vendors.

When: March 12, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 1087 Queen St W, The Great Hall

Lunchtime Yoga

What: Spend your lunch hour stretching, twisting, breathing and add some calm to your day. There’s no experience required, just bring a mat.

When: March 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30, 12 to 1 pm
Where: 1 Front E, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

Toronto Game Inn Party

What: Attention video game lovers: on March 17th, the Toronto Game Inn Party will be taking place! Here you’ll find console stations for fabulous gaming team fights, cosplays, gaming world announcements, food, drinks and many other things for true geeky entertainment.

When: March 17, 6 pm to 11 pm
Where: 473 Adelaide St W, Union Night Club

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea – Spring Break Edition

What: Come and enjoy a day of local artisans, local food, and even better locally crafted cocktails. Take a break along side 40 of Toronto’s best who we have curated to bring you a spring worthy selection of fashion, vintage, local and handcrafted goods

When: March 19, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 1087 Queen St W, The Great Hall

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

What: The St. Patrick’s Day parade is back for the 29th year and will celebrate Irish culture, history and heritage. The parade is recognized as the largest Irish themed event in Toronto and is fun for all ages.

When: March 18, 12 pm to 3 pm
Where: The parade will start at Bloor and St George, continue down Yonge and finish at Nathan Phillips Square.

Free Circus Classes

What: Torontonians are invited to come and try some free circus classes this month! Attendees will learn the stretches that circus artists use to master their splits and bridges, fun acro-balancing skills, and also strengthening exercises that acrobats use to build strength and technique.

When: March 21 & 28, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Where: 1 Front E, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

Tech Ladies Toronto Happy Hour Sponsored by Uberflip

What: Bring your business cards and your A-game and meet fellow women in tech. Hosted by Uberflip, this event will include networking with industry professionals and happy hour refreshments.

When: March 23, 6 pm to 8 pm
Where: 135 Liberty Street #401, Uberflip

Canada Job Expo

What: Whether you’re a graduate, unemployed, new to Canada, a seasoned veteran looking to change careers, or even a student new to the workforce, Canada Job Expo is a great place to begin your career path. Canada Job Expo provides plenty of information, job resources and discussions and opportunities for employment.

When: March 23, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: 5110 Yonge Street, North York Memorial Hall

Toronto Storytelling Festival

What: Founded in 1979, the Toronto Storytelling Festival has grown into one of the world’s biggest celebrations of the arts of voice and story. Over ten days of concerts, storytalks, and workshops, the finest storytellers from Canada and around the world make Toronto the centre of the storytelling renaissance.

When: March 24 to April 2, 2 pm to 5 pm
Where: Various locations throughout the city. Check event website for details.

Becoming Canadian in Toronto: Snapshots Through Time

What: This photography exhibition looks at Toronto’s changing demographics and key events in the city’s history in relation to the development of Canadian identity. It explores founding peoples and the impact on identity of the War of 1812, Confederation, the First World War, Canada’s Centennial, and the current scene.

When: March 25 to July 15
Where: 95 Front Street West, The Market Gallery (2nd floor, South St. Lawrence Market)


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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is always on the hunt for the best avocado toast.

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