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26 things to do in Toronto this weekend: March 16 to 19

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Ainsley Smith Mar 16, 2018 5:00 am 606

Happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Toronto!

From festive parties and activities to Comicon and family-friendly events, this weekend is full of fun in Toronto.

Head out and check out what is going on in the city this weekend.

Toronto Women’s Fashion Week

What: Models will be showing off fall and winter 2018 collections at Toronto Women’s Fashion Week which will feature Canada’s most notable outerwear designers and highlight the latest trends and innovations.

When: Now until March 17
Where: 1 Yonge Street (Main Entrance)

Say Farewell to the Giant Pandas

What: This Sunday is the final day to visit the adorable giant pandas at the Toronto Zoo, ending their five-year stay in Toronto before they are relocated to the Calgary Zoo.

When: Now until March 18
Where: Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Rd

Cinesphere March Break Star Wars Screenings

What: Whether you’re a Sith lord or a Jedi Knight, the Cinesphere is the place to be for all those who love space opera this March Break. Located amidst the shimmering waters of the revitalized Ontario Place, there really is no better place to experience one of the most critically-acclaimed movies of 2017, than in Toronto’s famous geodesic dome, on the 10-story high screen.

When: Now until March 18, 3:30 pm & 7:15 pm
Where: Ontario Place Cinesphere, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West

Samko Miko Toy Book Warehouse Sale

What: Have a children’s birthday coming up? You can shop from thousands of brand name toys and books. Brands include: Disney, Minions, MegaBloks, Crayola, Thomas, Fisher Price, Hot Wheels, Vtech, Barbie, and more.

When: Now until March 18
Where: 60 East Beaver Creek Road, Richmond Hill

TIFF Kids International Film Festival

What: Discover the world as a family this March Break at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival. Guests can enjoy 100 films from 40 countries, interactive screenings, and the chance to play in digiPlaySpace, TIFF’s very own film playground.

When: Now until March 18
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West

 Mr.B’s Spring Sketchers Sale

What: Spring is coming, which means it’s time to stock up on some new kicks. You can shop for sneakers for the entire family at this massive sale.

When: Now until March 18
Where: Mr.B’s, 1590 Matheson Blvd

Winter at Ontario Place

What: This is your final weekend to check out Winter at Ontario Place, a family-friendly event featuring various winter-themed activities including the Winter Light Exhibition, skating on the new synthetic skating rink, and film screenings at the recently re-opened Cinesphere.

When: Now until March 18, 5 am to 12 am
Where: Ontario Place

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

What: This spring, the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival returns to four conservation areas, all within an hour drive from Toronto! Tickets are available online starting at $5.75.

When: Now until April 8
Where: Bruce’s Mill, Kortright Centre, Island Lake and Terra Cotta

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

What: Infinity Mirrors, the dazzling world of Yayoi Kusama is now open at the AGO. During this exhibit, visitors have the opportunity to experience six of Kusama’s most iconic kaleidoscopic environments at once.

When: Now until May 27
Where: 
The Art Gallery of Ontario, 317, Dundas Street West

Winter Stations

What: Winter Stations returns for its fourth year, welcoming international designers to bring public art installations to Toronto’s beaches. Winners had to follow Winter Stations 2018 theme, RIOT: violent disturbance; uproar; outburst of uncontrolled feelings; a large or varied display. The result has been some of the most interesting and beautiful public art in the city.

When: Now until April 1
Where: The Toronto Beaches

Yoko Ono: The Riverbed

What: This weekend, you’re invited to experience Yoko Ono’s latest art installation, The Riverbed, at the Gardiner Museum. The Riverbed invites visitors to collaborate with the artist, the museum, and each other, through everyday action and contemplation.

When: Now until June 3
Where: The Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park

Toronto Library Clearance Sale

What: This weekend, the Toronto Public Library is hosting its annual clearance sale, with all items priced at 10 to 50 cents. During the sale, you can buy donated items and materials withdrawn from the library’s collection, including thousands of books, CD’s, and DVD’s.

When: March 16, 9 am to 7 pm; March 17, 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Hall, 789 Yonge Street

She Leads Conference

What: The She Leads Conference brings together women from different sectors and stages in their careers to discuss the hot topics in their industries, how they affect women in those industries and the steps they have taken to thrive through it all.

When: March 16, 5 pm to 7 pm
Where: East Common Room, 7 Hart House Circle

Miranda Sings Live

What: Netflix’s Haters Back Off! star Miranda Sings is in Toronto Friday evening to perform as part of her Your Welcome tour. Tickets start at $45.

When: March 16, 7:30 pm
Where: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street

ComiCon

What: One of the world’s biggest showcases of everything comics and fantasy returns to Toronto this March, bringing over 400 unique vendors. 

When: March 16 to 18
Where: 
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Furnal Equinox

What: The Furnal Equinox is returning to Toronto’s Harbourfront for another exciting fur-filled weekend. Get ready to see plenty of costume-clad Torontonians running around the city this weekend.

When: March 16 to 18
Where: Westin Harbour Castle, 1 Harbour Square

Hooking Up: Second Base

What: The key to a healthy relationship? Laughter and lots of it. Relive Valentine’s Day at Second City this year for Hooking Up: Second Base, which explores hilarious Tinder dates, long-lost lovers, and all the sickening bliss that comes with new relationships.

When: March 16, 10 pm to 12 pm
Where: Toronto Mainstage Theatre, 51 Mercer Street

Babes Who Brunch Toronto

What: This Saturday, come enjoy a morning of raw conversation, delicious brunch, and all the inspiration you need to kickstart both your weekend and your personal goals.

When: March 17, 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West

Saint Patrick’s Party

What: This epic bash hosted by Toronto-based experience app Jukebox, features an impressive lineup of events and activities to entertain Torontonians all day and into the night. Events include live music, Irish games, live art installations, and more.

When: March 17, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, 25 British Columbia Rd.

Dublin Calling

What: Look forward to a full day of dancing, DJs, swag, and beer during the shamrock shenanigans, kicking off at 11 am at this downtown bar.

When: March 17, 11 am
Where: 250 Adelaide Street West

SPD Toronto

What: This St. Patrick’s Day, the fourth annual Guinness SPD will welcome 6,000 green-clad party-goers for a free pancake breakfast, live music, Irish fiddlers, and dancers. There will also be tons of activities like life-sized games and foosball at a sprawling 45,000 sq. ft. party on Toronto’s harbourfront.

When: March 17, 11:30 am to 9 pm
Where: 11 Polson Street

Steam Whistle

What: This annual St. Patrick’s Day party at Steam Whistle Brewing will feature brewery-fresh pilsner, eats from the Irish Embassy, Irish dancers, foot-stomping, and more.

When:  March 17, 2 pm to 2 am
Where: 255 Bremner Boulevard

Anatolia Winter Fest

What: Come celebrate a traditional Turkish winter evening complete with delicious food, music and culture, at Toronto’s iconic City Hall.

When: March 17, 3 pm to 11 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West

Colaborative Brew Day

What: Lake Wilcox Brewing and The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies, team-up to host this collaborative women’s brew day. The event includes brewing, tasting, education, and open discussions about beer.

When: March 18, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Lake Wilcox Brewing Co., 1033 Edgeley Boulevard, Unit 3, Vaughan

Gladstone Flea: March Maker’s Market

What: This Sunday, head to the Gladstone Hotel for its award-winning brunch, then spend the afternoon checking out incredible pieces from the top artisans in the city at this edition of the Gladstone Flea. 

When: March 18, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West

Kensington Krawl Food Tour

What: Calling all Toronto foodies!  Come and taste your way through Toronto’s most unique and eclectic neighbourhood on a culinary excursion in Kensington Market. As you stroll, you will learn about the history and heritage of the market, meet local shopkeepers and chefs, and indulge in a variety of delicious foods and drinks.

When: March 18, 11 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Meeting point is Jimmy’s Coffee (Kensington Market), 191 Baldwin Street

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail her at [email protected]

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