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22 awesome events happening in Toronto this March

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Ainsley Smith Mar 01, 2017 10:27 pm 2,156

We’re big fans of March in Toronto.

It’s starting to feel (slightly) warmer and days feel (somewhat) longer. There are plenty of activities to get you excited for spring – St Patrick’s Day, anyone?

But plan your month with our March 2017 events calendar and you’ll be kept busy nearly every day of the entire month.

AGO First Thursday: Still Nasty

What: This March, the AGO partners with OCAD University to present a special edition of First Thursday guest curated by OCADs graduate class in Criticism and Curatorial Practice.  The night’s program aims to explore, through a feminist lens, a future that imagines possibilities for diversity of representation and experiences — a future that is more open, more free, more feminist, and non-deterministic.

When: March 2, 7 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: AGO, 317 Dundas Street West

Curious Minds Weekend

What: Sick of re-watching mind-numbing sitcoms on Netflix? Are you in search of some intellectual stimulation? The curious minds festival brings together cultural luminaries for inspirational and informative talks. See legendary Canadian journalist Naomi Klein, or sit in on a panel with the cast of hit TV show Orphan Black. Go be a smarty pants this weekend! Tickets are $20 each.

When: March 3 to 5
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Toronto International Bicycle Show

What: Is your bike basically your best friend? Well then do we have the activity for you! The Toronto International Bicycle Show showcases the best up and coming bikes, as well as cycling accessories. Find a shiny new bike, or join a bicycle club of likeminded individuals. Put on your helmet and peddle over to this event. You won’t regret it.

When: March 3 to 5
Where: The Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place

Toronto Antique & Vintage Market

What: From fun and fashionable to delightfully decadent, the Toronto Antique & Vintage Market will feature retro, vintage and antique goods.

When: March 4 to 5, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Building At Exhibition Place, 180 Princes’ Blvd

The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

What: Winter is coming to Toronto! Relax, I don’t mean that literally. Spring is definitely on its way, but the music of Westeros is coming to our great city! Game of thrones composer Ramin Djawadi has created a live concert of experience to bring the hit series’ score to life. Complete with a live orchestra, the concert will include the series’ iconic theme song, and much more.

When: March 4
Where: The Air Canada Centre

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New Creations Festival

What: Canadian composer Owen Pallett joins Peter Oundjian and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to curate the 13th annual New Creations Festival. Expect the best in cutting-edge contemporary music, created and performed by leading artists from across the globe.

When: March 4 to 11, 7:30 pm to 11 pm
Where: Toronto Symphony Orchestra, 212 King Street West

Toronto Men’s Fashion Week

What: For three fashionable days, Toronto Men’s Fashion Week will be showcasing the best in established and emerging menswear designers in Canada and around the world.

When: March 6 to 8
Where: Waterworks, 505 Richmond St. West

Canada Blooms Festival

What: Canada Blooms is the largest flower and garden festival in the country, celebrating the very best in Canadian gardening and floral design. For 10 days every March, as gardeners start to look ahead to the planting season, Canada Blooms brings together landscape designers, architects and builders and over 200,000 gardening enthusiasts.

When: March 10 to 19
Where:  Encare Centre,  100 Princes’ Blvd #1

National Home Show

What: Taking place at the same time and location as the Canada Bloom Festival, the National Home Show is a renovator’s dream and a must-attend spring event. Whether it’s a small interior design update or a major project, the National Home Show will give you inspiration, resources and the chance to meet the people and companies that can help you get it done.

When: March 10 to 19
Where:  Encare Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd #1

Bent Beauty Supreme – A Busted Beauty Pageant

What: This year marks the 4th annual alternative beauty pageant that will be complete with a beach wear, talent and formal wear award. All proceeds go to help LGBTQ refugees.

When: March 10, 9 pm to 2 am
Where:
 Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West

International Women’s Day March

What: Come and support the rights of women everywhere at this incredible rally and march as part of International Women’s Day. This global day celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

When: March 11, 11 am to 2 pm
Where: UofT Medical Sciences Building, Auditorium, 1 King’s College Circle

Pinocchio

What: Pinocchio makes its balletic world premiere this season with The National Ballet of Canada. Pinocchio is a wildly funny, moving and a dark re-telling of the original story, recapturing the adventures of the famous wooden boy with brilliantly inventive choreography and unforgettable stagecraft.

When: March 11 to 24
Where: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West

Dublin Calling St. Patrick’s Party

What: Attention party goers, Dublin is Calling! Starting at 11 a.m. Dublin Calling will be the place to be for St. Patrick’s Day. The first 100 guests will receive Welcome Paddy’s Day Pancakes, but if you don’t make it for that you’ll be able to enjoy shareable snacks, Irish Party Favours, pool, ping pong, Skee Ball, Dart Lanes, Giant Jenga, a Whisky Stand, a live band starting at 12 p.m.

When: March 17, 11 am to 2 am
Where: Dublin Calling, 250 Adelaide Street West

Steam Whistle’s St-Patrick’s Day Party

What: Chug green beer to your heart’s content at Steam Whistle’s epic St. Patrick’s day bash. There will also be traditional eats from the Irish Embassy, entertainment from the Woodgate-Shamrock Irish Dancers and foot-stomping live music by Brogue, Scantily Plaid & Fresh Eire.

When: March 17, 4 pm to 1 am
Where: The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd

Rhythem of the Dance

What: This St. Patrick’s Day,  join the National Dance Company of Ireland and celebrate its incredible music, history, and dance of its homeland.

When: March 17, 7:30 pm
Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. East

Toronto St. Patrick’s Day King Street Pub Crawl

What: Why celebrate St. Paddy’s at one bar when you can at four? This pub crawl will hit up four King St. pubs, and with your wristband, you’ll receive free cover and VIP line-access. Don’t feel like walking? No problem! There will be a shuttle bus driving party-goers to each bar.

When: March 17, 9 pm to 12 am
Where: Tequila Jacks, Fiction Nightclub, Bloke Nightclub, and Union

Toronto ComiCon 2017

What: Calling all Toronto nerds, Toronto ComiCon is back for an action packed weekend of non-stop comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming. Here you’ll find exciting family-friendly activities and celebrity guests.

When: March 17 to 19
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Boulevard

Guinness SPD Toronto

What: Year after year Guinness SPD has proven to be Toronto’s favourite all-day St. Patrick’s Day party. Come join that old friend from high school for the free pancake breakfast, enjoy a delicious Guinness with your future ex-girlfriend or most importantly dance with your best friends to the live bands for an authentic Irish all day party you do not want to miss.

When: March 18, 11 am to 9 pm
Where: 11 Polson Street

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
Where: Various venues throughout the city

Winter Brew Fest

What: For a second year, craft beer aficionados are invited to celebrate our brewing wealth in a warm and festive atmosphere. Make sure to arrive thirsty, there will be more than 150 beers crafted from brewers from across Ontario and Quebec to sample.

When: March 24 to 25
Where: Heritage Court Encare Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd #1

One of a Kind Show

What: The highly anticipated One of a Kind Spring Show returns for its 39th year to introduce exciting new sections that showcase the range of artisanal products available in Canada. This includes the Craft Drinks zone where visitors can sample small-batch wine, beer and spirits from local “makers and shakers”.  

When: March 29 to April 2
Where: Encare Centre,  100 Princes’ Blvd #1

2017 Toronto Yoga Conference and Show

What: Attention Toronto yogis: This is the ONE event in Canada for yoga teachers and students to enhance their skills with full day master workshops from Seane Corn, Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, Yoga Medicine by Tiffany Cruikshank, Rod Stryker, and other renowned yogis from across Canada and the world.

When: March 30 to April 2, 11 am to 630 pm
Where: 
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. West


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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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