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30 Toronto events worth checking out this March

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Ainsley Smith Feb 28, 2018 10:58 am 1,110

There’s more to look forward to in March than just (slightly) warmer weather and (somewhat) longer days.

In fact, there’s plenty of fun events happening in and around the city that’ll have you ready for spring in no time – St. Patrick’s Day, anyone?

Plan your month with our March 2018 events guide and you’ll be kept busy nearly every day of the month.

Enjoy!

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Food is King

What: Eat on King Street and the city is buying! The newly launched Food is King promotion is on now until March 4 and provides a one-time $15 Ritual credit towards any menu item at 40 participating restaurants in the area of the King Street pilot project.

When: Now until March 4
Where: Download the Ritual app and search using the words Food is King to see participating restaurants.

Eats Week Toronto

What: Toronto’s first ever digital food fest kicks off next week. Over 550+ restaurants and cafes will participate in the two-week event that will see signature menu items discounted up to half-off when purchased via Ritual and Apple Pay.

When: Now until March 9
Where: Restaurants across Toronto

Yoko Ono: The Riverbed

What: This winter, you can 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

Dixonlicious

What: This culinary celebration in support of Dixon Hall’s vital food programs will featuring an array of food stations from local restaurants including Biff’s BistroBarrio CerveceriaDaniel et DanielPaintbox BistroHookedThe Food DudesHawthorne Food & DrinkSkin Bones, and more, alongside craft beers and wines.

When: March 1, 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East

Ulrike Ottinger in Asia at TIFF

What: This month, film buffs can enjoy the Canadian premiere of prominent Asian influenced films by renowned and powerful female German LGBTQ filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger. These were recently shown at the MoMa in NYC, and praised by the New Yorker, among others.

When: March 1, 6 & 8
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West

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Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

What: The 13th annual Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival returns, featuring a stellar lineup of comedians, hilarious sketches, and special performances.

When: March 1 to 11
Where: Theatre Centre Cafe, 1115 Queen Street West

Toronto Winter Brewfest

What: The city’s biggest indoor beer festival is back! The 3rd annual Toronto Winter Brewfest will take place March 2 to 3, and will welcome over 40 breweries, more than 150 beers, food trucks, DJs, games, and more.

When: March 2 & 3, 6 pm to 1 am
Where: Enercare Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd

Toronto International Bicycle Show

What: The biggest consumer bicycle show in the world is back in Toronto this month for its 32nd seasonFrom March 2 to 4, test ride electric and pedal bicycles, practice on a Mini-Velodrome, and enjoy thrilling action events at the massive event.

When: March 2 to 4
Where: The Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place

Toronto Irish Film Festival

What: Now in its 8th year, the Toronto Irish Film Festival celebrates the very best of Irish cinema by promoting the work of Irish filmmakers to the Greater Toronto Irish community and general public.

When: March 2 to 4
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West

Toronto FC 2018 Home Opener

What: Following the Toronto FC’s triumphant victory, the TFC will be hosting their home opener on March 3 against the Colombus Crew SC.

When: March 3, 1 pm to 4 pm
Where: BMO Field, 170 Princes’ Blvd

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Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

What: Toronto’s Vintage Clothing Show returns this month, bringing the largest vintage clothing sale in the city. Shoppers will find a wide array of vintage spring and summer garments along with accessories to match every taste.

When:  March 3, 10 am to 5 pm; March 4, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 
Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place, 180 Princes’ Blvd

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

What: Infinity Mirrors, the dazzling world of Yayoi Kusama, is heading to the AGO this March, where visitors will have the opportunity to experience six of Kusama’s most iconic kaleidoscopic environments at once.

When: March 3 to May 27
Where: 
The Art Gallery of Ontario, 317, Dundas Street West

The Toronto Toy and Video Game Show

What: The Toronto Toy and Video Game Show will be taking place this month, where you can browse through hundreds of vintage toys and collectibles dating from the 50s to today.

When: March 4, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Toronto Plaza Hotel, 1677 Wilson Avenue

Boobyball Mini

What: Local Toronto charity Rethink Breast Cancer is hosting its 3rd annual Boobyball Mini this weekend. This one-of-a-kind fundraising event features entertainment, music and fun decor and helps families and children get involved in raising money to help all young people affected by the disease.

When: March 4, 3 pm to 6 pm
Where: Airship 37, 37 Parliment Street

What Grows Together, Goes Together

What: Four wines, four cheeses, four places. This guided tasting puts the philosophy that foods that come from the same region often pair well together to the test. Enjoy a pairing of four geographically specific wines with their cheesy counterparts.

When: March 5, 7 pm
Where: Good Cheese, 614 Gerrard Street East

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Open Kitchen Toronto

Open Kitchen Toronto

What: Restaurateurs Stacey Patterson and Jennifer Coburn, with Chef Ivana Raca of Ufficio, launch this new collaborative three-course dining series to fund two annual George Brown scholarships for budding female chefs.

When: March 5, 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: Ufficio, 1214 Dundas Street West

Sustainable Dim Sum

What: Get your yum cha on at Toronto’s Sustainable Dim Sum festival this spring! Now in its sophomore year, attendees at this food fest will receive a passport to try each mouth-watering dim sum on offer from a collection of top Toronto chefs and restaurants.

When: March 6, 6:30 pm
Where: The Rotunda at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

Pizza Making Competition

What: Queen Margherita Pizza offers a hands-on opportunity to build the ultimate pizza. Teams of four will compete for bragging rights, gift cards, and swag. Enjoy this evening fueled by tequila cocktails, Italian wines, and signature QMP eats.

When: March 7, 7 pm
Where: 777 Dundas Street West 

Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off

What: Toronto’s Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off is back! Now in its 10th year, the plant-based baking competition presented by the Toronto Vegetarian Association celebrates a decade of vegan cupcakes, doughnuts, confections, and other decadent desserts!

When: March 9, 11 am to 4:30 pm
Where: The Glass Factory and Lounge, 99 Sudbury Street

Luminus presents: The Mystic Forest

What: This month, the Opera House will transform into The Mystic Forest an immersive, multi-performer event, complete with colourful costumes and exceptional set design & props.

When: March 10, 10 pm to 3 am
Where: The Opera House, 735 Queen Street West

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Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

What: This March, 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: March 10 to April 8
Where: Bruce’s Mill, Kortright Centre, Island Lake and Terra Cotta

Great Photographers: Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens

What: Discover the woman behind the camera in this eye-opening portrait of the renowned photographer, Annie Leibovitz, the woman responsible for some of the most memorable images of the past several decades.

When: March 11, 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West

FoodFight – Culinary Charity Boxing Tournament

What: This charity boxing tournament will see heavyweights from Toronto’s culinary scene contend in six exciting three round matches. Spectators can enjoy the fights while purchasing food and drink from some of Toronto’s top vendors.

When: March 12, doors at 7 pm
Where: Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East

Justin Timberlake 2018 Toronto Concert

What: He’s rocked our body, he showed us summer love, and – of course – he brought sexy back. Now Justin Timberlake is bringing his suit and tie to Toronto this March for his first visit back to the city since 2014.

When: March 13, 7:30 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay 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

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St. Patrick’s Day 2018

What: Everyone’s favourite excuse to get decked out in green and drink copious amounts of Guinness! Round up your friends and head to the nearest pub for a day you most likely won’t remember. Visit our roundup of the top pubs and restaurants to check out on the 17th.

When: March 17
Where: Venues throughout the city

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 and tons of activities like life-sized games and foosball at a sprawling 45,000 square-foot party on Toronto’s harbourfront.

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

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 including 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.

Colaborative Brew Day

What: Lake Wilcox Brewing and The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies, team-up to host this collaborative women’s brew day including 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

Ladies Learning Code: HTML & CSS for Beginners

What: If you are looking to get your feet wet when it comes to programming, then this is the workshop for you. Ladies can learn the basics of coding in a welcoming environment, plus, you’ll get to build your very own website! The workshop, which is sponsored by Booking.com, will also include a contest where one winner will win a $500 travel credit and a one-hour mentorship session with a Booking.com female tech expert.

When: March 21 to 28, 6 pm
Where: Canada Learning Code, 129 Spadina, Suite 501

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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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