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26 things to do in Toronto this weekend: March 9 to 11

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Ainsley Smith Mar 09, 2018 3:00 am 634

Above freezing temperatures return just in time for the weekend!

Make the most of the warmer weather by heading outside and checking out what’s happening in Toronto this weekend.

Eats Week Toronto

What: Toronto’s first ever digital food fest wraps up this weekend. 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

Brendan George Ko: Moemoeā

What: Escape the cold and warm up as you take in Moemoeā, a solo exhibition by Canadian artist Brendan George Ko. Moemoeā explores the re-emergence of the Polynesian voyaging canoe in contemporary Hawaii through photographs and videos.

When: Now until March 10
Where: CONTACT Gallery, 80 Spadina Ave #205

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: Now until March 11
Where: Theatre Centre Cafe, 1115 Queen Street West

Sale Event Warehouse Sale

What: Stock up on your favourite beauty and lifestyle brands including L’Oreal , Johnson & Johnson, Cover Girl, Revlon, Dove, and more at up to 75% off.

When: Now until March 11
Where: The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road

Lucan Coutts x Max Whitehead – Resonance

What: Two of Toronto’s most prominent street photographers are hosting an exhibit in the city. Lucan Coutts and Max Whitehead’s photos have been seen millions of times through their social media accounts, and now you can view their work in person.

When: Now until March 14
Where: Black Cat – Artspace, 2186 Dundas Street West

CONVENIENCE

What: CONVENIENCE is an exhibit fronting as a quasi-convenience store. Featuring the work of Heidi Cho, Meera Sethi, Manny Trinh, Michael Veneracion, Xiaojing Yan, and Shellie Zhang, it explores the stereotypes associated with Asian immigrant life.

When: Now until March 15
Where: 187 Augusta, 187 Augusta Avenue

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

 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: New this year, Winter at Ontario Place is a family-friendly event features 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

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

Skating at Harbourfront Centre

What: When the temperature starts to drop, it’s officially time to go skating. The Natrel Rink is complete with heated indoor change rooms and its own rink-side bar and grill for those interested in getting a snack post-skate. The best part? Skating at the Harbourfront rink is totally free. 

When: Now until the end of March (weather permitting)
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay 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 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

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

When The Pig Came Home Pop-Up

What: Popping up at the Left Field Brewery on Toronto’s east side this March, peameal, Sloppy Foe, and smoked meat sandwiches from this Junction-area delicatessen. Admission is free!

When: March 9, 4 pm to 9 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive

Un-histories: art and the unconcluded

What: The 2018 Contemporary Art, Design, and New Media Art Histories Graduate Student Conference at OCAD University is back! This event is open to all and will feature keynote speeches in addition presentations, exhibits, and more.

When: March 9 & 10
Where: OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street

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: March 9, 7:15 pm; March 10 to 18, 3:30 pm & 7:15 pm
Where: Ontario Place Cinesphere, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West

Men’s Fashion Week

What: Toronto Men’s Fashion Week kicks off this weekend, showing off some of the most cutting-edge runway presentations and showrooms in menswear.

When:  March 9 to 11
Where: 1 Yonge Street

TNT Final Clearance Sale

What: TNT is holding a massive clearance sale for its men and women collections at its Yorkville location. If you’re in the market for some new clothes, you need to check this sale out. Shoppers can enjoy massive savings on items from a wide-range of high-end designers.

When: March 9 to 11
Where: TNT Yorkville, Yorkville Village, 87 Avenue Rd.

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: March 9 to 18
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West

NULOVE: Birthday Edition

What: Come enjoy an evening filled with yoga, meditation, music, dancing, and sound healing. More importantly, this event has a theme: dress like your truest self.
This means if you have always wanted to dress head to toe glitter, DO IT. Tickets available through the jukebox app.

When: March 10, 8 pm to 12:30 am
Where: The Jam Factory, 2 Matilda 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 and props. Tickets available through the jukebox app.

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

Sugar Shack TO

What: Taking place the first weekend of March Break, this all-ages event celebrates the “end of winter with two sugar shacks serving up fresh maple taffy, ice activities, winter marketplace, specialty bar, live music and much more!”

When: March 10 & 11, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Sugar Beach, 11 Dockside Drive

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

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

What: The St. Patrick’s Day parade is back for another exciting 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 11, 12 pm to 3 pm
Where: The parade will start at Bloor and St George, continue down Yonge and finish at Nathan Phillips Square

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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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