16 things to do in Toronto this weekend: March 1 to 3

Mar 1 2019, 3:21 am

Toronto, it’s the first weekend of a brand new month. Don’t miss your chance to make this one count.

And it just so happens there are plenty of incredible events happening in the city this weekend to keep you busy.

For starters, Ellen DeGeneres is in town, not to mention there’s a massive winter craft beer festival. Enjoy!

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Friday, March 1

Ai Weiwei: Unbroken


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What: Ai Weiwei, one of the world’s most influential living artists and human rights activists, is bringing a collection of his ceramic works to Toronto’s Gardiner Museum. Called Unbroken, the exhibit will present an array of Ai’s ceramic works while highlighting “urgent global issues.”

When: On now until June 9
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park
Admission: $15 for adults

A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour

What: A BOWIE CELEBRATION: The David Bowie Alumni Tour features an unforgettable and critically acclaimed evening of Bowie songs with world-class vocalists and musicians from Bowie’s bands from over the years.

When: March 1
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue
Price: From  $45 to $60

ED The Sock Live in Toronto

What: Ed the Sock and Red (from Late Night with Ed days) have officially launched their “War On Stupid” Ontario tour. Performing to a sold-out crowd at his first stop in London, Ed moves on to Toronto at The Rockpile on March 1, with music from The Big Shiny Tunes band following the show.

When: March 1
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas Street West
Admission: Tickets start at $25

BENT Beauty Supreme 2019 – A Busted Beauty Pageant

What: The busted beauty pageant returns! Come and cheer on these beautiful messes. The models will be rocking beachwear, talent and formal wear. Winner takes home $500.

When: March 1
Time: 9 pm
Where: 1214 Queen Street West
Admission: $10

Eric Prydz in Toronto


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What: Eric Prydz, who is also known as Pryda or Cirez D, will be performing in Toronto tonight. Get ready to groove out to his hit tracks like Call on Me, Proper Education, Opus, and Pjanno.

When: March 1
Time: 10 pm
Where: REBEL, 11 Polson Street
Price: From $85

Winter Brewfest

What: For its fourth year in a row, the two-day festival celebrating craft beers and the festive feelings they stir up will be landing in Toronto. Of course, there will be some mighty good eats on site too. With all that beer tasting, you can’t risk an empty stomach.

When: March 1 and 2
Time: Friday, 5 pm to 1 am; Saturday, 12 pm to 5 pm and 7 pm to 1 am
Where: Evergreen Brick Works – 550 Bayview Avenue
Admission: Packages start at $20.99

Toronto Irish Film Festival

What: Now in its ninth 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 the general public.

When: March 1 to 3
Time: Showtimes vary by the day
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West
Admission: Ticket prices vary by screening

Toronto International Bicycle Show

What: The biggest consumer bicycle show in the world is back in Toronto this month for its 32nd seasonFrom March 1 to 3, test ride electric and pedal bicycles, practice on a mini-velodrome, and enjoy thrilling action events at the massive event.

When: March 1 to 3
Time: Friday, 12 pm to 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
Where: The Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place
Admission: $15 for adults

Myseum: Intersections


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What: The 2019 exhibition, revisits and re-imagines the dominant narratives that shape our understanding of the city through a festival of collaborative exhibits and events. This exhibition will explore lost or hidden Toronto stories that have been paved over and forgotten, and how we can reclaim those histories.

When: March 1 to 31
Time: Varies by event
Where: Venues throughout the city
Admission: Free

Saturday, March 2

Flipside Donuts Grand Opening Celebration

What: Flipside Donuts recently opened in the Distillery District, and this weekend, they’re doing a free mini-donut giveaway to celebrate their Grand Opening. The first 100 customers to arrive at Flipside on Sunday morning will receive a bag of 10 mini CiNEs, the spot’s warm mini-donuts with a cinnamon sugar dusting.

When: March 2 and 3
Time: Saturday, 8 am to 9 pm; Sunday, 8 am to 8 pm
Where: 12 Case Goods Lane, Distillery District

Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

What: Toronto’s Vintage Clothing Show is back this weekend, bringing the largest vintage clothing sale in the city to the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place. According to event organizers, this is Canada’s largest sale of vintage clothing and the massive sale will feature clothing from the twenties to the eighties plus accessories, handbags, jewelry and designer vintage.

When: March 2 and 3
Time: Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; 
Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Enercare Centre, Hall C, Exhibition Place

Admission: $10 (includes entrance to both events)

March Really Really Free Market

What: You read the event name correctly, everything is free. No money. No swapping.
If you do bring items to share, bring them before 3 pm and make sure they are clean and in working condition. During the Market, there is a limit to the number of items you can take, which is one large shopping bag per person (two bags for families of three or more people).

When: March 2
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Campbell Park, 225 Campbell Avenue
Price: Everything is FREE

Sunday, March 3

The Toronto Toy and Nostalgia Show

What: The Toronto Toy and Nostalgia Show will be taking place this month, where you can browse through hundreds of new and vintage toys, collectibles and all things pop culture.

When: March 3
Time:  10 am to 4 pm
Where: Montecassino Hotel & Event Centre, 3710 Chesswood Drive
Admission: $7 for adults

Canvas and Coffee


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What: Get your creative juices flowing this Wednesday at Fresh Paint Studio’s drop in painting session. While this isn’t a guided painting lesson, there will be images on display to provide reference along with helpful staff members. Just pay for your canvas and the studio will supply the rest.

When: March 3
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Fresh Paint Studio (Danforth East), 1849 Danforth Avenue
Price: Canvases start at $20

Greek Easter Baking Workshop

What: This is the year to really pull up your socks and contribute to the big family gathering like an adult. At this workshop, learn to bake paximadia, koulourakia, and tsoureki, to make your grandmother proud.

When: March 3
Time: 2 pm to 5 pm
Where: St. Lawrence Market Kitchen – 95 Front Street East
Price: $90

A Conversation With Ellen DeGeneres

What: One of television’s most exciting talk-show hosts is coming to Toronto for a Q&A session. Ellen DeGeneres, host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and voice of Finding Nemo‘s Dory, is bringing her smiling, dancing, pranking, and fun-loving personality to Scotiabank Arena for two shows titled, A Conversation With Ellen DeGeneres

When: March 3
Time: 2 pm and 6 pm
Where: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay Street
Admission: From $171

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