18 things to do in Toronto this weekend: March 15 to 17

Mar 14 2019, 8:09 pm

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.

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Friday, March 15

Winter at Ontario Place

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What: Following last year’s successful inaugural winter program, Ontario Place will once again come alive this winter season. Running from now to March 17, the West Island of Ontario Place will be home to the Winter Light Exhibition, free public skating and community bonfires. This year, visitors can also look forward to a series of DJ nights at the iconic waterfront venue and a range of beloved films at Cinesphere.

When: Now until March 17
Time: 6 pm to 12 am
Where: 955 Lake Shore Blvd. West
Price: Free to attend

Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

What: The 14th annual Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival returns, featuring a stellar lineup of comedians, hilarious sketches, and special performances.

When: On now until March 17
Time: Performance times vary by day
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Admission: Festival passes start at $100, individual performance prices vary

FEMME: The Power of the Female Form

What: Curated by Jessica Lindsay Phillips, this collection invites you to view the female form in more ways than the social norm. From a beer pot from Nyakyusa, Tanzania, Africa, energetically charged contemporary art, to the raw sexuality found in nature, FEMME features pieces from Lekha Singh and Reisha Perlmutter and celebrates both the power and subtlety found in femininity.

When: On now until March 20
Time: Mondays to Sundays, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: 162 Bedford Road
Admission: No cover

Myseum: Intersections

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: On now until March 31
Time: Varies by event
Where: Venues throughout the city
Admission: Free

Winter Stations 2019

Winter Stations


What: Winter Stations returns for its fifth year, welcoming international designers to bring public art installations to The Beaches. The installations, which run from February 18 until April 1, will be temporary structures that will be able to withstand our rigours winter weather.

When: Now until April 1
Time: All day
Where: Woodbine Beach, 1675 Lake Shore Blvd. East
Price: Admission is free

Ai Weiwei: Unbroken

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

International Women’s Day Gala

What: You can attend the annual WISE International Women’s Day Gala this month.  This formal event commemorates the incredible achievements of women everywhere and is a day of unity, celebration, reflection, and advocacy.

When: March 15
Time: 5:30 pm to 10 pm
Where: Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle
Admission: $20 to $25

Toronto Comicon

What: Comicon returns to Toronto this month for an action-packed weekend filled with exciting family-friendly activities, celebrity guests, educational activities, computer coding workshops, and more.

What: March 15 to 17
Time: Friday, 4 pm to 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Admission: Tickets start at $20

Femme Fest

What: You can celebrate all the “divine feminine energy” in Toronto Friday evening at this event featuring work from local artists. There will also be a number of incredible vendors selling their handcrafted goods including clothing, prints, merchandise and more.

When: March 15
Time: Doors open at 7 pm
Where: Supermarket, 269 Augusta Avenue
Price: No cover

YES YES Y’ALL 10th Anniversary

Absolut Nights

What: You’re invited to help YES YES Y’ALL celebrate its 10th anniversary tonight. Taking place at Nest, this epic party celebrates inclusive nightlife in Toronto and will feature DJs from around the world. Plus, Absolut Vodka is sponsoring the event through their Absolut Nights’ program.

When: March 15
Time: 10 pm to 4 am
Where: Nest, 423 College Street
Price: $10

Saturday, March 16

Hack the Globe

What: This weekend, the first social impact hackathon of its kind in Canada, Hack the Globe,  is taking place in Toronto. The 24-hour hack will feature 150 university students from across disciplines tackling international social impact problems.

When: March 16 and 17
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Boston Consulting Group, 181 Bay Street

Caribbean Street Food Festival

What: “Don’t worry. Eat happy.” It’ll be easy to do at this street food fest. Get ready to enjoy the honest, bold and fun flavours of Caribbean food mid-March. This event will serve the warmth we know you’ve been craving.

When: March 16
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Ralph Thornton Community Centre – 765 Queen Street East
Price: Free to attend

SPD Toronto

What: This St. Patrick’s Day, the fifth 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-sq-ft party on Toronto’s harbourfront.

When: March 16
Time: 11:30 am to 9 pm
Where: 11 Polson Street
Admission: From $15

Steam Whistle SPD

What: Partake in Steam Whistle Brewing’s 18th annual Saint Patrick’s Day Party, featuring traditional Irish entertainment, a food pop-up shop by Irish Embassy Pub and Grill and lots of shenanigans.

When: March 16
Time: 12 pm
Where: 255 Bremner Boulevard – Steam Whistle Roundhouse
Tickets: Available online for $20

Bingo Loco

What: Self-dubbed as Ireland’s maddest bingo party, Bingo Loco has filled theatres across Ireland, Australia, and the United Kingdom, entertaining more than 60,000 people in the process. But what makes their event so different from an ordinary game of bingo? Think conga lines, party anthems, lip-synch battles, dance-offs, and cannons filled with 600 kg of confetti.

When: March 16
Time: Doors open at 4:30 pm, first game at 5:45 pm
Where: Toybox – 473 Adelaide Street W, Toronto
Admission: Tickets are available online for $30 (taxes and fees incl.)

Sunday, March 17

Leslieville Winter Market


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What: Come and enjoy great prepared foods, local farmers and producers, local artisans and crafts. There will be live music, kids programming and a wide range of cozy beverages and tasty cocktails.

When: March 17
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
 Redwood Theatre, 1298 Gerrard Street East
Price: No admission

Trinity Bellwoods Flea

What: Come and freshen up your home, wardrobe, beauty routine and shop locally from over 60 of Toronto finest vendors, artisans and small business.

When: March 17
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
Price: No admission

Toronto FC Pre-Match Celebration

What: Ahead of the big game, Toronto FC fans can kick-off the day at Brazen Head Irish Pub, located in Liberty Village, for an official Red Assembly pre-match celebration starting at 3:30 pm. Hundreds of fans can participate in various celebrations leading up to the match including March to the Match hosted by Toronto FC host Maria Papadakis and TFC Insider Gareth Wheeler, interactive games and exciting giveaways.

When: March 17
Time: Pre-match begins at 3:30 pm; the march to the match begins at 6:30 pm
Where: Brazen Head Irish Pub, 165 East Liberty Street
Admission: Free to attend

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