22 things to do in Toronto this weekend: March 8 to 10

Mar 7 2019, 6:20 pm


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.

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Friday, March 8

Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

TOsketchfest/Dahlia Katz

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

Winter at Ontario Place

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

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: 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

Free Macarons from Nadège

What: Nadège, the city’s beloved pastry and dessert destination, is gearing up to dish out FREE macarons all day long on International Women’s Day. On Friday, March 8, any woman who stops by Nadège’s Queen Street, Rosedale, Richmond-Adelaide or Yorkdale storefront can pick up a free limited-edition macaron.

When: March 8
Time: All day or until supplies last
Where: 780 Queen Street West, 1099 Yonge Street, The Path (Richmond-Adelaide Centre), 3401 Dufferin Street (Yorkdale Mall)
Admission: Free

The Annex Women’s Day Craft Market & Party

What: This pop-up celebrates International Women’s Day with a fundraiser and neighbourhood party that brings together local artists, poets, crafters, makers, book lovers, ukulele players, free workshops and positive life-affirming conversations. There will also be swag bags worth $50 available for the first 100 visitors.

When: March 8
Time: 5 pm to 10 pm
Where: Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue
Admission: Free to the public

International Women’s Day at Colette Cafe

What: You can celebrate International Women’s Day at this panel discussion and mix and mingle featuring a number of local female executives and entrepreneurs. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to Dress For Success Toronto.

When: March 8
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Colette Grand Cafe at Holt Renfrew Yorkdale (located on the main floor)
Admission: Tickets are $35

Gavin Matts at The Corner Downtown

Gavin Matts

Yoko Haraoka

What: Infuse your Friday night with a belly-laugh on March 8, when Gavin Matts and Lovers will be performing at The Corner Comedy Club. Matts is a stand up-writer and actor, originally from Vancouver, who’s now living in Los Angeles.

When: March 8
Time: 7 pm, 9 pm and 11 pm
Where: The Corner Comedy – 163 John Street
Tickets: $15, available online

God is a Woman: An Ariana Grande Dance Party

What: Consider your plans made because this Friday, Bangs&Blush will be playing so much Ariana Grande it will make you weep. Dance the night away to hit after hit from pop music’s biggest female singer.

When: March 8
 Doors open at 10 pm
Where: Clinton’s 693 Bloor Street West
Admission: $10

Real Sports Barn & Saloon

What: In the spirit of country superstar Eric Church playing two shows at Scotiabank Arena this weekend, Real Sports Bar & Grill is transforming from a sports bar into a country saloon. Country fans can look forward to an evening filled with plenty of music, country-inspired trivia with giveaways, and the chance to ride the mechanical bull.

When: March 8 and 9
Where: Real Sports Bar & Grill, 15 York Street

International Women’s Day with Levi’s

What: In the lead up to International Women’s Day, Levi’s has launched the ‘I Shape My World campaign‘ – a global initiative that recognizes the spirit of women empowerment and the determination to inspire change. Here in Toronto, Levi’s stores are offering in-store workshop drop-in sessions for women to engage directly with tailors and learn how to customize denim pieces.

When: March 8 to 10
Time: Varies by store location
Where: Toronto Eaton Centre, Square One and Sherway Levi’s stores
Price: Workshops are free with purchase and are available on a drop-in basis

Tirgan Nowruz Festival


What: This three-day festival features theatre, dance, music, a traditional tea house, and plenty of delicious food in honour of Iranian culture.

When: March 8 to 10
Time: Friday, 6:30 pm to 1 am; Saturday, 10 am to 2 am; Sunday, 10 am to 8:15 pm
Where: Toronto Centre For The Arts, 5040 Yonge Street
Admission: Free to attend

Women from Space Festival

What: This unique festival features four days of performances by the visionary women of Toronto’s creative music, improvisation and Jazz scenes.

When: March 8 to 11
Time: Times vary by day
Where: Various venues throughout the city
 Free to attend

Saturday, March 9

Neo Retreat

What: Neo Retreat, a newly launched half-day event in Yorkville, will feature five wellness experts who will explore a variety of activities such as “Wim Hof”; style breathwork with Wellness Coach Bryan Hardy, Biohacking Better Sleep with Biotechnology Scientist Oksana Andreiuk and Yoga-Pilates fusion with Yin Yoga and Pilates Instructor Tyler Jackson.

When: March 9
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Mindset Brain Gym, 62 Cumberland Street
Admission: $148.91

International Women’s Day Toronto

What: A march and rally are planned for the upcoming International Women’s Day, giving Torontonians the opportunity to march in solidarity with women across the globe.

When: March 9
Time: Rally at 11 am, march at 1 pm
Where: Meet at the University of Toronto OISE Building (252 Bloor Street West)
Admission: Free to participate and all are welcome

The Moon: A voyage through time


What: The Aga Khan Museum’s exhibit ‘The Moon: A voyage through time‘ starts this Saturday, and “celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first human steps on the moon by discovering the wonder, knowledge, and beauty the moon has inspired through the ages.”

When: March 9 to August 18
Time: Tuesdays, 10 am to 6 pm; Wednesdays, 10 am to 8 pm; Thursdays to Sundays, 10 am to 6 pm (closed Mondays)
Where: 77 Wynford Drive
Admission: $20

Toronto’s 185th Anniversary

What: Come and celebrate the past, present and future of your favourite city, as Toronto turns 185 years old this March!

When: March 9 and 10
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Nathan Phillips Square
Admission: Free to attend

Sugar Shack TO

What: Regardless of what’s going on with the weather right now, the return of Sugar Shack means that warmer days are on their way. Mark your calendars to celebrate impending warmth with maple taffy, ice skating, a winter marketplace, a specialty bar, and so much more.

When: March 9 and 10
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Sherbourne Common – 61 Dockside Drive
Admission: Free

Sunday, March 10

Puppy Yoga

What: Your yoga practice is about to get a heck of a lot cuter at this adorable puppy yoga class. They provide the puppies, you bring your mat.

When: March 10
Time: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Gerrard Street East
Admission: $35

Bend & Brew at CRAFT Beer Market

Craft beers and woman doing yoga (MaxyM/Dean Drobot/Shutterstock)

Craft beers and woman doing yoga (MaxyM/Dean Drobot/Shutterstock)

What: Yoga and beer? Now that sound’s like a fun way to spend your Sunday. CRAFT Beer Market is teaming up with Innergy Corporate Yoga and Culture Kombucha to host a one hour Hatha yoga session, followed by a guided beer tasting of six local brews. Guests will also receive a bottle of kombucha to take home.

When: March 10
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: CRAFT Beer Market, 1 Adelaide Street East
Admission: $30 per person

Toronto Card Show

What: Calling all sports card collectors! This Sunday, vendors from across the province will be buying, selling and trading the best selection of sports cards in Ontario. Taking place at Brunswick Bierworks, attendees can also enjoy 20 craft beers on tap and BBQ eats.

When: March 10
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Brunswick Bierworks, 25 Curity Avenue
Admission: Free

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

What: The St. Patrick’s Day parade is back for the 31st 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 10
Time: Starts at noon
Where: The parade will start at Bloor and St George, continue down Yonge and finish at Nathan Phillips Square