16 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, March 3

Mar 2 2019, 3:57 am

Sunday Funday has arrived!

If you’re looking for something to do other than brunch, check out these awesome events happening in the city today.

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Toronto International Bicycle Show

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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: Now until March 3
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: The Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place
Admission: $15 for adults

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

Toronto Light Fest

What: For the third year in a row, the historic Distillery District will be home to the Toronto Light Fest this winter. Designed to entertain and inspire, the free to attend light festival will feature curated light installations and illuminated sculptures created by a number of local and international artists.

When: Now until March 3
Time: After sunset
Where: Distillery District
Admission: Free

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
Admission: Free to attend

Toronto Storytelling Festival


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What: Founded in 1979, the Toronto Storytelling Festival has grown to be one of the largest celebrations of the arts of voice and story. Visitors can enjoy concerts, live story readings, and workshops.

When: Now until March 24
Time: Varies by event
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Admission: Free to the public

The 7

What: Come and check out The 7 this weekend, a new pop-up that features eight unique, picture-perfect rooms. The concept is to help Torontonians beat the winter blues with fun out-of-the-box and Instagrammable rooms full of colour, art and 3D visuals.

When: Open now until the end of winter
Time: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 9:30 pm; Saturday, 9:30 am to 9:30 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Seventh floor Hudson’s Bay, 176 Yonge Street
Admission: Free to the public

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

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
Admission: 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

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 3
Time:  8 am to 8 pm
Where: 12 Case Goods Lane, Distillery District
Admission: Free!

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

Toronto Vintage Clothing Show


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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 3
Time: 1
0 am to 4 pm
Where: Enercare Centre, Hall C, Exhibition Place

Admission: $10 (includes entrance to both events)

Canvas and Coffee

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
Admission: 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
Admission: $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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