22 things to do in Toronto this weekend: March 13 to 15

Mar 12 2020, 8:16 am

Note: With coronavirus on the rise, Toronto Public Health is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. 

Somehow it’s almost halfway through March, and we’ve reached the last weekend of winter. Now is the time to find something wonderful to do this weekend. Check out what’s going down and choose wisely.

And remember to wash your hands.

Friday, March 13

Toronto Maple Leafs’ St. Pat’s Pop-Up

The Toronto Maple Leafs are set to don the iconic green and white St. Pat’s uniforms for two games in March this season (March 14 and 17).If you’re in need of a last-minute St. Patrick’s Day outfit? Look no further.

When: Friday, March 13 to Tuesday, March 17
Time: 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Stackt Market — 28 Bathurst Street
Tickets: Free

MILF Life Crisis

What: It’s a heartfelt and hilarious comedy, MILF Life Crisis. Anne Marie Scheffler discovers an amazing life after divorce and that the best is yet to come in this one-woman show.

When: Friday, March 13
Time: 8 pm
Where: Flato Markham Theatre — 171 Town Centre Boulevard
Admission: $15 to $40, available online

Toronto Motorama Show

What: The sixth annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo will feature a two-day appearance by Chip Foose, the pre-eminent star in the automotive design and fabrication industry as well as some of the best vendors and names working in the field right now.

When: March 13 to 15
Where: The International Centre — 6900 Airport Road

Grow Op 2020

What: Now in its eighth year, this four-day festival is rooted in urbanism, environmental sustainability, landscape design, and contemporary art. Each year the Gladstone invites diverse projects from collaborative teams and individuals that respond to landscape, species and habitat through installation, sculpture, performance and digital media.

When: March 12 to 15
Where: Gladstone Hotel — 1214 Queen Street West
Admission: $5 to $25, available online

Winter Stations 2020

Mirage, by Cristina Vega and Pablo Losa Fontangordo / Winter Stations

What: A massive public art festival, the winning pieces were selected from 100s of submissions. This year’s theme is beyond the five senses and will feature some of the most interesting and imaginative creations from some increadible creative minds.

When: February 17 to March 30
Where: Woodbine Beach — 1675 Lake Shore Boulevard East
Admission: Free

Green Living Show

This event is Canada’s largest consumer show dedicated to simple solutions for a healthy and sustainable life. The event’s Food & Drink Pavilion will showcase a menu of food and drink offerings that are sustainably or responsibly sourced from local or organic suppliers. Dishes will range from $3 to $8. There will also be a wellness space with free yoga, a sustainable fashion village, and much more on-site.

When: March 13 to 15
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Tickets: Starts at $14, available online

Gardiner Museum Anniversary Weekend

What: The Gardiner Museum is opening its doors as it turns 36 this month. Enjoy special anniversary activities while touring the various galleries and learning about the storied past.

When: March 14 to 15
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Gardiner Museum — 111 Queen’s Park
Admission: Free

Sugar Shack 2020

What: The fifth annual Sugar Shack TO returns to Sugar Beach to celebrate all things maple. Spend the weekend on the beach and chase away the winter blues with live entertainment, ice activities, delicious food and sweet, sweet maple syrup.

When: March 14 and 15
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Sugar Beach — 11 Dockside Drive
Admission: Free

Skating at Harbourfront Centre

What: When the weather starts to drop, it means it’s officially time to go skating. And it just so happens that the city’s most scenic rink has opened its doors for the winter season. 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 spring
Time: Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 10 pm; Friday and Saturday, 9 am to 11 pm; Sunday, 9 am to 10 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre — 235 Queens Quay West
Admission: Skating is free

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

What: Smack in the middle of March Break, come out and tap into spring. Enjoy demonstrations, wagon rides, activities, and of course pancakes and real maple syrup. There are even guided twilight tour of Kortright’s Maple sugar bush.

When: March 14 to April 12
Where: Kortright Centre for Conservation — 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge
Admission: $5.75 to $8.85, available online

Saturday, March 14

Assassin’s Creed Symphony

What: Assassin’s Creed Symphony is a multimedia symphonic project that delivers an innovative and immersive new take on the music of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. For the very first time, both seasoned fans and symphony-goers can experience the rich musical history of the popular saga in a live music setting with new takes on the best tracks from the franchise.

When: Saturday, March 14
Time: 7 pm
Where: Meridian Hall — 1 Front Street East
Admission: Tickets start at $66, available online

Steam Whistle’s St Patrick’s Day Party

What: Celebrate the patron saint of the Emerald Isle with the patron beer in the emerald can. It’s St. Patrick’s Day with Steam Whistle, and each ticket includes a meal and one free beer.

When: Saturday, March 14
Time: 1 pm to midnight
Where: Steam Whistle Brewing — 255 Bremner Boulevard
Tickets: $20 to $30

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: Saturday, March 15
Time: 11:30 am to 9 pm
Where: 11 Polson Street
Admission: From $15, available online

AC Slater concert

What: AC Slater, whose career kicked off in 2008, has made a name for himself in the music world with his “Night Bass” sound by fusing elements of house music with the dirty basslines of UK garage and sprinkles of old-school rave synths and breaks.

When: Saturday, March 14
Time: 10 pm
Where: Mod Club — 722 College Street
Tickets: $32.19, available online

Beer Yoga at Rainhard

What: How does an hour of yoga, followed by a delicious beer grab you? If this is the type of thing you can get down (ward dog) with, then you’re going to love Rainhard Brewing’s event mixing them both.

When: Saturday, March 14
Time: 11 am
Where: Rainhard Brewing — 100 Symes Road
Tickets: $15, available online

Harry Potter drag brunch

What: Choose from a variety of delicious options as you take in a brunch show with enough magic to knock your socks of — and then put them back on again. It’s the ultimate will-they-won’t-they, as Draco and Potter team up to entertain you this weekend.

When: Saturday, March 14
Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Glad Day Bookshop — 499 Church Street
Tickets: $29.90, available online

Holodeck Follies

What: Holodeck Follies is Canada’s longest-running Star Trek parody show for Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike. Now in its seventh year, The Dandies spontaneously create a new Star Trek episode every month. Every show opens with variety comedy, hosted by stand-up comedian Hisham Kelati (he’s very funny).

When: Saturday, March 14
Time: 8 pm
Where: 945 Bloor Street West
Admission: $15

Sunday, March 15

Taste of Little Tokyo with @EatingThroughTO

What: Toronto Common and Eating Through TO wis bringing back their popular Taste of Little Toyko Tour. Toronto’s newest cultural pocket has attracted famous food and fashion brands such as Muji, Pablo Cheesecake, and Uncle Tetsu’s. Not to mention the locally owned and time-tested Izakayas and sushi restaurants on the strip.

When: Sunday, March 15
Time: 1 pm
Where: Rolltation — 207 Dundas Street West
Admission: $60, available online

St. Lawrence Market First Sunday Open

What: It’s the first day of St. Lawrence Market being open on Sundays. Get in on the extra shopping hours.

When: Sunday, March 15
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: St. Lawrence Market — 93 Front Street East
Tickets: Free, register online

How Not To Kill Your Houseplants

What: Do you love houseplants, but can’t seem to keep them alive? This workshop will help you turn your black thumbs into green thumbs. Get ready to take your plant parenthood to the next level by understanding light, water and soil requirements for popular houseplants and how to identify and select the best plants for your home.

When: Sunday, March 15
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel — 1214 Queen Street West
Tickets: $30, available online

St Pawtricks Day – Vegan Junk Food & BYO Dog

What: Celebrate the luck of the Irish with some vegan junk food surrounded by the cutest pups in the GTA. Celebrate your four-legged friend and St. Patty’s day with a few fresh brews.

When: Sunday, March 15
Time: Noon to 4 pm
Where: Black Lab Brewing — 818 Eastern Avenue

Force of Nature Natalia

What: With a special introduction by National Ballet of Canada Principal Dancer Jurgita Dronina, enter the world of ballerina Natalia Osipova and prepare to be swept off your feet. BAFTA Award-winning director Gerry Fox takes you behind the curtains of London’s illustrious Royal Opera House, where The Royal Ballet’s Principal dancer shares stories from her childhood in Russia and her time with the American Ballet.

When: Sunday, March 15
Time: 6 pm
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema — 506 Bloor Street West
Tickets: $15.04, available online