24 things to do in Toronto this weekend: March 6 to 8

Mar 6 2020, 5:00 am

Welcome to your first full weekend of March, Toronto. The city is bursting at the seems with great things to do, so rain, shine, sleet, snow, hail of frogs, get out there and have some fun. (It’s also Toronto’s birthday, so be sure to get her something nice.)

Friday, March 6

Robin Schulz concert


What: German DJ and music producer Robin Schulzis spinning up his original mixes and beats this Friday. Listen and watch as he integrates guitar riffs seamlessly with electronic music.

When: Friday, March 6
Time: 10 pm
Where: Toybox Toronto — 473 Adelaide Street West
Admission: Tickets start at $35, available online

TOsketchfest

What: The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival (TOsketchfest) is Toronto’s longest-running comedy festival. Born in West Queen West, it was created to celebrate Toronto’s storied, and continued excellence in the theatrical tradition of sketch comedy. This annual event will feature 12 hilarious days of the best live, scripted comedy in North America and beyond.

When: March 4 to 15
Where: Multiple venues
Admission: Available online

Curious Minds Festival

What: This annual film festival of culture and ideas returns with an expanded weeklong program of inspiring conversations with internationally renowned thinkers, tastemakers, and bestselling authors.

When: March 6 to 11
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema — 506 Bloor Street West
Admission: Available online

Art of the Book

What: Celebrate the beauty and artistry of books from cover to cover. This exhibit showcases rare, fine press and artist-made books from Toronto Public Library’s Special Collections. Discover early printed books from the 1400s, richly decorated covers, whimsical miniatures, and contemporary forms that challenge our ideas about what a book can be.

When: On until April 26
Time: Friday, 9 am to 8:30 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 1:30 to 5 pm
Where: Toronto Reference Library — 789 Yonge Street
Admission: Free

LETTERKENNY Live!

What: It’s a great day for hay, if you’re going to see these boys live and in concert. From the hilarious show, LETTERKENNY is coming from their small town Ontario life to Toronto. Grab your electric lettuce and bust a gut.

When: Friday, March 6
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 190 Princes’ Boulevard
Admission: Tickets start at $49.50, available online

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

Beach Bash in the 6ix

What: The 19+ Beach Bash in the 6ix is back on for a Friday of partying in the aquarium. Enjoy fully-loaded cash bars, food stations, music by DJ Shamz, and unforgettable views.

When: Friday, March 6
Time: 8 pm to 12 am
Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada — 288 Bremner Boulevard
Admission: $32, 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: On until March 30
Where: Woodbine Beach — 1675 Lake Shore Boulevard East
Admission: Free

Saturday, March 7

Toronto’s 186th Anniversary

What: Come and celebrate the past, present and future of your favourite city, as Toronto turns 186 years old this March!

When: March 7 and 8
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Where: 
Nathan Phillips Square
Price: Free to attend

Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

What: Canada’s largest sale of vintage clothing features clothing from the 1920s to 1980s plus accessories, handbags, jewelry and designer vintage. There will also be stuff for guys too. If you’re looking to look old school this spring, this is the place to be.

When: March 7 and 8
Time: Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Building — 180 Princes’ Boulevard

Intrigue at the AGO

free admission

Art Gallery of Ontario

What: Over 100 years ago, Tom Thomson, Canadian outdoorsman and iconic artist, disappeared into the mists. On the anniversary of his death, a journalist is digging into the cold case when she uncovers a startling connection between his suspicious death and a forgotten secret hidden by the Toronto art world. It’s a mystery scavenger hunt in the AGO, can you find the clues and solve the case?

When: March 7 and 28
Time: 1 pm
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West
Admission: $44.99, available online

Maya Jane Coles concert

What: This weekend is full of great DJs and music producers in Toronto. Saturday is featuring British dance hero Maya Jane Coles. She’s appearing at CODA tonight.

When: Saturday, March 7
Time: 10 pm to 5 am
Where: CODA — 794 Bathurst Street
Admission: $30, available online

Winnie-the-Pooh: Explore the Classic

What: Experience the timeless and universal appeal of one of the most adored fictional characters of all time – Winnie-the-Pooh –– in this immersive and playful exhibition. Kids and grown ups of all ages are invited to discover and rediscover the magical world of this much-loved bear and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood.

When: March 7 to August 3
Where: Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queens Park
Admission: $31, available online

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: Saturday, March 7
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Campbell Park — 225 Campbell Avenue
Price: Free

Toronto Made Market

What: Part of this year’s Celebrate Toronto birthday bash, this Toronto Made Market is bringing some of the best artisan sellers and makers in the city to the steps of city hall. Find the perfect TO themed gift this weekend.

When: Saturday, March 7
Time: Noon to 8 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square — 100 Queen Street West

A Super Women’s Day Pop-Up

What: Salon Alo in Yorkville is bringing together some of Canada’s top emerging women-run fashion brands for a one-day pop-up shop. The purpose of the shop is to show women how to create a thoughtful wardrobe that helps them find their power and self through style, and of course spotlight these amazing brands.

When: Saturday, March 7
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Salon Alo — 162 Cumberland Street

Sunday, March 8

A Night of Mind Games

What: It’s going to be a night of mind reading and mentalism at Storm Crow. See the team of Alexandra Brynn and Armand Antony, supported by mentalists Shelby Handley and Sophie Brender as they use the information you didn’t know you were broadcasting to entertain.

When: Sunday, March 8
Time: 5 and 7:30 pm
Where: Storm Crow Manor — 580 Church Street
Admission: $20, available online

International Women’s Day Celebration!

What: With $10 from each ticket going to support the women’s shelter and support organization, SISTERING; the musical stylings of DJ Jane Blaze; a snack menu; raffle prizes; an artisan market; and the launch of a very special beer, this is a solid place to celebrate Women’s Day. (Dudes are welcome too.)

When: Sunday, March 8
Time: 2 to 6 pm
Where: Granite Brewery — 245 Eglinton Avenue East
Admission: $20, available online

The Dr. Seuss Experience

The Dr. Seuss Experience

The Dr. Seuss Experience

What: It’s back. After selling out ridiculously fast, organizers have put together another run. Get ready to take a walk down memory lane, as beloved children’s writer, Dr. Seuss’ incredible creations will be appearing in a large interactive exhibit. The 15,000-sq-ft exhibition is a photogenic playground of interesting rooms that recreate the feeling and wonder of walking through a storybook.

When: On until March 22
Where: Square One — 100 City Centre Drive
Admission: $39.99, available online

CodeX: Playable and disruptive futurist eArt

What: This exhibition of leading-edge digital art, or eArt, investigates the future of human society through technology, innovation and design. It encourages audiences to reflect on the symbiotic relationship between technology and human society, and the resulting possibilities for our future through algorithms, identity and the nature of reality.

When: On until April 25 
Where: Onsite Gallery – OCAD University — 199 Richmond Street West
Admission: Free

2020 IWD Toronto Rally and March

What: Celebrate all thing women at the International Women’s Day rally and march, put on by Women Working with Immigrant Women and the IWD Toronto Organizing Committee. The rally will kick off at 11 am and a march at 1 pm.

When: Sunday, March 8
Time: 11 am
Where: OISE — 252 Bloor Street West

6Mics – All Female Hip Hop Concert

What: International Women’s Day is about celebrating all the different powers of women. And one of those powers is definitely spitting hot, hot fire. In 6Mics, six female lyricists take to the stage for one increadible show.

When: Sunday, March 8
Time: 8 pm
Where: NightOwl Toronto — 647 College Street
Admission: $19.50, available online

Beer and Yoga

What: Start your Sunday off right with 60 minutes of Vinyasa Flow yoga led by Becki Charles, followed by a well-deserved flight of People’s Pint beers with a tutored tasting with owner and Prud’homme Master Sommelier Doug Appeldoorn.

When: Sunday, March 8
Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm
Where: People’s Pint Brewing Company — 90 Cawthra Avenue
Admission: $25, available online