24 things to do in Toronto this weekend: March 2 to 4

Mar 2 2018, 4:31 am

Toronto, it’s the first weekend of a brand new month. Don’t miss your chance to make this one count.

There are plenty of incredible events happening in the city this weekend to keep you busy.


Food is King

What: Eat on King Street and the city is buying! The newly launched Food is King promotion is on now until March 4 and provides a one-time $15 Ritual credit towards any menu item at 40 participating restaurants in the area of the King Street pilot project.

When: Now until March 4
Where: Download the Ritual app and search using the words Food is King to see participating restaurants.

Toronto Light Fest

What: For the second year in a row, the historic Distillery District is home to the Toronto Light Fest. Designed to entertain and inspire, the free-to-attend festival features curated light installations and illuminated sculptures created by a number of local and international artists.

When: Now until March 4
Where: Distillery District

Eats Week Toronto

What: Toronto’s first ever digital food fest kicks off next week. Over 550+ restaurants and cafes will participate in the two-week event that will see signature menu items discounted up to half-off when purchased via Ritual and Apple Pay.

When: Now until March 9
Where: Restaurants across Toronto

Brendan George Ko: Moemoeā

What: Escape the cold and warm up as you take in Moemoeā, a solo exhibition by Canadian artist Brendan George Ko. Moemoeā explores the re-emergence of the Polynesian voyaging canoe in contemporary Hawaii through photographs and videos.

When: Now until March 10
Where: CONTACT Gallery, 80 Spadina Ave #205

Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

What: The 13th annual Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival returns, featuring a stellar lineup of comedians, hilarious sketches, and special performances.

When: Now until March 11
Where: Theatre Centre Cafe, 1115 Queen Street West


What: CONVENIENCE is an exhibit fronting as a quasi-convenience store. Featuring the work of Heidi Cho, Meera Sethi, Manny Trinh, Michael Veneracion, Xiaojing Yan, and Shellie Zhang, it explores the stereotypes associated with Asian immigrant life.

When: Now until March 15
Where: 187 Augusta, 187 Augusta Avenue

Winter at Ontario Place

What: New this year, Winter at Ontario Place is a family-friendly event features various winter-themed activities including the Winter Light Exhibition, skating on the new synthetic skating rink, and film screenings at the recently re-opened Cinesphere.

When: Now until March 18, 5 am to 12 am
Where: Ontario Place

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 

Winter Stations

What: Winter Stations returns for its fourth year, welcoming international designers to bring public art installations to Toronto’s beaches. Winners had to follow Winter Stations 2018 theme, RIOT: violent disturbance; uproar; outburst of uncontrolled feelings; a large or varied display.

The result has been some of the most interesting and beautiful public art in the city.

When: Now until April 1
Where: The Toronto Beaches

Yoko Ono: The Riverbed

What: This winter, you can experience Yoko Ono’s latest art installation The Riverbed at the Gardiner Museum. The Riverbed invites visitors to collaborate with the artist, the museum, and each other through everyday action and contemplation.

When: Now until June 3
Where: The Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park

Leslieville Cheese Market Pop-Up

What: The brewery hosts this fellow east-side fave for an afternoon featuring beers and cheesy menu items like grilled cheese, cheese and charcuterie boards, and more. Admission is FREE!

When: March 2, 4 pm to 9 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive

Toronto Winter Brewfest

What: The city’s biggest indoor beer festival is back! The 3rd annual Toronto Winter Brewfest will take place March 2 to 3, and will welcome over 40 breweries, more than 150 beers, food trucks, DJs, games, and more.

When: March 2 & 3, 6 pm to 1 am
Where: Enercare Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd

Toronto Irish Film Festival

What: Now in its 8th 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: March 2 to 4
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West

Toronto International Bicycle Show

What: The biggest consumer bicycle show in the world is back in Toronto this month for its 32nd seasonFrom March 2 to 4, test ride electric and pedal bicycles, practice on a Mini-Velodrome, and enjoy thrilling action events at the massive event.

When: March 2 to 4
Where: The Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place

Toronto Storytelling Festival

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: March 2 to 4
Where: Various venues throughout the city

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 3, 11 am
Where: Meet at the University of Toronto OISE Building (252 Bloor Street West)

Toronto FC 2018 Home Opener

What: Following the Toronto FC’s triumphant victory, the TFC will be hosting their home opener on March 3 against the Colombus Crew SC.

When: March 3, 1 pm to 4 pm
Where: BMO Field, 170 Princes’ Blvd

Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

What: Toronto’s Vintage Clothing Show returns this month, bringing the largest vintage clothing sale in the city. Shoppers will find a wide array of vintage spring and summer garments along with accessories to match every taste.

When:  March 3, 10 am to 5 pm; March 4, 10 am to 4 pm
Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place, 180 Princes’ Blvd

Toronto’s Birthday

What: Come and celebrate the past, present and future of your favourite city, as Toronto turns 184 years old this March!

When: March 3 to 6
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

What: Infinity Mirrors, the dazzling world of Yayoi Kusama, is heading to the AGO this March, where visitors will have the opportunity to experience six of Kusama’s most iconic kaleidoscopic environments at once.

When: March 3 to May 27
The Art Gallery of Ontario, 317, Dundas Street West

Big News Breakfast Pop-Up

What: Beers and breakfast could be best friends! Head to the Left Field Brewery on the first Sunday in March to enjoy the Big News Breakfast pop-up. Admission is free!

When: March 4, 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive

Oscars Viewing Party

What: Come watch Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, and learn who’s walking away with Best Actor and Actress, along with every other highly anticipated category.

When: March 4, 7:30 pm to 11 pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West

The Toronto Toy and Video Game Show

What: The Toronto Toy and Video Game Show will be taking place this month, where you can browse through hundreds of vintage toys and collectibles dating from the 50s to today.

When: March 4, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Toronto Plaza Hotel, 1677 Wilson Avenue

Boobyball Mini

What: Local Toronto charity Rethink Breast Cancer is hosting its 3rd annual Boobyball Mini this weekend. This one-of-a-kind fundraising event features entertainment, music and fun decor and helps families and children get involved in raising money to help all young people affected by the disease.

When: March 4, 3 pm to 6 pm
Where: Airship 37, 37 Parliment Street

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