23 things to do in Toronto this weekend: March 23 to 25

Mar 22 2018, 1:55 am

It might still be cold in Toronto, but at least it’s going to be sunny.

Head outside and make the most of your weekend by checking out what’s happening in and around Toronto from March 23 to 25.

Canadian Film Fest

What: This nationally recognized film fest is dedicated to showcasing Canadian films to inspire filmmakers and cultivate a network of Canadian talent. Over the coming days, you can enjoy both Canadian and Toronto movie premiers in addition to 10 features and 20 shorts, with nearly 50% from female directors.

When: Now until March 24
Where: Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond Street West

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: Now until March 25
Where: Various venues throughout the city

Ladies Learning Code: HTML & CSS for Beginners

What: If you are looking to get your feet wet when it comes to programming, then this is the workshop for you. Ladies can learn the basics of coding in a welcoming environment, plus, you’ll get to build your very own website! The workshop, which is sponsored by Booking.com, will also include a contest where one winner will win a $500 travel credit and a one-hour mentorship session with a Booking.com female tech expert.

When: Now until March 28, 6 pm
Where: Canada Learning Code, 129 Spadina, Suite 501

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

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

What: This spring, the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival returns to four conservation areas, all within an hour drive from Toronto! Tickets are available online starting at $5.75.

When: Now until April 8
Where: Bruce’s Mill, Kortright Centre, Island Lake and Terra Cotta

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

What: Infinity Mirrors, the dazzling world of Yayoi Kusama is now open at the AGO. During this exhibit, visitors have the opportunity to experience six of Kusama’s most iconic kaleidoscopic environments at once.

When: Now until May 27
The Art Gallery of Ontario, 317, Dundas Street West

Yoko Ono: The Riverbed

What: This weekend, you’re invited to 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

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

What: This weekend, you can watch a selection of Canadian outdoor adventurers on some of their cool adventures around the world on the big screen at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

When: March 23 to 25
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West

Gagapalooza – Lady Gaga Tribute Dance Party

What: Calling all little monsters! Come celebrate the pop icon who has been dominating the music industry for over ten years at this epic dance party.

When: March 23, 10:30 pm to 2:30 am
Where: Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street

Evergreen Brick Works Saturday Markets

What: The Evergreen Brick Works Saturday market has grown to become the largest farmers’ market in Toronto. Here you’ll find a wide variety of local and seasonal food from local farmers and producers.

When: March 24, 9 am to 1 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue

DIY Waffles for National Waffle Day

What: In honour of National Waffle Day, Foodora is teaming up with Cluck Clucks Chicken & Waffles for a one-day-only pop-up celebration in Kensington Market. The pop-up waffle bar promises DIY waffle-making stations featuring an array of over-the-top toppings spanning the gamut of sweet to savoury.

When: March 24, 12:30 pm to 3 pm
Where:  156 Augusta Avenue, Toronto

Awkward Easter Pet Photos

What: This Easter-themed fundraiser event doesn’t just support rescue and re-homing work by Fetch & Releash, it’s also absolutely adorable. By booking a five-minute photo shoot and making a donation, Toronto pet lovers can get a hi-res photo of their best four-legged friend with cheese Easter props provided.

When: March 24, 2 pm to 5 pm
Where: Pet Uno, 675 College Street

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings

What: Come cheer on the boys in blue as they face the Detroit Red Wings on home ice this Saturday. Puck drop is 7 pm.

When: March 24, 7 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street

AC2: Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen

What:  It’s called AC2: Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen, and it’s bringing the popular CNN anchor to Toronto this weekend. Cooper and Cohen will be at the Sony Centre for Performing Arts on March 24 for what’s described as “an unscripted, uncensored and unforgettable night of conversation.”

When: March 24, 8 pm
Where: Sony Centre for Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East

Earth Hour

What: This Saturday, stand up for climate action in Canada by joining the city in an hour of darkness. At 8 pm, most of the lights will be switched off around Yonge and Dundas in Toronto, and you’re invited to join World Merit Toronto walk from Nathan Phillips Square to the Eaton Centre in the dark.

When: March 24, 8 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West

Rooftop Silent Disco

What: Hemingways, Toronto’s popular New Zealand-style pub, is throwing an epic ‘silent disco’ this weekend, where party-goers finally get to take control of what they listen to.

When: March 24, 10 pm to 2 am
Where: Hemingway’s, 142 Cumberland Street

DISCO 5000

What: Bring your bodacious bodies and move to your favorite brand of Secret Society musical stylings while surrounded by the vibrant and sexy workout threads of the 80s! This is a BYOB event.

When: March 24, 10 pm to 8 am
Where: 209 Geary Avenue

What the Film Festival

What: Now in its fourth year, What the Film Festival celebrates contemporary eccentric cinema and is taking over The Royal Cinema this weekend.

When: March 24 & 25, 12 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street

TNT Spotlight: J.Y. Gao & Monoxide 

What: TNT Spotlight will debut a series of designers over the spring and summer months, giving them a spotlight amid TNT’s core international and Canadian collections, curated by owner Arie Assaraf and his team. This weekend will highlight amazing Canadian jewelry brands J.Y. Gao and Monoxide.

When: March 24 & 25
Where: TNT WOMEN, 55 Avenue Road, Lower Level

Old Book and Paper Show

What: This Sunday, 40 dealers from Montreal and Toronto will be displaying (and selling)  vintage paper collectibles, home decor, old and rare books, photography and more.

When: March 25, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street

Trinity Bellwood’s Flea Market

What: After a long, cold winter it’s time to put a bit of spring back in your step and the best way to do this is at Trinity Bellwood’s upcoming March Market. This free to attend market will feature goods for your home, wardrobe, beauty routine, and more all made from 50 local vendors, artisans and small business. Admission is free.

When: March 25, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West

Nando’s Chicken Dash

What: FREE lunch alert! Nando’s Chicken Dash is fast approaching. Taking place at restaurants across Canada, the annual promotion presented by the international chicken chain features a free quarter chicken lunch complete with peri-peri fries.

When: March 25, 11 am to 1 pm
Where: All Nando’s restaurants in Canada

March 2018 Toronto Pug Grumble

What: Get ready for cuteness overload, there’s a pug meet up taking place in Toronto this weekend. This monthly Toronto Pug meet at the Dog Bowl in Trinity Bellwoods Park is the kind of cute event you shouldn’t miss in the city and is a must-see event, even if you don’t own your own pug.

When: March 25, 2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Dog Bowl, Trinity Bellwoods Park

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