Wondering what to do this March? There’s lots to keep you busy and here are a few of the best events to check out this month.
Winter Brewfest (March 2-3)
While you may be more likely to associate beer with warmer weather, there's no reason to bypass a good brew because it's winter. Craft beer is the name of the game at Winter Brewfest, happening early in the month at Exhibition Place. You can expect more than 150 beers crafted from over 35 brewers from across Ontario and Quebec, as well as delicious food some of from Toronto’s best food trucks. If you need a break from beer, a wine and spirits bar as well as ciders will be available.
Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival (March 1-11)
Sketch comedy fans or anyone in the mood for a good laugh should think about snapping up some tickets to the various events going on at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival. The funny fest features 11 days of performances at venues around the city where you’ll see some of the best live, scripted comedy in the North America. This year’s festival includes over 50 amazing troupes from all across Canada and the U.S.
Celebrate Toronto (March 3-6)
Celebrate Toronto's 184th Anniversary this month at Nathan Philips Square. Shop local vendors, fill up on food from Toronto's best food trucks, take part in an array of interactive activities honouring the city's anniversary, join the DJ skate night party (or dance the night away if you don't want to skate) and if you get cold, pop into TD Bank's Warming Lounge to sip on some complimentary hot chocolate.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 11)
Get ready to get dressed up in green and put on something featuring a shamrock or three for Toronto’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. The fun starts at noon with the parade beginning its procession from Bloor and St. George, continuing along Bloor Street down Yonge and finishing on Queen Street at Nathan Philips Square. You can easily access the parade route from a variety of TTC subway stations including St. George, Bloor & Yonge, Wellesley, College, Dundas and Queen.
National Home Show (March 9-18)
The National Home Show is happening at Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place and it’s where to go for all things related to home renovations and home décor. Get inspiration, tips and ideas on anything from decorating your backyard to remodelling your kitchen. In addition to vendors, you can also get advice from expert renovators and builders for one-on-one construction consultations, or nab a time slot to discuss your décor dilemmas with celebrity designers who are also offering one-on-one consultations by appointment.
Canada Blooms (March 9-18)
Running in conjunction with the National Home Show and sharing a venue is Canada Blooms, Canada’s largest flower and garden festival. There will be speakers, demos and workshops dedicated to all things garden-related, garden exhibits that will make you feel like spring has finally sprung and floral displays to check out. Workshops include creating centrepieces, kokedama (a form of Japanese garden art) and how to plant a pizza garden. There will also be workshops just for kids.
Toronto ComicCon (March 16-18)
Comic, cosplay and anime fans rejoice. ComicCon, taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, is a three day event dedicated to comics in all their forms, from traditional comic books to anime to graphic novels. There will be many celebrity guests and comic book artists and authors on hand, workshops and seminars, panels, Q&As, autograph sessions and celebrity photo ops over the course of the popular event. Oh, and expect lots of costumes. Fans will be dressed up and there will be various characters walking around you can get your picture taken with.
One of a Kind Show and Sale (March 28-April 1)
The spring One of Kind Show is back and taking place at the Direct Energy Centre. This is where you can browse and shop from over 450 Canadian artisans and designers selling unique, handmade finds that you won’t find anywhere else. Jewellery, fashion, glass work, home décor items, body care, kids’ clothes, ceramics, textiles and edible goodies are just some of what you’ll find at the show. Even if you go just to look around it’s tough not to leave with something.