Wondering what to do this March? The weather might not be warming up too much just yet, but don’t let that stop you from taking advantage of everything going on in Toronto. There’s lots to keep you busy — from comedy to St. Patrick’s Day fun — and here are a few of the best events to check out this month in the city.
While you may be more likely to associate beer with warmer weather, there's no reason to bypass a good brew just because it's cold out. Craft beer is the name of the game at Winter Brewfest, happening early in the month at the scenic Evergreen Brick Works. 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
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, Toronto’s longest-running 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 takes place at Comedy Bar, the Theatre Centre, and The Streetcar Crowsnest with dozens of acts from cities across North America.
Celebrate Toronto's 186th Anniversary this month at Nathan Philips Square. Shop local vendors of all kinds, 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 the snack bar for a cup of hot chocolate. You can also expect shopping vendors and a fun family interaction area, including unique activities and themed photo-op displays.
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.
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.
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 a terrarium, medicinal herb planting and backyard bird feeders. There will also be workshops just for kids.
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
The spring One of Kind Show is back and taking place at the EnerCare Centre. This is where you can browse and shop from hundreds of Canadian artisans, makers 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. This is a great spot to find unique gifts.