Weekend events in Toronto March 18-20 2016
Weekend events in Toronto will give you a chance to wish winter a fond farewell. Celebrate the last few days of the season by heading to ComiCon for some good old-fashioned cosplay or revamping your home with goods from one of the many markets in town. You may also want to make a stop at the Brunswick House - it's throwing the first in a series of closing parties this Friday.
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Long Winter (March 18-19)
Say goodbye to the most frigid season of the year by heading to The Great Hall for the final installment of Long Winter. Expect an array of music, art, performances, dance, and readings spread out over two days.
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses - Master Quest (March 19)
Looking to nerd-out outside the confines of ComiCon? The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts will be filled with video game fanatics for The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses - Master Quest global tour stop. If you want to hear the hits of Hyrule like never before, be there.
FOOD & DRINK
8th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off (March 20)
For everyone who likes indulging in cruelty-free eats, the 8th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off is happening this Sunday. More than 50 professional and home bakers will be at the event serving up some drool-worthy cupcakes, donuts, and more.
New Ideas Festival (March 9-27)
Alumnae Theatre's juried festival of new writing, works-in-progress and experimental drama returns on March 9th. Catch one of the matinees for $15 or wait until Saturday to attend a PWYC staged reading.
House of Vans (March 16-April 2)
Regardless of if your a skateboarding fanatic, live music lover or are just really into the Damn, Daniel phenomenon, the House of Vans looks pretty cool. It has taken over the soon-to-be Bellwoods Brewery location at 950 Dupont Street, turning it into a skatepark, art gallery and music venue for a few weeks.
Rihanna vs. Everybody Video Dance Party (March 18)
Couldn't get tickets to the Anti World Tour? Head to the Gladstone this Friday for the next best thing. While you won't get to see Rih Rih perform live, you'll get to enjoy all her hits - from Pon De Replay to Work.
One Last Run at The Brun (March 18)
The time has finally come to kiss The Brunny goodbye. Whether you have fond memories of sneaking in underage or spent your college years doing tequila shots with frat boys at the bar, you won't want to miss one of its last hurrahs - if only for nostalgia's sake. Here's hoping that it won't be reincarnated as a Boston Pizza.
Toronto ComiCon 2016 (March 18-20)
Comicon returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on March 18. Over the course of three days, you'll get to attend meet and greets with stars like Jason Isaacs and John O'Hurley, hit up workshops and seminars, mingle with your favourite cosplayers, and more.
Basecamp Opening Party: Tights Night (March 19)
Over the last two years, 677 Bloor Street has undergone a massive transformation from a sleazy porn theatre to a rock climbing gym. With the doors finally open, the Basecamp crew is inviting everyone out for one rock-ing party (pun very much intended) featuring aerialist performances, DJs, lasers, food, drinks, and rock climbing.
Yoga Untapped at Steam Whistle Brewing (March 20)
In need of some R&R this weekend? Head to Steam Whistle Brewing this Sunday to get your vinyasa on. You'll get to follow up your practice with a complimentary pilsner from the brewery, and nothing goes together quite like beer and bridge poses.
Toronto Short Film Festival (March 18)
If your short attention span impairs you from getting through feature films, the Toronto Short Film Festival will be right up your alley. Hit up Carlton Cinema to catch the very best of international short filmmaking. Tickets are only $5 per block of shorts, so it's very budget-friendly.
Screen Queens presents: Drop Dead Gorgeous (March 20)
Head to the Royal Cinema on Sunday to catch a screening of the cult '90s hit Drop Dead Gorgeous. Aside from seeing one of the best beauty queen movies of all times, you'll be treated to live and potentially very drunk commentary, special guests, performances, drinking games and plenty of surprises.
Bellwoods Flea: Spring Break Edition (March 19)
As per usual, you'll be able to find art, fashion, food and more from local vendors filling Dundas Video. If you're not in the mood to shop, there will be classic film screenings all day long and retro video games. Dogs are welcome, so feel free to bring your four-legged friend.
North York Really Really Free Market (March 19)
Everything is up for grabs at the Really Really Free Market; no strings attached. Do some pre-spring cleaning of your own and donate all your excess bits and bobs.
Gladstone Flea (March 20)
The Gladstone is closing out its series of winter flea markets this Sunday. You'll find a ton of one of kind fashion and home pieces plus a healthy share of vintage goods. If you can't stop by this weekend, there's sure to be a fair share coming to the hotel this spring.
Spring Equinox Pop-Up Market by Toronto Urban Collective (March 20)
Celebrate the first day of spring by filling your home and wardrobe with some new goods. 99 Sudbury will be brimming with independent artists, craft-makers, photographers, designers, and artisan chefs.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY
The St. Patrick's Day Loft Party (March 19)
Want to throw a jam for St. Paddy's but don't want the hassle of cleaning up crushed beer cans and crumbs? 99 Sudbury is throwing the ultimate house party in honour of the Patron Saint of Ireland complete with games, pilsner and good company.
GUINNESS SPD 2016 (March 19)
Dust off your finest green gear to re-live St. Patrick's Day at Polson Pier. The event goes down in a massive heated tent and features live music by Canadian bands and DJs, a free pancake breakfast and plenty of food and brews. It sells out every year, so you'll want to get your hands on tickets ASAP.
St. Paddy's Day (March 19)
Amsterdam BrewHouse is pulling out all the stops for its post-St. Patrick's Day soiree. There'll be a live band, video DJ battles, a free pancake breakfast, traditional Irish entertainment, a Jameson whisky bar and more. Bonus: the brewery is crafting an authentic Irish stout on site.
Photo via ComiCon.
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