10 Cheap Things To Do In Toronto This Weekend (Mar. 8-10)

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It’s finally starting to warm up in the city. Take advantage of the great weather and go out this weekend.

With Canada Blooms and the National Home Show on this weekend, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about how you’re going to upgrade your property this year. For those who aren’t into home maintenance, there’s plenty of other fun and cheap things to do in Toronto this weekend, like the city’s anniversary party or the St. Paddy’s Day Parade.

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Check out all our suggestions below.

1. Canada Blooms

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Where: The Enercare Centre – 100 Princes’ Blvd.
When: Mar. 8-17: Monday-Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $17

Spring hasn’t quite sprung, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your garden started. This weekend Canada Blooms will delight gardeners with exhibits showcasing some of the world’s top garden designers, architects and builders. And, as usual, visitors will be able to take in stunning floral designs from both amateurs and professionals.

2. The National Home Show

Where: The Enercare Centre – 100 Princes’ Blvd.
When: Mar. 8-17: Monday-Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $17

While you’re at Canada Blooms, stop by the National Home Show. One ticket gets you into both events. In addition to offering discounts on products and services, the National Home Show gives homeowners and industry insiders a chance to explore the upcoming trends in the home and garden space.

3. Sugar Shack TO


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Where: Sherbourne Common – 61 Dockside Dr.
When: Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free!

Head down to the waterfront to enjoy Toronto’s own cabane à sucre. The sweet event includes all sorts of traditional sugar shack treats. Visitors will also be entertained with a battle of the chainsaws ice carving competition, an obstacle course and of course some icy events.

4. St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Where: Bloor St. and St. George to Yonge and Queen St. to Queen St. and University Ave.
When: Sunday from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free!

Celebrate the history, culture and heritage of Ireland with the St. Patrick’s Parade Society. Arrive early to get a good spot to take in the sights and sounds of the parade.

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5. Ai Weiwei: Unbroken

Where: Gardiner Museum – 111 Queen’s Park
When: Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $15

One of the world’s most influential artists, Ai Weiwei brings his iconic works to Toronto’s Gardiner Museum. Take in stunning pieces like Sunflower Seeds and Coca Cola Vase and his new large-scale LEGO series representing the Chinese zodiac.

6. Female Voices Anique Jordan

Photo courtesy of MOCA via Facebook.
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art – 158 Sterling Rd.
When: Friday at 7 p.m.
Cost: Free!

Artist, curator and writer Anique Jordan talks about her work in this series of conversations with fellow artist and writer Lisa Steele. While the talk is free, museum admission is required for access to the Chantal Akerman and Basma Alsharif exhibits on site.

7. Step Into Hollywood

Where: Bata Shoe Museum
When: March 9 to March 17 at 4 p.m.
Cost: $8

Part of Bata Shoe Museum’s March Break events, Step Into Hollywood gives visitors a chance to get dressed up and live like a Hollywood insider. The family-friendly event includes movie-themed games and activities that are fun for all ages.

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8. Tour And Taste Weekend

Where: Gibson House Museum – 5172 Yonge St.
When: Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $5-$8

Take a tour of the 1850’s farmhouse and enjoy tea and cookies at the historic kitchen’s harvest table.

9. Toronto’s 185th Anniversary Festival

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Where: Nathan Phillips Square
When: Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: Free!

Celebrate the city’s birthday at City Hall. This year’s festival will feature Toronto-based food trucks, live music from local artists and plenty of vendors with unique and diverse goods. If you’re going to the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday, you’re in luck. The parade ends right in front of this festival!

10. Our Sacred Planet Exhibition

Where: Assembly Hall – 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr.
When: Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: Free!

View the beautiful watercolour scenes of the Canadian Maritimes, American East Coast and Fife Scotland.

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