Can you believe March is almost here? If you like to plan ahead then it’s already time to start looking into how you’re going to spend the month, especially March Break beginning on Monday the 11th. Getting out of the house can be expensive which is why we’ve put together a list of the best free and cheap things to do in and around Toronto this March.

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Winter Stations


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Grab your family or even a friend and check out some awesome art pieces. Winter Stations features reimagined lifeguard stations along Toronto’s east-end beaches for the winter, making for some stunning life-size art which will be available to enjoy all month.

When: All March
Where: Woodbine Beach, Woodbine Park, Ivan Forrest Gardens & Kew Gardens
Cost: Free

Skating at Nathan Phillips Square

Enjoy the ultimate free winter activity while the weather still allows it! Skating at Nathan Phillips Square will be open all March long (weather permitting). If you don’t have skates there are some available to rent at the rink.

When: All March from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W
Cost: Free

Opera Bob’s Tuesday Trivia

Looking for something free to do on a night out with pals? Opera Bob’s is hosting free trivia every Tuesday all month long. All are welcome to come test their wits. There are even prizes for first, second, and third place.

When: Every Tuesday in March at 7:30 PM
Where: Opera Bob’s, 1112 Dundas Street W
Cost: Free

Taste of the Middle East

Get ready to celebrate Arabic heritage, art, music and food! Taste of the Middle East is bringing a three-day festival to Mississauga, featuring and celebrating a different Arab country each day from March 1st – 3rd. Grab your tickets here and enjoy a family-friendly cultural experience.

When: Friday, March 1st – Sunday, March 3rd
Where: Mississauga Convention Centre, 75 Derry Rd W
Cost: $6.32 – $8.72 per ticket

Breaking the Ice: PWHL Toronto Panel


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Have a hockey fan in your life or maybe are one yourself?

Members of the newly formed Professional Women’s Hockey League will be at Altea’s Catalyst for a panel discussion on March 5th. The panel will feature five of Toronto’s PWHL players, three of whom are Olympic athletes, as they chat about what this league means for the future of hockey, athlete’s stories, training tips and a Q&A session.

When: Tuesday, March 5th from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Altea Active Toronto, 25 Ordnance St
Cost: Free

Celebrate Toronto

In celebration of Toronto’s 190th anniversary, the City of Toronto is holding a festival on Saturday, March 9th at Nathan Phillips Square.

The day will include local bands and DJs, a bustling 6000 sq ft marketplace showcasing locally crafted goods from 100+ local vendors and delicious dishes and treats at diverse food stations. Stay into the evening for a fireworks show starting at 9:00 PM!

When: Sunday, March 9th from 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W
Cost: Free

Sugar Shack TO

Sugar Shack TO is making its way to Toronto’s Waterfront on March 9th and 10th. Sugar Beach will be transformed into a maple-filled, extravaganza featuring all things maple, a warming station with bonfires and giveaways. 

When: Saturday, March 9th & Sunday, March 10th from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Sugar Beach, 11 Dockside Drive
Cost: Free

March Break Weekends at Scarborough Museum

Looking for an educational family-friendly activity during March Break? Scarborough Museum is putting on March Break Weekends where everyone is welcome to grab a warm drink and a snack during family-friendly kitchen demonstrations and then dive into the museum’s library of books for all ages.

When: Saturday, March 9th & 16th & Sunday March 10th & 17th from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: Scarborough Museum, 1007 Brimley Rd
Cost: Free

March Break at Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo is Extending its hours through March Break from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM and putting on some activities. There will be a Paw Patrol meet-and-greet and dance party on March 9th and 10th plus a new experience called Wild Encounters, a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with your favourite animals. Tickets start at $18.52 for children ages 3-12 and $26.45 per adult.

When: Saturday, March 9th – Sunday, March 17th from 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Where: Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Road
Cost: $18.52+

March Break at the Hockey Hall of Fame

The Hockey Hall of Fame is putting on some fun March Break programming from Saturday, March 9th – Sunday, March 17th. Some of the festivities include meet and greets with NHL Mascots on March 12th, 3D films and a shoot + save station to try your hand at goaltending. Grab tickets here.

When: Saturday, March 9th – Sunday, March 17th from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Where: The Hockey Hall of Fame
Cost: $15+

Lumière: The Art of Light


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Lumière: The Art of Light will temporarily transform Trillium Park at Ontario Place into a free light exhibition allowing visitors to explore the park and experience light installations developed by local artists. Lumière begins March 12th and will run until April 20th.

When: Begins Tuesday, March 12th
Where: Trillium Park at Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
Cost: Free

St Patrick’s Day Parade

According to St Patrick’s Parade Toronto, this year’s parade “is expected to be one of the largest ever.” The 2024 parade is taking place Sunday, March 17th kicking off at noon on the corner of Bloor & St. George. Grab your family and enjoy some festive and free fun!

When: Sunday, March 17th at 12:00 PM
Where: Starting at Bloor & St. George
Cost: Free

Beaches Easter Parade & egg hunt

End the month of March with more family fun! The Beaches Easter Parade and the egg hunt are the perfect way to say goodbye to March and hello to spring.

The egg hunt will be held on Friday, March 29th will take you and your team to a dozen locations across The Beaches, where you will need to decipher clues that will guide you to a specific final location. While this event is free you have to register here for all the details.

The parade takes place on Sunday, March 31st at 2:00 PM and will begin on Queen Street at Munro Parkand, proceeding west along Queen Street ending at Woodbine Ave.

When: Friday, March 29th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM & Sunday, March 31st at 2:00 PM
Where: The Beaches
Cost: Free

Time to get out your planner and add these free and cheap things to do in and around Toronto this March!