We’ve got an exciting month to look forward to in our city! You don’t need a budget to make the most of it either because there are tons of free things to do in Toronto this March.

From outdoor festivals to free museum nights and a lively street parade, rest assured that this month will be a good one!

Here are 10 of the best free things to do in Toronto this March, so you can do the most for as little money as possible.

Sugar Shack TO 

Sugar Shack TO is coming back to Toronto’s waterfront this March for a FREE two-day maple-filled event.

This event will have two sugar shacks, a lumberjack contest, maple-infused comfort food, live entertainment, a warming station, demonstrations, and more.

When: March 11th and 12th, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Sugar Beach, 11 Dockside Drive

MOCA Free Friday Nights

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) has reopened with new spring exhibitions, and you can visit for free!

The museum has a Free Friday Nights tradition that brings art lovers together on the best night of the week.

Visitors are invited to celebrate contemporary art and community and enjoy live performances, installations, pop-ups, activations, and more.

You can book your spot in advance to guarantee entry or drop in on the day. The last time slot for entry is 8:45 PM.

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, 158 Sterling Road #100
When: Fridays from 5 PM to 9 PM

Toronto Made Market: Spring Edition

Do a little browsing at this seasonal market of Toronto-based vendors this March.

The market is free to attend and you can explore over 70 local vendors selling amazing goods of all kinds, just in time for spring.

Shop for jewelry, apparel, accessories, sweet treats, bath and beauty, health, wellness, and more!

When: March 12th, 2023, 12 PM to 7 PM
Where: Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East

Skating at Toronto’s outdoor rinks

The season of outdoor skating is almost over! When it comes to outdoor skating rinks, Toronto has no shortage of fantastic options.

From ice trails through the city to DJ skate nights in the heart of downtown, these rinks will make you want to lace up your skates until the final days of winter.

Where: See Toronto’s best outdoor rinks here
When: Until March 2023 (various dates)

Lumière: The Art of Light

An illuminated experience is coming our way and it’s completely free to enjoy. Lumière: The Art of Light at Ontario Place will light up the waterfront with incredible works of art.

Formerly named the Winter Light Exhibition, this event will take over Trillium Park starting on March 10th.

“Utilizing innovation, light and discovery, Lumière encourages Ontario artists and creators to ‘illuminate’ the park,” the description says.

When: March 10th to May 7th, 2023
Where: Trillium Park, Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd West

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Winter Stations

Winter Stations is back! This single-stage international design competition takes place every year, and contestants must incorporate the Kew and Woodbine beach lifeguard towers into their installations in creative ways.

Winter Stations will be taking place at multiple locations this year and instead of staying in one place, the winning installations will be moved around to give more residents a chance to visit for free.

When: Until April 3rd, 2023
Where: Woodbine Beach and 1381 Lakeshore Road East (Mississauga)


A new interactive installation is coming to Yonge-Dundas Square. Optik is a “colourful and playful” new experience that will be free for the public to use.

Visitors can activate the 6-foot-tall structures by spinning them and creating “their own endless cascade of colours,” which also produce music and light.

Optik will premiere in the square on Friday, March 3rd with an opening party from 5 PM to 11 PM, featuring free warm drinks and treats.

When: March 3rd to April 2nd, 2023
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Get excited, friends! The St. Patrick’s Day parade is coming back to Toronto this March.

The parade will wind through the streets starting at 12 PM at the corner of St. George and Bloor St West, near St. George subway station.

The line of march will then west on Queen Street to its final stop, the reviewing stand in Nathan Phillips Square, where visitors can enjoy live entertainment.

When: Sunday, March 19th at 12 PM
Where: See parade route here

Free Third Tuesdays at The ROM

Bring your friends and fam to The ROM on the third Tuesday night of each month for a free museum visit! This monthly offer includes free access to all of the galleries and exhibitions at the museum.

Advanced tickets are not required and it’s first come, first served, so be sure to arrive on time for a guaranteed spot!

Where: The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park
When: Tuesday, March 21st, 2023

Toronto’s History Museums

Take a trip back in time this fall and check out the many Toronto History Museums open to all who are interested in expanding their knowledge.

Admission is free to all 10 museums like Fort York National Historic SiteSpadina MuseumGibson House, and Scarborough Museum. There are guided tours and self-guided tours available for all.

Where: See all museums here
Cost: FREE

There you have it, friends — the best free things to do in Toronto this March. Enjoy!