March on the Cheap!

Sugar Shack TO on Toronto's Waterfront

There's a lot to love about March, including St. Patrick's Day, March Break, longer days, and other signs of Spring. You'll love this month even more when things are free or cheap! Here's what you and your family can look forward to...

Free Admission on Wednesday Nights at the AGO
Weekly on Wednesdays
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is an art museum in Toronto's Downtown Grange Park district, on Dundas Street West between McCaul Street and Beverley Street. Its collection includes more than 80,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present-day. The gallery has 45,000 square metres (480,000 sq ft) of physical space, making it one of the largest galleries in North America.
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Cineplex Family Favourites for March
Saturdays in March
Join Cineplex on Saturday mornings at 11:00 am for Family Favourites. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99. It's a fun and affordable way to enjoy the weekend with your family! 
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Public Skating at Evergreen Brick Works
Various dates in March
Join us on the ice at Evergreen's picturesque outdoor skating rink. Bring your own skates or rent a pair of ours! Skating is free, and skate rentals are available for $5 a pair.
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Rouge Park Guided Walks
Various dates in March
Join us to discover the park's natural, cultural and agricultural stories with our friendly and fun Parks Canada volunteer leaders and staff. We have something for everyone, if you are looking for wildlife sightings, quiet nature walks, discovering the past, fitness challenges or just to meet new people! Free admission.
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The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront
Until March 2017
Set against the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario, the city's most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel Rink has been an unparalleled skating destination in Toronto for 30 years. It has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Best of all – skating is FREE!
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Community Skates at Mattamy Athletic Centre
Until March 5, 2017
Bring your family & friends to the MAC for a free skate on Mattamy Home Ice.
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Toronto Light Festival
Until March 12, 2017
The Toronto Light Festival, the City’s first-ever light art festival, is taking place at the Distillery Historic District. Visitors will be taken on a new visual journey and cerebral adventure, designed to entertain and inspire. The Festival will transform the picturesque historic neighbourhood into one of the largest open-air galleries in North America, lighting up the long winter nights with distinctive works from local and international light artists. Free.
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Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
March 4, 2017
Safely observe the sun with specially filtered telescopes. Learn about our nearest star and try your eye at spotting exotic surface features, including sunspots, spicules and prominences. This program is offered by members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Free admission.
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Seedy Saturday
March 4, 2017
York Region Food Network's 5th Annual Seedy Saturday is taking place March 4, 2017 at Newmarket Community Centre. Seedy Saturday is an opportunity for residents to get together to swap seeds, attend workshops, meet vendors, and buy from local seed companies. This is a great event for new and experienced gardeners, and it will include an interactive kids' area. Free.
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March Weekends at Scarborough Museum
March 4 to 26, 2017
It's high time for pie time! Get not just a piece of the pie but the whole thing, as Scarborough Museum makes mini pie treats all month long. Admission is Pay What You Can.
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Sunday FUNday - Around the Victorian Home
March 5, 2017
On Sunday March 5th from 12 - 4 pm, you will see just how different life was for families around a Victorian home. Explore roles of the family, tools and gadgets that made their life easier and how homes are different now in terms of decorating style and architecture. Get hands-on with real artifacts from the Victorian Era used in real Victorian homes, over 150 years ago! Admission is free and this event is fun for all ages.
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Family Fan Day at Sony Centre
March 11, 2017
Do you want to meet your favourite Canadian media personalities? At this FREE event, fans can meet & greet with Canadian screen talent, featuring exciting interactive activations, contesting, mascots and the first 100 people get a free “swag” bag. Free admission.
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Build a Rain Gauge​ at Home Depot
March 11, 2017
Kids will learn how to build a Rain Gauge with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. From 10:00 am to Noon, the Home Depot at locations across Toronto is hosting a free DIY workshop for kids to build their very own Rain Gauge. FREE Hands-on Workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12.
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Sugar Shack TO
March 11 to March 12, 2017
On the first weekend of March Break, shake off the winter blues at Sugar Shack TO with traditional cabane à sucre activities! TWO Sugar Shacks, Ice Activities, Food Market, Specialty Bar, Shuttle to/from Distillery, Live Entertainment. Free Admission!
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Creepy Crawlers Express at Toronto Public Library
March 13, 2017
Knowledgeable and experienced staff ensure all participants safely learn about all sorts of creepy creatures in this high participation, hands-on program. Drop-in for ages 6 and up. Free admission.
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The Sleeping Beauty - Let's Talk About It!
March 13, 2017
The Sleeping Beauty - let's talk about it! (ages 6-12). Let your imagination soar, while exploring how characters, that we all know and love, dance out their story in The Sleeping Beauty ballet. Try on a costume and move to the sounds of Tchaikovsky's famous score. Free.
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March Break Animal Expo at Bridlewood Mall
March 13 to 17, 2017
Enjoy free animal exhibits and activities all week featuring The Ultimutts Stunt Dogs and their amazing tricks, birds of prey, snakes, dinosaur artifacts and much more!
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Skate On The Square - Celebration Square
March 13 to 17, 2017
Skate the Celebration Square ice rink on March Break! The rink is open on Spring Break (March 13 to March 17, 2017) from 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Free admission. 
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Indigo Kids March Break Events
March 13 to March 17, 2017
Join us for March Break kids’ activities daily Monday to Friday at 11am. Keep the kids entertained and let their imaginations soar. Free admission.
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March Break Program at Ontario Legislative Building
March 13 to 17, 2017
Join us for a family friendly tour at Ontario’s Legislative Building on the Saturday of Family Day Weekend. During this program, families will: Explore the historic Legislative Building, Participate in a scavenger hunt, Learn how Parliament works, Create a craft, Have fun, all for free!
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March Break Mystery Fun at Black Creek Pioneer Village
March 13 to 19, 2017
Once again crime has struck Black Creek Pioneer Village. This March Break, put on your detective hat and travel back in time to solve the case of Sherlock Holmes and the Maple Mystery! Kids 14 years and younger are FREE this March Break from Monday March 13th - Sunday March 19th with an adult admission!
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Toronto's ComicCON
March 17 to 19, 2017
Fans can get their geek on during the 3-day show that will be packed with over 400 exhibitors, amazing artists and special guests including world-renowned wrestling heavy-weights Bret Hart and Mick Foley; Star Trek Voyager’s own Chief Medical Officer, Robert Picardo; the menacing, murderous Sith Lord from Star Wars Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, Ray Park; the zombie-fighting Laurie Holden of The Walking Dead; and The Big Bang Theory’s mild-mannered comic book store owner, Kevin Sussman among other exciting guests. Check website for a Free Coupon for kids with adult admission (coming soon!).
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St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 19, 2017
Canada's largest St. Patrick's Parade takes place every year through the centre of Toronto. The Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade is a colourful celebration of community. We invite everyone to celebrate being Irish - even if it is only for the day!​ Free.
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Beach-a-licous Winter Carnival
March 26, 2017
Join us for a fun afternoon of winter activities, music, entertainment and ice sculptures! Family Sunday has taken on a different form this year so come on out and join us and have some winter fun on our Queen streets! Free.
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More Free Events in March
Our Events Calendar is always updated so there may be more free and cheap events taking place in March! CLICK HERE to get a list from our Calendar of Events. It's already been sorted by Free Events for the month!

Know of any other Free events taking place in March? Share below!

Photo Credit - Sugar Shack TO: Nicola Betts
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