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Fun is the word for last weekend of February

Last Updated Feb 22, 2019 at 6:30 am EDT

Skaters at Nathan Phillips Square with the 'Toronto' sign in the background. CITYNEWS/Patricia D'Cunha

It is the last weekend of February, which means spring is around the corner — less than a month away, to be exact. While you are counting down to spring, celebrate the weekend by enjoying one of the many events taking place in the city — that will make you forget that winter is still hanging around.

As you are making your weekend plans, keep in that that subways won’t be running on Line 1 between St. Clair West and Union stations on Saturday and Sunday. Crews will be installing the new Automatic Train Control signalling system. Shuttle buses will be running and Wheel-Trans service will be available upon request. Dupont and Museum stations will be closed. Regular service is scheduled to resume at 6 a.m. Monday.


Forever Yours – Cat Adoption Weekend
It’s shaping up to be a wonderful weekend to add a pet to your family. PetSmart is hosting its first national adoption weekend of the year. Cats and kittens up for adoption will be at seven PetSmart locations across the GTA. Adoption fees start at $175.

The Oscars LIVE!
Hot Docs is once again rolling out the red carpet for the Academy Awards. The Oscars will be broadcast live on the big screen starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and tickets are available at the box office.

Winterfolk Music Festival
The Danforth will play host to various folk, roots, and blues musicians all weekend. The Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival is an all-ages event featuring more than 150 artists performing on five stages and three venues. There will also be special tribute events, musical workshops, and an awards ceremony. Wristbands are sold for entry to the venues, which allow admittance to about 90 performances over the weekend.

East York Family Skate
Coun. Brad Bradford (Ward 19) is hosting a free skate in East York on Sunday afternoon. The family-oriented event is happening at the East York Memorial Arena from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Get The Jump On Spring
New and seasoned gardeners are invited to the Toronto Botanical Garden‘s annual open house on Saturday. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features more than 30 exhibitors including horticultural societies, garden clubs and environmental organizations. There will also be a floral design competition and show. Admission is free but a small donation is welcomed.

Community Sundays at the MOCA
The Museum of Contemporary Art is allowing free admission this Sunday. It’s the start of TD Community Sundays at MOCA, where the museum will set aside a portion of one Sunday each month for the promotion. This Sunday’s event coincides with a new phase of exhibitions featuring the works of artists Chantal Akerman, and Basma Alsharif, running until April 14. So, if you want to enjoy some contemporary art for free, head down to the MOCA between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Franchise Canada Show
Want to become your own boss and own your own business? You can find plenty of opportunities at the Franchise Canada Show this weekend. The two-day event features 50 franchises, seminars, consultations and free samples. Tickets are $10 or free if you register online. The show runs Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Toronto Congress Centre.

Reptile Expo
Canada’s longest-running reptile show is back in the GTA. Vendors from across Canada will selling pet reptiles and amphibians along with supplies and other products. The expo is also an opportunity to learn how to be a responsible reptile owner. It’s on from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the International Centres Conference Centre in Mississauga. Admission is $8 for children and seniors and $12 for adults. Children under five years old are free.