A new exhibition takes behind the gates of China's Forbidden City, without leaving Toronto! And that's just one of the events to check out in the city on March 8-9.

The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors

Mar 8 onwards, ROM

For over 500 years, the gates of the world's largest imperial palace were closed to all but the emperor, his family and servants. This stunning new exhibition invites you to cross the threshold to see over 200 national treasures from Beijing's Palace Museum — some travelling outside China for the first time. Compelling characters, engaging stories, and family adventure frame these extraordinary objects as you journey from the gates of the outer court, through the inner court and into the emperor's private spaces, revealing the everyday lives of all those who paid a price to live inside The Forbidden City.

For more information, check out the ROM website.

Toronto ComiCon

Mar 7 to Mar 9, Metro Convention Centre

A weekend of nerdy wonderfulness! Meet characters from your favourite shows such as Breaking Bad, The Walked Dead and Orphan Black among other. Pose with them for fan photos. Attend workshops and check out vendor stalls. It's all there!

For more information, check out the Toronto ComiCon website.

International Home and Garden Show

Mar 6 to Mar 9, Metro Convention Centre

Planning your dream kitchen, a bathroom reno or maybe even a patio overhaul? Then this show is for you. Check out celebrity guests and be inspired by the vendor exhibits.

For more information, check out the International Home and Garden Show website.

The Two Worlds of Charlie F.

Until Mar 9, Princess of Wales Theatre

A soldier's view of service, injury and recovery. From the war in Afghanistan, through the dream world of morphine induced hallucinations to the physiotherapy rooms of Headley Court, it explores the real consequences of injury, both physical and psychological, and its effects on others as the soldiers fight the new battle for survival at home.

For more information, check out the Mirvish website.

Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

Mar 7 to Mar 16, Various Locations

This year's line-up includes Gavin Crawford, whose shtick includes an astounding one-man Downton Abbey, and a taping of CBC's The Irrelevant Show.

For more information, check out the Toronto SketchFest website.

In Concert: Patricia Cano and Carlos Bernardo

Mar 8, Musideum

Performing for the first time at Musideum, Patricia Cano will present a concert of songs written for, by, and about women on this special evening of International Womens' Day.

For more information, check out the Musideum website.