What do you do when you have only 48 hours in Windsor?

As many of you probably already know, this weekend is the “March Madness” finale. And for those of you, like myself, who don’t know, that means that the NCAA basketball championships are taking place April 3-6 in Detroit. Hotels in Windsor have been booked up and it looks like it’s going to be a busy weekend in our city!

If you’re in the area on Friday night then you’re just in time for Aleksander Estates‘ release of their much awaited Baco. Their TGIF Baco is Back event will give you a perfect opportunity to get a glimpse of the region outside the city of Windsor, taste some fabulous wine, have a few munchies and chat with Izabela, Mark and Sue of Aleksander Estates.

For Saturday morning, first things first.To start your Windsor adventure right you need a cup of coffee to start the day. Taloola Cafe is the perfect spot to sit back, relax and enjoy the start of your morning. Taloola’s is nestled in one of Windsor’s historic neighbourhoods, Olde Walkerville, and in a great building full of history.

Taloola Cafe
Taloola Cafe

For a little retail therapy head to the Olde Walkerville business district on Wyandotte Street and check out shops like Jones and Co., 1755 Wyandotte Street E., an awesome vintage shop that you could literally spend hours in.

For lunch there are so many options. Black Kettle Bistro offers lunch of soup, sandwich and a drink for only $5.98. At Oishii Sushi Lounge you can get Miso soup, a large roll and a drink for only $6. To experience some of the ethnicity of our city then definitely check out World Marathon Ethiopian or Mazaar Lebanese Cuisine.

On a nice sunny afternoon, you can take a stroll down our fantastic riverfront, visit the Sculpture Garden or just lay in the grass, soak in the sun and watch as the ships roll across our beautiful skyline.

Windsor's Riverfront Trail

Take in some culture by visiting the Art Gallery of Windsor or the numerous small galleries across the city like Artcite, Nancy Johns Gallery, or Vincent Franzoi.

This weekend, Korda Productions’ The Twins takes the stage. Any production by Korda is a must see, not only because they put on a great show, but their theatre is one of those hidden gems in the city. Located inside a former church on Seminole, it is an eclectic space filled with character. Seating is an assembly of mismatched furniture, couches, arm chairs, folding chairs, futons which add to the bohemian flair of the place.

Dining options are endless in this city. Our diversity and ethnicity lends itself to some pretty fantastic restaurants. On via Italia you can choose from a variety of Italian restaurants or maybe head off the beaten path a bit and visit places like Per Bacco or Ristorante Avanti.

Three…A Tasting Bar is offering 10% off for those with tickets to the games. For those of us without tickets, we can check out the games on the screens at The Pour House Pub.

No matter which area of the city you go to, we have great local restaurants and I know you won’t be disappointed. But don’t forget to make a reservation through WindsorEats before heading out!

If live music is your thing then Phog Lounge is your place. They weren’t voted CBC’s best live music venue in Canada for nothing you know. On Saturday, April 4 you can catch Slow Down, Molasses with Valery Gore and on Sunday, April 5 Brasstronaut takes the stage. If you’re in the area on Sunday, I bet owner Tom Lucier will even let you in on a game of hipster hockey in the lot next door to Phog.

Boom Boom Room is another great place to check out music of the club kind. On April 4, Anthony Attalla, alongside Matt Herdman is playing upstairs in the SkyBar. Just down the street The Room is another popular night club.

So if you’re staying in Windsor this weekend, we hope you enjoy your stay and check out some of the fantastic events, fabulous restaurants and all around amazing people we have here. We hope you enjoy our city! We think you’ll love it just as much as we do!

For a listing of all the great things taking place here check out our Event Guide.