Museums & Heritage Services

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What's On

Looking for an adventure in the City? From family-friendly activities, to engaging exhibits and tours, to outdoor walks and evening entertainment, you'll find fun things to do and explore at Toronto's Historic Sites!

Beatles 50 T.O. continues the celebration throughout October with talks by a noted Beatles expert and the curators of the exhibit When the Beatles Rocked Toronto. Visit the website for details.

Looking ahead to the Festive Season for family fun events, craft and food workshops, evenings out and places to shop? Go to the Holiday Season section below and click on the link to see all of our activities!

Events by Date - Calendar below

To search for events by date, click on our new calendar (below our regular listings). If you want to search by site, click on the Museum names below to see what's happening at that site. Click on the name of the event, and the description will open underneath it.

Colborne Lodge holds community events and seasonal workshops that highlight its location in High Park. Call 416-392-6916 or e-mail

Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax) 

Haunted High Park – Adult and Teen - October 27 JUST ADDED!!

Adult and Teen
Thursday, October 27
7:30 to 9 p.m.

Explore the grounds of High Park after dark and discover the chilling legends and ghostly tales that have been spooking visitors for decades. Discover Victorian funeral and mourning traditions inside the candlelit  rooms of historic Colborne Lodge and see what goes creak in the night.  Spooky refreshments included.

Teens 13 to 16 yrs. must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

$20 plus tax. Pre-registration required. Tickets are available online

Call Colborne Lodge for information: 416-392-6916

Haunted High Park - Families and Children - October 22 - SOLD OUT!

Saturday, October 22 Sorry, both tours are SOLD OUT!
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. or
8 to 9 p.m.

Not recommended for children under 8 yrs. of age

Explore the grounds of High Park after dark and discover the chilling legends and ghostly tales that have been spooking visitors for decades. Discover Victorian funeral and mourning traditions inside the candlelit  rooms of historic Colborne Lodge and see what goes creak in the night.  Spooky refreshments included.

Adults: $15 plus tax, Children (8-12yrs) $7.50 plus tax. Pre-registration is required.

Children must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by a child! 

Tickets are available online.

Call Colborne Lodge for information: 416-392-6916


Christmas Workshops - November & December

Various Dates and Times - See ticket website for details
Start your Christmas preparations by creating your very own Christmas wreath or centerpiece using nature’s bounty.  Our 2 hour workshops are a popular pre-Christmas get-together activity for groups of friends and families.  Set in picturesque High Park, the Lodge offers a cozy historic ambience for this seasonal craft.  Participants also explore the Howard's beautiful home in all its Christmas glory and enjoy light seasonal refreshments in the drawing room.

Workshops for Adults
Ages 16 and up

Workshops for Families
One Adult & One Youth (Age 8-15) $50.00
Additional Youth (Age 8-15) $17.50
Additional Adult $32.50
Youth must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by a youth! 

Tickets available online.

Don't miss these great events at Fort York. Contact us at 416-392-6907 or
Regular Admission: Adults $7.96, Seniors/Youth $4.87, Children $3.76 (plus tax)
Children 5 years and under are free. Special event ticket prices may apply for certain events.

Cooking with Hannah Glasse - Part 2 - Historic Cooking Class - October 23

Historic Cooking Classes in the 1826 Officers' Mess Kitchen
Sunday, October 23, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Hannah Glasse was the best known British cookery writer of the 18th century.  Using recipes from The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy (1747) and The Complete Confectioner (1760) you will learn to create delicious historical dishes using Hannah's recipes. 

$75 + HST.  Lunch and recipe package included. 

Pre-registration and payment required.  To register please call 416-392-7484.

Fort York After Dark: Lantern Tours - October 26, 27 & 28

October 26, 27 & 28, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Tour the grounds of Fort York at night, and hear stories about this national treasure and the history that surrounds it. From the haunted lighthouse to the bloody Battle of York, the lantern tour should not be missed. You will also visit two military cemeteries near the Fort. This event is not recommended for children under 8 yrs. Complimentary refreshments are included. Pre-registration is required. Please call 416-392-7484 for more information or to pre-register. $12.50 plus tax per person. 

Remembrance Day Ceremony - November 11 - Begins at 10:45 a.m.

Remembrance Day Commemoration
Friday, November 11, 10:45 a.m.

Fort York National Historic Site and the Toronto Municipal Chapter IODE (Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire) are proud to present one of this City's most evocative Remembrance Day Services at the Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery on Garrison Common. Commencing at 10:45 am from the west gate of Fort York, a processional, led by period uniformed military staff and standard bearers of the IODE, will make their way to the adjacent Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery, where the public will be gathered. There, at the eleventh hour, all soldiers of the Toronto Garrison who fell in the War of 1812; The Rebellion Crises; The Crimean War; Northwest Rebellion; South African (Boer) War; the two World Wars and recent conflicts around the globe will be remembered and honoured.

Frost Fair - December 3

Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It's time to celebrate Frost Fair at Fort York!

Stroll through Canada's largest collection of War of 1812 buildings, where you can shop for unique gifts made by local artisans; including jewelry, heritage inspired reproductions, and holiday greenery. There is much to do for the whole family; including children's drill workshops, dress-up, games and crafts. Visit the Mackenzie House Museum proof press to print your very own Frost Fair souvenir. Enjoy military demonstrations as well as demonstrations by the York Regency Dancers. Visit with the Volunteer Historic Cooks in our Officers' Mess Kitchen to sample late 18th and early 19th century recipes. Or, stop by our Heritage Café to buy lunch!

Regular admission applies.

Gibson House is a welcoming place for the community to find out about the history of the area or to gather and share crafts, traditions and recipes. Contact us at 416-395-7432 or
Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax)


Turkey Shoot Performances by Single Thread Theatre Company - Oct. 20, 21 & 22

Thursday, Friday & Saturday performances at 7:30 pm
October 20 to 22

Single Thread Theatre Company invites you to be a 'fly on the wall' as drama unfolds at the historic Gibson House Museum. Turkey Shoot is a site-specific theatre production of historic fiction telling the story of a world-changing friendship between the Scottish surveyor David Gibson and a young Ojibwa named Peter Jones. Eager to make his fortune, David is hired to survey the backwoods of Upper Canada. His encounter with the Ojibwa leads him to the realization that his surveys are being conducted upon contentious land. David's resulting crisis of conscience soon brings him into direct conflict with colonial leaders and, ultimately, the British Empire itself.

Part of Animating Historic Sites: a partnership between Toronto Arts Council and City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services.

Tickets are included with admission. Space is limited so reserve your seats online.

Harvest Tea - Two Sittings 12 & 2:30 - October 29

Saturday, October 29, Two sittings: 12 and 2:30 p.m.
Following the fall harvest, come to Gibson House Museum to relax and enjoy a Victorian-inspired harvest tea. Enjoy finger sandwiches and sweets in the historic 1850s farmhouse in the company of our costumed interpreters. Guests may tour the museum at their leisure and can enjoy the apple orchard in the adjacent Gibson Park following the tea. Pre-payment is required and seating is limited, so book your tickets today!

Not recommended for children under 6 years of age.

Tickets can be purchased online.

Tea and Tour Sundays

Sunday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m.
There's a seat for you at the harvest table in the historic kitchen on Sunday afternoons this winter. Relax and have a chat over tea and homemade cookies. Enjoy a tour of this lovely, 1850s farmhouse. Included with regular admission.

Community Quilt Group Get-togethers

Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m.
Relax and meet new friends while you improve your sewing skills. We invite members of all ages from North York's diverse communities to join us for informal evenings of learning and sharing. Both historic and contemporary quilting techniques are explored in a comfortable, social setting. Work on a group project or pay a small fee for materials and make your own piece. Even if you have never picked up a needle and thread before you are welcome to join in. It is FREE to participate; however, donations are always welcome.

Pay What You Wish Thursday Night Socials

Thursdays, 5 to 8 p.m.
Enjoy a relaxing, social evening 1850s style. Have some tea and sit by the fire in the kitchen, play board games and chat with neighbours and friends. Drop by the community quilt group and see what they are creating – add a stitch or two, if you wish. Children may explore hands-on activities and crafts. Activities will vary each week and we welcome your ideas and suggestions for future Thursdays. Admission is pay-what-you-wish.

Thursday Board Games Night – For All Ages
Last Thursday of each month
6 to 8 p.m. Part of our Pay-What-You-Wish Thursday Nights.
The Gibson family didn't have cable, a phone or wi-fi, so what did they do when the chores were done? They played games! Finished your work and chores for the day? Then come to the museum to play the featured games of the month as well as the classic games in the Discovery Gallery.

These are the events taking place at Mackenzie House. Contact us at 416-392-6915 or

Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax)
Children (4 and under): Free

Read All About It: The First World War as Front Page News - Exhibit NOW OPEN

Continues until January 29, 2017
This exhibit examines the challenges faced by Toronto newspapers during the First World War. Never had there been a greater demand by the public for up to the minute information; never had there been greater restrictions from the government on what the newspapers were allowed to print. Newspapers that broke the Chief Censor's rules could face financial penalty or even be shut down. Included with Regular Admission.

City of the Dead: The Necropolis Cemetery Tour - October 16 & 23 SOLD OUT!

Sunday, October 16 & Sunday, October 23, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Not recommended for children under 8 years of age. The walk starts at the Cemetery. Meet at the main entrance.

A drama-enhanced walk in one of Toronto's oldest and most historic cemeteries.  Highlights include the graves of Mackenzie and other prominent figures.  Hear stories of murder, heartbreak and great perseverance.  After the walk, participants are invited to return to Mackenzie House for a tour and some light refreshments. The Necropolis Cemetery is located at 200 Winchester Street, the west side of the Don Valley near Riverdale Farm. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $12.50 plus tax.

Spirit Walk - October 29 - SOLD OUT!

Saturday, October 29 Walks Sorry but we are SOLD OUT!
Not recommended for children under 8 years of age. 

Let your imagination take over as we lead you through downtown alleys and laneways to discover some of Toronto’s reputedly haunted buildings. Return to gas-lit historic Mackenzie House, and soothe your goosebumps with mulled cider and biscuits as you hear about the ghost stories associated with the house! Tickets must be purchased in advance.$12.50 plus tax. Please wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather. For further details, please call 416 392-6915.

Boarding House Dinner - NOW SOLD OUT!

Thursday, November 10, 7 to 9 p.m. Sorry, this event is SOLD OUT
During the First World War, 82 Bond Street was a boarding house. Join us for dinner, storytelling and music that focus on this pivotal time in Canada's history. $30 person plus tax.

The Market Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the St. Lawrence Market. Call 416-392-7604 or email Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

When the Beatles Rocked Toronto - Exhibit on now!

June 18 to November 12, 2016
It was 50 years ago this summer when the Beatles played Toronto for the last time. In this exhibit curated by City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services, When the Beatles Rocked Toronto looks at the city in the early-to-mid sixties during a time of profound change punctuated by the Beatles' tours in 1964, 1965 and 66.

This exhibit is part of BEATLES 50 T.O. - a collaborative effort between City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services and curators, collectors, musicians and community partners to create '60s-themed events and programs celebrating this milestone anniversary. 

Tickets on sale now! Available online and at the door.

Visit for more information.

THE TALKS - Included with admission, Saturdays at 2 p.m.

THE TALKS at Market Gallery
Saturdays at 2 p.m.

Join us for informal, 45-minute talks with the curators, highlighting details of their "room" in the exhibit.

October 29 -  When the Beatles Rocked Us with Piers Hemmingsen

November 5 – Where We Played with Nicholas Jennings

Included with regular admission to the exhibit.

Tickets on sale now! Available online and at the door.

Adults $10; Children, Youth (18 yrs. and under) and Seniors $5

For more details visit

SPECIAL TALK at the Toronto Reference Library Atrium - October 22

Saturday, October 22 – 2 to 4 p.m.
Beatles '66 and all that with Mark Lewisohn
Only North American appearance in 2016

World-renowned Beatles expert and author, Mark Lewisohn, (who recently published, Tune In, part one of a three-volume history, The Beatles: All These Years) takes a look at the Beatles' transformative year: 1966 in conversation with Piers Hemmingsen, author of The Beatles in Canada: The Origins of Beatlemania!  FREE

Presented in partnership with Toronto Public Library

For more details visit

Montgomery's Inn has been welcoming visitors for over 180 years. Join in events that celebrate theatre, music, food and the history of  Etobicoke. Contact us at 416-394-8113 or

Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax) 

Shades of Old Islington: Graveyard & Tavern Tour by Lamp Light - October 29

Saturday, October 29 – 7 to 9 p.m.
Not recommended for children under 12 yrs. of age

Explore Montgomery's Inn and the Islington Pioneer Cemetery after dark where you will hear chilling stories guaranteed to get you into the Hallowe'en spirit. Inside the candlelit rooms of the restored Inn you will discover the perfect atmosphere for hair-raising tales. Spooky refreshments included.

$20 plus tax. Pre-registration is required. Call 416-394-8113

Farmers Market - Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m.

Every Wednesday from, 2 to 6 pm.
Buy direct form local farmers and food artisans. Organic fruit and vegetables, cheese, bread and prepared foods as well as ethically raised meat, honey and more! Free entrance to the grounds and to shop the market.

For details visit the Inn's Farmers' Market webpage

Tea Time at the Inn - Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m.

Sundays: Starting June 7, 1 to 4 p.m.
Special weekly tea in our community room. Choice of sweet or savoury plate, with a seasonal feature. $7 plus tax. No reservation required, just drop in.

Fret Not Ukulele Night - First Thursday of every month

Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m.
Our monthly ukulele gathering – the first Thursday of every month, with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson. Come, sing, laugh, and make music. Bring your uke, but if you're just testing the waters and don't yet own one, let us know and we'll loan you one for the night. $15 per person.

Thirsty Thursday Tavern Night - Last Thursday of the month

The Last Thursday of each month from 7 to 10 p.m.
Enjoy a glass of beer, wine, or a Thomas Montgomery specialty in our restored 1847 bar room! Order Irish stew, fresh baked bread and tap your toes to live traditional music. Admission is pay-what-you-wish. Cash bar, $5 for a bowl of stew, while supplies last.

Scarborough Museum hosts lots of family-friendly and fun events. Contact us at 416-338-8807 or

Wednesdays, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday &  Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 12 to 4 p.m.

Admission Pay what you can

October Weekends

Saturdays & Sundays, Noon to 4 p.m.

Don't be a Halloweenie! Conjure up your pioneer spirit at Scarborough Museum! Lots of Halloween themed activities to ensure you have a screaming good time.

Admission is Pay What You Can!

Tabletop Gaslight Night – Ages 18+ - October 22

Saturday, October 22, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Ever wish you could turn back the clock and have an adventure in the past?  Well, for one night you can!  Scarborough Museum is running an evening of D20 gaming. This thrilling adventure is custom made for the Museum and will transport players back to Victorian Era Scarborough.  Unravel mysteries as you play inside a Victorian Parlour or by the hearth in a rustic log cabin.  This adventure is open to new players, as well as to long time table toppers looking for a unique play space. Characters will be premade and light refreshments served. Spaces are limited so reserve your spot and ready your dice! 

$8 per player.

Call 416-338-8807 to pre-register.


More than Sport

Sport has played an important role in Scarborough's history from its early football and curling tournaments to the almost endless sport activities available across the community today.

There is a longstanding tradition of encouraging sports at all levels. This exhibit shares the thoughts of athletes who live, train or compete in the Scarborough community.

Walking Together - Exhibit on now

Continues until October 2
This exhibition was inspired by the poignant stories of loss and courage shared by survivors of the Mohawk Institute, a residential school from 1831 to 1969. Featuring mixed-media artwork by First Nations students from Pauline Johnson Collegiate Vocational School, Brantford, Ontario, the project is the culmination of an inter-generational community arts program coordinated by the Woodland Cultural Centre.

Desserts by Lamplight - December 10

Saturday, December 10, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
A magical evening of lamp-lit rooms, decadent desserts and carolers. Space is limited for this fundraising event - early bookings recommended. Pre-registration only. Call 416-338-8807 or click here to purchase tickets. Ticket price $25 includes tax.

Contact us at 416-392-6910 or

Yoga on the Grounds at Spadina - October 16 & 30

Sundays, October 16 and 30 at 3 p.m.
(Please note the October 9 class has been cancelled)

This class will be led by certified Yoga Alliance (200 hours) instructor Diane Grundy, who has been practicing yoga and studying yoga philosophy for over 5 years. Diane will lead the class through a gentle/ beginner level of hatha yoga. Although the class will be at the beginner level, all levels are welcome. It is suggested that participants please bring a mat, towel, and water, and that they arrive at least 10 minutes before the class begins.

Classes are limited to 12 participants, and pre-registration is required. Call Spadina Museum at 416-392-6910. Admission for the class is pay-what-you-wish, and monies will be donated to the museum. In case of inclement weather, the class will be held in a sheltered area.

1920s Party Games Night - October 21

Friday, October  21, 7 to 10 p.m.
The 1920s found an increasing number of people with more leisure time on their hands. Popular parlour games and newly available board games served to provide groups of friends and family with hours of home entertainment.

These amusements often involved games of logic, word play, creativity and just plain silliness, requiring equipment that could commonly be found around the house.

Join museum staff to learn, and try your hand at, an assortment of classic games including "Throwing the Smile", "Consequences", "The Talking Board", "Spoons" and more! Following the fun and games, enjoy period inspired refreshments and a walk through Spadina Museum. Recommended for ages 18 and up.

$25 plus tax. Pre-registration is required. Call 416-392-6910.


Look what's happening over the next few months at Todmorden Mills. Contact us at 416-396-2819 or

East Side Players present Tim Slover's Joyful Noise - Opens October 21

In the Papermill Theatre
October 21 to November 5

George Frederick Handel is in trouble: his last opera flopped, he is no longer in favor with King George II and preachers are raging that his latest work is blasphemous. In this climate, he struggles to present "The Messiah." Handel's travails are linked with those of his leading soprano. Forced into retirement because of a scandal, she is slated to make her comeback in his new masterpiece and fears a nasty reception. A malicious, back stabbing alternate is waiting in the wings to replace her. A devious bishop and Handel's bulky librettist add to the conflict in this true story of the politics and passion that nearly prevented "The Messiah" from ever being performed.

For tickets, please call 416-425-0917 or visit


Retro Halloween Family Drop-in - October 29

Saturday, October 29, 12 to 4 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate Halloween traditions of the past. Tour our historic homes, sample old-time treats and make a creepy craft.

Costumes encouraged!

Adult $7.08, youth/senior $4.42, child $3.76. All prices plus tax.

Celebrate the holiday season with us!

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