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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!

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' final concert in Toronto! The Market Gallery hosts When the Beatles Rocked Toronto, an exhibit exploring Toronto in the 1960s - visit www.toronto.ca/beatles50 for details and tickets.


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 clodge@toronto.ca.

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

Thursday Evenings at the Lodge - July through September

Thursdays, July through September, 5 to 7:30 p.m.
In the Park on a Thursday evening? Why not drop in and join us at the Lodge? Discover how the Howard's fulfilled their ideal of a romantic villa in 1837– building their country retreat from City life. Step through the French doors and enjoy the view as the Howard's did. Their lifelong love of the park ensured its preservation as a retreat for us all. Pay what you can.

The Brain Project presented by Telus - Until Aug. 31

Continues until August 31, 2016
Colborne Lodge is proud to participate in this fundraising project for the Baycrest Foundation and to stimulate discussion and awareness of aging and brain health. It will shine a light on age-related dementia, such as Alzheimer's and the need for more research into how we can maintain optimal cognitive well-being at any age. Colborne Lodge will host a brain sculpture created by an artist working in the medium of their choice.

Don't miss these great events at Fort York. Contact us at 416-392-6907 or fortyork@toronto.ca
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.

The Brain Project presented by Telus - Until Aug. 31

Continues until August 31
Fort York is proud to participate in this fundraising project for the Baycrest Foundation and to stimulate discussion and awareness of aging and brain health. It will shine a light on age-related dementia, such as Alzheimer's and the need for more research into how we can maintain optimal cognitive well-being at any age. Fort York will host a brain sculpture created by an artist working in the medium of their choice.

The Summer at Fort York - Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thrill to the booming of the cannon, the firing of muskets, the vibrant colours of the uniformed guard and the lively music of fife and drum. These are the sights and sounds of Fort York this summer. Visitors will enjoy hourly demonstrations of military music, drill, musketry and artillery performed by students representing the Canadian Fencible Regiment that was garrisoned at the fort at the end of the War of 1812. Highlights include musket and cannon firings, and the music of the Fort York Drums (a fife & drum corps). Program varies daily. Call for specific details.

Regular admission: Adults: $7.96, Seniors (65 +): $4.87, Youth (13-18 yrs.): $4.87
Children (6-12yrs): $3.76 (plus tax), Children 5 and under are Free

Simcoe Day @ Fort York - August 1

FREE Family Fun!
Monday, August 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fort York comes to life in honour of the first Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Upper Canada (1793-96) and founder of Fort York and the Town of York – John Graves Simcoe.  Walk the historic grounds and thrill to musketry, artillery and music demonstrations presented by the Fort York Guard and Guards from Fort George National Historic Park from Niagara-On-The-Lake and Old Fort Erie.  Visit the working kitchen in the 1815 Officers' Brick Barracks, take tours of the fort's buildings and grounds and discover the dynamic lives of the fort's men, women and children. Admission is FREE.

First World War Comes to Life - August 13 & 14

Saturday and Sunday, August 13 & 14
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This fully-animated exhibit explores the lesser known wartime contributions of the Canadian men and women who served beyond the trenches, both at home and overseas. From home front relief efforts and wartime production to frontline communications and medical aid, the exhibit offers a series of dynamic displays and activities for visitors to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a world behind the front lines.

Visitors of all ages are invited to engage with live costumed interpreters and explore how they too can contribute to the war effort:

  •  Join a victory rally and ‘knit your bit’ for the boys on the front
  • Explore the inside of a 1918 Ford Ambulance and train for your First Aid Nursing certificate
  • Keep the lines of communication open and send a message by carrier pigeon
  • Sow the seeds of victory in your very own backyard war garden
  • Inspect the handiwork of a munitionette and see if you are fit for factory war work

Generously funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and Veterans Affairs, First World War Comes to Life is curated by the Victoria County Historical Society. The exhibit is currently travelling across Canada through to 2018 to mark the centenary of the First World War. While the project works to share collective wartime experiences from across Canada, the exhibit also highlights stories of local contributions relevant to each community it visits. Through these overlooked stories, First World War Comes to Life expands the definition of what it meant to serve and explores the legacy of this pivotal time in Canadian history.

Included with regular admission.

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 gibsonhouse@toronto.ca
Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax)

We're at the Cultura Festival in Mel Lastman Square - July 29

Friday, July 29, 6 to 8 p.m.
Cultura features unique performers and artists, international street food vendors, creative and interactive art installations and evening film screenings under the stars in Mel Lastman Square. Gibson House Museum will provide children's crafts and ice cream making and tasting. Visit the our booth from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information visit www.culturafestival.ca

Celebrate Simcoe Day at Gibson House Museum - August 1

Monday, August 1, 12 to 4:30 p.m.
Visit Gibson House Museum on Monday, August 1 to enjoy games on the lawn, hand-made ice-cream and the 1850's home of David and Eliza Gibson. Enjoy activities and performances designed by our Youth Volunteer Team! Explore hands-on activities in our Discovery Gallery and make a craft to take home! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is pay what you wish.

Family Yarns on the Gibson House Lawn - August 4, 11, 18 & 25

Thursdays: August 4, 11, 18 and 25, 6 to 7 p.m.

Join staff from the museum and North York Centre Library on Thursday nights in August for a summer evening of family fun. Enjoy stories, games and crafts on the lawn beside Gibson House Museum and Gibson Park. The museum is also open for self-guided tours. Admission is FREE, donations welcome.

Neighbours: The Gibson Family and their Community - On Now

June 1 to Fall 2016
The Gibson Family lived in Willowdale, one of many small farming communities that grew to become part of modern day Toronto. Meet the Gibsons' neighbours and explore how these communities developed in the 19th century and beyond.

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.

Zion Schoolhouse interprets its history as a rural, one-room schoolhouse for children from Kindergarten to Grade 8, focusing on the year 1910. Contact us at zionschool@toronto.ca  416-395-7432.

Zion Schoolhouse is available for school groups and group bookings. We invite the general public to visit us during special events such as Family Day and Doors Open Toronto.

Catherine's Creed Performances by Live History Theatre Company - July 30 & 31

Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31
Matinee at 4:30 p.m. (includes refreshments at 4 p.m.)
Evening at 7:30 p.m. (includes a light supper at 7 p.m.)
This interactive show transports you back in time to a funeral reception in 1907. The audience is drawn into a dramatic adventure with Catherine – a strange and slightly foul character. Experience the historic ambiance of the one-room schoolhouse while gathering clues and solving the puzzles left by the deceased to find a hidden treasure and set Catherine free.

$15 per person plus tax for matinee performance; $25 per person plus tax for evening.

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Suburban Steam Festival - August 20

Saturday, August 20, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A retro-futuristic community festival celebrating all things Steampunk! Enjoy a day of historical make-believe in an authentic 1910 Edwardian Schoolhouse. Join us for an exciting day of Steampunk family fun, with entertainment, performers and merchants to delight the senses! Tour through an outdoor arcade of Steampunk vendors and demonstrations; enjoy ongoing performances at centre stage; learn about Victorian- and Edwardian era fashions and technological advances; and try out steampunk-themed crafts for all ages in the schoolhouse.

Admission is FREE. Donations gratefully accepted.

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

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

Play the Park - August 3

August 3, 12 to 1 p.m.
Bring your lunch to Mackenzie House and enjoy live, outdoor music provided by the Downtown Yonge BIA. FREE

 

 

The Brain Project presented by Telus - Until Aug. 31

Continues until August 31
Mackenzie House is proud to participate in this fundraising project for the Baycrest Foundation and to stimulate discussion and awareness of aging and brain health. It will shine a light on age-related dementia, such as Alzheimer's and the need for more research into how we can maintain optimal cognitive well-being at any age. Mackenzie House will host a brain sculpture created by an artist working in the medium of their choice.

Kids' Crafts - Saturdays & Sundays in July & August

Saturdays & Sundays in July and August
12 to 4:30 p.m.
Bring the family to visit the last home of Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie, then enjoy some kid time doing an historically-based activity. Regular admission applies.

An Exhibition of Contemporary Photography by Nathan Cyprus - Until September 22

Ordinary Weather: An Exhibition of Contemporary Photography by Nathan Cyprus
Continues until September 22, Noon to 5 p.m.
Part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival
There is a sense of wonder in our surroundings that seems to only truly manifest itself when we become tourists in an unfamiliar landscape. In Ordinary Weather, emerging photographer Nathan Cyprus questions this lack of wonder in our everyday surroundings. Setting out to explore Toronto by bicycle, he finds a city in transition and discovers the awareness which he sought, but is so often ignored, is in actuality ever available.

Regular admission applies.

The Market Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the St. Lawrence Market. Call 416-392-7604 or email marketgallery@toronto.ca. 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. Visit www.toronto.ca/beatles50 for details.

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 montinn@toronto.ca

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

A Midsummer Night's Dream - July 29, 30 & 31

July 29, 30, and 31, 7 p.m.
Join the Humber River Shakespeare Company for this classic in the park. Bring your own chairs. Admission: pay-what-you-can at the park. Patron information line: 416-231-3504

Carole St-Amand Solo Exhibition - Opens July 28

Art Exhibition in the Briarly Room
Hooked Rugs – Not to be Stepped On
July 28 to August 24
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 28 from 6 to 8 pm

This exhibition shows a centuries-old craft adapted to create modern and vibrant works of art, no longer for covering floors, but to be displayed on walls like any fine painting. Carole St-Amand designs and makes each piece by hand, using a hook as a paintbrush, wool as her paint and linen as the canvas. Imagination… the only limitation

Irish Culture Camp at Montgomery's Inn - Ages 5 to 14 - Aug. 22 to 26

Ages 5 to 14
August 22 to 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This camp is an introduction to the whole Irish culture which includes language, singing, dancing, crafts, sports, music (including the tin whistle and fiddle). Children are grouped according to their ages. At the end of the week there will be a concert so parents and friends can see what they have learned. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $130.


To register or for more information contact moleary2001@rogers.com or call 416-446-6993

 

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 shm@toronto.ca

Hours
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

Walking Together - Exhibit on now

An exhibition 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.

July Family Weekends - 12 to 5 p.m.

July Family Weekends - 12 to 5 p.m.
Great family friendly activities with something new and exciting each weekend to do, taste and create!! Admission is Pay What You Can.

"Get Creative" Summer Evenings! Tuesday to Sunday all Summer

Tuesday to Sunday, 6 to 8 p.m.
Get creative this summer at Scarborough Museum! Join in for some after dinner fun, sure to excite and delight the whole family! Check out what's happening:

Tuesdays – Get Your Tune On music night

Wednesdays - Get Your Game On game night

Thursdays- Get Moving dance night

Fridays – Get Relaxing cottage in the City night

Saturdays – Get Funky art night

Sundays – Get Your Salsa On Salsa night

Admission is Pay What You Can.

August Family Weekends

August Family Weekends
Saturdays & Sundays, Noon to 8 p.m.

Great family-friendly activities with something new and exciting each weekend to do, taste and create!! Admission is Pay What You Can.

Contact us at 416-392-6910 or spadina@toronto.ca

The Brain Project presented by Telus - Until Aug. 31

Continues until August 31
Spadina Museum is proud to participate in this fundraising project for the Baycrest Foundation and to stimulate discussion and awareness of aging and brain health. It will shine a light on age-related dementia, such as Alzheimer's and the need for more research into how we can maintain optimal cognitive well-being at any age. Spadina Museum will host a brain sculpture created by an artist working in the medium of their choice.

Simcoe Day at Spadina Museum - August 1

Noon to 5 p.m.
Spadina Museum takes visitors on a tour of the house through the eyes of the prominent Austin family, whose struggles and triumphs were closely tied to those of Toronto as they entered the 20th century. Call for schedule of tour times. Regular admission applies.

"Hello Dali" - A Surrealist Collage Workshop - August 5

Friday August 5, 7 to 10 p.m.
Recommended for ages 18 and up

Create a collage in the spirit of the 1920s Surrealists at Spadina Museum.

Join us for an evening of creative exploration and come away with a finished 12"x12" collage inspired by the 1920s Surrealists and your own imagination.

After the workshop enjoy an evening tour of Spadina Museum followed by light refreshments. All materials supplied.

$30 plus tax; pre-registration required. Call 416-392-6910.

The Etiquette of Downton Abbey - August 7 & 21

Sunday, August 7 (1 p.m.) and Sunday, August 21 (1 or 3 p.m.)
Calling all Downton Abbey fans! Live the drama and opulence of the 1920s in a tour of Spadina Museum, Toronto's Downton Abbey. Immerse yourself in the world of the hit TV show as we compare and contrast the fictional life of the Crawley's with Spadina's Austin family. The tour will take you from our simple servant quarters to a drawing room elegant enough to impress the Dowager Countess! Pre-registration required.

Adults $10, Seniors $7 (plus tax).

 

Yoga on the Grounds at Spadina - August 7, 14 & 28

Sunday August 7, Sunday August 14, and Sunday August 28, 3 p.m.
This class will be led by certified yoga instructor Diane Grundy, who has been practicing yoga and studying yoga philosophy for over 5 years. Diane will be leading 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.

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

The Brain Project presented by Telus - Until Aug. 31

Continues until August 31
Todmorden Mills is proud to participate in this fundraising project for the Baycrest Foundation and to stimulate discussion and awareness of aging and brain health. It will shine a light on age-related dementia, such as Alzheimer's and the need for more research into how we can maintain optimal cognitive well-being at any age. Todmorden Mills will host a brain sculpture created by an artist working in the medium of their choice.

Summer Thursday Evenings - July & August

Every Thursday in July and August, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
We're open late on summer Thursdays – drop in and unwind! Take a stroll in the Wildflower Preserve, check out the latest art show in the Papermill Gallery, try a retro board game, or explore your artistic side with colouring for all ages. Free admission. (Please note: Tours of our historic houses are not offered after 4:30p.m.)

Appetizing August – An Outdoor Guided Walk - August 21

Sunday, August 21, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Tour the grounds and nature preserve to see a delicious display of flowers! Learn which flowers and herbs were used in the past as part of a wholesome harvest. Refreshments provided after the walk.

Adults: $7.08; Youth/Seniors: $4.42; Children: $3.76; (plus tax)

 

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