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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!

Nostalgic for the 1960s? Or simply a Beatles fan? Join us for When The Beatles Rocked Toronto: A 1960s Pop-Up Museum on Friday, October 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Market Kitchen in the St. Lawrence Market (95 Front St. E.) Admission is FREE. Visit for details.

New Event Calendar!
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

High Park Harvest Festival - October 4

Sunday, October 4, 12 to 4:30 p.m.
Enjoy the harvest in High Park with crafts, music, horse and wagon rides, warm apple cider, roasted potatoes and more. Bobbing for apples, carving pumpkins, music, dance, local artisans, local food & community groups.Tours of Colborne Lodge are pay-what-you-can. Take in the music workshop with the Metis Fiddler Ensemble, browse Small Batch Preserves from Spade and Spoon and Local Honey from beekeeper Brian Hamelin  and savour a harvest lunch (while supplies last) at the Children's Garden.

Free admission to grounds, activity and merchandise fees apply. Cash required for most purchases.  Activities take place at the south end of High Park at Colborne Lodge and the Children's Garden.

Haunted High Park - for Families (8 yrs. & up) - Oct. 24

Saturday, October 24 at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m.
Visit the grounds of High Park in the dark and discover the chilling legends and ghost stories that have been spooking visitors for decades. Guests will also experience Victorian funeral and mourning traditions inside the candlelit  rooms of historic Colborne Lodge and enjoy period refreshments (included). Adults: $12.50 plus tax, Children (8-12yrs) $7.50 plus tax. Not recommended for children under 8 yrs. of age. Click here to purchase tickets.

Haunted High Park - 13 years & Up - Oct. 23, 30 or 31

Friday, October 23, Friday, October 30 & Saturday, October 31, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Visit the grounds of High Park in the dark and discover the chilling legends and ghost stories that have been spooking visitors for decades. Guests will also experience Victorian funeral and mourning traditions inside the candlelit  rooms of historic Colborne Lodge and enjoy period refreshments (included). Pre-registration required. $17.50 plus tax. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Click here to purchase tickets.

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

See one of the world's most well-known historical documents, Magna Carta, for the first time in Toronto this fall - Purchase your tickets now!

Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy - Oct. 4 to Nov. 7

Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy – An Exhibit
October 4 to November 7 at the Fort York Visitor Centre

Centuries of history are coming to Toronto!

This year marks the 800th anniversary of King John of England putting his royal seal on the Magna Carta (meaning "The Great Charter") in 1215.

The Magna Carta and its companion document, the Charter of the Forest, set the groundwork for many concepts defining democratic life today in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and many other countries. As symbols of justice, they act as reminders that those who govern do so only by the consent of the people.

Over centuries, the principles of Magna Carta influenced many other significant documents including the United States Bill of Rights (1791), the British North America Act (1867), the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), and Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982).

See these two medieval charters and a fascinating exhibition that explains their history and importance, as well as an exhibit highlighting persons and events in Toronto who reflected the ideals of Magna Carta. Toronto is one of only four stops for the documents in Canada. Tickets can be purchased on-line at

Early Music Fair @Fort York - October 17

Saturday, October 17, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Early Music Fair provides fans of early music and the general public with a survey of the historical music performance scene in Toronto. There are scheduled mini-showcase concerts, as well as displays/exhibits, musical instruments and music retailers, plus numerous informal presentations by some of the historical performance enthusiasts. The Fair offers opportunities to see and hear recorders and viols, early keyboard instruments, historical woodwinds, and other period instruments played by some of the finest musicians in the city. CD recordings, early music books and publications from Early Music Imports are available for sale. Admission to both Early Music Fair and Fort York Historical Site is Adults $9, Students & Seniors $5.50, Children $4.25 (FREE admission for members of Toronto Early Music Centre!)  for more information:


English Pudding – Historic Cooking Workshop - Oct. 18

Ah, What an excellent thing is an English Pudding
Sunday, October 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Whether sweet or savoury, discover the history and cooking techniques of puddings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Pre-registration is required. $75 plus tax.

Call 416-392-7455 to book your spot.

Fort York After Dark: Lantern Tours - Oct. 29 & 30

Thursday, October 29 & Friday, October 30, 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.


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

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
The First 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.

David Gibson Democracy in Government - An Exhibit - Opens Oct. 7

October 7 to December 31
This exhibit is inspired by the Magna Carta's visit to Toronto – which will be displayed at Fort York National Historic Site, October 4 to November 7, 2015.  There was a time when our nation wasn't so peaceful. Visit Gibson House Museum this fall to learn how rebels like David Gibson, desperate to bring democratic reforms to the government of Upper Canada in 1837, were forced to take up arms.  While the Rebellion of 1837 failed to bring immediate change, it was an important step in the development of a new model of representative government and Canada's Confederation in 1867. Included with regular admission.

1091 Finch Avenue East (East of Leslie)
Street parking in the area. 416-395-7432

Gifts + Occupations Collective Exhibition - On until Oct. 3

build… build better
A Gifts + Occupations Collective Exhibition
Continues until October 3

Bookmark the Blog and keep informed about this exciting and creative series of projects

Exhibition with daily tours by the Artists
Saturdays & Sundays, 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Fridays & Mondays, 2 to 6 p.m.

Explore collaborative and independent installations on display in and around the historic schoolhouse. Enjoy the opportunity to meet the artists - Yael Brotman, Libby Hague and Penelope Stewart – who created the works based on Froebel's early education methods and discuss the artists' inspirations, interpretations and creative processes. Take home a sample multiple - while quantities last - as a souvenir and continue to explore your creativity and curiosity!

This site-sensitive exhibition re-animates Historic Zion Schoolhouse and engages in a conversation about the legacies of modernism, architecture, creativity, curiosity and the teachings of Frederick Froebel, the creator of kindergarten. better features a series of projects by the Gifts + Occupations Collective members, Yael Brotman, Matthew Brower, Libby Hague, and Penelope Stewart with guest artist Panya Clark Espinal. 

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

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

Walking Together - An Art Exhibition - On Now

On until November 15
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.

Included with regular admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax)

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at Mackenzie House - Oct. 3

Saturday, October 3 from 7 p.m. to Sunday, October 4 at 7 a.m.
Mackenzie House is pleased to host the installation "Walking Together," an artist-led, intergenerational community project. The goal of the project was to help heal painful memories of the residential school system that have affected generations of First Nations people. First Nations High School students spent a day touring the former Mohawk Institute with residential school survivors. They used their cameras to capture moving stories of the past and present. Their photographs will be projected onto the windows of the home of Toronto's first mayor and neighbor to Egerton Ryerson, one of the most vocal proponents of the residential school system. Free. 

City of the Dead: The Necropolis Cemetery Tour - Oct. 18

Not recommended for children under 8 years of age
Sunday, October 18, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

The walk starts at the Cemetery, 200 Winchester Street, west side of the Don Valley, near Riverdale Farm. 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. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Adults (16 yrs. & older):$12.50 plus tax; Children 8-15 yrs.: $10.50 plus tax.


Spirit Walk - October 24

Saturday, October 24 at 7 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
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!

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Adults (16 yrs. & older):$12.50 plus tax; Children 8-15 yrs.: $10.50 plus tax.

Please wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather. For further details, please call 416 392-6915


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

Please note:

Under Renovation! The Market Gallery will be closed from September 27th until Friday, October 30th, 2015. We are undergoing renovations to update our exhibition space. We will re-open with the exhibit: Framing Toronto: City of Toronto Art Acquisitions 2010 to 2015. The office will remain open Monday through Friday. Staff can be reached at 416-392-7604 or

When the Beatles Rocked Toronto - A 60s Pop-up Museum - Oct. 16

Join us for When The Beatles Rocked Toronto - 1960s Pop-up Museum
The Market Kitchen, Mezzanine Level, South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front Street East, Toronto
Friday, October 16, 6 to 8 p.m.

BYOA (Bring Your Own Artifacts) of Toronto from the early-to-mid-1960s (preferably 1964 to 66).

Share memories, interesting items and Beatles memorabilia from the era when Toronto the Good became Toronto à Go-Go. Meet our special guest curators, Shauntelle LeBlanc, owner, Ethel - 20th-century living, Piers Hemmingsen, author, The Beatles in Canada – The Origins of Beatlemania! and Nicholas Jennings, author/historian, Before the Gold Rush – Flashbacks to the dawn of the Canadian sound.  For more details visit

Admission is FREE. Refreshments and cash bar.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for news and preview photos.

Early bird notice: When The Beatles Rocked Toronto will be an exhibit at The Market Gallery, June 18 to November 12, 2016 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' final concert in Toronto at a time when this city was coming of age.

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

Montgomery's Inn Outdoor Farmers' Market - Every Wednesday

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!

Please note:

Outdoor season: May 21 to October 29
Indoor season: Starts November 4 & continues all winter 

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.

Thirsty Thursday Tavern Night - October 29

Thursdays, October 29, 7 to 10 p.m.
The last Thursday of every month is Thirsty Thursday at the Inn. 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.

Fret Not Ukulele Club - October 1

Thursdays: October 1, 6 to 9  p.m.
Join our monthly ukulele gathering with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson and 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. Free chord workshop is at 6 p.m. with the regular session from 7 to 9 p.m. $15.

For more details call Sue at 416-394-8120.

Eat 2 Feed Toronto - October 2

Friday October 2, 7 to 10 p.m.
In partnership with Good Food for Good, the Inn presents an eclectic three course Prix Fixe menu with all profits going to the Food Share Toronto. Taking inspiration from Toronto's cultural diversity, this bimonthly event will feature dishes from around the globe with a dessert provided by the Inn's historic kitchen. Live music provided by The Music Studio. Tickets are $55 per person plus tax, available at


The Haunted Canvas Halloween Group Art Exhibition - Opens Oct. 10

Presented by Montgomery’s Inn
October 10 to 31
Official Opening: October 15, 7 to 9 p.m.

Explore the work of artists Nancy Bennett, Elaine Ford, Linda Langerak, Brigitte Meskey, Ingrid Mueller, Dave Rheaume and Ross Rheaume, as they explore the themes of Halloween in this group exhibition.

Meet the artists at the official opening. Light refreshments will be served.

For information about viewing during open hours, call 416-394-8113.

World Food Day Celebration and the Inn's Winter Market launch - Oct. 14

Get INNside!  A Celebration of the Launch of the Inn's Indoor Winter Market and World Food Day
Wednesday, October 14

Presented by Montgomery's Inn and the Innovators

  • 2 to 6 p.m.   Browse the Winter Market inside the Inn
  • 5:30 P.M.      The celebrations begin 
  • 6:30 p.m.     A Talk by Wayne Roberts, Food Policy Analyst and writer
  • 7:30 p.m.     The Pub opens

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Montgomery's Inn indoor Winter Farmers' Market and World Food Day! Canadian food policy analyst and writer, Wayne Roberts, will host the event, along with special guest chefs, farmers, gardeners, community artists and students. There will be vendors, music, drop-in workshops, food tastings and local refreshments from either Tawse Winery or Great Lakes Brewery. Participants in MICAP, the Montgomery's Inn Culinary Arts Project, and Jim Chan, retired Toronto public health inspector, will give fun and informative tips on food safety. After the market, tastings (with all ingredients from the Farmers' Market) and entertainment will continue throughout the historic building, including bread and pizza from Montgomery's Inn’s famous wood-fired oven. Free. Donations welcome.

From the Home Front to the Western Front performed by Ian Bell - Oct. 23

"From the Home Front to the Western Front"
Friday, October 23, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The IODE presents Ian Bell's popular show of songs and music from the era of the Great War 1914-1918. A lively and touching mixture of music - some familiar and some not so, that would have been heard in Canada (and in France) during the First World War, much of it composed by Canadians. The program features patriotic ditties, marching songs, instrumental selections and sentimental favourites played on piano, concertina, banjo, button accordion and guitar. The show includes the use of a number of actual period instruments and original sheet music arrangements. After the show, join us for more music in the historic bar room, with period refreshments and a cash bar. $40 plus tax; pre-registration is required.

Stories from the Market - A Photography Exhibition - Opens Oct. 14

Stories from the Market: Farmers and Vendors of the Montgomery's Inn Farmers' Market
October 14 to November 30
Opening Reception 2 to 9 p.m. Part of the Get INNside event on October 14.

Presented by Montgomery's Inn, curated by OCAD student Tak Pham with photographs by Clement Edokpayi

Located in the Hallway Gallery at Montgomery's Inn. Included with admission.


Master and Commander - A Weekend in 1800 - Oct. 16 to 18

Friday to Sunday, October 16 to 18

The year is 1800. Standing on the deck of a British warship, you hear the wind snapping her sails and the creak of her wooden hull. Then -- a strange ship is sighted on the horizon, and you're off in hot pursuit!

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of the Royal Navy in Lord Nelson's time. Master and Commander, made into a major motion picture starring Russell Crowe, was just the beginning.

Learn about every detail of life both aboard ship and on shore, from how to feed a hungry crew of hundreds of men to eating those same foods yourself, doing the dances they knew, tying knots or trying a few cutlass moves!

Concert by renowned trio Gin Lane, merchants' market, five historical meals by candlelight, dancing, demonstrations, hearth-cooking workshops, and much, much more -- full details, including the schedule, meal menus and registration form, are on the website. You sign up for part of the classes or register for the full weekend. Pre-registration encouraged.

For more information or to book tickets see
or call 416-578-1031.

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

Please note:
New Hours for September 1 to 30
Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat. & Sun. Noon to 4 p.m.
October Hours
Wednesdays, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday &  Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Desserts by Lamplight - December 12

Saturday, December 12, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy a magical evening of lamp-lit rooms, decadent desserts and carolers. Space is limited for this fundraising event. Early bookings are recommended. Pre-registration only. Call 416-338-8807 or go online to purchase tickets. Ticket price $25 includes tax.

My Diary: A Woman’s Life in Victorian Scarborough - Exhibit opens Oct. 5

October 5 to March 2016
Explore local history through the personal records of Frances Tweedie Milne in 19th-century rural Scarborough.  Her writing is placed in the context of how society and history have been influenced by Magna Carta through political changes such as Canada's Confederation in 1867 and the development of Canadian rights and freedoms.  

Contact us at 416-392-6910 or

Meet the Austins: A Toronto Family Between the Wars Tour - Weekdays & Holiday Mondays

Weekdays & Holiday Mondays
12:15 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 4 p.m.   
See Spadina, and the history of Toronto, through the eyes of the Austin family, who made it their home. Business people, artists, socialites and philanthropists, the Austins were a prominent family whose struggles and triumphs were closely tied to those of Toronto as they entered the 20th century.  Regular admission applies.

Dear Sadie: Love, Lives and Remembrance of the First World War - On now

Dear Sadie: Love, Lives and Remembrance from Ontario's First World War
Continues until Sunday, November 29

Spadina Museum is pleased to host this travelling exhibit from the Archives of Ontario. "Dear Sadie" uses letters between soldier Henry Mason and his sweetheart, Sadie Arbuckle, to tell the moving story of their relationship while also exploring the reality of war. Included with regular admission.

Fascinating Flappers: A Workshop - Oct. 16 & 23

Fridays: October 16 & 23, 7 to 10 p.m.
Create a special fascinator or cocktail hat for your next seasonal party at this hands-on workshop. Enjoy a special evening tour of Spadina. Light refreshments. $30 plus tax; pre-registration required. Call 416-392-6910.

Constance Hamilton: A Rebel with Many Causes - Oct. 25

Sunday, October 25, 1 p.m.
Enter the 1920s through the story of Constance Hamilton. Ann McDougall presents the story of one of the many immigrants helped by Alderman Hamilton, a trail blazing reformer and advocate for women, refugees and artists and Toronto's first female member of City Council. Pre-registration is required. Adults: $15, Seniors and Youth: $10, Children: $8.

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

In the Papermill Theatre: Wonder of the World - Opens Oct. 22

East Side Players present David Lindsay-Abaire's Wonder of the World
October 22 to November 7

Nothing will prepare you for the dirty little secret Cass discovers in her husband's sweater drawer. It is so shocking that our heroine has no choice but to flee to the honeymoon capital of the world in a frantic search for the life she thinks she missed out on. For tickets, please call 416-425-0917 or visit

Halloween Mask-making - A Family Workshop - Oct. 24

Saturday, October 24, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Use your imagination to create your own spooky Hallowe’en mask in this family workshop. Treats provided! Adults: $10 plus applicable taxes; Children: $5 plus applicable taxes. Pre-registration required. Suitable for children 6 years and up. Children must be accompanied by adults.

Halloween Lanterns - A Family Workshop - Oct. 25

Sunday October 25, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Create a spooky lantern to light up Halloween in this family workshop. Treats provided! Adults: $10 plus applicable taxes; Children: $5 plus applicable taxes. Pre-registration required. Suitable for children 6 years and up. Children must be accompanied by adults.

Outdoor Site Tours - On now

Todmorden Outdoor Site Tours
Throughout the  Winter
Wednesday to Friday: Noon to 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Noon to 4:30 p.m.
This winter, your visit to Todmorden Mills Heritage Site will take place out-of-doors. Tours explore the stories of Todmorden and the Don Valley from their uses by the First Nations to the development of Todmorden Mills as a heritage site in 1967.
Please note: Over the next few months, exciting changes are taking place inside our historic houses. News about the current renovations will be announced later this year. Due to the renovations, no indoor tours will be taking place.
Regular admission applies.

Adults: $5.31
Seniors (65 +): $2.65
Youth (13-18 yrs.): $2.65
Children (6-12 yrs.): $1.77
Children (5 yrs. and under): Free

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