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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

Great War Cookery - Historic Cooking Class - Sept. 22

Thursday, September 22, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Want to learn how to make Canada's First Butter Tart recipe?  Join us to prepare and taste recipes from Canadian cookbooks from the early 1900's and an original Canadian Stew that would have been served to soldiers. Enjoy your dinner in the ambience of candlelight in our historic Officers' Mess Kitchen.  Recipe package included.  $75 +HST.  Pre-registration and payment are required. 

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)

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

Thursdays: August 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.

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

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) 

Carole St-Amand Solo Exhibition - Until August 24

Art Exhibition in the Briarly Room
Hooked Rugs – Not to be Stepped On
Continues until 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.

Corn Roast, Market and Heritage Fair - September 8

Thursday, September 8, 5 to- 8 p.m.
There's nothing better than a late afternoon in the park with a cob of fresh corn! Join us for a grand bake sale, local produce, live music and displays from west-end heritage organizations. Various prices for items. No charge to listen! Bring your lawn chairs.

Kaeja d'Dance presents: ReGeneration - September 24 & 25

Saturday, September 24, 1 and 3 p.m. and
Sunday, September 25, 1 and 3 p.m.

ReGeneration is a community dance performance that re-imagines the history of Montgomery’s Inn through dance, music and art. Every day residents of Etobicoke are paired with professional choreographers to create new dance works that will performed in various rooms throughout the Inn. Also featuring Keaja d'Dance company dancers, students of Etobicoke School of the Arts and The Music Studio, and artists from Creative Village. ReGeneration is presented in community partnership with: Montgomery’s Inn, Arts Etobicoke, Lakeshore Arts, The Music Studio, Creative Village, and Village of Islington BIA. Part of Animating Historic Sites: a partnership between Toronto Arts Council and City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services. Space is limited, come early. FREE.

 

 

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.

"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.

The Etiquette of Downton Abbey - August 21

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 14 & 28

Sundays: August 14 & 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 - Throughout August

Every Thursday in 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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