Fort York National Historic Site

Events at Fort York

Take part in year-round special events on this 43-acre site. From historic cooking classes for 8 people to huge outdoor concerts for thousands, Fort York offers activities that appeal to everyone.

Please note: Due to the construction of our new Visitor Centre, Fort York can only be accessed from Garrison Rd. via the west bound lane of Fleet St., between Fort York Blvd. and Strachan Ave. Click here to get the most up-to-date information on site access during construction.

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


We will be closed to the general public as we welcome the following special events this summer:

June 5: Closed until 3 p.m. when we open to the public for a special event. See the listings for details.

June 6 - 8: Field Trip Music and Arts Festival
July 18 - 30: Taste of Toronto Festival
September 27: Sick Kids Great Camp Adventure

Looking for more information on hours of operation, admission prices and directions? Click here to plan your visit!

The Fort York Guard is on the March! July 18-22

The Fort York Guard is making special appearances at other attractions this month.

Be sure to call the site you are visiting to find out exact times. Generally, the Guard will appear between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Friday, July 18                 Black Creek Pioneer Village
Monday, July 21 &           1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto  416-736-1733

Tuesday, July 22             Enjoy watching the Fort York Guard perform War of 1812-style marching and drilling. Don't miss the musket demonstrations or taking great pictures to remember your visit by.

Saturday, July 19             The Royal Ontario Museum

100 Queens Park, Toronto  416-586-8000

See the Guard illustrate 1812-era marching and drilling techniques. Make sure you get a selfie with one of them or a group shot.

Taste of Toronto - July 24 to 27

Thursday, July 24, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Friday, July 25 & Saturday, July 26, 12 to 4 p.m.& 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 27, 12 to 5 p.m.
For four days Fort York will be transformed into a foodie wonderland of summer eating, drinking and entertainment. 14 of the city’s latest, greatest and hottest restaurants will be dishing up their finest in a bar none alfresco gourmet feast. Top that off with over 50 producers of the best food, beverages and premium brands providing a bountiful food market, and you have the best culinary festival of the year! Visit for tickets and more information. 

Fort York will be running 2 workshops daily in the Officers' Mess Kitchen. Click here to read an interview with Program Officer Bridget Wranich and find out what it's like preparing delicious food in one of Toronto's oldest kitchens!

** Please note: Fort York will be closed from July 17th to the 31st for the Taste of Toronto Festival **

Simcoe Day - August 4

Simcoe Day @ Fort York
Monday, August 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lieutenant-governor Simcoe founded the town of York (Toronto) in 1793 and was the first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada (Ontario). Come learn about the birthplace of Toronto and thrill to the sounds of musketry, cannons and the fife and drum. Enjoy historic military presentations, family activities, feature performances, local crafts & food. Enjoy a special Dusk Dances performance of Les Moutons at 3 PM. Admission is FREE.

Mad Decent Block Party - Aug. 15

Friday, August 15, 4 to 11 p.m.
Mad Decent and Embrace Presents team up for their annual Mad Decent Block Party, featuring Diplo, Chance the Rapper., Flosstradamus, Grandtheft, ZEDS DEAD and more.  

Tickets and more information available at

*** Visiting Fort York August 13th through August 16th ***
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please note that during this period, Fort York's regular operations may be interrupted by the set-up, event, and taking down of the Mad Decent Block Party. Visitors are encouraged to walk, take transit or bike to the site as parking will be limited during this period.


Fruit, Fools and Compotes - Historic Cooking Workshop - Aug. 17

Sunday, August 17, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Join us in the 1826 Officers' Mess Kitchen and techniques, where participants will prepare (and sample!) a variety of delicious 18th and early 19th-century dishes such as fruit fools, creams, tarts, pies, waters, ice creams or compotes using historic techniques and tools. A salmagundi will also be prepared and served for lunch. Lunch and recipe package included.

For class information please call: Bridget Wranich at 416 392 6907 ext. 225

To register, call: 416 392 6907 ext. 221. Pre-registration and payment required. $75 plus tax

Summer at Fort York

Daily throughout July & August, 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 and please check for closure dates due to a busy summer of concerts and festivals here at the fort.

Regular admission applies.