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.

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.

Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf - May 28 & 29

Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort York opens its doors for this annual celebration of history and architecture. Enjoy special tours of some of Toronto's oldest architecture and original War of 1812 buildings or stroll the grounds of this National Historic Site. Admission is FREE.


Two Centuries of Firepower: Artillery Day - May 28

Artillery Day at Fort York
in conjunction with the Doors Open Toronto activities
Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
@ 2 p.m. :
125th  Anniversary Tattoo – 48th Highlanders of Canada 

Join us for Artillery Day at Fort York and see displays of historic and modern guns from the 2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (Petawawa, Ontario), the 7th Toronto Regiment (Royal Canadian Artillery) along with Fort York's own on-site collection of original garrison guns from the War of 1812 and Victorian eras. Demonstrations, presentations and firing through the day. At 2 p.m., thrill to the 125th  Anniversary Tattoo – 48th Highlanders of Canada. See pipes, drums and History on Parade. The Fort is also participating in Doors Open Toronto, the City's annual celebration of history and architecture. In addition to the Artillery Day programming, enjoy special tours of some of Toronto's oldest and original War of 1812 buildings. Admission is FREE.


Field Trip Music & Arts Festival - June 4 & 5

Field Trip: Downtown Toronto's Community Music and Arts Festival
June 4 & 5
Toronto’s boutique community music and arts festival will be headlined by celebrated rock acts The National and international pop artist Robyn. Other highlights include Toronto-based July Talk, indie favourites Of Montreal, Santigold, DIIV, Jazz Cartier, and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires. Children 12 and under are free with an adult ticket-holder. Single day tickets and weekend passes available at:

Please note: Fort York's historic buildings will be closed to the public from June 3rd to June 6th inclusive.

Indigenous Arts Festival @ Fort York - June 16 to 19

Thursday to Sunday, June 16 to 19
Click here for full festival schedule

The Indigenous Arts Festival @ Fort York celebrates traditional and contemporary music, dance, theatre, storytelling, literature, crafts, and food created by indigenous artists. Energizing the grounds and buildings of Fort York National Historic Site in downtown Toronto with powerful ancient traditions and compelling contemporary creations. Featuring music by legendary blues-rocker Derek Miller, Indigenous Music Awards entertainer of the year & best hip hop artist Drezus, hip hop maestro and champion fancy dancer Supaman, Juno Award winning singer/songwriter Leela Gilday, traditional Anishnawbek artists Black Bull Moose Singers, and more. Rising young choreographer Brian Solomon performs The NDN Way. Contributors to the new book of essays In This Together lead a collective conversation on truth and reconciliation. Participate in all-ages art-making by Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, and much more. Presented by Fort York and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.

Admission: $5 (Children 12 & under accompanied by adults are FREE)

Admission on Thursday, June 16 is FREE for all
Admission on Saturday, June 18 is FREE for all until 5 PM

Na-Me-Res Traditional Outdoor Pow Wow - June 18

June 18, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Native Men’s Residence Traditional Pow Wow is held to recognize National Aboriginal Day on the Summer Solstice. The event features traditional dancing, drumming, kid's area, craft vendors, and a full feast after the dancing. Seven Aboriginal drum groups will be on hand, including host drum Chippewa Travelers and co-host drum Big Train. Over 100 traditional dancers are expected to participate including head dancers Tee Lyn Copenance and Mike Healy. The day begins with a sunrise ceremony at 6 a.m., the Grand Entry takes place at 12 p.m., and the community feast will begin shortly after 4:30 p.m. The Pow Wow will be followed by a gala concert as part of the Indigenous Arts Festival @ Fort York featuring the legendary Derek Miller and more.

Admission is FREE.

Taste of Toronto - June 23 to 26

Fort York Garrison Common
June 23 to 26, times vary – lunch and dinner seating
Toronto's tastiest restaurant festival features world-class chefs, gourmet tasting dishes, and master classes for all things food and drink. Bring a friend, eat well, and browse the exhibitor stalls of over 70 artisanal vendors. This is foodie heaven.