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

TD IRIE Music Festival - Aug. 1 & 2

Fork York Garrison Common
August 1, 2 to 11 p.m.
August 2, 2 to 10 p.m.

TD IRIE Music Festival proudly celebrates its 13th anniversary in Toronto at Fort York Garrison Common. This world-class event offers the best in reggae, soca, and world music genres including Latin and African, and dance from the African Diaspora. The festival features international stars, local artists and DJs. The dance Immersion Summer Dance Showcase is an annual highlight. Admission: Free before 5 p.m. and $10 after 5 p.m.

August 1st, come in Toronto Carnival costume and admission is FREE.

TD IRIE Fest will feature a special Rum Tasting in the IRIE VIP area. Admission to this VIP area is $25. For more info, visit:

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Simcoe Day @ Fort York - August 3

Monday, August 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort York celebrates Lieutenant-governor Simcoe, who 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. Admission is FREE.

Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Cultural Village - August 7 to 15

ParaPan Am Games (Fort York): August 7 to 15
The Cultural Village will be “home base” for the games. Constructed at Fort York, the village will have the feel, sights and sounds of a traditional Mississauga nation village. Visitors will journey back through time to experience a working round house. Dressed in traditional clothing, workers will show how life was lived with authentic artifacts. Artisans will teach basket weaving, braiding and other crafts. FREE ADMISSION.

Toronto Vegan Food & Drink Festival - August 8

On the Garrison Common
Saturday, August 8, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Vegan Food and Drink Festival is Toronto’s first-ever all vegan festival catering to a 19+ crowd. Attendees can indulge and sample the very best in comfort food, craft brews, wine and spirits from a variety of reputable vegan vendors. This daylong festival takes place outdoors and will include live performances by local vegan bands such as Marico Novelli, Matt Kadovich, Dream Awake, Hot Apollo and Midnight Lemonade, as well as a special act by Netflix vegan comedian Mqk Kaplan!

Tickets will be available for purchase online for $10 online and at the door for $15. 

The First World War Comes to Life - August 8 & 9

The First World War Comes to Life – An Exhibition
Saturday & Sunday, August 8 & 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PLUS! See the thrilling flypast by The Great War Flying Museum
Saturday, August 8 @ 1 p.m. (weather permitting)
Don't miss this exciting travelling exhibit showcasing the largest operational collection of First World War vehicles in Canada including cars, trucks, ambulances and motorcycles. The dynamic and interactive display will include characters to bring the First World War to life.

 The exhibit focuses on the themes of mechanization and transportation, women's roles in the war effort, as well as agriculture and food production, and introduces the audience to these themes through the vehicles that were used as part of the larger war effort, such as motorcycles.

The First World War was the first mechanized war. Horses were gradually replaced by motor vehicles like cars and motorcycles, but in 1914 these technologies were still in their infancy. This exhibit will show Canadians the innovations that began in the era of the First World War, and were further developed afterwards. These diverse service vehicles helped to mobilize Canadians from all walks of life in support of the war effort. Included with regular admission.

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


Lolë White Tour - August 22

Saturday, August 22
On the Garrison Common

Lolë's mission is to encourage, motivate and bring together people to promote individual and collective wellbeing. This philosophy led to the creation of the Lolë White Tour. During the 2015 Lolë White Tour, unroll your yellow mat and be guided by inspiring teachers to the rhythm of renowned musicians. Share a unique experience with thousands of other yogis all dressed in white as a symbol of peace. This is also a special opportunity to connect with your mind, body and soul to feel all the power of this major gathering.


Mad Decent Block Party - August 29

Saturday, August 29
On the Garrison Common

The Mad Decent Block Party is an electronic music festival that brings a beat-blasting block party to cities across North America. This is the tour’s only stop in Canada, aside from one other date in Vancouver, so fans of electronic music should do their best not to miss it. This year’s performers are Thugli, Jauz, Major Lazer, and many more.


Planet IndigenUS: InterNations/InterSections Exhibition (Visitor Centre) - July 13 - August 9

Co-presented by Harbourfront Centre and the Woodland Cultural Centre - Planet IndigenUS is the largest world indigneous, multidisciplinary arts festival in the world. 350 artists. 10 days. A global exploration of contemporary Indigenous civilizations. Since 2004, Planet IndigenUS has been raising public awareness, breaking stereotypes and fostering a cross-cultural dialogue between Canadians. Enjoy music, art, food and ideas from First Nations communities across Canada and Indigenous peoples around the world.

Travel and trade routes was the network of interfacing between Nations, the meeting places between the nexus of cultural exchange. First Nations people have been inventive as it pertained to their modes of transportation – both pre and post-colonialism. From the canoes that carried our ancestors across waters to the more recent iconic “Rez Car”, the modes of transport have continually been inventive and adaptive to our environment. This commission asks several contemporary artists to explore modes of transport from a First Nations perspective. An assemblage of large-scale installations created by artists Kelly Greene, Kevin Lamure, Doug Smarch Jr. and Kent Monkman.

InterNations/InterSections was commissioned by the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games arts and culture festival, PANAMANIA presented by CIBC.

Fort York will feature the world premiere of “InterNations/InterSections” an exhibit of four Panamania commissioned visual art installations on display outdoors in front of the Visitor Centre at Fort York. FREE ADMISSION.

Gazing Back, Looking Forward - Exhibit on display until Sept. 7

Various Artists, Group Exhibit
Curator: Rhéanne Chartrand, Artistic Associate Aboriginal Pavilion
June 18 – September 7, 2015
Fort York Visitor Centre
10 AM – 5 PM daily, Included with regular admission

Gazing Back, Looking Forward presents contemporary works by Indigenous North American artists who explore, (re-)imagine, and (re-)present Indigenous identity. By challenging conventional notions of who is and what it means to be Indigenous, these artists question the validity of tropes and codifiers of Indianness pervasive in the public stereotype of the singular, monolithic and one-dimensional image of the “Hollywood Indian.”

Through their work, these artists (re-)present a complex, multi-faceted, mixed, and urban image of contemporary peoples. In doing so, they reveal that there is no singular definition or image of an Indigenous person, but a multitude of faces, voices, and stories that capture what it means to be Indigenous today. Both individually and collectively, these artists express a profound honesty in how they (re-)present themselves, and contribute to a sense of continuity of presence and diversity.

Featuring works by Jordan Bennett, Rene Meshake, Brandan Wilson, Terrance Houle, Jeff Thomas, Keesic Douglas, Anthony “Thosh” Collins, Jason Jenkins, Nadya Kwandibens, Will Wilson, Jason Lujan, Meryl McMaster, Lindsay Delaronde and others.

Niinwin-Dabaadjmowin - We Are Talking - Exhibit on display until Sept. 7

Philip Cote, Rebecca Baird, Tecumseh Collective
June 18 – September 7, 2015
Fort York Visitor Centre
10 AM – 5 PM daily, Included with regular admission

Fort York National Historic Site is pleased to present Niinwin-Dabaadjmowin - We Are Talking, an 80-foot-long mural in 20 panels created under the leadership of Philip Cote and Rebecca Baird with young people from the Na-Me-Res Tumivut Youth Shelter.

A collaboration between Fort York, the Tecumseh Collective and Na-Me-Res, Niinwin-Dabaadjmowin - We Are Talking was the culmination of an 18-month project that began in 2004. Funded through an Ontario Works Incentive Funds grant, the endeavour sought to engage young people from the Tumivut Youth Shelter in the artistic process.

The youth took part in a number of workshops with Baird and Cote. The mural process began with the youth gaining basic drawing and painting skills. Besides working on the mural, the youth learned soapstone carving and traditional beadwork. They also partook in cultural activities, which included talking circles and pipe and sweatlodge ceremonies.

Of their experience working with the young people of Tumivut, Baird and Cote said, "It has been an incredible opportunity for us to continue our work in the Aboriginal community of Toronto. Our goal with our programs is to offer First Nations youth hope and vision for a future. We provide opportunities to acquire skills, knowledge of their culture, and develop talents and ideas that will serve to expand their horizons in the future. By continuing to implement an integrated approach, we are also providing an opportunity for First Nations youth to partake in traditional cultural activities, while gaining exposure and access to the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community."

DIBAAJIMOWIN Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Girls and Men - Exhibit on display until Sept. 7

By John C., David G., Jason F., Garry S., Na-Me-Res staff and Red Pepper Spectacle Arts
June 18 – September 7, 2015
Fort York Visitor Centre
10 AM – 5 PM daily, Included with regular admission

Created by native men at Na-Me-Res with the assistance of Na-Me-Res staff and Red Pepper Spectacle Arts the exhibit portrays the infamous 1797 murders of Chief Wabakinine of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, his wife and sister.  

For viewing will be a corn husk display depicting this tragic event alongside a series of large fabric panels that tell of the first written account of these murders.  The imagery and lettering are designed, cut and stencil-printed.

Summer at Fort York

Daily throughout 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. 416-392-6907. Regular admission applies.

Adults $7.96, Seniors/Youth $4.87, Children $3.76 (plus tax) Children 5 years and under are free.