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 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.

Meagan’s Walk - May 7

Saturday, May 7, 8 to 10 a.m.
Creating a Circle of Hope is taking place this year on Saturday, May 7th starting at Fort York National Historic Site and ending in a human "hug" around The Hospital for Sick Children! Make a donation or get involved at: http://www.meaganswalk.com/

 

Ontario Model Soldiers’ Society Show and Sale - May 14

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Held in Historic Fort York, Blue Barracks and Centre Blockhouse
Children of all ages will enjoy Fort York as it hosts the Ontario Model Soldier Society’s annual show and competition. Take in demonstrations of casting and painting; displays of connoisseur figures, dioramas, and tableaux of more than a thousand pieces. Many vendors will be offering toy soldiers for sale. Included in regular admission.  

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

World Fiddle Day - May 21

Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fiddles at the Fort!
Fort York welcomes World Fiddle Day.

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Workshops

12:30 to 2 p.m.             Free concert with Dan MacDonald (Cape Breton Fiddle), Mark Marcyk of Lemon Bucket Orchestra (Hutsul Fiddling from Ukraine), Rosalyn Dennett (Appalachian Fiddle), and Yosvai Castaneda (Latin Violin).

2:30 to 5:30 p.m.          Community "Around-the-World Jam" led by Anne Lederman and band from 2:30 to 5:30.

Visit http://worldfiddledaytoronto.ca for details and practice sessions at Long & McQuade.

Victoria Day @ Fort York - May 23

Monday, May 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
What better way to celebrate Victoria Day than to visit the birthplace of Toronto?

Take tours, kids enjoy activities such as soldier's drill, see demonstrations of Georgian-era cooking techniques in one of the oldest kitchens in Toronto as well as English country dancing.

Regular admission applies.

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: http://fieldtriplife.com

Please note: Fort York's historic buildings will be closed to the public from June 3rd to June 6th inclusive. The Visitor Centre at 250 Fort York Boulevard will remain open. 

Indigenous Arts Festival @ Fort York - June 16

Thursday to Sunday, June 16 to 19
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.

Schedules and information on performers will be available soon.

Admission is $5
Children 12 & under accompanied by adults are FREE.

(Note: Admission on Saturday, June 18 is FREE for all)

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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.