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 fortyork@toronto.ca.

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 www.maddecentblockparty.com.

*** 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 August, 10 a.m. to  5 p.m. (See note below about visiting the Fort between August 13 to 16, inclusive)
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.

Visiting Fort York August 13 through 16     
Please note that during this period, Fort York's regular operations may be interrupted by the set-up, event and strike of the Mad Decent Block Party (August 15). Visitors are encouraged to walk, take transit or bike to the site as parking will be limited during this period.