• Canada Day (2018)

    Sunday, July 1, 10 am to 5 pm
    Free Admission
    Fort York, birthplace of urban Toronto, will celebrate Canada Day with a day-long, all-ages celebration packed with family-friendly activities, demonstrations, tours and performances. In addition to flag raising and flag lowering ceremonies, the Fort York Summer Guard, dressed as members of the Canadian Regiment of Fencible Infantry (circa 1815), will perform demonstrations of musketry, artillery, and fife and drum music. Children can enjoy a drill activity, music classes and a scavenger hunt. The fort's volunteer historic cooks will demonstrate period-specific cooking methods and recipes in the historic kitchen—allowing visitors to see, hear and taste what life must have been like for the fort's first garrisons. Free guided tours of barracks and fortifications will focus on the evolution and history of the original western entrance into Toronto harbour and highlight the lives of soldiers and officers at Fort York.


  • All Day I Dream

    Fort York Garrison Common
    Saturday, July 14, 12 pm
    Ticketed Event
    This will be a special afternoon of music at Fort York. All Day I Dream’s magical vibes enchanted everyone who attended last year’s party and this year promises to continue inspiring the smiles and hearts of all who dream.
    Please note: This is a third-party event. Fort York will be open to the general public from 10 am to 5 pm.
    Regular admission applies.

  • Toronto Summer Music Festival: Canadian National Brass Project

    The Bentway Skate Trail and Fort York
    Sunday, July 29, 2 pm to 5 pm
    Free Admission
    Join Toronto Summer Music Festival for a full afternoon of events with a feature performance by the Canadian National Brass Project at The Bentway Skate Trail. The project includes the best brass players in Canada who join forces each summer from orchestras across North America. Concert goers will also be treated to military music by the Fort York Drums (a fife & drum corps) and given complimentary admission to Fort York after the concert for an artillery demonstration by the Fort York Guard. The Canadian National Brass Project is part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival's Reflections of Wartime running July 12 to August 4.

  • The National

    Saturday, August 4, Gates at 2:30 pm
    Fort York Garrison Common
    Ticketed Event
    Collective Concerts presents The National with Father John Misty, Jenny Lewis, Julien Baker and Dan Edmonds. This event is all ages. Children 10 and under (maximum two) are free when accompanied by an adult.
    Please note:This is a third-party event. Fort York will be open to the general public from 10 am to 5 pm. Regular admission applies.

  • Simcoe Day (2018)

    Monday, August 6, 10 am to 5 pm
    Free Admission
    Fort York comes to life in honour of the first Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Upper Canada (1793-96) and founder of Fort York and the Town of York – John Graves Simcoe. Walk the historic grounds and thrill to musketry, artillery and music demonstrations presented by the Fort York Guard and Guards from Fort George National Historic Site from Niagara-On-The-Lake and Old Fort Erie. Visit the working kitchen in the 1815 Officers' Brick Barracks, take tours of the Fort's buildings and grounds and discover the dynamic lives of the Fort's men, women and children. Join the Métis Nation of Ontario’s (MNO) Summer Youth Program for a "Red River Jig" workshop in the Blue Barracks Hall where participants will learn more about the unique fusion of traditional European step dancing and First Nations Pow-wow dancing.

  • Toronto Vegandale Food Drink Festival

    Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, 11 am to 7 pm
    Fort York Garrison Common
    Ticketed Event
    Entering its fourth festival season, the Vegandale Food Drink Festival brings highly curated vegan comfort food and craft brews back to Toronto. 
    Please note:This is a third-party event. Fort York will be open to the general public from 10 am to 5 pm. Regular admission applies.

  • Community Cleanup Day at Fort York (2018)

    Saturday, April 21, 10 am to 12 pm
    Clean Toronto together! Join over 200,000 residents, students, businesses and community groups as we come together for the 15th annual city-wide cleanup of public spaces. Join the team at Fort York to tidy up part of our 43 acres of green space! All who help with the Fort York grounds will get free admission to our museum on the day of the event. We will provide garbage bags, water and coffee. Please provide your own boots, gloves, rakes and/or shovels. Do you want to learn more about the City of Toronto's Community Cleanup?
    Click here: Clean Together Toronto

  • Battle of York Weekend (2018)

    Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, 10 am to 5 pm
    Honour the 205th anniversary of the Battle of York fought on April 27, 1813. The Fort comes alive with musket firing demonstrations, Georgian cooking in the Officers' Quarters kitchen, site tours and period animation. Kids can try “falling in” for 1812-era soldiering drill!
    Regular admission applies.

  • Spend some time with one of the actual survivors of the Battle of York!

    Now on display in the special collections Vault of the Visitor Centre are the original Regimental Colours of the 3rd Regiment of York Militia, who fought against American invaders at the Battle of York on April 27, 1813. Produced by the young women of York during the War of 1812, they were secreted away to keep them from being seized as a war trophy by American troops. The flags were donated to the City of Toronto in 2009 and have not been seen by the public for many years. After laborious conservation work, they return to the Fort as a testament to what historians have called Toronto's most traumatic day – the attack on, and occupation of, the Town of York. The Visitor Centre now has permanent exhibits telling the story of the Fort's founding, the War of 1812 and a Battle of York audio/visual experience.

  • Battle of York Tour: Walking in Their Footsteps (2018)

    Saturday, April 28, 11 am
    Free Admission
    Meet outside the Palais Royale (1601 Lakeshore Blvd W). Tread the same ground of the U.S. Army and York’s defenders as you follow the guided tour Walking in Their Footsteps. This 1.5-hour walking tour will trace the course and events of the battle which took place on April 27, 1813. Led by staff and volunteers, there will be 5 stops along the way. At each of these stops, a speaker will give a 10-minute presentation on the details of the battle at that point. The walking tour is free and will continue rain or shine.