• Save The Great Lakes Presentation

    January 30, 7:00 pm
    Fort York Visitor Centre, 250 Fort York Blvd.
    Presented by The Friends of Fort York and Garrison Common
    Hosted by Fort York National Historic Site

    Learn about conservation of the Great Lakes and the efforts being taken to improve water quality. Presentation by Michael Goffin, Regional Director General for Environment and Climate Change Canada. How clean is our water? Find out what you can do to keep our lakes beautiful.

    Free event. Q&A following the presentation.
    Complimentary drinks will be served.

  • Family Winter Fun Day (2019)

    Monday, February 18
    Fort York Historic Buildings: 10 am to 5 pm
    Fort York Visitor Centre: 10 am to 9 pm

    Explore the history of Toronto with all kinds of hands-on activities, pop-up shows and multi-dimensional exhibits at Fort York National Historic Site. During the day, visit the fort’s 1826 historic kitchen and sample some baking and hot chocolate from the original stone hearth. Blue Barracks Hall will be an amazing scene of crafts and family fun brought down to the fort from museums all across the city, including Gibson House, Spadina Museum, Montgomery’s Inn, Todmorden Mills and Mackenzie House. In the evening, stay warm in the Fort York Visitor Centre with family-friendly performances, activities and face painting. Make sure to bring your skates – The Bentway @ Fort York skating trail will be open until 9 pm.


  • 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.

  • Summer at Fort York (2018)

    Daily throughout July and August, 10 am to 5 pm
    Thrill to the booming cannon, the firing muskets, the vibrant colours of the uniformed guard and the lively music of the Fort York Drums, a fife & drum corps, all summer long. Visitors will enjoy hourly demonstrations of military music, drill, musketry and artillery performed by students representing the Canadian Regiment of Fencible Infantry, the unit that garrisoned the fort at the end of the War of 1812.
    The program varies daily, so please call (416) 392-6907 for the details.
    Regular admission applies.

  • Parallels: Women Representing the Great War in Canada and Newfoundland

    August 13 to September 3, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    September 4 to September 23, Weekdays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm & Weekends 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Fort York Visitor Centre
    Included with Admission
    Though they faced many challenges, female artists in Canada and Newfoundland contributed unique representations of the Great War and its effects on Canadian Society. Presented by the Canadian Centre for the Great War, Parallels explores the wartime and post war contributions of landscape artist Mary Riter Hamilton, sculptor Frances Loring, and portrait photographer Elsie Holloway. This travelling exhibition will culminate with Canada's Hundred Days: A Great War Living History Weekend, September 22 & 23 at Fort York.