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  • Riot Fest, Fort York Garrison Common (2013)

    Sat. and Sun. August 24 and 25
    Union Events presents the 2nd annual instalment of Toronto’s Riot Fest. Tickets available at riotfest.org/toronto-tickets/
    The fort’s regular operations may be interrupted by the setting-up and taking-down of Riot Fest.

  • Simcoe Day at Fort York (2013)

    Mon. August 5, 10 am to 5 pm
    Simcoe, the first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada (Ontario) founded the town of York in 1793. Come learn about the birthplace of Toronto. Enjoy tactical demonstrations in the afternoon by the Fort York Guard representing the Canadian Regiment of Fencible Infantry; the Fort George Guard representing the 41st Regiment of Foot; and the Guard from Old Fort Erie representing the Glengarry Light Infantry. This great day will celebrate the legacy of Fort York and its place in Toronto’s history.
    Free admission.

  • Grove Music Festival, Fort York Garrison Common (2013)

    Sat. August 3, 1 to 11 pm
    The Grove Music Festival is a one-day boutique musical experience promising a diverse, world-class festival adventure.
    Tickets available through: thegrovefest.com/
    The fort’s regular operations may be interrupted by the setting-up and taking-down ofthis Festival.

  • Mad Decent Block Party, Fort York Garrison Common (2013)

    Fri. July 26, 1 to 11 pm
    Mad Decent and Embrace team up for their annual Mad Decent Block Party. Tickets available at http://www.maddecentblockparty.com/.
    The fort’s regular operations may be interrupted by the setting-up and taking-down of the Block Party.

  • Historical Cooking Classes in the Officers’ Mess Kitchen From the Kitchen Garden: Two Seasonally-themed Summer Classes (2013)

    Sun. July 14, 11 am to 3 pm
    Sun. August 18, 11 am to 3 pm
    Join the cooks in the 1826 Officers’ Mess Kitchen to prepare recipes from the late 18th and early 19th century using seasonal fruits. Some vegetables will be freshly harvested from the Fort’s own kitchen garden. Participants will use historic recipes and period equipment. Recipe packages and food samples supplied. Maximum of 8 participants per class. Lunch included.
    Pre-registration is required. Please contact Bridget Wranich at 416-392-6907 x 225 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
    $50 plus tax for each class or 2 classes for $90 plus tax.

  • Parler Fort: “What the Dickens!!” with Dr. Leon Litvack (July 2013)

    Tues. July 9, 7:30 to 9 pm
    Coinciding with the 18th Annual Symposium of the Dickens Society in Toronto, Fort York is proud to present another evening in its Parler Fort series when Dr. Leon Litvack will talk about Charles Dickens’s impressions of Canada and the US, formed during his several visits here. Dr. Litvack, a Canadian who is Professor of Victorian Studies at Queen’s University, Belfast, will offer a lively slide-illustrated evening recalling the experiences and insights of one of the most endearing authors in the English language.
    Pre-registration encouraged. Call 416-392-6907 X 221, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    “What the Dickens!!” is generously sponsored by Context, developers of the Library District condominiums on the east side of Bathurst Street opposite Fort York.
    Tickets are $10 (tax incl.).

  • Toronto Urban Roots Festival (2013)

    Thurs. to Sun. July 4 to7, Fort York Garrison Common
    The festival will take place over four nights and two full days from July 4-7 at Fort York, and is shaping up to be one of the events of the summer. Lineup includes: Belle & Sebastian, Yo La Tengo, Flogging Molly, Arkells, The Sadies, The Joel Plaskett Emergency, The Skydiggers, The Hold Steady, Fitz & The Tantrums, and many others. The all-in festival pass gives you full access to the grounds for the duration of the event. For more information and ticket prices see Toronto Urban Roots Festival.

    Fort York National Historic Site is open during this event.
    Regular admission.

  • Fort York Ongoing Summer Programming (2013)

    Daily throughout July, 10 am to 5 pm 
    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. Program varies daily. Call for specific details.
    Regular admission.

  • Canada Day @ Fort York (2013)

    Mon. July 1, 10 am to 5 pm
    Spend Canada’s special day at Fort York, the birthplace of urban Toronto. Kids can enjoy various take-away crafts, face-painting, hula-hooping, and storytelling sessions. Enjoy the varied tours, bring a picnic, and learn the exciting story of this National Historic Site. This is a Celebrate Canada event sponsored by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
    Regular admission.

  • Fort York Historic District Walking Tour: “Building a Great Canadian City: Early Lakefront Development in Toronto” (2013)

    Mon. July 1, 1 to 2:30 pm 
    This special walking tour explores the evolution and history of our Lake Ontario shoreline in the Fort York Historic site area from the early British colonial era to the present day. Rain or shine. Meet at the admissions desk/canteen.
    Regular admission.