• Two Centuries of Firepower: Artillery Day at Fort York (2018)

    Saturday, May 26, 10 am to 5 pm
    Free Admission 
    Join us for Artillery Day and see displays of historic and modern guns from the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery from Petawawa, the 7th Toronto Regiment (Royal Canadian Artillery) from Moss Park Armoury, and Fort York's own on-site collection of original garrison guns from the War of 1812 and the Victorian era. Demonstrations, presentations and firing throughout the day. At the same time, the Fort is participating in Doors Open Toronto. In addition to the Artillery Day programming, enjoy special tours of some of Toronto's oldest architecture and its original War of 1812 buildings or simply stroll the grounds of this National Historic Site.

  • Field Trip: Downtown Toronto's Community Music & Arts Festival (2018)

    Fort York and Garrison Common
    Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3, gates open at 1 pm 
    Toronto’s boutique community music and arts festival, this year headlined by Metric. Children 12 and under are free with an adult ticket-holder. Single day tickets and weekend passes available at
    Please note: this is a third-party event. Fort York's historic buildings will be closed to the public from June 1 to June 4 inclusive.

  • Talking Treaties Spectacle by Jumblies Theatre

    Thursday, October 4 andFriday, October 5, 5:30 pm
    Saturday, October 6, 2:00 pm & 5:30 pm
    Sunday, October 7, 2:00 pm
    Returning to the grounds of Fort York National Historic Site, the Talking Treaties Spectacle by Jumblies Theatre is an outdoor pageant exploring the treaty history of the Toronto area through words, song, movement and spectacle. Rooted in oral history and community collaboration, Talking Treaties takes audiences on a journey through the place we share and the way it came to be. Inspired by historical research, a team of professional and community performers use vignettes to explore The Dish With One Spoon, The Toronto Purchase, The Treaty of Niagara and more, with humour, boldness and beaver puppets. The Talking Treaties Spectacle was first presented at Fort York in June 2017, as part of the Indigenous Arts Festival and Jumblies’ Touching Ground Festival of new works. See for ticketing information.

    Please note: This is a 3rd party event. Fort York will be open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 4/5 p.m. Regular admission applies.

  • Canada's Table: A Celebration of Cookbooks

    Saturday, October 13, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
    Ticketed Event

    Celebrate the history and influence cookbooks and great Canadian authors past and present with a full day of panels, demos and workshops. Keynote speaker is Bonnie Stern; guest speakers include Mairlyn Smith and Anna Olson; workshops by David Wolfman, Claire Tansey, Tara O'Brady, Matt Basile, Afrim Pristine, Pat Crocker, Emily Richards and Elizabeth Baird.
    Presented by Fort York NHS.
    Advance tickets $125 + tax are required.


  • Toronto Soup Festival

    Garrison Common
    Saturday, Oct 20, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Sunday, Oct 21, 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Ticketed Event

    A two-day outdoor festival serving up the best soups in the city, all in support of Second Harvest. This inaugural food festival will feature local restaurants and artisans who will be selling their custom creations or tried-and-tested trues. You’ll be able to vote for your favourite soup to crown the People’s Choice. Bring the family down to sip and savour sample-sized helpings and enjoy myriad flavours from around the world. You’ll also find music and an autumn campfire. #SoupFestivalTO

    Please note: This is a third-party event. Fort York will be open from 10 am to 5 pm; regular admission applies.

  • Fort York After Dark: Lantern Tours (2018)

    October 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 – 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
    Ticketed Event

    Hear chilling tales on a lantern tour of Fort York and its spooky historic surroundings. Learn about the haunted lighthouse, the bloody Battle of York and even more eerie history as we explore nearby military burial grounds. This is not recommended for children under 8 years of age (it’s that good). Complimentary refreshments included.

    Advance tickets $13.27 + tax are required.


  • Remembrance Day (2018)

    Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery (west end of Garrison Common)
    Sunday, November 11, 10:45 am

    Fort York National Historic Site and the IODE (Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire) are proud to present one of the city's most evocative Remembrance Day services. Commencing at 10:45 from the west gate of Fort York, a procession led by period uniformed military staff and standard bearers of the IODE will make its way to the Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery, where the public is gathered. There, at the eleventh hour, all soldiers of the Toronto Garrison who fell in the War of 1812 and all of Canada’s wars since will be remembered and honoured.

    Admission is free.

  • Frost Fair (2018)

    Saturday, December 1, 10 am to 5 pm

    Have some holiday fun with the whole family at historic Fort York. Shop for unique gifts made by local artisans, including jewellery, heritage-inspired reproductions and holiday greenery. Enjoy military and musical demonstrations alongside children's drill sessions, games, crafts and dress-up. Print your own Frost Fair souvenir on a Mackenzie House press. Visit our Volunteer Historic Cooks to sample period recipes and stop by the Heritage Café for lunch.

    Admission is free.

  • The Cook's Apprentice (2018)

    Saturday, December 8, 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Ticketed Event

    Kids aged 8 to 12 learn to bake traditional cakes, biscuits and confections in the historic kitchen of the officers’ mess. Recipes include iced Queen Cakes, Gingerbread, Peppermint Drops and a delicious breakfast griddle cake for the holidays. There will be a recipe package and samples to take home.

    Advance tickets $30 + tax required.
    Fort York remains open; regular admission applies.

  • Gingerbread Make & Bake (2018)

    December 27 to 31, 11 am and 2 pm

    In this hands-on workshop, kids (aged 4 and up) will use period cooking utensils and tools to sift flour, crush cinnamon, cloves or allspice, pound sugar, and grate nutmeg and ginger as they prepare an 1800s gingerbread recipe. Samples can be taken home – if they last that long! Each workshop is limited to 15 children. Sign up in the Museum Store when you arrive.

    The only cost is regular admission to Fort York.