Participate in a series of enticing community festivals and special events that welcome thousands each year! From Fort York National Historic Site, to Mackenzie House, to the Market Gallery, City museum and heritage sites showcase year-round engaging exhibitions and events.
This summer join us at Nathan Phillips Square for the City Hall Live lunchtime concert series. Twice a week local musical talent will be showcased, celebrating the original sounds of Toronto’s diverse neighborhoods. Opportunities for series sponsorship, brand engagement and product promotion are still available.
The Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York celebrates traditional and contemporary music, dance, theatre, storytelling, literature, crafts and food created by indigenous artists from across Canada. Presented by Fort York, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and NaMeRes, this festival energizes the grounds and buildings of this historic site with powerful ancient traditions and compelling contemporary creations. The Indigenous Arts Festival provides an important forum for the stories, cultural traditions and artistic creations of Indigenous people to be heard, seen and experienced within one of Canada’s most significant historic sites, located in the heart of our country’s largest metropolitan centre.
Location: Fort York National Historic Site
Estimated Attendance: 15,000
The Gatsby Garden Party is a two-day revival event at Spadina Museum with music, food and drinks from the 1920s. Guests, primarily millennials, participate in a costume contest, play croquet, explore Spadina House Museum, and take dance lessons. This popular event for over 2,000 people sells out quickly each year.
Location: Spadina Museum
Estimate Attendance: close to 2,000
The Montgomery’s Inn Culinary Arts Project (MICAP) is designed to provide a hands-on food focused program that educates, engages and empowers youth to actively participate in issues relating to nutrition and sustainability. Local and newly-settled youth in grades 9 to 12 take part in Friday night workshops, which include the preparation and eating of a communal meal, historic and modern cooking techniques, special guest chefs and community based field trips.
Beginning with youth volunteers assisting at the museum’s day camps, the Scarborough Museum youth program grew as the overwhelming need for free, positive and creative community space in the Scarborough area became apparent. Youth gain their 40 hours of mandatory volunteer service while taking part in historical activities at the museum. The museum offers a safe environment for young people to try their hand at art, photography, event planning, printmaking, acting, writing, and many other activities. To date they have produced over two dozen historical plays, mounted three photography shows, and developed one travelling exhibit displayed through the Toronto Public Library system.
Bike City Toronto (June – November, 2018)
This exhibit at the Market Gallery asks the question, “is Toronto a Bike City?” From cycling infrastructure to courier sub-culture, bike fashions to bike theft, cycling clubs and manufacturing, this exhibit will cover the evolving story of bicycles in Toronto to engage an audience in a subject that is becoming increasingly relevant to city builders and users.
Location: Market Gallery (St. Lawrence Market)
Estimated attendance: 6,000
Museum Patron Program
Companies are invited to join other industry leaders in supporting the City of Toronto’s Museums. The Corporate Patron Program allows executives and employees to enjoy special Museum privileges and make use of our beautiful sites for corporate meetings, events and gatherings. Companies can also adopt a Museum and provide free access for a one-year period.
The Food Programs offer an exciting hands-on experience of cooking, historic food preparation and workshops for adults, children and youth. These are designed to educate on the importance of local and fresh food and the importance of healthy eating. Through innovative food programs, museum staff provide families with an opportunity to learn about historic cooking and recipes in a traditional setting.