Upcoming Events - by Date

There's always something happening at the Museum! Our changing exhibitions and collections inspire talks, music, family activities, and much more with a unique flavour found nowhere else.

You can view upcoming events by TYPE OF EVENT (Especially for Families, Lectures, etc.) or by date (with event details, below). Click here for a pdf version of our general fall activites or here for children's activities.

Weekends at the BSM

Visit us on the weekend with your little ones and there is always a shoe-themed arts and crafts activity as well as funky shoes to try on and a game of iSpy to play in the gallery. All activities are drop-in until 4pm (unless pre-empted by other programming). This summer's crafts are inspired by our 19th century exhibition and include creating a Pinet boot-shaped magnet and creating your own jigsaw puzzle!

On Saturdays visitors can also have an enriched gallery experience by stopping by our All About Shoes gallery between 1pm and 3pm to chat with a museum docent, touch some hands on artefacts and learn more about the exhibition.

PA Days

Come by the BSM on TDSB PA days for drop-in arts and crafts activities, try-on shoes and I-spy in the galleries. Our next scheduled day of PA activities in Friday, December 5th.

Saturday, December 13th
10am - 4 pm

Included with Museum admission


Especially for Families

Holiday Family Fun at the BSM

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Santa's dropped off some early treats at the BSM so kids can have some shoe-themed holiday family fun at Toronto's favourite shoe box! Kids are invited to create a one-of-a-kind reindeer sock puppet, decorate a mini stocking for the tree and make their very own elf shoe fridge magnet!

Thursday December 18th

Included with pay-what-you-can admission. Seats are first come, first served.


Special Event

Nineteenth Century Literature in Classic Film

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To accompany Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century the Bata Shoe Museum is celebrating launching a new film series - Nineteenth Century Literature in Classic Film.

Comprised of classic Hollywood films made in the first half of the 20th century, the BSM is excited to present a film series based on some of the greatest works of literature of the 19th century. Join us on the third Thursday of each month as we celebrate the romance, mystery and adventure of 19th century literature in film!

Thursday December 19th, 2014; 6 pm - A Christmas Carol (1951)
This classic British adaptation of the Dickens novella stars Alastair Sim as Scrooge, whose misanthropic glare is reversed only after he has confronted the ghosts of the present, future, and past.

January 9th/10th/16th/17th
Jan 9th. 5:30-9:30pm
Jan 10th 3-9pm
Jan 16th 5:30-9:30pm
Jan 17th 3-9pm

$475 CAN + Upper material (Students receive a 15% discount)

Register here on the Art and Sole Academy website


Pump it up Workshop

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Pump up your wardrobe with one of our more complex workshops by creating your own custom pair of high heels! Throughout this workshop you will be taught traditional hand crafted techniques and will be guided through the entire design process from start to finish. You will learn how to create your design using a “last” and then learn how to translate your design into a practical paper pattern. Once your pattern is complete, you will cut, sew and assemble your pieces together using traditional hand sewing and machine techniques.

What is included:

  • "Shoe last" in your size for you to use throughout the workshop
  • Lining material
  • Leather or rubber sheeting for outsoles
  • Pair of heels
  • Hardware + Embellishments
  • Essential shoemaking components
  • Shoemaking tools to use during the workshop
  • FREE Admission the The Bata Shoe Museum

Saturday, January 10th and 17th
January 10th: 10am-2pm and
January 17th: 10am-2pm

$245 CAN (Students receive a 15% discount)

Register here on the Art and Sole Academy website


Moccasin Making Workshop

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Learn how to make an authentic pair of Moccasins with a twist of your own! In this workshop you will be introduced to basic bespoke shoemaking techniques and will be guided through the pattern making, cutting, sewing and assembling process. We will focus on creating patterns based off of your own measurements and lead into traditional moccasin construction using different hand and machine sewing techniques for both Women and Men's styles.

What is included:

  • Leather for your upper design
  • Outsole material
  • Hardware
  • Essential shoemaking components
  • Embellishments to personalize your design
  • Shoemaking tools to use during the workshop
  • FREE Admission the The Bata Shoe Museum

For more information about events listed on this page, or to pre-register
Please contact [email protected] or call 416.979.7799 x240.

How can you receive free or discounted admission to many of the paid events listed here? By becoming a MEMBER of the Bata Shoe Museum.

Media contact
Rosmarie Gadzovski, Marketing and Public Relations Manager
416.979.7799 x225