Homestead Special Events

We offer a variety of special events all year. Learn more below.  Call us for more information.

Loonie Family Day

Bring your family to visit the Bell Family's home for the special admission price of $1.00 per person. Children 6 and under are free.

  • Monday, February 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Victorian High Tea

Enjoy an elegant afternoon at The Exchange Cafe including period music and a scrumptious assortment of tea sandwiches, scones and desserts. $40.00 per person. This event sells out quickly so call us for your tickets.

  • Sunday, April 5 from 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Eliza's Mother's Day Afternoon Tea

Join us at the Exchange Cafe as we celebrate Alexander Graham Bell's mother along with all of our moms! This event is a unique experience featuring delectable petit fours, sandwiches, and scones and entertaining tours of Eliza Bell's 1870s home. Call us or email us for tickets. 

  • Sunday, May 10 with sittings at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

May is Museum Month Open House

Join us for a complimentary tour of the Bell Homestead as we celebrate International Museums Day!

  • Sunday, May 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

25th  Annual Barn Sale

You'll find lots of great bargains at our annual rummage sale. Proceeds from the sale benefit our annual community special events. Have items to donate? Call us or email us

  • postponed-stay tuned for updates

Summer Serenade with the Brantford Memorial Concert Band

Join us for an evening of exceptional live music with director, Paul Nicholson conducting Brantford's concert band. Bring your favourite lawn chair or blanket to enjoy this summer outdoor performance. Admission by donation. 

  • cancelled due to COVID-19

Bell Summer Theatre Festival

The Bell family's front verandah will provide the stage for Brant Theatre Workshops 12th season at the Homestead. You'll want to see all three productions-Beatrix Potter, Brantford's Johnny Cash and Ancient Roots. Bring your favourite lawn chair and/or blanket for these pay-what-you-can performances. For specific dates and showtimes visit

  • cancelled due to COVID-19

Symphony Under the Stars

The Brantford Community Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor, Deb McLoughlin, brings classical and a bit of contemporary music to the Homestead with this second program in our outdoor Summer Music Series. Bring your lawn chair, admission by donation. 

  • cancelled due to COVID-19

Coffee House at the Cafe

The Bell Homestead welcomes the fall at the Exchange Cafe in 1960s fashion with an evening of smooth music and good eats. Prepare to be jazzed by the groovy sounds of Brantford's Pleasant Ridge. Tickets $25.00 per person. Call us to purchase your tickets.

  • cancelled due to COVID-19

Hallowe'en Fun Fair

Join us for this family-friendly old fashions penny carnival. Come in costume or just as you are to play spooktacular games, have your face painted or fortune told, or take a pony and wagon ride. At 12:30 p.m. join Little Ray's Reptile Zoo for an amazing show in our Visitor Centre. Admission by donation.

  • cancelled due to COVID-19

Holiday Bake Sale and Tea

The Exchange Cafe and volunteers are baking up a storm so you don't have to! You will find a ton of scrumptious baked goods. Enjoy tea and a few of these tasty morsels while you're here!

  • stay tuned for updates

Candlelight Christmas Celebration

Awaken your holiday spirit with an evening tour of the Bell's 1970s home, decorated for a traditional Victorian Christmas. Take at our amid the glow of candles and oil lamps, enjoy live music of the season fresh baking from Mrs. Bell's 1880 wood stove. Admission by donation. Why not make a real evening of it with Christmas dinner at The Exchange Cafe, reservations required. 

  • stay tuned for updates