Special Events

150th Celebration of the Invention of the Telephone

The Bell Homestead National Historic Site is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1874 with some fun free activities the entire family can enjoy. All events take place rain or shine. Join the conversation on Facebook using the hashtag #Bell150.  Subscribe to this page below to receive updates to details as they occur.

Free Music in the Square 

Join us at Harmony Square, 89 Dalhousie Street, at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of live music with a telephone twist by Avalon Music Academy of Brantford. Don't forget your lawn chair.

  • Friday, July 26 beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Celebrating 150 years at the Homestead 

Don't miss all the excitement and free family-fun at the Bell Homestead, 94 Tutela Heights, garden party with an official opening of the new telephone exhibit, interpretative dance by Elsie Myers Martin, outdoor performance by Brant Theatre Workshops presenting the play Helen, Annie and Alec and more.

  • Saturday, July 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Telephone Trail Trek Challenge 

Take the challenge to see if you can walk, run or bike the distance of the world's first long-distance telephone call made from Harmony Square in Brantford to Paris, Ontario. 

  • Sunday, July 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Annual special events

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

Eliza's Mother's Day Afternoon Tea - Sunday May 12, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. 

Join us for an elegant afternoon at the Bell Homestead with a scrumptious assortment of tea sandwiches, scones and desserts. Mimosa cocktails will be served as a special treat. Take a tour of Eliza Bell’s 1870's home with the Brant 4H Club as we celebrate Alexander Graham Bell's mother along with all of our moms! Ticket includes museum admission. $45.00 per person, children ages 8 and under cost $15.00 per child (including tax). Call us or email us for tickets. 

  • Sunday, May 12, 2024 (time slots available to reserve for 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.)
May is Museum Month Open House - Saturday May 18, 2024

Join us for a complimentary tour of the Bell Homestead as we celebrate International Museums Day! Call us or email us to pre-book a tour. 

  • Saturday, May 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
28th  Annual Barn Sale - Saturday May 25, 2024

You'll find lots of great bargains at our annual rummage sale including household items, furniture, clothing and oddities galore. Admission is free with exception to cost of purchased items. Proceeds from the sale benefit our annual community special events. Have items to donate? You can drop off your donations at the Bell Homestead or call 519-756-6220 or email us to arrange pick-up. 

  • Saturday, May 25 from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Time to Sing Concert - Sunday June 9, 2024

The Brant County Singers kick off the Bell Homestead’s summer music series with an outdoor performance on the Bell family’s front verandah. Bring your favourite blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the concert. Donations are welcome towards Brant Food for Thought

  • Sunday, June 9 beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Summer Serenade Concert - Saturday June 22, 2024 (Rain Date: June 23 at 3:00 p.m.)

Enjoy an outdoor performance celebrating the 150th anniversary of the telephone featuring the Brantford Memorial Concert Band, within the unique and picturesque setting of the Bell Homestead. Donations are accepted for this free outdoor concert in support of the Brantford School of Instrumental Music. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the concert. Donations are welcomed to the Brantford School of Instrumental Music.

  • Saturday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, June 23 at 3:00 p.m.)
Bell Summer Theatre Festival - July and August

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the telephone, Brant Theatre Workshops proudly presents Helen, Alec and Annie by Sharyl Hudson. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy this outdoor performance. Cost by donation. View dates and show times at www.branttheatre.com.

  • July 27 at 7:30 p.m.
  • July 28 at 2:00 p.m.
  • August 3 at 7:30 p.m.
  • August 4 at 2:00 p.m.
Symphony Under the Stars - Thursday August 22, 2024 (Rain Date: Friday, August 23)

Enjoy an evening outdoor performance by the Brantford Community Symphony Orchestra with classical music enjoyed by the Bell family and modern favourites. Donations are accepted for this free concert in support of the Brantford School of Instrumental Music. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the music.

  • Thursday, August 23 at 7:00 p.m. (Rain date: Friday, August 23 at 7:00 p.m.)