Old Town Hall


Municipal Office

395 Mulock Drive P.O. Box 328 Station Main, Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7

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Serpa Gallery Hours*

Tuesday to Friday 4 to 8 p.m. | Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m

*Except for closure due to private events/instructional classes during the following times:

  • Friday, Jan 18, 2019                          Gallery Closed           
  • Saturday Jan 19, 2019                       Limited Open Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday Jan 22, 2019                        Limited Open Hours: 4 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday Jan 23, 2019                   Limited Open Hours: 4 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 2, 2019               Gallery Closed           
  • Thursday, February 14, 2019             Gallery Closed           
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019              Gallery Closed           

 (Last updated Jan 17, 2019)

Current Exhibits

Mulock Farm: Artists Preserve History

November 28, 2018 to January 23, 2019.
Serpa Galleries, Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street)
Free Admission.

For six generations, the Mulock Farm has stood tall on 11.6 acres of land amongst mature maple trees at the corner of Yonge Street and Mulock Drive. For many Newmarket residents, the farm is a legacy of the original owner, Sir William Mulock, a memorable name in Canadian history. 

In this art exhibition, the Society of York Region Artists (SOYRA) and the Town of Newmarket present a visual record of this special property through the artistic lens of twelve selected artists who spent one day on the grounds of Mulock Farm on a plein air excursion.  Armed withtheir tools in hand, the freedom to roam, and led by intuition to feel and connect with the place, these artists chose to depict the subjects that resonated with them.  The artworks created that day now become part of the visual history of the Mulock Farm Estate as captured in 2018. 

Upcoming Exhibits

Still I Rise: Celebrating Stories of Strength, Courage and Innovation 

Newmarket Old Town Hall is collaborating with the local emerging community group, Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) to celebrate Black History Month in February, focusing on stories of strength, courage and innovation. 

Visit our Art Exhibition featuring Toronto based artists Gordon Shadrach and Syrus Marcus Ware, and youth in our community. February 1 to 23, 2019 | FREE Admission

Join us on Black History Event on February 9, 2019 | 10 am to 4 p.m. | FREE Admission

Click here to learn more. 

The Mindful Project Mental Health Exhibit: Roots|Routes


Submission Deadline: Thursday, February 28th, 2019, 11:59 PM EST

For Submission Guidelines and info visit newmarket.ca/mentalhealth


Daring Pairings: Board Games Café

January 19, 2019 | 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. | Age 19+ | Cost $5
Register at play.newmarket.ca | Course code 118887

Unplug and socialize with familiar faces or meet new people over board games.  We have everything from trivia, retro, strategy games to what's current and popular. Gourmet grilled cheese by our partner, Cachet Restaurant, will also be served.  Alcohol, coffee and sundry available for purchase. Please drink responsibly. 

Late Night Paint Night

Newmarket Old Town Hall, Serpa Galleries (460 Botsford Street)
January 24, 2019 | 7 to 10 p.m.
Cost $35 | Register at play.newmarket.ca | Code: 116565 | Age 19+

Unleash your inner artist and create your own masterpiece of Fairy Lake in winter led by Instructor Judy Horan of Art Circle. No experience required.
Beverages available for purchase. Please drink responsibly.


Drop In Family Art with Heart

Newmarket Old Town Hall, Serpa Galleries (460 Botsford Street)
January 25, 2019 (Code 118711) | February 22, 2019 (Code 118712) | 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 per family of up to 4 people | Register at: play.newmarket.ca

A great multi-generational activity! Family members from toddlers to seniors can attend this program where together, you will create art using a range of art materials and techniques.


Daring Pairings:  Valentine's Day Couples Evening

Newmarket Old Town Hall, Serpa Galleries (460 Botsford Street)
February 14, 2019 | 7 to 9 p.m.
Age 19+ | Cost: Residents $57.63 / Non-Residents $91.53 | Course code: 118904

Join us on a special date night tasting two indulgences: Scotch and chocolates.  Led by experts, you and your date will sample four distinct scotch whiskeys with specially selected chocolates. Please drink responsibility.


Newmarket Historical Society Lecture:
Richard McLeod: History of the Old Town Hall

Newmarket Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street)
February 21, 2019 | 7 to 8 p.m.
Cost $5, Net Proceeds to Newmarket historical Society. Course code: 116563 | Register at: play.newmarket.ca

Local historian Richard McLeod will share the history of the Newmarket Old Town Hall.


Educational Tours for School Groups

The Aurora Cultural Centre and Newmarket Old Town Hall will be offering school themed tours that relate to grades 3 to 12 Ontario School Curriculum. This a half day experience with visits to both galleries in Aurora and Newmarket where students will view the exhibits on display and engage in activities that explore the concepts and issues presented.  For bookings or inquiries, contact Logan Bales at lbales@newmarket.ca.

  • April 2019   Art for Social Change: Mental Health and Environmental Issues
  • June 2019   Art for Social Change: Showcasing Indigenous Artists and Highlighting Cultural Issues

Old Town Hall Gallery Submission Forms

Booking Space at Old Town Hall

The beautiful spaces at Old Town Hall are available for rent.  Inquiries to be made directly by email to othbookings@newmarket.ca  Unfortunately due to volume we are unable to accept DROP IN inquiries. We will endeavour to respond to your email within two business days.

 In your introductory email please include the following information:

  • Date/s requested
  • Space/s requested (if known)
  • Type of event
  • Estimated number of people attending​


​​History of Newmarket's Old Town Hall


Newmarket's Old Town Hall is located at 460 Botsford Street. The two-storey Old Town Hall is an important part of Newmarket's history. It was opened in 1883 and began operating as a Farmers' Market, operating until the 1940s. The Farmers' Market brought a great deal of prosperity to the area and helped Newmarket's Main Street grow into the heart of the community. Directly across the street from the Old Town Hall is Market Square, an open meeting place where local events and celebrations are held. 

Since 2012, Newmarket's Old Town Hall had undergone substantial renovations​ to achieve architectural renaissance. A new atrium extension was added to the south side of the building representing the blending of the old and the new. Renovations and improvements were made throughout the building to make it fully accessible and ensure it functions as a culture hub  for theatre, music, dance, arts and cultural activities and numerous opportunities for continued economic growth.​

The restoration of Old Town Hall is part of a joint project with the Federal and Provincial government in which the Town of Newmarket received approximately $3.4 million in funding. As a key driver of the Town's Cultural Master Plan, this landmark will act as a hub for arts and culture and will play a key role in the revitalization of Newmarket's downtown core.​

Learn more about the history of Newmarket's Old Town Hall or check out some of the upcoming events and activities such as: 


Heritage Lecture Series ​ |  Discovery Walk Series   National 10 Minute Play Festival ​


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