The Ontario fall fair and festival exhibition season coincides with the rural harvest in Ontario’s resort and cottage country towns and rural villages. Amusement rides for children, demolition derbies and local culinary delights are major events. Fairs continue into November where Christmas craft fairs and games add fun fall times.
Featured Ontario Fall Fairs and Festivals
Blue Mountain Village Fall Colours Touring
September 24-25, 2016
It’s country road and river touring time! Enjoy local wine and cider tasting, guided hiking, Ontario’s only open air gondola and many artisan stops along the Apple Pie Trail.
Blue Mountains Apple Harvest Festival
October 8-10, 2016
There’s no better way to enjoy Thanksgiving weekend and the fall colours at Blue Mountain, Clarksburg and Thornbury. Free family activities, live music, Apple Pie Trail, adventures, stilt walkers, hiking, biking and fall driving tours.
Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale
October 8-9, 2016
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, Midland
Celebrate the Fall Season with the Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and the return of the popular Arts & Crafts Show and Sale. Harvest activities and displays, the history of corn, Native foods, and more! The quality Arts & Crafts Show features outstanding artisans offering a diverse range of craft and food items. Admission to the show is included in the price of admission to the historic site.
Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene
It’s Pumpkinferno and Discovery Harbour is haunted! Amazing carved pumpkins, scary scenes and evil creatures await you around every corner if you dare! Zombies and ghouls lurk in the darkness! Every Thursday to Saturday evening in October!
33rd Annual Sugar Plum Fair Craft Show & Sale
November 12-13, 2016
Nottawasaga Inn Resort, Alliston
Thinking it’s time to get a jumpstart on Christmas shopping? If you’re not ready to face the big box stores this year we may have the solution you’re looking for. Discover a spectacular line-up of crafters who feature a unique line-up of handmade items.
Fall Fairs History in Ontario
The nature of harvest season agricultural fairs fall fairs has changed since the 1800’s when the harvest ended and farmers came together, to talk about yield and techniques usually set up in the forum of an agricultural society. Many fairs are Summer Agricultural Fairs. There were always competitions, as to best yields and talks of the best “bull”, all evolving into fall fair competitions, for the best corn relish, or cherry pie, or best Rose, or rabbit, or antique or home made quilt. Today the fall fairs still bring together the farming community and the public with many fun events, 100 mile foods and produce, activities, homemade products, including arts and crafts, and the competitive side and tradition of deciding who has the best at the “Fall Fair”. A getaway best buy is a fall fair that can always be combined with a fun family getaway weekend vacation.
Ontario Resort Town Hosts One of the Oldest Fall Fairs
The origin of fall fairs in Ontario goes back to the Bobcaygeon Fall Fair in Kawartha Lakes. The “Grand Dandy of them All” runs September 29 to October 1, 2016. Bobcaygeon website. This year they are celebrating 157 years taking us back to 1858. Stay in Bobcaygeon resort area of the Kawartha Lakes resorts, inns, cottages.
Fall Fairs Offer Demolition Derbies and Truck Pulls
North America’s love of cars and crashes, horse power and engines are highlighted as major events at Ontario’s fall fairs. Find links to a review of fall demolition derbies article from the Toronto Star
Bruce Mines Fall Fair
Owen Sound Fair
McKellar Fall Fair
Ramona Fall Fair
Beeton Fall Fair
Harvest Festival | Burk’s Falls
Intenational Plowing Match
Lindsay Central Exhibition
Great Northern Exhibition
Bobcaygeon Fall Fair
Elmvale Fall Fair
Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale
Blue Mountains Apple Harvest Festival
Dorset Thanksgiving Arts, Crafts & Antiques Show
Walkerton Little Royal