Ontario Fall Festivals & Fairs

Ontario's Lake Country Fall Touring

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.

Pumpkinferno
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

September

 

Kinmount Fair
September 2-4, 2016

Perth Fair
September 2-5, 2016
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Powassan Fair
September 3-4, 2016
Variety of vendors, Children’s Races, Kids Games &Activity Tent, Car Show and Shine. Thursday: Judging of Exhibits, Results Viewed Throughout Weekend. Saturday: Heavy Horse Pulls, Poultry Show, Parade leaving from Eastholme. Sunday: Demolition Derby, Farm Animal & Pets judging. 

Renfrew Fall Fair
September 7-11, 2016
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Bruce Mines Fall Fair
September 9-11, 2016

Owen Sound Fair
September 8-10, 2016

Orillia Fair
September 9-11, 2016
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McKellar Fall Fair
September 10, 2016

Severn Bridge Fair
September 10, 2016
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Ramona Fall Fair
September 17, 2016
Games, delicious food, exhibit hall, lots of prizes, vendors, lumberjack competition, bouncy castle, heavy and light horse pulls, beverage tent and more! 
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Kingston Fair
September 15-18, 2016

Oro Fair
September 16-17, 2016
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Beeton Fall Fair
September 16-18, 2016

Harvest Festival | Burk’s Falls
September 16-18, 2016
Come celebrate the season’s change and fall colours by the fire, on the dance floor and under the stars amongst the rolling hills, waters, sculptures and forests of Midlothian Castle.

Bracebridge Fair & Horse Show
September 16-18, 2016
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Intenational Plowing Match 
September 20-24, 2016
This international event takes place in Harriston, Wellington County Ontario and is one of the largest fall festivals of the year. One thousand acres of farmers’ fields will transform into the Tented City, RV Park, Plowing Competition Fields and parking areas.

Lindsay Central Exhibition
September 21-25, 2016

Carp Fall Fair
September 22-25, 2016
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Coldwater Fair 
September 23-25, 2016                       
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Great Northern Exhibition
Collingwood, Ontario
September 23-25, 2016

Huntsville Fall Fair
September 23-25 2016
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Caledonia Fair
September 29 – October 2, 2016

Tiverton Fair
September 29 – October 2, 2016

October

 

Bobcaygeon Fall Fair 
September 29 – October 1, 2016

Abbey Gardens Fall Festival 
October 1, 2016 | Haliburton
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Brechin Scarecrow Festival
October 1, 2016
There will be contest, music and vendors. Vote for your favourite scarecrow to win!
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Elmvale Fall Fair 
Thanksgiving Weekend
October 7-9, 2016
Enjoy the midway or the tractor pull.  Watch the competition in the cattle or horse rings.  Browse through the award winning baked goods, crafts, needlework, school displays, preserves, field crops, photography or floral exhibits.  Come enjoy the Heavy Horse, Cattle and Sheep Shows along with the Farm Animal Display and the Small Animal Show.

Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale
Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, Midland
October 8-9, 2016
Sainte-Marie’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale is a fun family event, with lots of on-site activities and over 35 outstanding artisans and crafters.
More information on Midland Tourism

Blue Mountains Apple Harvest Festival
October 8-9, 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.

Dorset Thanksgiving Arts, Crafts & Antiques Show
October 8, 2016
All handmade arts & crafts ~ All Ontario artisans ~ Unique collectibles ~ Bake sale ~ Lunch available.
More information on Algonquin Highlands & Muskoka Tourism

Norwood Fair
October 10 – 12, 2015

Pumpkin Festival
McLean Berry Farm, Buckhorn
October 8-9, 2016
As the season continues, the harvest becomes even more bountiful. Starting Thanksgiving weekend, the McLean’s again welcome the community to their farm for another festival. This festival takes place at their Buckhorn Berry Farm location Pumpkin festival runs the last weekends of October, starting Thanksgiving weekend. There is lots for the whole family to do – from wagon rides out to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin, to corn mazes, the pumpkin cannon, straw bales to play on and even the haunted barn – there is lots for everyone to enjoy!

Bala Cranberry Festival
October 14-16, 2016
Savour the tastes of this annual berry fest – from 
sweet cranberry crepes to tangy cranberry chili.
More information on Muskoka Tourism

Walkerton Little Royal
October 14-16, 2016