We Know Things To Do in Ontario!

You will never ask “What is happening north of Toronto (and in central and northern Ontario) this weekend”? again! Use our events calendar to find things to do in Ontario and even in Ontario this weekend or in the future. Whether you like to lay low and chill or get your rush from adrenaline-pumping activities and experiences – the calendar has events for everyone, in every season from the Bruce Peninsula to the Ottawa Valley!

Depending on your drive, you’ll find action anywhere from 1 hour away from Toronto to 5. Our events are not limited to highways 400 and 11 either. These are just the first two highway suggestions to travel north and find adventure in Ontario.

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Thanksgiving Harvest Festival

October 6, 2018 - October 7, 2018

Sainte Marie among the Hurons

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 outstanding artisans and crafters.

The event is a regional favourite and typically includes both new and returning artisans. The wide variety of new products includes:

• Original acrylic artwork on slate and canvas

• Wildlife wood carvings

• Birch-bark greeting cards

• Glass and crystal ornaments

• Unique wreaths and centerpiece arrangements with natural materials

• Exquisite purses

• Porcupine-quill jewelry

Returning artists will showcase:

• Fan-carved birds

• Home-made wooden birdhouses

• Jewelry made from silver, brass, copper, bone, and shells

• Ceramic giftware

• Native drums and leather goods

• Wood burned gourds

• Quillwork and much more

Art lovers will appreciate original paintings in watercolour and oil, art cards, and Simcoe County landscape and wildlife motifs. Food is a big part of the event, and culinary fans will appreciate the special gourmet foods such as homemade fudges and baked goods, savoury jellies, chutneys, mustards, truffles, and biscotti. Farmer’s Market vendors offering pumpkins and apples will be set up at Sainte-Marie’s front entrance.

Heritage Activities

On the historic site, there will be lots of heritage activities for families to enjoy, including pumpkin decorating, traditional planting of “The Three Sisters” (corn, beans, and squash), sampling of historic foods and tea, torch-making demonstrations, corn-on-the cob, and an historic encampment. Costumed staff will share the story of the original 17th-century Jesuit mission.

Restaurant Sainte-Marie will be open on both days during the event, featuring its famous “Three Sisters Soup” adapted from an award-winning Native recipe.

Featured Ontario Festivals

This is it! These are them!

Our annual list of Best Festivals, or as we call it around the office “The Bestivals” list.

We pick a new list each year, some are hosted by our advertisers, some festivals we have sponsored and well, some we think are just plain pretty cool.

The list has been assembled keeping in consideration current trends and what people out there really seem to be seeking out. We’ve tried to include events and festivals that might be family focused, adult focused, or both!