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 Festivals

Apple Harvest Festival
Blue Mountain Village
October 7-9, 2017
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.

Thanksgiving Harvest Festival
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, Midland
October 7-8, 2017
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.

Pumpkin Mania
Rounds Ranch, Elmvale
September 23 to October 29, 2017
Coloured leaves, crisp air and pumpkins everywhere! Visit Rounds Ranch to get in the spirit of Fall during our Pumpkin Mania Festival! Enjoy wagon rides, goofy pumpkin-themed games, corn mazes, farm animals and our Western Playground! Each Guest will visit our large pumpkin patch and pick their own pumpkin to take home. Make this Fall unforgettable at Rounds Ranch!

Pumpkin Festival
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!

Pumpkinferno
Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene
October 1 – 2, 6 – 9, 13 -16, 20 – 23 & 27 – 30, 2017
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!

Sugar Plum Fair Craft Show & Sale
November 11-12, 2017
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 28-30, 2017. This year they are celebrating 159 years taking us back to 1858. Stay in Bobcaygeon resort area of the Kawartha Lakes resorts, inns, cottages.

Algonquin Highlands

Dorset Thanksgiving Arts, Crafts & Antiques ShowOctober 7, 2017

Bruce County

Tiverton Fair, October 6-8, 2017

Walkerton Little RoyalOctober 13-15, 2017

Grey County

Meaford and St. Vincent Fall Fair, September 1-2, 2017

Owen Sound Fair, September 7-9, 2017

Haliburton Highlands

Carp Fall FairSeptember 21-24, 2017

Irondale’s Harvest Festival, September 23, 2017

Kawartha Lakes

Kinmount FairSeptember 1-3, 2017

Lindsay Central ExhibitionSeptember 20-24, 2017

Bobcaygeon Fall FairSeptember 28-30, 2017

Pumpkin Festival, McLean Berry Farm, Buckhorn, TBA

Norwood FairOctober 7-9, 2017

Lake Simcoe & Barrie

Beeton Fall FairSeptember 15-17, 2017

Mattawa County

Midland & area

Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and SaleSainte-Marie Among the Hurons, Midland, October 7-8, 2017

Muskoka

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Rosseau Fall Fair, August 26, 2017

Severn Bridge FairSeptember 9, 2017

Bracebridge Fair & Horse ShowSeptember 15-17, 2017

Harvest Festival | Burk’s Falls, September 15-17, 2017

Huntsville Fall FairSeptember 22-24 2017

Bala Cranberry FestivalOctober 13-15, 2017

Northern Ontario

Powassan FairSeptember 2-3, 2017

Bruce Mines Fall FairSeptember TBA

McKellar Fall Fair, September 9, 2017

Ontario’s Highlands

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Perth FairSeptember 1-4, 2017

Ontario’s Lake Country

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Orillia FairSeptember 8-10, 2017

Oro FairSeptember 15-16, 2017

Ramona Fall FairSeptember 15-17, 2017

Coldwater FairSeptember 22-24, 2017    

Brechin Scarecrow FestivalSeptember 30, 2017           

Copeland Forest Friends Fall FairOctober TBA

Ottawa Valley

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Renfrew Fall FairSeptember 6-10, 2017

Southern Georgian Bay

Great Northern ExhibitionSeptember 22-24, 2017 | Collingwood

Elmvale Fall Fair, October 5-7, 2017

Blue Mountains Apple Harvest Festival, October 7-9, 2017