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.
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!
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!
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.
Dorset Thanksgiving Arts, Crafts & Antiques Show, October 7, 2017
Tiverton Fair, October 6-8, 2017
Walkerton Little Royal, October 13-15, 2017
Meaford and St. Vincent Fall Fair, September 1-2, 2017
Owen Sound Fair, September 7-9, 2017
Carp Fall Fair, September 21-24, 2017
Abbey Gardens Fall Festival, TBA | Haliburton
Kinmount Fair, September 1-3, 2017
Lindsay Central Exhibition, September 20-24, 2017
Bobcaygeon Fall Fair, September 28-30, 2017
Pumpkin Festival, McLean Berry Farm, Buckhorn, TBA
Norwood Fair, October 7-9, 2017
Lake Simcoe & Barrie
Beeton Fall Fair, September 15-17, 2017
Midland & area
Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale, Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, Midland, October 7-8, 2017
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Severn Bridge Fair, September 9, 2017
Bracebridge Fair & Horse Show, September 15-17, 2017
Harvest Festival | Burk’s Falls, September 15-17, 2017
Huntsville Fall Fair, September 22-24 2017
Bala Cranberry Festival, October 13-15, 2017
Powassan Fair, September 2-3, 2017
Bruce Mines Fall Fair, September TBA
McKellar Fall Fair, September 9, 2017
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Perth Fair, September 1-4, 2017
Ontario’s Lake Country
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Orillia Fair, September 8-10, 2017
Oro Fair, September 15-16, 2017
Ramona Fall Fair, September 15-17, 2017
Coldwater Fair, September 22-24, 2017
Brechin Scarecrow Festival, September 30, 2017
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Renfrew Fall Fair, September 6-10, 2017
Southern Georgian Bay
Great Northern Exhibition, September 22-24, 2017 | Collingwood
Elmvale Fall Fair, October 5-7, 2017
Blue Mountains Apple Harvest Festival, October 7-9, 2017