Ontario Fall Festivals & Fairs

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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.  

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Featured Ontario Fall Festivals

Apple Harvest Festival
Blue Mountain Village
October 6-8, 2018
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 6-7, 2018
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 22 to October 28, 2018
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
Weekends in October
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
Thursday to Sunday, October 4 to October 21, Every evening, from October 22 to October 30, 2018
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 10-11, 2018
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 27-29, 2018. 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 6, 2018

Bruce County

Tiverton Fair, October 5-7, 2018

Walkerton Little RoyalOctober 12-14, 2018

Grey County

Apple Harvest Craft Show,Meaford September 29-30, 2018

Owen Sound Fair, September 6-8, 2018

Haliburton Highlands

Carp Fall FairSeptember 20-23, 2018

Irondale’s Harvest Festival, September 22, 2018

Kawartha Lakes

Kinmount Fair, Augugst 31 & September 1-2, 2018

Lindsay Central ExhibitionSeptember 19-23, 2018

Bobcaygeon Fall FairSeptember 27-29, 2018

Pumpkin Festival, McLean Berry Farm, Buckhorn, Weekends in October

Norwood FairOctober 6-8, 2018

Lake Simcoe & Barrie

Beeton Fall FairSeptember 14-16, 2018

Midland & area

Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and SaleSainte-Marie Among the Hurons, Midland, October 6-7, 2018

Muskoka

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Rosseau Fall Fair, August 25, 2018

Severn Bridge FairSeptember 8, 2018

Bracebridge Fair & Horse ShowSeptember 14-16, 2018

Harvest Festival | Burk’s Falls, September 14-16, 2018

Huntsville Fall FairSeptember 21-23 2018

Bala Cranberry FestivalOctober 12-14, 2018

Northern Ontario

Powassan FairSeptember 1-2, 2018

McKellar Fall Fair, September 8, 2018

Ontario’s Highlands

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Perth Fair, August 31 –September 3 , 2018

Ontario’s Lake Country

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Orillia FairSeptember 7-9, 2018

Oro FairSeptember 14-15, 2018

Ramona Fall FairSeptember 15, 2018

Coldwater FairSeptember 28-30, 20178   

Brechin Scarecrow FestivalSeptember 29, 2018

Copeland Forest Friends Fall Fair2018 TBA

Ottawa Valley

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Renfrew Fall FairSeptember 5-9, 2018

Southern Georgian Bay

Great Northern ExhibitionSeptember 21-23, 2018 | Collingwood

Elmvale Fall Fair, October  4-6, 2018

Blue Mountains Apple Harvest Festival, October 6-8, 2018