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 Fall Fairs and Festivals

Ontario Fall Fairs and Festivals

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.  

Ontario Fairs & Dates: Featured Fall FestivalsAugust Agricultural-Fall FairsSeptember Fall FairsOctober Fall Fairs and November Craft Shows

Featured Ontario Fall Fairs and Festivals

October | November 2015

Blue Mountain Village Fall Colours Touring
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
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
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
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!

32nd Annual Sugar Plum Fair Craft Show & Sale
The highly anticipated 30th Annual Sugar Plum Fair is taking place on Saturday, November 14, 2015 (9am-5pm) and Sunday, November 15, 2015 (10am-4pm)
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. Visit the Nottawasaga Resort for the 32nd Annual Sugar Plum Fair Craft Show & Sale, and 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 26 to 28. Bobcaygeon website. This year they are celebrating 154 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 2015


Kinmount Fair
September 4-6, 2015

Perth Fair 
September 4-7, 2015

More information & Accommodation
Land O Lakes Destination
More information & Accommodation
Ontario Highlands Destination

Maynooth Fall Fair (Bancroft Agricultural Society)
Saturday, September 5, 2015

Powassan Fair
September 5-6, 2015
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 &Ppets judging. Weekend: Bingo, Penny Sale, Nevada's. Additional Activities in Planning Stage, Check website for Fair Books & Updated information.  Celebrating 120th Fall Fair.
Featured Accommodation:  Booth Landing Campng & Cottages

Burk’s Falls Fall Fair
September 5 - 7, 2015
Featured Accommodations in Burk’s Falls & Magnetawan:
Ahmic Lake Resort - Ahmic HarbourPickerel Lake Cottage Resort, Quiet Bay Log Motel, Woodland Echoes Resort

Renfrew Fall Fair
September 9 - 13, 2015
More Information on Ottawa Valley Destination

Bruce Mines
September 10-12, 2015

Owen Sound Fair 
September 10 - 12, 2015
Featured Accommodation:  Walter’s Falls The Falls Inn
Georgian Bluffs Evergreen Forest Resort B&B

Orillia Fair
September 11 - 13, 2015
Featured Accommodations: Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre , Carriage Ridge ResortComfort Inn, Attractions: Dave Beckett Studio/Gallery 
Attractions: Hardwood Ski and Bike
More information on: Ontario's Lake Country Tourism

McKellar Fall Fair
September 12, 2015
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Parry Sound, ON

Severn Bridge Fair
September 12, 2015
Featured Accommodation:  Bayview Wildwood Resort

More information on: Ontario's Lake Country Tourism

Kingston Fair 
September 17 - 20, 2015
More information on Land O Lakes Destination

Oro Fair
September 18 - 19, 2015
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in BarrieOrillia
More information on: Ontario's Lake Country Tourism


Beeton Fall Fair
September 18 - 20, 2015
Featured Alliston Accommodations: Nottawasaga Inn Resort

Harvest Festival 2015 near Burk's Falls
September 18 - 20, 2015

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.
Featured Accommodations in Burk’sFalls & Magnetawan:
Ahmic Lake Resort - Ahmic HarbourPickerel Lake Cottage Resort, Quiet Bay Log Motel, Woodland Echoes Resort

Bracebridge Fair
September 18 - 20, 2015
Attraction:  Santas Village
More information on Muskoka Tourism

Intenational Plowing Match 
September 22 - 26, 2015

This international event takes place in Ivy, Simcoe County Ontario and is one of the largest fall festivals of the year. The 5-day festival starts with a Parade lead by Jennifer Jones with entertainment including Canadian Cowgirls, Jason Mccoy, The Golden Helmets,  The Dancing Tractors, RAM Rodeo Tour and theMartels Rock & Roll Show plus the first showing of the Quilted Barn Project in Canada.
Enjoy the Barrie-Alliston-Simcoe County resort destination with accommodation at Carriage Ridge Resort - Horseshoe Valley, Comfort Inn-Hart Drive Barrie, , Georgian Conference Services, Horseshoe Resort-Horsehoe Valley, Nottawasaga Inn Resort-Alliston

Lindsay Central Exhibition 
September 23 - 27, 2015
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Kawarthas

Carp Fall Fair 
September 24 - 27, 2015
More information on Haliburton Highlands

Coldwater Fair 
September 25 - 27, 2015      
Information on Coldwater--Port Severn 
Information Hotels, Inns, Resorts

Great Northern Exhibition
Collingwood, Ontario
September 25 - 27, 2015  

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Collingwood /  Blue Mountains , ON

Huntsville Fall Fair
September 25 - 27, 2015
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels  in Huntsville , ON

Barkfest Dog Festival & Harvest Fall Food Fair

Celebrating our Dogs & the bounty of Ontario’s Harvest
Accommodation at inns, resorts, hotels in Barrie

Ottawa Valley Rural Ramble

The annual Rural Ramble - a free self-guided driving tour featuring four weekends during the fall months of Adventure & Exploration, Agriculture & Food weekend, History & Heritage weekend and Arts & Culture.
Book your hotel and resort accommodation in Barry's Bay
More information on the Ottawa Valley Destination


October 2015


Bobcaygeon Fall Fair 
October 1-3, 2015
Stay at Resorts, Inns, cottage-resorts in Kawartha Lakes Resort Destination

Elmvale Fall Fair 
Thanksgiving Weekend
October 8 - 10, 2015

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.
Accommodation at inns, resorts, hotels in BarrieWasaga Beach

Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale
Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
October 10 - 11, 2015

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.

The event is a regional favourite and typically includes both new and returning artisans.
Accommodation at inns, resorts, hotels in Midland Ontario on Georgian Bay.

Blue Mountains Apple Harvest Festival
October 10 - 12, 2015
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.


Norwood Fair
October 10 - 12, 2015
Accommodation at inns, resorts, hotels in the Peterborough area.

Bala Cranberry Festival - Bala
October 16 - 18, 2015

Savour the tastes of this annual berry fest – from 
sweet cranberry crepes to tangy cranberry chili.
Accommodation at resorts, inns, hotels near BalaPort CarlingBracebridgeGravenhurst
More information on Muskoka Tourism

Annual Turkey Tent Event - Blue Mountain Resort
Blue Mountain’s Annual Turkey Tent Event is back and bigger than ever before! Save up to 75% off of skis, boards, bindings and outerwear for kids and adults. Plus, you can purchase your 2014/15 Blue Mountain Season Pass at the Early Bird Rate. Featuring brands such as: Eira, The North Face, Burton, Spyder, Bonfire, Jupa, Salomon, Orage, Laundromat, Hurley, Nixon, and more!

Pumpkin Festival - McLean Berry Farm

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!



Agriculture Fall Harvest

Fall Farmers' Markets at Fairs
There are excellent farmers' markets on weekends and many rural private farmers' market stores on your way to and from a fall fair.  Many fairs will also have delicious local produce and food items on sale.   Combined with a romantic fall road trip or family fall getaway in Ontario a Farmers' market experience makes for a complete day

Fair Poney Rides

Fall Fair Parade
Kids andTractors Fall Fair
Fall Horse Shows
Fall Produce
Pumpkin Picks
Fall Farm Fun

Fall Farm Fun

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