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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 in October 

Ottawa Valley Rural Ramble
August 30- October 31, 2014

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 2014

 

Pumpkin Mania
29 Sep – 28 Oct 2014
Rounds Ranch,

Its PUMPKIN MANIA Season at Rounds Ranch so saddle up and get down here for some serious fun and farm filled adventures.

November 2014

31st Annual Sugar Plum Fair Craft Show & Sale

The highly anticipated 30th Annual Sugar Plum Fair is taking place on Saturday, November 15, 2014 (9am-5pm) and Sunday, November 16, 2014 (10am-4pm)

Whether you’re a return or first time visitor you will experience a treat at this year’s show. We’re excited to welcome back some incredible vendors and introduce a line-up of new and talented crafters and artisans who will be displaying their creations during the two day show. The show features over 100 vendors from across Ontario selling a variety of items including chocolate, jam, fudge, sauces, quilts, candles, ceramics, stained glass, wreaths, folk art, woodwork, sock monkeys, body care products and more! Santa will also be stopping by for a visit.

Admission is $4.00 and children under 12 are free.

For a full list of vendors participating in the show this year please visit our website.

VENUE: 
Nottawasaga Resort 
6015 Highway 89, AllistonON

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

Past Events

 

September 2014

 

Kinmount Fair
The Fair with the Forward Look
August 29, 30, 31, 2014

Maynooth Fall Fair
August 30, 2014

Burk’s Falls Fall Fair
August 31 - September 1, 2014
Featured Accommodations in Burk’sFalls & Magnetawan:
Ahmic Lake Resort - Ahmic HarbourPickerel Lake Cottage Resort, Quiet Bay Log Motel, Woodland Echoes Resort

 

Perth Fair 
Fri Aug 29th - Mon Sept 1st, 2014

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

Powassan Fair
August 29th to 31st, 2014
Featured Accommodation:  Booth Landing Campng & Cottages

Week of September 1st- 7th

 

Owen Sound Fair 
September 4th, 5th & 6th, 2014!
Featured Accommodation:  Walter’s Falls The Falls Inn
Georgian Bluffs Evergreen Forest Resort B&B

Orillia Fair
September 5-7, 2014
Featured Accommodations: Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre , Carriage Ridge ResortComfort Inn, Attractions: Dave Beckett Studio/Gallery 
Attractions: Hardwood Ski and Bike

Worm Rodeo Country Fun Fair 
Sat. Sept 6, 2014

Where the Country Meets the City at  Highway 11 & Highway 93.  'Grace United Church' and 'Seniors Wish Barrie' are bringing families a day of Worm Rodeo fun on Sept. 7 at Chappell Farms.  A fun day with the kids, with games, talent contest, raffle draw, live auction, worm charming and more. See last years 2012  worm rodeo.
Stay overnight in Barrie and Horseshoe Valley area resorts, hotels and inns.

Ottawa Valley Rural Ramble
August 30- October 31, 2014

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

McKellar Fall Fair
September 6th, 2014
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Parry Sound, ON

Renfrew Fall Fair
September 3rd - 7th, 2014
More Information on Ottawa Valley Destination

Bruce Mines
September 5th to 7th, 2014
Featured Accommodation:  Sault Ste. Marie
North to Adventure - Mar Mac Lodge, Lodge Eighty Eight, White River Air, White River Outfitters

Severn Bridge Fair
September 6, 2014
Featured Accommodation:  Bayview Wildwood Resort,

Week of September 8th - 14th

 

Harvest Festival 2014
near Burk's Falls
September 12th to 14th, 2014

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

Kingston Fair 
September 11th to 14th, 2014
More information on Land O Lakes Destination

Oro Fair
September 12, 13 & 14, 2014
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in BarrieOrillia

Ottawa Valley Rural Ramble
August 30- October 31, 2014

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

Beeton Fall Fair
September 12th to 14th, 2014
Featured Alliston Accommodations: Nottawasaga Inn Resort

Bracebridge Fair
September 12th to 14th, 2014
Attraction:  Santas Village

Week of September 15th - 21st

INTERNATIONAL PLOWING MATCH AND RURAL EXPO 2014 
September 16th- September 20th

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. Find More information on the IPM.  
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 17-21, 2014
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Kawarthas

Great Northern Exhibition
Collingwood, Ontario
Sept. 19, 20, 21 - 2014  

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

Huntsville Fall Fair
September 19-21, 2014
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels  in Huntsville , ON

Ottawa Valley Rural Ramble
September 1 - October 31, 2014

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

Week of September 22th – 28th

 

Coldwater Fair 
September 26, 27 and 28, 2014      
                 
Information on Coldwater--Port Severn 
Information Hotels, Inns, Resorts

Bobcaygeon Fall Fair 
September 25 to 27th, 2014
Stay at Resorts, Inns, cottage-resorts in Kawartha Lakes Resort Destination

Carp Fall Fair 
September 25th - 28th 2014
More information on Haliburton Highlands

Ottawa Valley Rural Ramble
August 30- October 31, 2014

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

Barkfest Dog Festival & Harvest Fall Food Fair
September 27 - 28, 2014

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

October 2014

 

Applefest & Run
Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre
Saturday, 4 Oct 2014
Register for 1km fun run or walk, a 5km fun run or walk or enjoy a 16km run or walk through the beautiful trails of Wye Marsh. A portion of your registration fee will be donated to your public school of choice to go towards offsetting bus trip costs, art and athletic equipment or supplies. Also, a portion of your fee will go to support environmental education programs at Wye Marsh. Register by September 16 and receive a free event t-shirt. Wye Marsh entrance fee is included in your registration fee and there will be a discounted entrance fee to all spectators. So bring the whole family!

Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale
Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
Midland
October 11-12, 2014

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.
Accommodation at inns, resorts, hotels in Midland Ontario on Georgian Bay.

Norwood Fair
Thanksgiving Weekend
October 11, 12 & 13, 2014
Accommodation at inns, resorts, hotels in the Peterborough area.

Bala Cranberry Festival 
Bala
October 17, 18 & 19, 2014

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

Annual Turkey Tent Event
October 9 - 13, 2014
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!

Elmvale Fall Fair 
Thanksgiving Weekend
October 9-11 2014

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

Pumpkin Festival
11 – 12 Oct 2014
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!

Blue Mountains Apple Harvest Festival (October 11-13)
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.

   

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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