1. Enjoy a Fall Countryside Train Ride
2. Royal Medieval Faire
Waterloo’s Royal Medieval Faire is a virtual edition this year! Check out this year’s unique programs on September 18th.
3. Kitchener Market
Head on down to the Kitchener Market on Saturdays to shop local produce, dairy, and specialty items while enjoying live music by your favourite local musicians.
Go backstage into the lives of the world’s greatest rock band, boasting of more than 300 original objects from the Rolling Stones’ personal collection. November 30, 2021 to February 27, 2022.
The 2021 Oktoberfest will be a mix of virtual events, small gatherings and some very special contests. Celebrate Bavarian Culture and delicious Bavarian cuisine at local restaurant partners. September 24 to October 11, 2021
6. Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery
The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is conducting fall programs that cater to adults and kids. So if you want to learn a new skill or want to polish your abilities, sign up for their workshops.
7. Doon Heritage Village at the Waterloo Region Museum
At a time of year when we start to appreciate modern conveniences like central heating and instant hot water, Fall is the perfect time to learn what life was like before Netflix and Chill. This year there will be special themed weekends at the Village that focuses on different areas of life back in 1914.
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8. Corn Mazes and Haunted Mazes
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9. Cambridge Farmer’s Market
Started in 1830, this is one of the oldest farmer’s markets in Canada. Featuring local seafood, baked goods, cheeses, meats, produce, and arts and crafts, you’ll certainly leave with a taste of the country.
10. Barrie’s Asparagus Farm & Country Market
This family-owned and operated homestead has been operating since 1892. Although specializing in asparagus, they also grow rhubarb, corn, and pumpkins, and raise pasture-fed park. Open daily, visit Barrie’s Asparagus Farm and Country Market for a new twist on the country classic.
11. Faul Farms
The Faul Family says it best: “We believe in being responsible stewards of our land, the crops we grow, and the animals we raise”. This family owned farm has been operating since 1957, raising naturally fed beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and lamb. So head over to their farmyard store and get a taste for conscientious farming. While you’re there, pick up a few artisan crafts and gifts for the fall table.
12. St. Jacob’s Farmers’ Market
This harvest season, visit Canada’s largest year-round Farmer’s market and choose from 100s of local vendors featuring farm-fresh foods, crafts, imported goods, and more.
13. Strom’s Farm & Bakery
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14. Spin, Twirl, Twist
See selected works from Cambridge Art Galleries’ permanent collection of contemporary Canadian fibre art. Each work depicts the stories told by the artist and explores textiles in relation to the human condition, relationships, identity, the familiar, and the hidden. September 7 – November 21, 2021
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15. Woodside National Historic Site
Take a self-guided tour through this boyhood home of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada’s longest serving prime minister. With the woods ablaze in autumn colour and the house decorated with harvest fruits, vegetables, and gorgeous bouquets and centerpieces, a trip to the National Historic site will make an amazing one.
16. Cambridge Sculpture Garden
Cambridge’s best-kept secret, the Cambridge Sculpture Garden offers you a chance to get outside in the crisp fall air, take in the historic Grand River, and contemplate the beautiful public-art sculptures in the garden. Best of all, it’s always free and always open.
17. It’s the Spirit Season
Book a personal psychic reading with a medium, go on an authentic ghost hunt, learn about the ghosts of the property on a tour, attend a lecture or workshop, or participate in an immersive problem-solving seance themed adventure! Select dates, October 15 – 31, 2021
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18. A Mennonite Farm Tour
Enjoy a horse-drawn tour of a Mennonite Farm. The 90-minute long tour takes place every Thursday and Saturday until October 31st. Don’t miss this unique way to explore St. Jacobs!
19. Eby Farmstead
Fall is a time of harvest and farm-appreciation, so why not meet the animals? Located in the heart of Waterloo, this is your perfect chance to get up close and personal with llamas, peacocks, chickens, potbelly pics, miniature ponies, goats and more! And its free!
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20. Petersburg Regional Forest
With the wind at your back and the adrenaline in your veins, you’ll appreciate the crisp fall air while biking Petersburg Regional Forest’s 25 km single-track mountain biking trails. Don’t worry, there are also multi-use and hiking trails through their mature-hardwood forest.
21. Contesgo River Horseback Adventures
Why crunch leaves beneath your feet, when you can ride through the Fall foliage? With Horseback riding, pony rides, trail rides, a weekend with Contesgo River Horseback Adventures will be one for the memory bank. The entry to the farm is by appointment.
22. Walter Bean Grand River Trail
This beautiful 17.7km trail runs near the Grand River through Waterloo, Cambridge, Kitchener, and Woolwich. Now that the weather is cooler, it’s the perfect time to strap on some rollerblades, jump on your bicycle, or simple put on your shoes for a journey a bit longer than warmer weather would permit.
23. Avon Trail
Strap on your hiking boots, pack your lunch, and head out on this 113 km hiking trail from St. Mary’s to Conestogo. The trail mostly consists of an unpaved foot path so it’s perfect for the more rugged enthusiast, but you’ll have to leave your bicycles and motorized vehicles at home.
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24. Visit an Apple Farm
Enjoy a fun day picking apples at Downey’s Strawberry & Apple Farm. There are over 10 varieties of apples to pick including McIntosh, Gala, Honey Crisp, Ambrosia, Red Delicious. Select dates, September 3 – October 30, 2021
25. Victoria Park
This Jewel of the city was officially opened in 1896. With a picnic shelter, playground, horseshoe pits, and more, its’ the perfect way to spend a crisp fall day with family. Be sure to check out the original iron bridge and cannons!
26. Taste the Countryside
Dine your way through the Countryside enjoying great food made with local produce from September 23 to October 3.
Snyder’s Farm Fun
With Hayrides, corn maze, and Haunted House, Snyder’s Family Farm is the place to go this fall.
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27. IMPACT 21 Festival
Enjoy powerful and innovative theatre performances designed to stimulate the development of the indigenous and culturally diverse theatre landscape in Canada during the Impact International Theatre Festival. September 28 – October 9, 2021
28. Schmidt Woods
Completed in the fall of 2016, celebrate this urban forest’s birthday. With 2km of compacted stone multi-purpose trail and 1 km of natural ground hiking trail, you really can choose your own adventure.
29. Culture Days
Celebrate the arts and culture of Canada through various free activities. September 24- October 24, 2021
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30. Huron Natural Area
This fall, visit this awe-inspiring destination for nature lovers, families, trail walkers, photographers – and for those looking to experience nature and enjoy awesome power walk amidst golden hues of fall. It is Kitchener’s largest and most valuable natural area at 107-hectare and is located at 801 Trillium Dr.
31. Shade’s Mills Park
This park features 12 kms of trails through mature hardwood forest, as well as an 80 acre reservoir perfect for fall fishing. With Fall events like the Hunters of the Skies, Navigation Challenge, Growing Green: Seed Collecting, Orienteering with a Compass and Map, and Teddy Bear Survival Challenge, you really take advantage of the mild Fall weather.
32. Taste of Fall
Drop at the Mapleton’s Organic Daily’s Farm by for a morning or afternoon of exploring, or as a stop on the way to cottage country. There are Cedar Hedge Maze, a demonstration barn, an adventure path as well as a dairy barn and an outdoor play area for young kids. They also sell Pumpkin Ice creams during the season.
33. Forwell Trail
Forwell Trail is a short 1-km trail that offers beautiful views and runs through King Street North to Lexington Road. The Forwell trail connects to the Hillside Trail.
34. Dumfries Conservation Area
This urban park is surrounded by homes and industries, but with 185 acres of forests, wetlands, and trails you would be none the wiser. Bring your camera and make it a fall photoshoot!
35. Bingemans Screampark
Are you prepared for the walk of fear? Bingemans Screampark opens for the season on September 24th. You can also choose the camping nightmare package. Tickets are timed admissions. So get yours early.
36. All That Worldly Jazz Festival
Enjoy live music with the flavours of Brazil, Turkey, Africa, Ireland, Latin, and Youth jazz; interactive music and dance workshops for children; food, drinks, treats, and local vendors at the All That Worldly Jazz Festival. September 17 – 19, 2021
37. Pumpkins and more
Have you been to the Good Family Farm? Check them out for they have over 20 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and many varieties gourds. Pumpkins and more.
38. Parade on Bourbon Street
Boogie down to Bourbon Street with virtuoso Canadian pianist Michael Kaeshammer and your KWS. Available online from October 15 to 17, 2021
39. TJ’s Farm
TJ’s Farm is best known for their sweet, delicious corn. They also have beautiful pumpkins, gourds as well. If you are visiting the farm don’t forget to get some of their fresh farm produce. You will be going back year after year!
40. Lights Up!
Watch an amazingly colourful and transformative display of visual effects during the Old Post Office Light Show. From October 2 to November 1, the light display will be mapping a Halloween and Autumn Theme.
41. Art Walk
Explore the murals in downtown Kitchener at your own pace! This self-guided walk will let you experience art installations, both old and new, located throughout the downtown core. Pick up a field guide at The Walper Hotel, Living Fresh, A Second Look Books, KW Bookstore, and KWAG or downtown online from here.
42. Iron Horse Trail
This 5.5km of trail along the old railway corridor offers a chance to bask in the warm colours of fall while learning about a fascinating time in Canada’s history. The trail is fairly flat and fully accessible, so it makes for a perfect Sunday Stroll.