From spectacular fall colours, harvest activities and festivals, and Halloween events, that are plenty of ways to celebrate this transitional season in Ontario. Here are fifty fun activities that will have you celebrating the autumn season to its full potential.
Explore a Floral Trail – Niagara Falls
Fleurs de Villes Inc. is bringing its floral installations blending fashion design and fresh blooms with bespoke floral-dressed mannequins to Niagara Falls. Follow the socially distanced trail around Niagara and visit the collection of stunning fresh floral mannequins and unique floral installations.
Niagara Grape & Wine Festival
Go on a wine tasting tour of Twenty Valley and Niagara on the Lake during the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival. Get the Discovery Pass that entitles you to 6 wine and culinary experiences designed by winemakers and chefs to celebrate the flavours of Niagara, redeemable at 20 participating wineries
Annual Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival – Jordan Station
Enjoy the beauty of the fall along the Niagara Escarpment as you take in the sights, sounds and smells of the Thanksgiving Festival and explore the colourful forested trails. The 47th Annual Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival will bring back many of your favourite features, including 50 in-person craft and artisan vendors, delicious foods, craft beverages and wines, local farmers’ market vendors, live acoustic music and children’s entertainment, historical demonstrations, heritage tours and nature hikes.
Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show – Simcoe
Visit Norfolk County Fairgrounds in Simcoe for the largest horse show in Canada. Meet farm animals, view competitions, enjoy the arts and entertainment. Savour tasty food and the thrills of the midway.
Fall in Love with Maple – Across Ontario
Who says maple syrup is just for spring? It’s easy to fall in love with maple all year long. This fall, Ontario Maple Producers are inviting visitors to discover the fabulous colours of sugar maple trees and sample maple syrup and maple treats during a two-week event.
Ontario Culture Days – Across Ontario
Held every year, Ontario Culture Days brings fantastic events that celebrate Ontario’s culture. Ontario Culture Days Festival will be a one-month long, and will feature a hybrid of in-person events as well as digital and self-guided programming this year and will run from September 24 – October 24, 2021.
Immersive Dinner Experiences – Windsor
Enjoy a 90 minute VIP private themed immersive dining experience at Windsor’s Haunted House. You and your friends will savour over a multi-course meal and then venture thru all 3 of Scarehouse’s attractions – Scared Evil -Haunted Darkness – Zombie Maze.
Kingsville Migration Festival – Kingsville
Celebrate the the wonder that is Fall migration during Kingsville Migration Festival. The 52nd annual Migration Festival welcomes the community to a celebration of migration, heritage, nature conservation and Jack Miner.
Amherstburg Uncommon – Amherstburg
Dress in your Wizard inspired or Victorian Steampunk costume and be prepared to play! Imagine historic downtown Amherstburg becomes enchanted and transformed into a mystical world of magic and invention. Meet odd and peculiar characters, engage in live performances and participate in STEM-based activities. Expect the unexpected!
Scenic Train Rides
Ride the rails and travel through the beautiful woodlands of scenic Kettle Creek Valley. The scenic train ride is a 60 minute long ride from Port Stanley to the beautiful Whytes Park and back. In October, you can enjoy fun Pumpkin patch train rides and in November and December, they have Santa treats train rides.
Kustermans Fall Festival – Mount Brydges
Enjoy acres of family fun and farm-fresh food at the Kusterman’s Adventure Farm. Pumpkin picking, farm animals, train rides, sandhill, zip lines, jumping pillows are just soem of the things to do here.
Go on a Haunted Forest Ride – Lambton County
Port Elgin Pumpkinfest
Experience Port Elgin Pumpkinfest, always the weekend before Canadian Thanksgiving. Featuring GIANT Vegetable Weigh Offs (1500+ lb pumpkins), over craft, marketplace & food vendors for all your shopping needs and tons of family fun attractions, Port Elgin Pumpkinfest is THE place to be! This year, the festivities will be a bit subdued, and will also take place online.
CCMA Awards & Country Music Week – London
London will be the home for the 2021 CCMA Awards presented by TD. Get your tickets for November 29th. Country Music Week will take place November 26-29, 2021.
The Oktoberfest in the Kitchener and Waterloo runs for a full nine days, earning its billing as “Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival.” As the second-largest Oktoberfest in the world, this event is a primary tourism draw for the region. Though there will not be many events this year, you can still enjoy beer-based celebrations as well as cultural entertainment and attractions. Details
The Woodstock Fleece Festival – Paris
Held at Woodstock Fairgrounds, the annual Fleece Festival celebrates the fibre arts including Knitting, Weaving, Rughooking, Spinning and Felting. Shop the festival marketplace with vendors selling everything from raw fleeces and yarns to finished products. Get hands-on and learn from top instructors at one of the workshops.
Fear Farm – Bright
Go canoeing on the Grand River
With Canoeing the Grand, you can experience canoeing, kayaking, or tubing on the winding Grand River and enjoy the scenic beauty of your surroundings.
Monster Month in Elora
Monster Month is taking over Elora and Fergus in the month of October. Keep your eye on the event’s website, events are sure to be added once finalized.
Go rock climbing with ONE AXE Pursuits
ONE AXE Pursuits offers ziplining, rock climbing, and rappelling in Elora. Take on challenging activities in the outdoors while you explore the historic town, or even choose to do personalized lessons with seasoned experts.
Salmon Run – Southern Ontario
Cool Fall temperatures see scores of Chinook Salmon fighting their way up rivers and streams on their annual spawning run. Visit various streams and rivers of Ontario to see the annual salmon migration and see this amazing Fall phenomenon.
Happening at the Caledonia Fairgrounds, the Caledonia Fair combines the traditions of the country fair – livestock shows, home craft, food and the midway – with continuous entertainment to make Caledonia Fair a perfect Autumn outing for the entire family.
Hamilton Fall Garden & Mum Show
The Mum Show, as most people refer to the show, started in 1920 and has seen many changes over the years. A new theme each year has taken us through dramatic scenes of flowers, colours and displays.
Seeing the Invisible – Burlington
An incredible new global exhibition is coming to the Royal Botanical Gardens. The most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology, Seeing the Invisible will premiere at RBG as one of 12 participating gardens across six countries and the only location in Canada.
Explore Kelso Conservation Area – Milton
The Kelso Conservation Area is not only home to incredible fall colors and nature spots, it is also home to the Kelso Challenge Course – an aerial course that includes many elements to challenge you physically high up in the air. You can also take a chairlift ride up the escarpment and admire the changing colours from above the treetops at Kelso Conservation Area.
Visit Cheltenham Badlands
Formed at the base of an ancient sea over 400 million years ago, Cheltenham Badlands site is a provincially significant Area of Natural and Scientific Interest and one of the most recognizable and visited natural heritage landmarks in southern Ontario. Enjoy a Fall visit when the colours of fall accentuate the various hues of gold and brown and yellow of the badland formations.
Halloween Lights – GTA
Take the whole family for a Halloween drive and enjoy the wonder of modern “light” technology. Light Shows will be featuring over a million lights on a 2KM route of your family fun favourite characters, pumpkin-filled drive-thru tunnel, from 2D to 3D displays, music lights and much more this Halloween season!
Trivia: Who invented LED?
- @Meadowvale GO Station, Millcreek Drive, Mississauga
- @Mount Joy GO station, 1801 Bur Oak Ave, Markham
- @Richmond Hill GO Station, 6 Newkirk Rd, Richmond Hill
Lighted Pumpkins -Various Ontario
Get ready to see extraordinary works of art on pumpkins this fall across Ontario. Set outdoors, you can see hand-carved glowing pumpkins that will blow your mind. You’ll be amazed at the large thematic displays and range of incredibly cute and scary faces carved into the pumpkins.
Mississauga Creative Craft Beer Festival
CreativeHub 1352 will be presenting Mississauga’s first Creative Craft Beer Festival this Fall. Creative Craft will bring people together for two days of great beer, food and entertainment in one of the GTA’s most interesting historical venues, the Small Arms Inspection Building.
Woodbridge Fair – Vaughan
Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend at the Fair! Now in its 174th year, the Woodbridge Fair offers so many things to see, learn and do! A jam-packed weekend with activities for the whole family including Midway rides & games, and Music main stage.
Immersive Klimt – Toronto
Walk inside Klimt paintings this Fall. Immersive Klimt was created by the world-renowned master of digital art, Italy’s Massimiliano Siccardi, who for 30 years has been pioneering immersive exhibits in Europe. His Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit produced by Lighthouse Immersive has been seen by over 3 million visitors in North America.
Founded in 2000, Art Toronto is Canada’s international fair for modern and contemporary art. Attracting esteemed galleries, artists and art-lovers from across the globe, the fair is the most important annual art event in Canada.
Fall at Pickering Museum
Take a guided haunted ghost walk of the historic village at night and hear stories from the past, go on a fairy tour with kids to discover Pickering’s picturesque forest, village, and gardens that are home to not only some incredible natural creatures but also some magical creatures, learn how to make wand, enjoy a refreshing cup of tea with a homemade scone and vanilla cupcake and more during your visit to this pioneer village.
Stalking Dead – Peterborough
Meet the undead and find out if you can survive the horrors of the night when Escape Maze’s Halloween event returns this October. This nighttime experience occurs as night falls and includes, live zombies, wandering around the tall grass in the field, looking for all those scardey cats!
Central Ontario Driving Tour
Go on a self-driving tour features 14 stops, including nine operational farms, local farmers’ markets and Kawartha Dairy. During the one-day event, participating host farms open their doors to provide tours and answer questions about their operation. Kawartha Farmfest is both a celebration of agriculture and brings the community together to explore, learn and grow.
Applefest – Keene
Tempt your taste buds with the sweetest event of the year! Visit Lang Pioneer Village for a colourful fall celebration of apples and the harvest season.
Pumpkin Mania – Elmvale
Enjoy a wagon ride out to Rounds Ranch’s large pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin. (any size, any colour – free with admission) Play silly, goofy pumpkin games, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin pie eating contest, pumpkin hockey Win pumpkin tokens and redeem them for fun prizes.
Blue Mountains Apple Harvest Weekend
Fabulous fall colours, crisp autumn air and even crisper apples. These are just some of the ingredients of the Thanksgiving harvest experience at Blue Mountain, in Ontario’s largest apple growing region. Apple Harvest Weekend features live music on the Coca-Cola Floating Stage, family activities, fall colours hiking, apple pie eating contests, cider tasting, sidewalk sales, Agora Path of Light and more!
Autumn Leaves Studio Tour – Georgian Bay
Go on a self guided tour of artists’ studios across the Georgian Bay area on the weekend before Thanksgiving. This year there are ten studios participating and many have invited guest artists, ensuring there is something for everyone! Within this wide array of art, you will enjoy sculpture, metalwork, painting, pottery, jewelry, fibre art, wood turning and much more.
Colourfest – Haliburton
Stop in at Head Lake Park (Haliburton) for the annual ColourFest Celebration. Build a scarecrow for a chance to win prizes, visit the classic car display, take a pontoon boat ride and be sure to enter the pumpkin rolling contest. There will be market vendors, a scavenger hunt and many more activities. Along Highland Street look to see how many ColourFest Pumpkins you can spot in the store fronts. Stop for lunch at one of the local restaurants. See what the ColourFest feature is on the menu.
Canopy Tours – Haliburton
Imagine walking high above the forest awash with hues of red and gold? Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve has the world’s longest Canopy walkway, at a height of 10-20 meters above the forest floor. Why not go on this guided adventure that includes a scenic drive through the forest, a canoe tour across a wilderness lake, a guided walk along the Pelaw River Rapids and a walk high above the ground through the treetops.
Algonquin Provincial Park
Rated the best place to catch the colours of fall, Algonquin Provincial Park explodes with oranges, yellows, and reds as the weather grows chillier. Smell the autumn on the air as you spend a day taking it all in. With rivers and lakes to picnic by and fourteen hiking trails, the exploration at Algonquin Provincial Park never ends.
Cranberry Festival & Harvest – Bala
The Cranberry Harvest kicks off on September 25th! Come on out to Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh for this once-a-year event that runs until October 24th. With daily Bog to Bottle Tours, wine tastings, Cranberry plunges and Wagon Tours on weekends, this is a perfect way to enjoy this unique fruit in the beauty of the fall.
If you visit on the weekend after Thanksgiving, you can also join for Bala Cranberry Festival.
Candlelight Graveyard and Gallows Tour – Prince Edward County
Alongside an experienced guide, take a candlelit walk around the graveyard at the former St. Mary Magdalene’s church. Meet some of the residents, and spot unusual tombstone once featured in Ripley’s Believe or Not. The tour then makes its way to the nearby Picton Courthouse. Here, while viewing the exercise yards, jail cells and gallows, your guide will tell the story of Peter Lazier’s murder in 1883, and the subsequent trial of the two suspects. The tale ends with an infamous double hanging based on what some say was dubious evidence.
Come out the Kingston for the annual WritersFest event. Celebrating culture, history, imagination, diversity, and originality, this event promotes the art and educates on the craft of writing. Events include panels, readings, classes, and lectures. Some of the events are sold out, so grab your tickets as soon as possible.
Fall Colours Chairlift Rides – Calabogie
Ride the chairlift up 780 feet to the top of Dickson Mountain for a breathtaking view of the beautiful Ottawa Valley. Once on top of the mountain, hike the many trails to enjoy stunning views of Calabogie Lake, the Lost Valley and the Madawaska wilderness.
Day of the Dead – Ottawa
Immerse yourself in Mexican culture in the midst of the historic ByWard Market neighbourhood as the community gathers to celebrate the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, festivals, and activities the dead enjoyed in their lifetime. With special programming including Mariachi performances, authentic Mexican cuisine, artisan market, folkloric dancers and much more, the Dead of the Dead Festival is an unforgettable experience.
Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival
The Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival is Northern Ontario’s premier festival for readers, writers, and lovers of words. Celebrate your love for the written word.
Fall Rendezvous in Sault Ste Marie
The Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site is hosting a Fall Rendezvous this year in Sault Ste Marie. Enjoy the music, try the fall harvest foods, and interact with the heritage interpreters. This event pairs a historical context with all the joys of a harvest festival.
Fall Colour Cruises
Enjoy Fall colours from the water. Most tours last until Thanksgiving weekend. Book ahead and enjoy a cruise along across various rivers and lakes of Ontario.