Newfoundland comes alive when the leaves turn vibrant colours. Many of the towns and cities across the island offer unique experiences for visitors and locals alike. No matter what activities that you choose to do across the beautiful province of Newfoundland, you are sure to have a wonderful time this fall.
Listed below you will find 35+ of the best things to do this fall in Newfoundland and Labrador.
1. Gros Morne Fall Fest
Celebrate the fall harvest in Cow Head at the annual Gros Morne Fall Fest. Try your hand at traditional craft workshops or dance the day away at the concerts. It wouldn’t be all fall fest without a moose dinner.
September 23 -26, 2021
2. St. John’s International CircusFest
St. John’s International CircusFest has returned for its fourth festival. Bringing amazing performers together from across Canada and the globe, this is a show is a ‘can’t miss’ and is going to be bigger than ever before.
September 23 – 26. 2021
3. Psychics & Pottery
Find out what your future holds while painting a new piece of pottery. Sadie’s Sanctuary will be doing the psychic readings. Grab some friends, go paint some pottery, and find out what the future holds for all of you.
September 26, 2021
4. CB Nuit
The fun starts after the sun goes down in Corner Brook. During CB Nuit, you can find magical visual art displays to amazing theatre arts performances that inspire all ages.
September 23 -25, 2021
5. Fall Market Etsy
The St. John’s Farmers Market is welcoming local Etsy makers & vintage sellers on Sunday, September 26. Popular farm and food vendors will be at the market, so you can pick up some fresh produce and hot food.
September 26, 2021
6. Crique Style Make-Up Workshop
Maryse Gosselin is taking you behind the scenes to show you how to go from a character idea to applying stage makeup. This workshop is perfect for those looking to join the circus or those who want to enter the world of makeup artistry.
September 25, 2021
7. Gander Burger Battle
Get out and try what Gander restaurants have been cooking up and vote for your favourite burger. A dollar from each burger sold in the Burger Battle goes to the Centre Northeast Health Foundation.
8. St. John’s International Women’s Films Festival
Going virtual for 2021, St. John’s International Women’s Films Festival can be enjoyed online for free across Canada. The best part is that there is no schedule, so you can watch what you want when you want to watch it.
October 13 – 17, 2021
9. Annual Burin Peninsula Arts Council Craft Fair
Start your holiday shopping at the largest regional craft fair. Hundreds of artisans come together for three days. You can find everything from homemade bread, bright knits, jewelry, soaps, candles, and so much more.
November 3 -5,2021
Find your way through corn maze, wagon rides, giant slide, other mazes, fall props and designs, petting barn and more! There will also have be special guests from time to time such as Princesses from Spoonful of Sugar, music lessons from School of Rock, and balloon animals from Squeak-eez Balloon Animals.
Lester’s Farm Market, 173 Brookfield Road, St. John’s
11. Annual Rennies River Duck Race
Returning to an in-person event this year, you can watch 2,500 yellow rubber ducks race down the river. Guess the duck that will cross the finish line first to win amazing prizes.
October 3, 2021
12. Chef for Trails Food Hike
Explore the lovely trails along the Manuals River and taste what local chefs have created with the local harvest. The crispy fall air makes everything taste better. There are nine stations along the trail by the river where you can stop and sample the chef’s creations.
October 2, 2021
13. The Market From Another Dimension!
A portal is opening up at the St. John’s Farmer Market this Halloween and vendors from the other side are bringing their wares. There will also be hot food and treats available because it’s hard to explore the universe on an empty stomach.
October 31, 2021
14. Pumpkin Stroll
Take a leisurely stroll through the CBS Community Garden with hundreds of Jack-o-lanterns lighting your path – all the pumpkins are donated by the community!
November 1, 2021
Conception Bay South
15. Pumpkin Walk
Bring your carved pumpkin from Halloween to Bannerman Park and help light up The Loop with a large Jack O’ Lantern display. There will be light sources provided for the pumpkins at the City of St. John’s Pumpkin Walk, and costumes are welcome. The pumpkins are collected at the end of the night and composted after the event.
November 1, 2021
16. Fogo Island Partridge Harvest Festival
Celebrate the harvest of the Partridgeberry at the Iceberg Arena. The weekend is packed with music, great food, bake-offs, dances and more berry themed fun.
October 8 – 10, 2021
17. Eastport Peninsula Agricultural Exhibition
Experience what agricultural exhibitions were like during the 1930’s and 1940’s. Each night, there is a dinner theatre show. During the exhibition, there are also cooking demonstrations making use of the harvest, and a large craft show.
October 7 – 11, 2021
18. Hallowe’en Spooktacular: Henry Hiccup and the Forbidden Orchestra
The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra is celebrating the spookiest night of the year with an amazing lineup of classic spooky tunes. It will be a night to remember with costumes, fun games and amazing music.
October 29, 2021
19. Creepy Cafe Nights
It is going to get scary at Clay Cafe Avalon. Get dressed up in your spookiest costume and compete in the costume contest and paint some pottery while trying not to scared. There will be spooky actors to scare you and to take a few Halloween selfies with.
October 23, 2021
20. Discovery 50mi
Run the coastline and Trailway of the Bonavista Peninsula from Cape Bonavista Lighthouse to Port Rexton Brewery. You have the choice of the 30k, 50k or relay option!
October 2, 2021
21. Merry Makers Market
Spend weekends in Quidi Vidi, enjoying the warm holiday atmosphere and fine crafts, in one of the most beautiful settings in the city. This is the perfect market for the gift-giving time of year! Each weekend there will be new vendors.
October 24 – December 20, 2021
Quidi Vidi Village Plantation
22. Something to Wine About
The annual Something to Wine About night is back. It is a fun evening of wine and other alcoholic beverages tasting complete with raffles, an auction and much more.
November 4, 2021
23. Hoecus Jokeus: A Mom’s Girls Sketch Spooktacular
Are you ready to be haunted with laughter? Elizabeth, Stef, Andie, and Allison are ready to spook up your Halloween plans with Hoecus Jokeus! A night full of sketches that are so funny that they are downright scary! Enter the costume contest to win Mom’s Girls swag.
October 29, 2021
24. Holiday Market Etsy St. John’s
The St. John’s Farmers Market is welcoming local Etsy makers & vintage sellers on Sunday, November 21. Popular farm and food vendors will be at the market, so you can purchase some fresh produce and hot food.
November 21, 2021
25. Holiday Wishlist Expo
The Holidays are a wonderful time of year! Family, fun, friends, and of course the spirit of giving! It can be challenging to find the perfect gift for everyone, but this year finding the perfect gift is made easy with the Holiday Wish List Expo! The Holiday Wish List Expo will evoke the spirit of Santa’s workshop by featuring unique vendors from all across the region. Exhibitors will promote, sell and even demonstrate their products and services. From jewelry to spices, clothing to art, there will be something for everyone at this fun-filled festive holiday event!
November 12 -13, 2021
26. Mummers Festival
Gather your family and friends and head to the largest dress-up party in Newfoundland or join the Mummer parade at the Mummer Festival. There are many workshops and events leading up to the Mummers Parade. This festival is a lot of fun for all ages, just be sure to come in disguise.
November 27 – December 11, 2021
27. Wright’s Family Farm
The Wright’s Family Farm offers a pumpkin u-pick and fresh produce at their farm market. They also offer farm tours, have a corn maze, hold BBQs, and have a corn boil.
Main Street, Pasadena
28. Campbellton Berry Farm
Campbellton Berry Farm has small fields nestled between rocks and bogs overlooking the sea. Pick your own raspberries and plums, or buy berries frozen at the farm market. There is also a petting farm that includes pheasants, peafowl, turkeys, ducks, chickens, goats, and rabbits. During October, their corn maze is open on the weekends.
29. Fall in Love
Celebrate fall in the lovely town of Bay Roberts. Local events will be held throughout the fall. Shop local and receive a variety of discounts at the local businesses.
30. Skerwink Trail
The Skerwink Trail is a challenging 5.3 km coastal loop that is a part of the Hike Discovery trail. It has absolutely breathtaking views of the ocean, Trinity and Port Rexton, along with opportunities to view and photograph sea stacks, eagles, seabirds, as well as the surrounding communities. It is a ‘must hike’ trail if you are in the area.
31. Discovery Trail
The Discovery Trail is made up of seven wilderness paths that range from easy walks to challenging hikes. These trails will take you past stunning geographical wonders like high cliffs, rugged coastlines, and sea stacks.
32. Cape Blow Me Down Hiking Trail
The Cape Blow Me Down Hiking Trail is formerly known as the Copper Mine to Cape Hiking Trail. The trail takes you to spectacular scenery and lookouts where you may be able to spot wildlife. The trail will take you to the top of the Blow Me Down Mountains, which has some of the best views of Western Newfoundland.
33. Coastal Trail – Gros Morne National Park
The Coastal Trail is an easy hike and takes between 1 and 2 hours to complete. It is a 6 km return trail from the Green Point. The trail is an old main road that takes you to a cobble beach, coastal tuckmore and small ponds. It is a lovely mixture of seaside and forest scenery.
34. Green Gardens
The Green Gardens is one of the best places to see the contrasting landscapes in the Gros Morne National Park. Green Gardens can be reached by hiking the Long Pond trail. There are two primitive campsites on the coastline of the Green Gardens trail.
35. North Head Trail
The North Head Trail is the most popular and most difficult hiking trail at Signal Hill. It is only a 1.7 km trail that descends nearly 500 feet. The trail starts at the Signal Hill’s top parking lot, so it has amazing views of the St. John Harbour.
36. Malady Head Trail
The Malady Head Trail will take you through a mature black spruce forest that is carpeted by moss. You should be sure to wear waterproof footwear because there can be wet spots along the trail. If you climb to the top of Malady Head, you will be rewarded with breathtaking cliff-side views of the forest.
37. Brookdale Adventures
Experience fall in a whole new way with Brookdale Adventures. They offer rafting, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking, and much more. The tours and adventures are offered by the Brookdale Inn, so you can stay in a comfortable place while enjoying the sights.
38. Labrador West Arts and Culture Centre
The Labrador West Arts and Culture is home to a proscenium theatre that both local and international artists take the stage on. There is also a gallery/exhibition space. The centre is a popular spot for shows, so you should check their website to see what is coming up.
39. Labrador Pioneer Footpath
The Labrador Pioneer Footpath is the traditional footpath between L’Anse-au-Clair and Pinware. The footpath can be completed as a series of day hikes because there are several towns and bed-and-breakfasts along the trail. It is a great way to spend time in nature during the fall.