Top Picks for Fall Family Fun Outdoors in the GTA

Family Fun

Get outside in the fresh fall air while it’s still warm enough to spend the day out. With indoor activities going back into restrictions, you’ll want to take advantage of all the fun that’s there on offer outdoors. Celebrate Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en, enjoy the harvest, and go down on the farm in the GTA this fall.

Note that most events require registration.

Fall Fun on the Farm

There’s lots of fun to be had at Brooks Farms. Train rides, zip lines, puppet shows, ponies, a corn maze, mascot meet and greets, the playground, and bouncy castles are just some of the many attractions.

Stouffville | Weekends until November 1

Claireville Meadow Native Tree and Shrub Planting

Give back to the land by helping One Tree Planted and the Region Conservation Authority plant native trees and shrubs in Claireville Conservation Area. Assist Mother Nature by replenishing the region with its natural flora.

Brampton | Saturday, October 3 • FREE

Crunch Canada’s Terry Fox 5km Run/Walk

Crunch Fitness Canada hosts this fundraiser with a 5K run or walk, followed by a mind and body class focusing on stretching and muscle recovery. Win prizes and help a great cause.

Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville & more | Wednesday, September 30

Fall Fun at Downey’s Farm

They may not be hosting their traditional Pumpkinfest, but Downey’s Farm still have plenty of activities to offer, like zip lines, a corn maze, mini golf, a chicken show, and more.

Caledon | Daily September 28–October 9 

Halloween Celebration Day of the Dead at Drummond Manor

What a wonderful way to celebrate those you may have lost this year. Drummond Manor invites you to leave a small food offering, picture of your loved one, and a written memory on the table, then join in on a meal while speaking their name.

Hamilton | Friday, October 30

Halloween Night of Lights

Some spooky music guides the beat of over 700,000 animated, pulsating lights in this drive-through display.

Vaughan | October 1–November 1

Kavanaugh Farms’ Alpaca Walks

Talk a calming walk with these gentle creatures, one-on-one, and snuggle with a goat, as well.

Vaughan | Weekends through October 31

October Harvest Festival

Forsythe Family Farms near Uxbridge is the location for this celebration of Fall, with Billy Goat Mountain, Fairly Lane, scavenger hunts, the Barnyard Adventure playground, friendly farm animals, and more.

Scugog | Weekends October 10–27

Outdoor Tours for Vaughan Culture Days

Guided tours through the grounds of the McMicheal Gallery tell of the institution’s history, and allow visitors to explore the Sculpture Garden, Indigenous artist installations, the Group of Seven cemetery, and Tom Thomson’s shack.

Vaughan | September 25–October 25 • FREE

Pingle’s Harvest Festival

Find your way through the pirate-themed corn maze, have fun in Playland, enjoy a wagon ride, and taste some fresh farm produce and baked goods at the Harvest Festival

Clarington | weekends and holidays September 25–October 25

Pumpkins After Dark

An audio guide leads you and your vehicle past over 150 elaborate pumpkin sculptures, just in time to get you in the mood for Halloween.

Milton | weekly Thursday–Sunday through November 1

Trunk or Treat

Dress up your car and your kids for Trunk or Treat! Enjoy the decorations, pre-wrapped candy, Harvest market, ghost stories, and Halloween tractor photos, and try to win the prize for best decorated car.

Hamilton | Saturday, October 31 • FREE

Willowgrove Farm Harvest Festival

Enjoy the Harvest Festival at this 100-acre farm, with wagon rides, live music, farm animal visits, Indigenous cultural demonstrations, apple picking, and more.

Stouffville | Saturday–Sunday, October 17–18

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