Welcome the official first day of fall this weekend (Sunday, September 23) with fun fall fairs in Milton and Bolton, an apple festival in Markham, a harvest festival in Oakville and, unseasonably, Chinese New Year dragon and lion dances in Mississauga! Find out what else is happening this fall—including a bunch of absolutley free events—by browsing all our local family fun round-ups.
Have a great weekend!
This Weekend Only
Catch these family events this weekend before they’re gone!
The traditional dragon and lion dances, usually performed during Chinese New Year, are making a rare fall appearance at Mississauga’s Celebration Square this weekend. You can also see kung fu and tai chi demonstrations, drumming routines, Chinese music and sining perforamances and enter to win prizes in the lucky draws. A children’s Centre will have cultural activities for kids. Free! Saturday, 3–9 pm
Bring your friends and family to the 160th Annual Bolton Fall Fair and experience the awesome midway, see the amazing antique tractor and farm equipment on display, watch the powerful tractor pull, view the crafts, and take in the dairy show and the demolition derby. Friday–Sunday
This classic fair includes all of the traditional fall fair activities. From competitions, like the truck and tractor pulls and the demolition derby, to visiting with the farm animals and taking rides at the midway. Friday–Sunday
This provincial park in Oakville is hosting its annual fall festival this weekend. Expect lots of autumn-themed fun: pick and carve a pumpkin; try kettle corn, fresh corn, apple cider, and apple blossom tarts; see apple-pressing demos, take a wagon ride to the play barn; enjoy a pony ride; and/or take home a souvenir tree-trunk medallion cut with a huge crosscut saw. Satuday–Sunday
This annual event celebrates Richmond Hill’s diverse, multicultural community. Activities include live entertainment and a showcase of culture, food, fashion, arts and crafts, and sports from around the world. Free! Saturday–Sunday
Enjoy an evening out with live music venues, makers aligning the streets, and entertainment within your community. The event includes a corn roast, bellydance performance, and family circus show. September 21
It’s the 34th year for this annual festival! Expect rides and games, live entertainment, and family fun activities for all to enjoy. For the only time all year, the museum’s own Cider Mill be demonstrating and producing fresh apple cider to sample and to purchase. Saturday–Sunday
These events are taking place over multiple weekends or throughout the entire season. End dates are indicated.
Let the farm fall festivals begin! It’s the first weekend for this kid-friendly festival at a working farm in East Gwillimbury. Of the dozens of attractions, some highlights are the pumpkin cannon show, farm animals, a singing chicken show, a corn maze, giant jumping pillows, and train rides. Come hungry, as there’s lots to eat, including a poutine food truck. Weekends and holidays Sep. 8–Oct. 28
This farm festival in Milton opens with wagon rides, a 5-acre corn trail, the Spooky Boo Barn, a singing chicken show, pony rides, pumpkins for sale, and more. September 22–October 28
It’s opening weekend for this annual fall fest in Brampton, a harvest fun fair for kids. Go for the farm animals, giant jumping pillows, a 40-foot Goat Mountain tube slide, make-your-own-scarecrows, apple-picking, and corn maze. September 22–October 31
Coming Soon – What’s On Next Weekend
Canada’s largest agricultural fair, the Markham Fair, is on! Farm displays, live animals, monster trucks, rides, fireworks, and more. September 27–30
Culture Days interactive art and community events pop up all over Ontario next weekend, with a ton of fun things to do in all corners of the GTA. September 28–30
Take to the streets for a junior firefighter challenge, Zumba class, obstacle course and much more during Open Streets Whitby. September 29
For more upcoming events, search the full Toronto and GTA events calendar.