Weekend Fun Guide – Thanksgiving Weekend 2015


This weekend is all about family!  Being thankful for those we have in our lives, spending time with them and sharing some delicious eats.  There are lots of fun things to do this weekend to work off some of the turkey you eat but most importantly, time well spent with those you love!  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

Hiking at a conservation area

Walk off all that Thanksgiving turkey while taking in all the beautiful Fall colours at a local conservation area.


Pumpkinfests, Harvest Festivals and Spooky Farms are always great fun at this time of year.  Check out our picks for some fun Ontario farms to visit this weekend with your family.

apple picking in ontario

Need some apples to make that perfect Thanksgiving dessert?  Apple picking is in full swing at Orchards across Ontario.  Find one near you and let the picking begin!

Drive-ins in Ontario

There are some great family movies in theatres right now so why not take the family for a night out at a local drive-in?!   You can also check out what’s playing onSaturday morning at Cineplex theatres for their Family Favourites.  At 11:00am you can watch a movie for only $2.99!

Around Town this Weekend…

Blue Mountains

Apple Harvest Festival – Every thanksgiving, celebrate the harvest in Ontario’s largest apple growing region. There’s no better way to enjoy Thanksgiving Weekend and no better place to explore the countryside, harbour towns and fall colours! Free activities throughout the Blue Mountain area from the Village to Thornbury & Clarksburg. Live Music,The Apple Pie Trail, street performers, hiking, biking, trails, gallery tours and much, much more!

Ball’s Falls

Annual Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival – This is Niagara’s classic Thanksgiving celebration tradition that just can’t be missed!  It features over 125 juried artisans and exhibitors; gourmet food tent; live family entertainment, children’s activities and so much more.


Fall Festival @ Chappell Farms – Attractions include: Farmyard animals, hay maze, Corn Maze, Boo barn, Trike track, Sand Diggers, Play area, Pick your own pumpkin.  Added attractions on weekends include: Magic shows, Live entertainment, Jumping castle and a Haunted barn.


Pumpkinfest @Downey’s Farm – Fall fun at Downey’s includes Unlimited Wagon Rides, Live Entertainment, Super-Cat-Super-Curve, Dump Truck Slide, Balloon Typhoon, Trike Track, Face Painting, Straw Jump, Farm Animals, Super Corn Maze and the The Black Hole.  You will not want to miss the fun!


Scare in the Square – A 2 day fun-filled event held at Harmony Square. Tractor drawn hayrides, trick or treating, costume judging , ghost hunts, haunted house and Brantfords Zombie walk.


Fall Fair – This Thanksgiving Weekend, we look forward to seeing everyone come out and enjoy our wide variety of activities and exhibits that we have to offer for the 165th fair!  Whether you enjoy animals, the midway, Thomas the Tank Engine, My Little Pony, motocross, monster truck rides, delicious pie, spending time with family and friends, the exhibition halls or apple cider, there is definitely something for every member of the family.


Fall Fair – Events include midway, lawnmower racing, live entertainment, mini-tractor pulls, demo derbies, chuckwagon and chariot races and more.


Richardson’s Farm & Market – Oodles of fun awaits you at the farm this fall.  Explore the 6 km of trail in our 7 acre corn maze, challenge yourself to figure out the  Jammed Tractor mini maze, cats cradle maze and pathway puzzle maze and play in the strawbale maze.  Lasso some toy horses, play in the corn box, enjoy a tractor ride, visit the animals and chuck some pumpkins at targets.  Of course before you leave, don’t forget to get a pumpkin!



Sensational Elora Pumpkin Day – There will be pumpkin carving, pumpkin judging, pumpkin ice cream and other fun activities. And, as a very special treat for one and all, there will be a pumpkin carving demonstration by a professional carver and, as always we will have live music.  Your child can enter his/her very own pumpkin in one of the many contests, carve it into a work of art, or just show it off!


Elmvale Fall Fair – Farm animals, Midway, Water festival, Pony show, Tractor Pull, Demonstrations and entertainment, Parade, Video Dance and more


Erin Fall Fair – Tractor pull, animals and livestock, Kid’s area, Entertainment, vendors, animal shows, Demolition derby, Fireworks, Midway and much more.

Grand Bend

Thanksgiving Market & Sidewalk Sale – Grand Bend’s Thanksgiving Market & Sidewalk Sale offers the bargain hunter a cornucopia of unique items.The Eilber Street parking lot plays host location to up to 30 craft and product vendors. The criteria for vendor participation includes the needs to have grown, raised or made the item themselves. Products range from vegetables, fruits and organic meats to roasted coffee beans, fresh-baked pies, muffins and baked treats to hand-crafted quilts, jewellery, clothing and home decor.


Strom’s Farm – Have some fun times at Strom’s Farm in their Harvest Fun area including; Jumpin Jack Tile Maze, Rope Maze, Straw Maze, Pumpkin Chuckin, Wagon Rides, 6 acre Corn Maze (4 miles of paths), Sand Pit, Pedal Carts ,Cedar Spiral and a Pumpkin of a Show Puppet Show.


Fall into Nature @ Conservation Areas in Halton – Fall into Nature festival activities include: Chairlift rides to the top of the escarpment with spectacular views, Self-guided tours through our many trails and landscapes, Wagon/tractor rides through the parks, Educational and interactive programs (visit an Iroquoian Village, learn about the science of nature), Live performances (music, First Nations dancers), Demonstrations (Bird of Prey shows, Reptile shows, mountain biking), Various other activities (children’s activities, BBQs, pumpkin picture patches)


Thanksgiving at the Village  at Fanshawe Pioneer Village – Villagers gather in thanks for a bountiful harvest. Join us for this celebration!!  Watch as farm families prepare for the coming winter with field harvest, textiles arts and wood stove cooking. Enjoy a beautiful day around the Village then reserve your seating for an authentic Thanksgiving feast in our beautiful village cafe.


Scarecrow Invasion – The “Invasion of Scarecrows” begins in mid September through to mid October. More than 250 scarecrows will be found in the downtown area alone – dangling sassily from downtown lamp posts, hiding in bushes and trees, lounging happily on benches, peeking out from behind cornstalks and resting comfortably on porches and verandahs. They frolic everywhere! The main street (Sykes St.), and harbour area, are particularly alive with scarecrows during this time.


Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons.  Sainte-Marie’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale is a fun family event, with lots of on-site activities and over 40 outstanding artisans and crafters.The event is a regional favourite and typically includes both new and returning artisans.


Pumpkin Inferno – Weekends through October. Come and stroll through a hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding outdoor exhibit of now close to 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins, set against a stirring night-time backdrop just inside the gates of historic Upper Canada Village. Marvel at this eclectic display of scenes from exotic places and historic ages, meet up with forest animals and sea-born creatures, see story book heroes, mythical characters, cultural icons and more …. all carved from pumpkins!


Norfolk Country Fair and Horse Show – The Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show is in its 173rd year, and is the fifth largest fair in Ontario, with over 100,000 visitors each year. This fair features agricultural displays, craft exhibits, food vendors, art demonstrations, talent competitions, midway rides, free grandstand entertainment, and many added special attractions.


Celebrate the Harvest  at the Canada Agriculture Museum.  To celebrate the harvest, join us at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, where you will see farm machinery, such as a baler and a model of a grain elevator, in action! Test your knowledge on Canadian food crops, such as apples, corn and pumpkins, by taking part in various challenges and talking to local producers. Learn how simple and easy it is to preserve food with one of the guides in the demonstration kitchen. Discover also how certain farms are also producing energy from sources such as the sun, the wind, or crops.

Port Stanley

Great Lakes Farm – The apple barn is open daily for already picked apples, fresh apple cider, our famous apple pies and other apple-based sweets, treats and delicacies fresh from our bakery. You can also. Pick your own apples, pears and pumpkins, explore our corn maze and straw mountain or take a ride around our orchard with a Tractor ride.


Rockton’s World Fair – Thanksgiving Weekend is a time of family and friends. It is also a time for country fellowship.  Rockton World’s Fair is the best place to experience this warm, country atmosphere.  Fun includes: Midway, Derby,  vendors, Poultry, Pigeon & Rabbit Show, Rural & Urban Competitions, Craft Show and Sale, Helicopter Rides, Home Craft Displays, School Fair and Junior Displays, Photography Display, Fire Safety House, Little Ray’s Reptiles and the list goes on and on!


Toronto Zoo Celebrates Fall – Keeper talks, pumpkins and animals oh my! Check out Zoo animals receiving festive pumpkins throughout the day.  Crisp fall air, vibrant colours and fun for all ages; the Toronto Zoo is the place to be this Thanksgiving Weekend! We are celebrating the changing of the season with interactive and themed activities, educational programs, tours, keeper talks and enrichment programs with the animals and Fall Foliage Tours. All FREE with Zoo admission!


Camp Spooky @ Canada’s Wonderland – Enjoy a boo-rific Halloween event just for families this fall at Camp Spooky!  Canada’s Wonderland is not all scary in the fall. Our Camp Spooky events on Saturdays and Sundays in October and on November 1st from 10:00AM to 5:00PM are geared towards children and families. Your favourite rides are also open during the day, including attractions in Planet Snoopy and KidZville!  Camp Spooky is included with Park admission!


Fall Fair – Come out some fun this Thanksgiving weekend at the Woodbridge fall fair!  Fun includes: Stunt Show, Horse Show, Giant Pumpkin Contest, Midway, Children’s Building, Pioneer Building, School Exhibits, Live Entertainment, Contests, Crafts, Farm Area with Petting Zoo & Straw Bale Maze and so much more!

Have a fun family event coming up?  We’d love to share it in our Weekend Fun Guide!  Email us at info@vacationingwithkids.ca

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