7 Niagara Events to Put on Your Fall To-Do List

Celebrate crisp weather, bulky sweaters and changing leaves with fun fall events.  There are a plethora of craft shows, pumpkin farms, Halloween events and a bit of the macabre cemetery tours as well.

We’ve put together our top 7 picks on places to go with your girlfriends, family or significant other to celebrate Fall in Niagara!

1. Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival – October 6 -9

This Festival has become a long-standing, favourite tradition for both families and visitors who come from far and wide to experience the Ball’s Falls annual festival and its natural setting.

Over 150 Juried Artisans and Exhibitors
Gourmet Food Vendors
Licensed refreshment area featuring Twenty Valley wines and Craft Beer
Daily Entertainment
Children’s Crafts and Activities
Tours and Heritage Demonstrations
Courtesy Shuttle, Parcel Check, & ATM on-site.
Free Parking with Admission

Tickets: $6/person. $2 off for Seniors on Friday only. Children under 14 are free with an Adult.

Open 10am to 5pm daily



2. Vineland Thanksgiving ARTfest – October 7 – 9

Started in 1992 as a fundraiser for Vineland Public School, this festival has grown throughout the years and now features 130 exhibitors including artists and crafters.  There is no charge for admission!
Open 10am to 5pm daily; rain or shine.



3. Roger’s Hometown Hockey – October 7 & 8
Roger’s Hometown Hockey will kick-off at Queen Victoria Park in Niagara falls with activities taking place all weekend long. There will be games, give-aways and local entertainment starting at noon on October 7th. Former Toronto Maple Leaf Rick Vaive will be signing autographs at the Rogers Fan Hub, while kids can take part in the hockey-themed obstacle course Stow ’n Go. Challenge Pick-up games will be offered at the Tim Hortons Ball Hockey Rink, and fans can get virtual photos with NHL greats at the Sportsnet Augmented Reality Photo Booth.
Activities will continue on October 8th at noon and include a live performance by our very own Tim Hicks at 5:30pm on Sunday.  Ron MacLean and Tara Stone will start their live broadcast at 6:30pm and the Rangers/Canadiens game begins at 7pm.



4. Pumpkinville – Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm – October 14
A fun-filled family fall festival with plenty of FREE games, activities and entertainment including: pumpkin carving, scarecrow building, bouncers, hay dive, crafts, facepainting and so much more!  Free pumpkin to the first 500 families sponsored by Meridan Credit Union….BONUS!
Free shuttle bus from Grantham Lions parking lot to and from event and their is accessible parking available at Happy Rolph’s parking lot.

Open 10am to 2pm



5. Drummond Hill Cemetery Tours – October 20 – 28
These tours offer a unique opportunity to discover Niagara Falls through a night-time visit to one of the most historic cemeteries in Canada.  Tickets must be purchased at the Niagara Falls Museum located at 5810 Ferry Street.

Tours are offered on October 20 & 21, 27 & 28.  Two time slots offered: 7-8pm & 8-9pm each evening.



6. Halloween BOOzing Night Market – October 27 & 28
Shopping, booze, music and food trucks…..it doesn’t get much better than this!  Head down to Market Square in St. Catharines for two nights of fun starting from 5pm to 11pm.
Admission is a $2 donation and/or non-perishable canned goods. In support ofCommunity Care St.Catharines/Thorold.



7. Haunted Halloween Bash – October 27
The 9th annual Halloween Bash is an event not to be missed.  There will be prizes for best individual, couple and group costumes. We are talking cold hard cash prizes! Dance the night away with Jonesy starting at 9pm.
Tickets are $30 in advance and are available at Hernder Estate Wines, Picassos Salon & Spa and Harvest Estate Wines.  Looking for the VIP experience? $50 will get you a buffet from 10-11pm and a private lounge area.

Event runs from 8:30pm – 1am



We want to know if you’ve attended any of these events in the past and what advice you might have for others.  Or are there any other events you think should be added to the list?

Let’s get the conversation started!

~Lianna Carlyle

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