Fall festivals showcase fun this weekend in the GTA

by | Oct 8, 2015 | News

Branden Liezert

Before the harsh winter weather steals the leaves, scene like this will be featured on Fall weekends.

Before the harsh winter weather steals the leaves, scenes like this will be featured on fall weekends. (Branden Liezert)

Fall festival enthusiasts are in luck this weekend as the Greater Toronto Area will be hosting several autumnal events.

Downtown Toronto will host two variations of “haunted ghost walks,” one at the Hockey Hall of Fame and one on University of Toronto’s St. George Campus.

Also downtown, Casa Loma on Austin Terrace will have a buffet-style Thanksgiving Day Brunch. This may be the best choice of the weekend for foodies, but make sure to book your spot ahead of time as reservations are required.

In Downsview Park, the first ever Pumpkinfest Toronto will run all weekend. Event coordinator Rachel Revoredo told Humber News this week Pumpkinfest will have unique entertainment options during their festival.

“We also specialize in doing the face-painting and pumpkin-bowling and all that kind of fun stuff, that no other pumpkin patch can offer,” Revoredo said.

In York region, the 168th annual Woodbridge Fair will take place.

Jamie Maynard, who has been the fair treasurer since 1990, said there is always something for everyone at Woodbridge’s fall festival.

“It’s animals, it’s fun food. You can paint pumpkins, you can go through a straw-bale maze. There’s just a lot of things to do,” Maynard said.

However, if you’re looking for a heavy dose of colourful fall foliage, you may want to head north.

The 155th edition of The Elmvale Fall Fair will have more traditional events, such as tractor-pull and BMX stunt shows.

Blue Mountain Village’s Apple Harvest Festival is another choice. Although this festival is focused on fall weather and nature tours, live country music will be featured.

The real highlight of the Thanksgiving Sunday and Monday just might be the weather. Environment Canada has forecast temperatures around 20 C.

For more information on things to do during Thanksgiving, Radio Humber News has this report.