September 8, 2023
Your Locals Guide to Niagara’s Autumn Harvest Festivals
Ever traveled outside of Niagara and mentioned where you're from? Often times people from outside the region will describe Niagara as if it were some sort of natural wonderland.
And they're right. Especially in Autumn.
Don't miss out on the splendors of the season. Check out some of our most precious Autumn opportunities with Garden City Cannabis Co's: “Locals Guide to Niagara's Autumn Harvest Festivals”
Niagara Grape & Wine Festival
Let's kick off our journey with one of Niagara's most renowned fall festivals - the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival. This annual celebration of the region's thriving wine industry typically takes place over three weekends in September. It's a grand celebration of Niagara's vineyards and wineries, featuring a wide array of wine-related events, tastings, and entertainment.
The highlight of the festival is undoubtedly the Grande Parade, where colorful floats, marching bands, and entertainers take to the streets of downtown St. Catharines. It's a family-friendly event that's sure to delight visitors of all ages. Throughout the festival, you can also enjoy grape stomping, wine seminars, live music, and delicious food from local vendors.
spooky twist on pumpkin festivities. Visitors can enjoy haunted attractions, ghost stories, and a lantern-lit pumpkin walk.
Balls Falls Thanksgiving Festival
If you're looking for a more rustic and rural harvest festival experience, the Balls Falls Thanksgiving Festival is a must-visit. Located within the Balls Falls Conservation Area, this festival celebrates the beauty of nature and the bounty of the harvest season.
The festival features over 170 artisan vendors offering a wide range of handmade crafts, jewelry, and artwork. You can also explore the historic village, which transports you back in time with its heritage buildings and demonstrations of traditional crafts. For nature enthusiasts, the festival is an excellent opportunity for bird-watching, hiking, and enjoying the stunning Niagara Escarpment.
Port Colborne's Canal Days
While not a traditional harvest festival, Port Colborne's Canal Days is a must-mention event during the fall season in Niagara. Held over the Civic Holiday long weekend in August, this maritime festival celebrates the rich history of the Welland Canal and the region's connection to the Great Lakes. Did you miss the boat this year? Mark it in your calendar for next!
Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities, including ship tours, live entertainment, fireworks, and a classic car show. The event also features a vibrant market area where you can sample local foods, shop for artisanal goods, and learn about the region's maritime heritage. While it may not be a fall harvest festival per se, it's a fantastic way to kick off the autumn season in Niagara.
Pelham Supper Market
For a more intimate and community-focused harvest experience, the Pelham Supper Market is a hidden gem in Niagara. This weekly market, which runs throughout the summer and into the early fall, showcases the best of the region's produce, artisanal products, and live music.
Every Thursday evening from June to October, the market comes alive with local farmers and food vendors offering fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and gourmet treats. It's an excellent place to indulge in farm-to-table cuisine and support local businesses. As the days grow shorter and the nights cooler, the Pelham Supper Market is a heartwarming way to savor the flavors of fall in Niagara.
Fall wouldn't be complete without celebrating the quintessential symbol of the season - pumpkins! Niagara hosts several pumpkin festivals throughout September and October, each with its own unique twist.
Howells Family Farm is perhaps one of the coolest things going on in Niagara this Autumn (and otherwise.) Nestled in the heart of Niagara, is a charming agricultural gem. This family-owned farm has been a beloved fixture in the community for generations, offering visitors a quintessential farm experience. From picking ripe, juicy apples in the orchards to navigating the intricate twists and turns of the corn maze, Howells Family Farm provides wholesome, seasonal fun for all ages. Their dedication to sustainable farming practices and commitment to educating visitors about agriculture's importance make it a must-visit destination. And when fall arrives, the farm transforms into a magical wonderland, with pumpkins, hayrides, and warm cider, creating cherished memories for families year after year.
Downing Street Pumpkinfest in Niagara Falls boasts pumpkin carving contests, live music, and a pumpkin drop from a fire ladder truck.
In St. Davids, the Screaming Tunnel Pumpkinfest is known for its spooky twist on pumpkin festivities. Visitors can enjoy haunted attractions, ghost stories, and a lantern-lit pumpkin walk.
If at any point during your tour of Niagara's Autumn festivals, feel free to pop by 😊
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