Apple and Harvest Festivals for Families this Fall

The air is crisp, the apples are ripe, and the harvest festival season is getting underway! We've rounded up these great harvest fests in the Greater Toronto Area, packed with signature autumn activities like hayrides, harvest veggies, orchard tours, kids' activities, live music, and more.

Exploring Spadina's Orchards
September 15, 2019 and September 22, 2019
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and drop by the Spadina Museum orchard to enjoy outdoor acoustic music with different musicians each week. Learn about the historic orchard and the different varieties of apples grown over the years. Sample some of these varieties and compare the difference of apples you usually buy. Help make and taste Apple Crisp from a 1937 recipe in the kitchen and tour the historic house. More

Harvest Festival at Black Creek Pioneer Village
September 21, 2019
Celebrate the Harvest at Black Creek Pioneer Village! Take part in family-friendly harvest-themed activities around the village then follow your nose to the Toronto Mennonite Festival centred around the Town Hall Green. This Mennonite and Pennsylvania-German festival is full of delicious foods, so come hungry! More

Fall Festival at Gibson House
September 21, 2019
Celebrate the return of autumn with heritage demonstrations, hands-on activities, garden tours and more! Enjoy interactive activities in the historic kitchen including grinding spices, pounding sugar, making griddle cakes or ice cream. See open hearth cooking, spinning, weaving and quilting demonstrations as well as rope making and grain milling. Child friendly activities include a Barn Bouncer, face painting, a craft zone and lawn games including croquet and graces. More

Harvest Day at Toronto Botanical Gardens
September 21, 2019
Celebrate the bountiful harvest of TBG’s Teaching Garden at this Free family-friendly event. Plant garlic, ride the smoothie bike, create nature art, enjoy garden-themed stories, and harvest veggies for the Dorset Park Food Bank. More

Fall Fair at Black Creek Pioneer Village
September 22, 2019
Come celebrate the harvest season with some good old-fashioned fun at our Fall Fair! With harvest themed activities, games, contests and more, this Fall Fair is sure to be bushels of fun! More

Harvest Festival at Todmorden Mills
September 22, 2019
Celebrate the harvest season with a 1940s twist at Todmorden Mills. Visit two historic homes, sample wartime harvest recipes for preserves, snacks and the lunchbox, try the jellied salad taste test, swing to live music with Bertie & The Gents, snap a photo with vintage cars or at selfie stations, play outdoor games, and make a vintage-inspired craft to take home. More

Downsview Park Orchard Party
September 22, 2019
Downsview Park is celebrating the autumn harvest at the Orchard! Activities include: Tours of the Orchard, Forest nature walk, Apple snacks (while supplies last), Campfire and more family friendly activities! The event is free and spots are limited, so you should register early. More

Applefest at Markham Museum
September 28, 2019
It's the tastiest event of the year and this year, Markham celebrates its 225th anniversary! Applefest offers access to several exhibitions, rides and games, live entertainment and family-fun activities for all to enjoy. Check out the Cider Mill, which is only open at Applefest – producing fresh apple cider for you to sample and purchase. Enjoy a variety of tasty apple treats, food trucks, an assortment of interactive activities and much more! More

Harvest Apple Festival at Evergreen Brickworks
September 28, 2019 to September 29, 2019
Celebrate the fall harvest at Evergreen Brick Works! This free festival is the newest way to celebrate local Ontario apples this fall. Shop apples galore at the Saturday and Sunday markets. Press city-picked apples with Not Far From the Tree. Dance to twangy tunes by Onion Honey. Celebrate with apple treats in the Children's Garden, and more. More

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