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Canada Fall Festivals - The Best Canada Fall Festivals

Canada Fall Festivals - The Best Canada Fall Festivals


Fall festivals are popular across Canada starting in September through November. Fall fairs, pumpkin, apple and other types of food festivals as well as other special festivals, such as the Toronto International Film Festival all take place in September and October.

1. Okanagan Wine Festival

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The Okanagan Valley in British Columbia is - along with the Niagara Wine Region - one of the biggest producers of wine in Canada. For 10 days in early October, this region - with its scenic setting amongst lakes and mountains - celebrates the fall grape harvest with events focusing on wine, food and culture.

2. Niagara Wine Festival

Enjoy more than 100 events including winery tours and tastings, concerts, Niagara cuisine, artisan shows, wine seminars, family entertainment and one of Canada's largest street parades.

3. Pumpkinfest

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Every October, the town of Wellington in Prince Edward County celebrates the fall season by seeking out the biggest pumpkin. Other highlights include a parade, contests, games, food and entertainment.

4. TASTE! A Celebration of Regional Cuisine

TASTE! is an annual one-day wine and culinary event in Prince Edward County , Ontario. This region's reputation as a producer of fine foods and wines has been growing steadily since the 1990's and TASTE! gives visitors a chance to see what all the fuss is about.

5. Celtic Colours

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Celtic Colours is held for nine days every October. This unique Cape Breton Island-wide celebration of Celtic culture is held at a time when the region's trees are in full fall splendour. It is the largest festival of its kind in North America.

6. Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival

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Coined as the Biggest Kitchen Party in Atlantic Canada, the PEI International Shellfish Festival marries Maritime hospitality and yummy shellfish, including lobster, crab, mussels and more. This festival is held every September.

7. Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest celebrations take place all over Canada - especially where there have been large German settlements - but the biggest Oktoberfest in North America takes place in Kitchener-Waterloo. This Bavarian event includes not just beer guzzling but dozens of family-friendly events, music and a Canadian Thanksgiving Day parade.

8. Nuit Blanche

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Toronto joins in on the Nuit Blanche tradition in which cities across the globe stage all night cultural events. The Toronto Nuit Blanche sees over 150 engaging, amusing, thought provoking or downright wacky contemporary art projects installed across the city. Toronto Nuit Blanche takes place from dusk till dawn on either the last Saturday of September or the first one in October.

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