6 Fall Activities to do in Waterloo Region

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

It is the most wonderful time of the year here at The Barrel Yards —  fall season is upon us. We know residents look forward to this time of year for both the change in weather and the chance to explore the outdoors without overheating. It’s the season of both apple and pumpkin picking, enjoying local craft beer, eating schnitzel on the daily, and filling our social channels with photos of the colourful nature around the Region!

Read on for a few of our favourite activities to get ready for crisp and cozy weather in the Region of Waterloo:

Image courtesy of https://blog.viarail.ca/2018/09/13/kitchener-waterloo-oktoberfest/

Oktoberfest October 11 – 19, Multiple Locations

October is the month our Region dedicates two full weeks to celebrate German heritage. With Bavarian entertainment, special events, local food and craft beer, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Opening ceremonies kick off with the keg tapping on October 11th at 11:15am on King Street at Frederick Street in Kitchener. The Thanksgiving Day Parade runs through the Region October 14th, with many more Uptown and Downtown activities for everyone — including the 5K Fun Run and the Rogers Radio (CHYM 96.7, Country 106.7, 570 News) Pancake Breakfast.

      Image courtesy of https://www.wellesleyabcfestival.ca/

Harvest Festival presents: The 150th anniversary of the Kitchener MarketOctober 5th

On October 5th, head on down to the Kitchener Market to celebrate their 150th anniversary! The very first dedicated, permanent market structure in Kitchener was built in 1869. The history of the market will be shared through photos and memories. Celebrate this milestone moment with corn roast cake and refreshments along with music and tons of family fun!

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Nauman’s Farm and Corn Maze Starting September 7th until October 31st

Get lost in Nauman’s Corn Maze! The 10 acre maze changes every year and you’ll be amazed at all the twists and winds — you might even encounter a dead-end and have to retrace your tracks. While here, check out their pumpkin patch featuring 20 different pumpkin varieties  — you can even test your aim with their pumpkin slingshot!

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 A Victorian Thanksgiving at Woodside National Historic Site October 11 – 14

Looking for a more traditional Fall activity? Decorated for the harvest season, take a step back into 1891 and witness the assorted autumn fruits, berries, and grains arranged to make colourful centrepieces. Come and join the Victorian Thanksgiving celebrations at Woodside National Historic site. If that doesn’t entice you, there is also a self-guided tour through the home of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada’s longest serving Prime Minister. There are also crafts and special activities!

Bingemans Screampark September 27 – October 30

Experience the heart pumping, hair-raising, bloodcurdling, reality of your worst fears zombies, vampires, clowns or even being buried alive and much more! Screampark offers four horrifying haunts and three execution rides to choose from, if you dare. Bingemans brings halloween to life starting September 27th until All Hallows’ Eve.

Kitchener Fall Craft and Market ShowOctober 27

Who doesn’t love a craft night? Come on out to the Kitchener Fall Craft Show and Market at the Sunbridge Hotel and Conference Centre this October 27th. Browse the aisles, enjoy some delicious hors d’oeuvre and start your Christmas shopping!

Admission is only $4.00.

Enjoy the festive Fall season and remember to wear your ugly turkey sweater to the Thanksgiving Parade and Oktoberfest festivities within the Region!