Barrie Ski Swap & Show
Date:      Friday, October 19 to Sunday, October 21
Location: Barrie - Bradford Greenhouse Gallery - 4346 County Rd 90
Details:    Come and visit the largest ski swap north of Toronto! Brought to you by the volunteers of the Canadian Ski Patrol System in the Barrie area. A fun filled family event. New & used equipment. Major dealers & local ski shops. Resort & destination information. Consignment buy & sell. Prizes to be won.

Family Fright Fiesta
Date:      Saturday, October 20 from 5:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: Georgina - Georgina Pioneer Village - 26557 Civic Centre Road
Details:    Join in as the Pioneer Village is brought to life in the spirit of Halloween season. There will be lots of activities for the entire family! Event Features: Dan the Music Man, Eerie Pioneer Village Walks, Enbridge BBQ (fees apply), Ghoulish Games, Haunted Canada Storytelling by Author Joel Sutherland, Pick a Pumpkin, Spooky Photo Booth, Creepy Stilt Walkers, Freaky Face Painting, Tim Hortons Coffee Truck, Treats & Giveaways, and much more!

5th Annual Muskoka Independent Film Festival
Date:      Thursday, October 18 to Saturday October 20
Location: Gravenhurst - Gravenhurst Opera House - 295 Muskoka Road South
Details:    MIFF 2018 returns to, the refurbished, Gravenhurst Opera House, in the town of Gravenhurst on Lake Muskoka. We are open to all GENRES and formats: full-length features, shorts, documentaries, and animation. Dramas, dramatic comedies, comic dramas, social documentaries, biographies, folktales, musicals …you name it! As long as there’s a great story to tell. We are seeking films from emerging and established filmmakers. Student films are welcome.

Georgian Bay Reads
Date:      Saturday, October 20 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Meaford – Meaford Public Library - 12 Nelson St E
Details:    It’s our 10th anniversary! And to celebrate, we’ve asked five authors to represent five area libraries to defend their favourite Canadian book. Come and be a part of one of the most entertaining literary events of the season. May the best library win! Admission is free, but as seats are limited, you must obtain a ticket. To reserve yours, contact one of the participating libraries:  Wasaga Beach, Clearview, Meaford, Collingwood, or Springwater. During the four rounds of the event, each author/defender answers questions regarding their chosen book, critiques the others, and sets up alliances to determine which book stays, and which book goes. Witticisms and wisecracks fly as each defender attempts to prove why their book is the best. The audience also gets into the fight by voting for the “People’s Choice” award during the intermission.

Harvest Celebration
Date:      Saturday, October 20 from 9am to 1pm
Location: Orangeville – Orangeville Farmers Market - 87 Broadway
Details:    Marking the closing of the Farmers’ Market and celebrating all things Autumn.
Trick or Treating, crafts, face painting, a petting zoo, great shopping and other festive activities. Tiny Tots Trick or Treating will take place from 10am - 12pm (Or until the candy runs out!).

Flavours of Ontario's Lake Country

Date:      Friday, October 19 to Sunday, November 4
Location: Various locations in the Orillia Area
Details:    Celebrate Flavours this Fall with local restaurants serving featured Canadian themed dishes.  It’s time for our local chefs and restaurants to create some unique and authentic dishes. Experience our local Flavours through delicious 2-3 course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus created by participating Flavours of Ontario’s Lake Country restaurants.

Night at the Museum
Date:      Saturday, October 20 at 8pm until 8am on Sunday
Location: Southampton - Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre - 33 Victoria Street
Details:    Kids ages 8-12 join us for an exclusive sleepover at the Museum and a night of Halloween themed fun. Kids will play, explore, experiment, and create during this memorable annual event. Costumes are encouraged!  PLUS meet special guest Doug Archer, a local author who will be doing a reading and book signing of his newest book, “Legend of the Phantom Reaper”. Copies will be available for purchase at the sleepover for $8.99 including tax. 

21st Annual Barrie Film Festival
Date:      Now to Sunday, October 21
Location: Barrie - Uptown Theatre - 55 Dunlop Street West
Details:    Celebrating 21 years of Cinema! A ten-day film lover’s delight! Bringing people together to experience extraordinary films from Canada and around the world. Includes guest speakers, parties, short film competition and director’s brunch. BFF - your best friend for film! Featuring a selection of the finest films from Canada and around the world and includes the following popular programs/receptions: Opening Night Party, Short Film Competition showcase/awards presentation, After Party as well as Q&As with special guests.

Halloween Festivities at Drysdales
Date:      Monday, October 1 to Monday, October 29
Halloween daytime activities run Saturdays & Sundays 10am to 4pm
Halloween evening activities run Fridays & Saturdays 7pm to 10pm                                                           
Location: Egbert – Drysdales Tree Farm - 6635 Simcoe Road 56
Details:    The Halloween spirit begins to howl at Drysdales and the Evergreen Store.
Open 7 days a week to help you in the search for a great pumpkin in the 4 acre pumpkin patch. The Evergreen Store will fulfill your needs from corn stocks, straw bales to devilish delights to decorate your home inside and out.
Weekend daytime festivities include: Wagon rides to pick your own pumpkin; live entertainment, train rides, bonfire, face painting, hay maze, haunted house and more!  Weekend evening activities include: Psycho Path Wagon Ride (for ages 14+), Pick-Pocket Magician, tarot card reader, bonfire, food hut, hay play place, zip line & witches broom ball.

Pumpkinferno at Haunted Harbour
Date:      Now to Sunday, October 21 (Thursdays to Sundays 7pm to 10pm)
Monday, October 22 to Tuesday, October 30 (every evening 7pm to 10pm)
Location: Penetanguishene – Discovery Harbour - 93 Jury Drive  
Details:    Experience the phenomenon of hauntingly magical and stirring outdoor exhibits of hand-carved pumpkins, all set against the night-time backdrop of Discovery Harbour. This is an outdoor exhibit spanning our beautiful historic attraction. Please wear comfortable shoes and appropriate weather gear, we are open rain or shine. We will have a maze for the little ones to go through and a craft. There will be a refreshment stand along with a small retail area to get some goodies. The TERROR ZONE is expanded this year and is not recommended for children under the age of 12. It’s an absolutely amazing scare zone if you dare to enter.

Pumpkin Festival and Haunted Adventures
Date:      Now to Wednesday, October 31st
Location: Barrie – Chappell Farms - 617 Penetanguishene Rd.
Details:    Attractions include: Farmyard animals, a corn maze, Trike Track, Sand Diggers, wagon rides to pick a pumpkin from the field and many more play areas. Added attractions on weekends and holidays include: Magic shows, live entertainment, a jumping castle, and haunted tent. Pumpkins are large and plentiful this year!

Pumpkin Mania
Date:      Now to Sunday, October 28
Location: Elmvale - Rounds Ranch, 1922 County Road 92
Details:    Coloured leaves, crisp air and pumpkins everywhere! Visit Rounds Ranch to get in the spirit of Fall during our Pumpkin Mania Festival! Enjoy wagon rides, goofy pumpkin-themed games, corn mazes, farm animals and our Western Playground! Each Guest will visit our large pumpkin patch and pick their own pumpkin to take home. Make this Fall unforgettable at Rounds Ranch! Come to Rounds Ranch and let them enjoy all our Pumpkin Mania activities: Pumpkin Bowling, Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, Pumpkin Seed Spitting, and more! Admission price includes huge jumping pillows, pedal cart racetrack, barnyard boxcars, petting zoo, challenging mazes and more! Pony rides also available at a small additional fee.

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons - 2018 Season
Date:      Now to mid-October
Location:  Midland - Sainte-Marie among the Hurons - 16164 Hwy 12 E
Details:    Opens for the season! Ontario’s first European Community, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons was the headquarters for the French Jesuit Mission to the Huron Wendat people. Visitors get a unique opportunity to see the earliest Canadian pioneer life, through guided or self-guided visits, school group tours, interactive education programs and special events.  Visit the Interpretive Museum and themed gift shop, and complete your stay with a delicious meal in Restaurant Sainte-Marie. Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is pleased to offer fun and informative demonstrations and “hands-on” activities that share aspects of life in the 17th century. These include 17th century fire-starting, historic clothing and medicine, native games, 17th century music, historic cooking, and more. Additional activities for children will feature quill pen writing, candle making and corn husk doll making.

Peeling Back the Layers: Apples in Grey County Exhibit
Date:      September 29 to May 25
Location: Owen Sound – Grey Roots Museum & Archive - 102599 Grey Road 18, RR4
Details:    Pick your way through the delicious history of apples with this Grey Roots original exhibit! Discover the industry from cooperages to cider. Test out tools and examine the science of seeds. Play and learn in the market area. Bring the whole family to explore why Grey County is such a sweet area for apple agriculture!

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