The Canadian city of Barrie plays host to a number of different unique festivals and events throughout the year. From the ten day Barrie Film Festival to the Halloween-inspired Pumpkin Festival, these are some of the special events you can look forward to in Barrie this fall.
Pumpkin Festival and Haunted Adventure
With a strong Halloween theme running through it, the Pumpkin Festival and Haunted Adventure runs this year from the 19th of September until the 31st of October. This is a classic fall festival that promises to be plenty of fun for the entire family, with many activities that both adults and children alike can enjoy. From picking your very own pumpkin to venturing into the corn maze to taking a traditional wagon ride, this festival is a great way to welcome in the season and make the most of authentic fall activities.
Thanksgiving Harvest Festival
Held on the 8th and 9th of October, the Thanksgiving Harvest Festival is another event that is a firm family favorite each year. In addition to the artists that will be present, selling everything from ceramic gifts to native leather goods to custom jewellery, there will also be many heritage activities that visitors can enjoy. From costumed staff re-enacting moments from the 17th century to pumpkin decorating to torch-making demonstrations, this fall festival places a huge emphasis on regional traditions, making it quite the educational experience.
Barrie Film Festival
The Barrie Film Festival is always a highly-anticipated event, with over 34 public screenings to choose from. Held over a ten day period at venues throughout the city, from the 14th to the 23rd of October, the festival also includes a Short Film Competition, in which many local talents get involved, as well as film receptions and guest Q&A sessions. There are a few special events during the festival that film buffs should definitely not miss, such as the Short Film Showcase on the 15th of October and the Festival Brunch on the 23rd of October.
2nd Annual Fall Fest
The 2nd Annual Fall Fest is a relatively new festival to be introduced to Barrie, and is being held this year on the 15th of October. This free festival is aimed at the whole family, as there are many events here that children will love. These include the huge inflatable haunted house, the horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin painting and so much more.
Barrie Fall Fishing Festival
For any fishing enthusiasts out there, the Barrie Fall Fishing Festival is a must-attend, and is running until the 2nd of October. This year sees the 6th edition of the festival being hosted, and aims to encourage people of all ages to take up the sport of fishing. Surrounded by the incredible fall colors of Kempenfelt Bay, one of the highlights of this festival is the catch and release perch fishing tournament, in which people of all ages are encouraged to participate in.
Barrie is known for hosting numerous festivals throughout the year, and the festival lineup for this fall is most definitely impressive. From the family-friendly seasonal festivals to the critically-acclaimed annual film festival, this fall is set to be an exciting time for the city of Barrie.