We’ve officially made it to the time of year when the weekends are made for fall activities and Halloween fun. So layer up, get your favourite hot beverage in hand and make your way to some of the great events in and around Peterborough. Read along for some of our favourites:
Photo Credit: Keenepumpkinfestival.com
It’s always a gourd time seeing rows and rows of pumpkins as far as the eye can see - and after your pumpkins are picked, and your wheelbarrow is full, there are so many more family fun activities to enjoy.
2191 16th Line, Lakefield, ON
Photo Credit: Macleanberryfarm.com
McLean Berry Farm Pumpkin Fest takes place through October, starting the weekend of October 8th and 9th and wrapping up on the weekend before Halloween. See barnyard animals, run through the straw bale or corn mazes, enjoy daily shows (1pm & 3pm) and even try your luck at Pumpkin Bowling. Our personal favourite event has to be the annual Pumpkin Cannon Blast-off!
1137 Heritage Line in the Village of Keene, ON
Photo Credit: Keenepumpkinfestival.com
The Keene Pumpkin Festival is a one-day event on Saturday, October 15th. On top of all the family fun events like the pumpkin pyramid, bouncy castles and face painting, you could potentially see a 1000+ pound pumpkin at the annual pumpkin weigh-off. The 25-minute drive from Nature’s Edge is definitely worth it JUST to see a pumpkin that big, right?
If you’re the type of person that circles October 31st on the calendar every year, Peterborough is the place to be. From scary haunted barns to Halloween history to family friendly crafts, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
3840 Whitney Howard Rd, Hamilton Township, ON
The iconic Phantom Farm (sound warning if you click on the link!) is back in a big way for 2022. The slogan, Sometimes Fear is Good, should paint a pretty accurate picture as to what to expect if you choose to indulge. You can visit The Graveyard, then feel your way through the 4000 square foot (and pitch black) barn, and then to wrap up your visit jump on the haunted hayride and explore the forbidden forest. The Phantom Farm is open Fridays & Saturdays from 7pm-11pm and Sundays from 7pm-10pm, starting October 7th and wrapping up on October 30th. Make a note to bring some cash with you, as admission for the barn and haunted hayride are $15 each and cash only
104 Lang Rd, Keene, ON
If you’re less interested in the scares and more interested in the history and origins behind Halloween, the Historic All Hallows’ Eve event at Lang Pioneer Village may be more for you. Happening only October 28th and 29th from 6pm to 9pm, this event will have magic, games, fortune-telling, tractor and wagon rides and more! Tickets go on sale on October 7th on the Lang Pioneer Village website.
345 Aylmer St N, Peterborough, ON
Get creative with your ghosts and goblins and head to the Peterborough Public Library to take part in the Halloween Make & Take Craft Station on October 27 from 5pm-730pm. This frightfully fun event is for families with children aged 5 to 12.
If pumpkins and Halloween aren’t your thing, and you are looking for something a little quieter to enjoy any day of the week, we also have you covered! The sights and sounds of fall are what make the season beautiful, and staying in the car and away from the elements while you enjoy those sights and sounds may be right up your alley.
We invite you to discover four fall driving tours curated by Peterborough and the Kawarthas Tourism that will give you all the fall feels from the comfort of your car! The tours range anywhere from 2 to 7 hours and are from between 100 km to 300 km, and there are plenty of great stops you can make along the way to stretch your legs, like the Riverview Park & Zoo and Kawartha Country Wines just to name a couple.
With so many exciting fall events and activities available, it’s time to grab your go-to fall beverage and plan out your calendar for October! Peterborough and the surrounding areas do a great job of making sure there are memories to be made for residents of all ages, which is another reason why it is a great place to live, work and play!