Delight in the dazzling array of festivals, events and fairs from world-renowned to unique and local, year-round in Ontario. Bundle up for a winter carnival and be entranced by beautifully intricate ice sculptures. Come harvest time, Ontario is filled with fall fairs where you can lose yourself in a corn maze and watch world records tumble at a monster pumpkin fest.

Whether you want to design your own scarecrow at a harvest festival or challenge yourself in a winter carnival snowshoe race, Ontario has many fall and winter fairs for you to explore! For every season there is a celebration in communities across Ontario; fairs and festivals are always in season in every corner of the province.



Do some stargazing at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto each September. Have some fun at Kitchener-Waterloo's Oktoberfest, the largest Oktoberfest outside of Germany, and at the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival. Rural Ontario marks harvest time with fall fairs; visit Port Elgin's Pumpkin Fest and check out an underwater pumpkin-carving contest.



When the temperature dips below freezing get out and enjoy winter carnivals that warm you up with fun events and activities. November brings the annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, and then savour the warm winter comfort foods of Toronto's Winter City after admiring the spectacular sights and holiday fun of Toronto's annual Santa Claus Parade. Be awed at Canada’s largest illumination festival, the Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls.




A concession stand at the
Canadian National Exhibition
The Greater Toronto Area offers many agricultural fairs during the harvest season in the fall. These include the Acton Fair, Caledon Fair, and the Georgetown Fall Fair. Agricultural fairs often showcase local foodstuffs, crafts, petting zoos and farm animals, and may or may not include a midway. A midway is an area of a fair that includes a carnival with games, rides, entertainment, and concession stands. This is the main attraction of an exhibition. Ontario is home of the Canadian National Exhibition, which boasts over 500 attractions, 700 exhibitors, a large carnival midway, and a three day air show.