St Catharines and the Niagara Region have a fantastic line-up of Autumn festivals and events. From boozy Halloween nights to cosy spots to recoup and breathtaking outdoor adventures, it’s all right here to enjoy.
Here are the top things not to miss in St Catharines this Fall.
Give thanks for the beauty of Niagara
October 6th to 9th 10am to 5pm Set amid the majestic Niagara Escarpment and Twenty Valley eco-system, enjoy a variety of food trucks, live music, artisan wares, and fun for the kids at the Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival.
Check out Beechwood Doughnuts’ new location
After a hugely successful start, St Catharines’ favourite gourmet vegan doughnut shop, Beechwood Doughnuts, opened at a bigger location on Thursday October 5th. Get your fix at 165 St Paul Street, St Catharines.
Party like the undead
October 6th 7pm to 10pm St Catharines Museum & Welland Canal Centre are hosting an adults only Night of the Walking Dead party. Dress as a zombie, dance to live music and enjoy tasty food by the Smokin’ Buddha food truck. It’s going to be a thriller!
Hoot and holler for Harvest time
October 7th 5pm Enjoy rockin’ bands, delicious food and seasonal brews amongst the vines at Oast House Brewers’ 4th Annual Harvest Hootenanny.
Carve a pumpkin with the kids
October 14th 10am to 2pm It’s Pumpkinville time at Happy Rolph’s Farm. This fun-filled family Fall festival will have pumpkin carving, scarecrow building, inflatable bouncers, hay dive, crafts, face painting and more. First 500 families get a free pumpkin!
October 21st 11am to 4pm There will be more Fall festival fun at PumpkinFest, Heartland Forest. Beautiful artisan wares, delicious food and drinks, plus pumpkin carving of course, and other fun activities for the whole family.
Take a hike
Choose one of the many breathtaking trails to hike in the Niagara Region. Walk the Niagara Glen Nature Trail, just to name one, breathe in the cool crisp air and see the beautiful Fall colours.
Swing your way downtown
October 15th 6pm to 9:30pm Catch the Twilight Jazz Series at Mahtay Cafe in downtown St Catharines. Now putting together their 7th season, series’ founders Peter Shea and Juliet Dunn will perform followed by some funky tunes from LMT Connection.
October 17th 7pm to 9pm It’s yoga and beer time at Lock Street Brewing Co‘s Pints & Poses event. Find inner peace in their beautiful Biergarten amongst the ivy and hop plants and then enjoy a local brew.
Catch a Big Yellow Taxi to some soulful tunes
October 21st 8pm Vocalist Sarah Jerrom and guitarist Christine Bougie play the music of Canadian legend Joni Mitchell at Mahtay Cafe in downtown St Catharines.
Raise a Stein for Oktoberfest
October 21st 11am to 6pm Celebrate the traditions of a German Oktoberfest at Port Dalhousie’s Lock Street with authentic style foods, live music and craft beer vendors.
Go Boo’zing at the Halloween Night Market
October 27th & 28th 5pm to 11pm Have a frightening good time at Market Square in downtown St Catharines at the Halloween Boo’zing Night Market. Enjoy food trucks, local wines and brews, artisan vendors and live music.
Immerse yourself in art
Described as sumptuous, decorative, and visually overwhelming, the Material Girls exhibition at Rodman Hall runs until December 30th. This large-scale group exhibition is an exploration of material process and notions of excess as they relate to the feminized body, gendered space, and capitalist desire.
Drink in your favourite Fall flavours
Stroll through the recently reopened St Paul Street in downtown St Catharines and celebrate the season with a Pumpkin Spice Latte made with real pumpkin and quality espresso at Craft Arts Market.
Hockey and hot wings… need I say more?!
Head downtown for some live action on the ice at an Ice Dogs hockey game. While you’re in town check out some other champions, the 2017 St Catharines Wing Fest winners, Kully’s Original Sports Bar. A perfect pairing!
Get into Trouble
Underground cafe/bar, Trouble Coffee and Spirits, is set to open in downtown St Catharines in November. They boast an extraordinary coffee program, thoughtfully crafted cocktails, and a considered selection of new-world wines and craft beers. Their seasonal local food menu is curated by food blogger and author Laura Wright of The First Mess. Check out their Facebook page and stay up-to-date on exactly when they will open their devilish door.
Catch up with friends for brunch
Sleep in and treat yourself to brunch at Bistro Mirepoix. This sweet little spot opened in St Catharines in September. The service is great and the food is delicious!
Find handmade holiday gifts that you don’t have to make yourself
November 25th Enjoy the picturesque surrounds of Heartland Forest while you seek out the perfect holiday gifts at A Handmade Holiday artisan market.
Plan a date night
Catch a flick at The Film House and enjoy a local wine with your popcorn. It’s a perfect date night option, as you can take advantage of the great restaurants and bars in downtown St Catharines before and after the film.
Pair your wine with… Candy Corn?!
Do you consider yourself a junk food connoisseur? Ever pondered which wine would pair perfectly with potato chips? Then join the experts at Konzelmann Winery for a Junk Food and Wine pairing. This 45 minute tasting consists of four different junk foods – salty, sweet, sour and chocolatey – and wines that compliment each in different ways.
Stock-up on stocking stuffers
December 6th, 13th & 20th 10am to 6pm Christmas in the City is a three week market event with different vendors each week. They will be featuring amazing gifts and stocking stuffers from more than 55 artisans and vendors.