20 events you must check out this fallSeptember 2, 2018
Summer may be nearing an end, but the fun is far from over in the Cornwall area.
The arrival of fall brings with it a whole slate of cool festivals and events to check out in the area. From arts and culture experiences to live shows, world-class sporting events and the award-winning Pumpkinferno, there is certainly no shortage of reasons to visit Cornwall this fall.
To help get you started on planning your next visit, here’s a list of 20 must-see fall events to experience in the Cornwall area. See you soon!
Akwesasne International Pow Wow
September 8-9, Cornwall Island
The Akwesasne International Pow-Wow brings together the best Native artisans, drummers and dancers from this region for two days of great music, food and company at the A’nowara’ko:wa Arena on Cornwall Island.
RCMP Musical Ride
September 8, Maxville
A Canadian tradition since 1876, the RCMP Musical Ride features a troop of 32 scarlet coated Mounties on majestic black horses presenting a 30-minute show of intricate figures and cavalry drills choreographed to music.
1860’s Fall Fair Weekend
September 15-16, Upper Canada Village
Participate in the excitement of a wonderfully re-created 1860s Fall Fair, using 1860s fair categories and rules as a guideline. Public entries are welcome! Join in the old-fashioned fun and games which promise to entertain the whole family.
Crafting a Cure
November 2, Cornwall
This beer tasting fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes is a wonderful night featuring almost 20 different craft breweries from all over Ontario (with wine and cider options also available)! Also on tap is live entertainment from The Shiners, door prizes, a silent and live auction and delicious food to help chase down your beer.
September 28-October 28, Upper Canada Village
Take a tour through this spectacular outdoor art exhibit of 7,000 handcrafted pumpkins all lit at night along a kilometer long path in a picturesque 19th-century backdrop.
October 12-28, Archie’s
Graveyard Golf sees the grounds of Archie’s transformed into a Halloween haven complete with live actors. Visitors are challenged to put their bravery to the test in a haunted mini-putt experience. Show up if you dare!
Ghost Walk for Charity
Test your courage this Halloween with a visit to the Ghost Walk for Charity in the former Metro building on Vincent Massey Drive. It promises to be bigger, better and scarier than ever before so you won’t want to miss it! Be there, be scared!
October 27, Cornwall
Comicfest 2018 will feature treats, cosplay, prizes, special guests, exhibitors and fun for the whole family! Kids and adults can dress up and attend a market-style event with exhibitors selling geeky merchandise and trick-or-treating for the kids. Free comics will be given out by Fantasy Realm!
Experience the arts
Apples & Art Studio Tour
September 29-30, Various locations
The popular Apples & Art Studio Tour gives residents and visitors a chance to see artists at work in spaces across Cornwall and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. Meet the artists, see their work up close and be inspired by the area’s rich arts and culture community!
Cornwall Art Walk
October 25, Cornwall
Experience amazing local art and some great Downtown restaurants and shops at the same time with the Cornwall Art Walk. The artists will be present to paint or draw during the evening and to talk to people about their art.
All things local
Fall Harvest Market
September 9, Williamstown
Enjoy an open-air country style market set on the picturesque grounds of the Williamstown Fair, Canada’s oldest fair. There will be a wide assortment of vendors offering up a large selection of handmade goods.
Heritage Valley Arts and Crafts Show
November 3-4, Cornwall
The Heritage Arts and Crafts Show at the Civic Complex features over 100 crafters with a huge variety of handmade crafts and many mouth-watering treats. If you’re looking for a special gift or item, this is the place to find it!
November 3-4, Marlin Orchards and Garden Centre
This two-day signature event from W3G & Co. features over 125 vendors selling unique items in the beautiful surroundings of Marlin Orchards. Come one day or both and you’ll be sure to discover something new and interesting!
Sports and sweet rides
September 9, Cornwall Motor Speedway
The 2018 racing season at Cornwall Motor Speedway wraps up on Sunday, September 9th with the popular Fireball Enduro – a demolition derby type race that is open to all. The action starts at 2 pm.
Shorty Jenkins Classic
September 12-16, Cornwall
World-class curling returns to the Cornwall Curling Centre with the 22nd annual AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic. Tickets are now on sale for the event, which regularly features a who’s who of the curling world.
Cars & Coffee Fall Meet
September 22, Cornwall
Enjoy some great cars, great coffee and great conversation at the Cars & Coffee Cornwall Fall Meet in Downtown Cornwall. Check out some amazing Downtown shops and restaurants at the same time!
Cornwall Concert Series
September 29, Aultsville Theatre
The Cornwall Concert Series brings high-caliber musical entertainment to the stage of beautiful Aultsville Theatre. The 2018-19 season kicks off on September 29 with a performance by Piano Caméléons. Tickets are now on sale!
The Wiggles: Wiggle, Wiggle Wiggle Tour
October 5, Aultsville Theatre
One of the most successful children’s entertainment groups, The Wiggles have performed over 250 shows around the world in 2018 – and they’re coming to Cornwall. Get your tickets early for this popular show!
November 3, Aultsville Theatre
Enjoy an intimate evening of music with ‘the first lady of guitar,’ Liona Boyd. Since her 1975 debut performance at Carnegie Hall, Boyd has enthralled audiences worldwide with her romantic and unique brand of classical, folk and world music.
November 9, NAV CENTRE
Enjoy a night of laughs featuring headliner Derek Seguin of Montreal, one of the hottest comedians on today’s stand-up comedy scene. He’ll be joined on stage by four of Cornwall’s brightest funnymen: Simon McLinden, Michael Baird, Jamie Carr and Dan Allaire.
There’s much more to see and do beyond the list above – for information on other upcoming events, make sure to check out our events calendar and follow the Cornwall Tourism Facebook page for up-to-the-minute information on upcoming events!
Looking for other fun things to do in Cornwall? Make sure to check out our Events page for info on upcoming events in the area!
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Planning a visit to Cornwall? Cornwall Tourism can help. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of our Visitor Guide or contact us at (613) 936-0842. You can also stop by our Visitor Information Centre inside the Cornwall Community Museum (160 Water Street West) in Lamoureux Park.
Article by Kevin Lajoie