1 to 4 p.m.: Visit the Art Gallery of Burlington for a free drop-in open studio art workshop for families. Visit artgalleryofburlington.com.
10 to 11:30 a.m.: Explore the environment through adult-facilitated and child-directed activities by engaging in this themed drop-in program that includes story time, songs, discovery and creation centres at Hamilton Children’s Museum. Call 905-546-4848.
Sundays May – October
Centro Farmers’ Market
9 a.m. to noon: Visit the Centro Market parking lot off John Street each Sunday morning for a selection of fresh, local produce and more. Details at centrogarden.com.
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through October 26
Burlington Centre Lion’s Farmers’ Market
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays & Saturdays; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays: Held in the parking lot of Burlington Centre, shop for local produce. Visit burlingtonmallmarmersmarket.com.
Saturdays Until October 12
Milton Farmers’ Market
7 a.m. to 12 noon: Milton’s Main Street is closed to traffic to create a pedestrian mall Saturday mornings for the farmers’ market. For more information visit miltonfarmersmarket.ca.
Saturdays until November
Civitan Club of Oakville Farmer’s Market
8 am to 2 p.m.: Dorval Crossing East plays host to this farmer’s market in support of community charities. Visit oakvillecivitan.ca.
Summertime in Downtown Oakville
Thursdays to Sundays: Take part in active, artistic and unique family-friendly activities in Downtown Oakville. oakvilledowntown.com.
Outdoor swimming at Bronte Creek Provincial Park
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (weather permitting): Splash around in Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s 1.8 acre outdoor pool. Visit OntarioParks.com.
Sundays in September
Historical Society Walking Tour
2 p.m.: See Milton as never before on a guided walking tour of Old Milton with the Milton Historical Society. For more information, visit miltonhistoricalsociety.ca.
Thursday September 26
Toddler Days – Our 5 Senses
10:30 to noon: Explore sight, sound, touch, taste and smell at Ireland House Museum where you’ll make scented paints, musical instruments and DIY sensory bags. $5 per child. Pre-register at museumsofburlington.ca.
Friday to Sunday Sept. 27 – 29
Culture Days 2019 Burlington
This national initiative aims to raise awareness, provide accessibility and encourage participation and engagement in the cultural life of Burlington. Visit Burlington.ca for details.
Culture Days Oakville
Visit the Oakville Public Library where Culture Days provides families with opportunities to participate in and appreciate all forms of arts and culture. Details found at culturedays.ca.
September 27 to November 3
Pumpkins After Dark
4 to 11 p.m.: Thursday to Sunday, browse through unique pumpkin inspired artwork at Country Heritage Park. Contact Jami Smith at email@example.com for details.
Friday to Sunday Sept. 27, 28, 29
Milton Fall Fair
Various times: The Milton Fall Fair at Milton Fairgrounds, features something for everyone, including a petting zoo, midway and crafts. For more information, visit miltonfair.com.
Experience food, art, music and theatre in Milton during this free family friendly event. Find specific events at culturedays.ca.
Saturday September 28
Doors Open & Heritage Fair
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Join the Trafalgar Township Historical Society at the Old One-Room Palermo Schoolhouse to celebrate the area’s history with special guests and exhibits. Details at facebook.com/Trafalgar-Township-Historical-Society-1275292459164796/.
9 a.m, to 4:30 p.m.: Head to Battlefield House Museum and Park for fall-time harvest fun. Pancake breakfast, games, pumpkin decorating, demonstrations, entertainment and a bake-off. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Saturday and Sunday Sept. 28, 29
Bronte Creek offers up historical demonstrations, wagon rides, pumpkin carving, traditional family games, farmhouse tours, and much more. Visit ontarioparks.com.
Doors Open Burlington
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Visit heritage sites, noteworthy buildings, and interesting locations, including Museums of Burlington – free of charge. Many of these buildings and locations will offer special activities during the day. Learn more at museumsofburlington.ca.
Cultural Diversity Festival
Celebrate diversity at Burlington Performing Arts Centre with a variety of performances. Details at burlingtonpac.ca.
Sunday September 29
Tesla Electric Festival
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Visit the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology for demonstrations and displays, a vendor marketplace, music and entertainment and rides on the miniature steam trains. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Help support Food4Kids, a community initiative, with tickets for various restaurant tours. Details and tickets at e-a-t.ca.
Appleby Line Street Festival
1 to 5 p.m.: Appleby Line between New and Fairview Streets in Burlington is closed to traffic and open to families as they enjoy activities including inflatables, games, vendors and more. Details at applebylinestreetfestival.ca.
Try-It Series – Rock Climbing
9 a.m. to noon & 1 to 4 p.m.: This rock climbing course at Rattlesnake Point is designed for those who have never tried climbing before. Pre-registration required: conservationhalton.ca.
Symphony on the Bay: A World of Music
Sultans of String will whisk the Burlington Performing Arts Centre audience on a musical world tour. More details at burlingtonpac.ca.
Monday September 30
Banff Mountain Film Festival
Films focusing on humans’ relationship with nature, extreme athletics and more will be on display at this one-day festival. Visit oakvillecentre.ca for details.
Weekends and Holidays
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Mountsberg undergoes a ghoulish transformation in October. Experience the Pumpkin Passport to Discovery, meet Mountsberg’s owls, vultures and snakes, enjoy the play area and wagon rides. For more details visit www.conservationhalton.ca.
Weekends in October
Harvest Festival at Springridge Farm
Enjoy a number of activities at Springridge Farm’s annual Harvest Festival, including wagon ridges, spooky boo barn, farm yard play and more. Find dates and more details at springridgefarm.com.
Come to Wildhagen’s Adventure Gardens for fun-filled and spooky weekends. Explore the Adventure Gardens with punch, a snack and pumpkin decorating. For more information, visit wildhagengreenhouses.com.
Tuesdays in October
After School Club
3:30 to 6 p.m.: Enjoy after school snacks, games, crafts, indoor and outdoor play as well as dinner at 1225 Rebecca St. in Oakville. Free. Details by calling 905-827-6532.
Food For Fines: MCR Infant Food Bank
To celebrate Ontario Public Library Week, Milton Public Library will accept donations to support the Milton Community Resource Centre’s Infant Food Bank will be accepted as payment for fines of overdue materials. Details at mpl.on.ca.
Thursday October 3
Toddler Days – Jack and the Beanstalk
10:30 a.m. to noon: Plant our very own beanstalks, count out magical beans, and make awesome paper plate crowns at Ireland House Museum. $5 per child. Find more information and register at museumsofburlington.ca.
Friday October 4
Food Literacy Family Storytime
10:15 to 10:45 a.m.: Bring the whole family to the Hamilton Public Library’s Dundas Branch for storytime and get ready to read. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Saturday October 5
Nutrience Oakville Half Marathon
This marathon is not for the faint of heart. At Coronation Park. Visit oakvillehalfmarathon.com.
Furry Friends 5k
The third annual Furry Friends 5k, in support of animal rescue, returns to Spencer Smith Park. Run with or without your pooch. Details and registration at furryfriends5k.ca.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Celebrate the start of the autumn solstice with free live music, horse and wagon rides, a fundraising corn roast and other fall treats, shopping and more all along Concession Street. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Pajama Night Moon Explorer
7 to 9 p.m.: Learn about the night sky and other night lights during a guided hike, games and activities at Mountsberg Conservation Area. Top off the evening with s’mores by the fire. Admission is $17 for adults, $12 for children and $12 for seniors (+HST). Register at www.conservationhalton.ca.
Family Boogie & Books
2:30 to 3:15 p.m.: Head to Burlington Public Library’s Central branch for stories, dance and lots of fun. Details at bpl.on.ca.
Saturday & Sunday
Milton Studio Tour
Pumpkin patches, fall mums, winding roads and autumn hues in every direction paint a picture for a tour of Milton studios. Meet local artists and browse and shop through their artwork. For more information, visit fasm.ca.
Flavours of Fall
This new event in downtown Burlington will be a celebration of the season with festive food, hot beverages, live music, crafts, prizes and more in Towne Square. Find more details at oakvilledowntwon.com.
Sunday October 6
Raptors in Focus
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Photography enthusiasts will enjoy this opportunity to get lens to beak with Mountsberg’s raptors. For more information, visit conservationhalton.ca.
Lego Club – Halloween
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Trick or treat! Build your own Halloween treats and creepy characters out of Lego at Ireland House Museum. You will also get creative, making paper jack-o-lanterns and spooky spider webs. $10 per child. Register at museumsofburlington.ca.
Thursday October 10
Toddler Days – Jungle
10:30 a.m. to noon: Find out who lives in the jungle at Ireland House Museum where you will go on a safari hunt for wild animals with our own homemade binoculars, and make super cool elephant toothpaste. $5 per child. Register at museumsofburlington.ca.
Thursday to Monday
October 10 – 14
Rockton World’s Fair
The Rockton World’s Fair is one of the largest agricultural and livestock events in Canada. Food, rides, games and more at Rockton World’s Fairgrounds. Details at Hamilton.ca.
October 10 to October 27
7 to 10:30 p.m.: Take a haunted adventure at the Spooktacular event at Country Heritage Park. For more information, contact Jami Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday October 11
P.A. Day Camp – Mad Science
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Put on your goggles for lots of science experiments at Joseph Brant Museum where campers will create a Mentos geyser, launch rockets, and explore the Burlington S.T.E.A.M. Zone. $40 per child. Register at museumsofburlington.ca.
Saturday October 12
Food Paper Art
2 to 3 p.m.: Create paper foods that will make your mouth water at this free event at Hamilton Public Library’s Westdale Branch. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Saturday and Sunday
12:30, 3:30 & 6:30 p.m.: It’s time to see Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony off the screen and on the stage at the FirstOntario Concert Hall in Hamilton. Tickets and information available at coreentertainment.ca.
Saturday to Monday
October 12 – 14
Boo at the Zoo
Trick or treat your way around the zoo at Safari Niagara. This is a safe and unique Halloween party for children of all ages. For details visit safariniagara.com.
Monday to Saturday
October 13 – 19
Enjoy Hamilton’s Culinary Week on Concession Street where you can enjoy a culinary tour. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Tuesday October 15
The Wiggle’s Party Time Tour
12:30, 3:30 & 6:30 p.m.: The Party Time Tour! will reunite Canada with Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Tickets at burlingtonpac.ca.
DIY Garden Fairy House
4 to 5 p.m.: Learn about the Waterdown library’s new garden project and make your own tiny house for all the fairies in your garden at Hamilton Public Library’s Waterdown Branch. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Wednesday October 16
Community Breastfeeding Support
6:30 to 8 p.m.: La Leche League Canada Oakville Group provides mother to mother support to those who are pregnant or nursing in any capacity. Bring your breastfeeding/chestfeeding questions and concerns, talk about your joys and challenges or come and just listen at Oakville Parent-Child Centre. Find more details at lllc.ca/lllc-oakville.
Saturday October 19
Campfire Storytelling at Kelso Conservation Area
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Children ages 10 plus can join Milton Public Library for an evening of spooky stories and snacks around the fire at Kelso Conservation Area. Your MPL card will provide free entry. Pre-registration required at mpl.on.ca.
October 16 to 30
GhostWalks at Oakville Historical Society
6:30, 7:15 & 8 p.m. nightly except Sundays: Celebrate Halloween with a family Ghost Walk into olde Oakville of the 1800s. Walks are one hour and span 12 blocks starting at the Oakville Historical Society office at 110 King St. Pre-register at oakvillehistory.org.
Thursday October 17
Toddler Days – Fall Harvest
10:30 a.m. to noon: Get ready for fall fun at Ireland House Museum where you will make a pinecone birdfeeder and play hands-on games like pumpkin toss and apple bowling. $5 per child. Register at museumsofburlington.ca.
Friday to Sunday October 18 – 20 and Friday to Sunday October 25 – 27
Come out and learn the history and traditions of All Hallows Eve “Halloween” and enjoy stories, games, music and more at Bronte Creek. Enjoy a campfire on Friday night and spooky evening hikes on Saturday. For more information, visit ontarioparks.com.
Saturday October 19
History Explorers Club – Trains
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: All aboard at Joseph Brant Museum where participants will learn about the history of Freeman Station in Burlington then make their own train that they can be the conductor of, play a conductor game and make a railroad crossing snack. $10 per child. Register at museumsofburlington.ca.
Light the Night
5 p.m.: Teams come together at Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park to raise funds for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For more information visit oakville.ca.
Sunday October 20
Private School Expo
Meet with exhibiting private schools and partners at this annual event presented by Our Kids at St. Joseph’s Banquet & Conference Centre. For details visit www.ourkids.net or call 905-272-1843.
Thursday October 24
Toddler Days – Shark Week
10:30 a.m. to noon: Visit Ireland House Museum for Shark Week where you will have a baby shark sing along, make a delicious Jello shark snack, and play a counting game with shark teeth. $5 per child. Register at museumsofburlington.ca
The Joshua Show
Spend your afternoon with The Ambassador of Joy and award-winning puppeteer, Joshua Holden at Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Show time and tickets at burlingtonpac.ca.
Thursday and Friday
October 24, 25
The Great Pumpkin Trail
Follow the magical trail of hundreds of lit jack-o-lanterns at Royal Botanical Gardens. Ticketed event also includes live entertainment and pumpkin-themed activities. Details at rbg.ca.
Friday October 25
Trek or Treat Run
7 to 11 p.m.: A hauntingly good time. The 14th annual Trek or Treat Night Trail Run and Halloween Party has costumed runners tackle the spooky 5km run through Oakville’s darkened trails starting at St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre. Visit trekortreat.ca.
Saturday October 19 & 26
6:30 to 10 p.m.: Walk through the haunted car barn and travel in the old, creaky streetcars along the mainline and enjoy some hot apple cider and scary snacks at Halton County Radial Railway. For more information, visit hcry.org.
Saturday October 26
Tiny Tots Trick or Treat
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Children and their parents are invited to wear their costumes and collect goodies at participating businesses in downtown Milton. Enjoy fun activities, lots of treats, popular characters and more. For information, visit downtownmilton.com.
Treats in Our Streets
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Families can trick-or-treat at Burlington’s downtown businesses during this wildly popular event. For more information go to burlingtondowntown.ca.
Halloween Family Storytime
10 to 10:30 a.m.: Head to Burlington Public Library’s Central branch for tales of ghosts and things that go bump in the night. Find details at bpl.on.ca.
10 a.m.: Ride the rails at Halton County Radial Railway one last time before the snow begins to fall. For details, visit hcry.org.
Halloween Fun Day
Bake Halloween sugar cookies on Ireland House Museum’s 1830s Rumford hearth, decorate them and enjoy your creation. Included in general admission during regular operating hours. Details at museumsofburlington.ca.
2 to 4 p.m.: Head to Burlington Public Library’s Central Branch Centennial Hall and enjoy the 2019 movie “Dumbo”. Details at bpl.on.ca.
Lemony Snicket The Composer is Dead
2:30 p.m.: This symphonic thriller, presented by Niagara Symphony Orchestra at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines is a quest to expose the culprit hiding amongst the orchestra. Join the guest detective as they search the strings, probe percussion, and hound the horns on the trail of cunning musical clues. Tickets at firstontraiopac.ca.
Thursday October 31
Tiny Tots on Parade
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Calling all trick-or-treaters. Come to Towne Square and show off your best costume. Walk throughout Downtown Oakville’s streets to gather fantastic treats (never tricks!) from the many merchants. Details at oakvilledowntown.com.
Toddler Days – Halloween
10:30 a.m. to noon: Show off your best costume at Ireland House Museum during the Trick or Treat Costume Parade. Play candy corn ring toss, make green monster oobleck, and enjoy a vanishing ghost experiment, too. $10 per child. Register at museumsofburlington.ca.