Patios may be a little chilly and the lake too cold for a swim but autumn is Muskoka at its most beautiful.  There is a reason that cottagers wait until the last possible weekend in October to close up their cottages – they know that up here, sweater weather is the better weather.  Chilly air + warm sunshine, golden leaves + blue lakes… come join us in Muskoka for the fall season! And don’t forget to pack a sweater.

1. Food & Drink Festival: September 27 – 29

A weekend for foodies, aspiring chefs, and everyone who eats, the Bracebridge Food & Drink Festival is a unique blend of live demonstrations, outdoor vendor marketplace, and workshop series.  Local restaurants are also participating in the festivities by offering 3-course prix-fixe special menus just for the festival, so stretchy pants are recommended for this delicious event. 

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2. Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour: Sept 28 – 29, Oct 5 – 6

Showcasing artists from a variety of artistic mediums, the Autumn Studio Tour allows people to experience a more intimate version of an art exhibit- art exhibited in the place it was created.  Artists open up their studios and make themselves available to talk to guests about their art, the artistic process, and the beautiful landscape that inspires them to create.  

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3. Lady Muskoka Fall Colours Cruises: Oct 12 – 14

Every Thanksgiving the Lady Muskoka runs the most popular cruises of the year- the Fall Colours cruises, two hours of relaxing scenic autumn landscape. Guests can enjoy the crisp fall air and sunshine on the top dock or cozy up by the windows on the covered first and second decks- there are no bad seats when you’re in the middle of Lake Muskoka surrounded by an explosion of fall colour. 

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4. Rosseau Pumpkin Festival: Oct 12

The 7th annual Rosseau pumpkin festival is a great way to spend some family time on Thanksgiving weekend! The festival features local and market vendors, local cuisine, pumpkin decorating, farm animals, live entertainment and more.  

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5. Bala Cranberry Festival: Oct 18 – 20

A 35th year tradition in Muskoka, the Bala Cranberry Festival is a celebration of arts, community, and of course, cranberries.  With live entertainment, hundreds of vendors, buskers, tastings, and judged exhibits, the Cranberry Festival has something for everyone while still remaining a uniquely Muskoka institution. 

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