The leaves are changing and the beautiful, crisp cool air provides the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy the upcoming events in Muskoka. Take a look at these top 10 ‘must attend’ September activities and enjoy a fun night out, the best locale culture, and a great time with family and friends that you’ll be talking about all year long.

10. World Water Ski Tournament 2018

Marking the first time the World Water Ski Tournament has been held outside the United States, this top tier international competition in Huntsville showcases spectacular elite-level performances by over 250 athletes from Canada, Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, and the US. The opening ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. on September 7th, and runs through the 9th, with weekend passes available to catch all the action. After the closing ceremony, a celebratory gala will take place at the beautiful Deerhurst Resort ballroom.

9. Severn Bridge Fall Fair

This year’s Severn Bridge Fall Fair takes place on September 8th between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and includes a themed parade, ‘Old Time Country Fair’, with prizes and fun costume contests. Located between Gravenhurst and Orillia at the Severn Bridge Fairgrounds, the fair also features a Horseshoe Tournament, Remote Control Monster Truck Rally, Caricature Painting, and Horse Show competition. Country artist Jason Maxwell will take the stage at 3.p.m. for a free concert at this family day of community fun. 

8. Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour

For the past 40 years, premier area artists have opened up their professional spaces to the community for Canada’s original studio tour to help educate the public on the details of their craft. Over 100 artists have participated in past events, and this year’s amazing lineup features 19 phenomenal potters, jewellers, painters, woodturners, photographers, glass workers, and wool designers. The Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour takes place September 22, 23, 29, and 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

7. Doors Open Gravenhurst

A unique combination of interactive history and innovative culture, this one-of-a-kind event takes residents and tourists alike on an educational trek through the background of Ontario’s most prominent establishments. Part historical tour, part interactive display, this year’s theme is ‘100 Years of Women’s Rights and Suffrage’. Doors Open Gravenhurst includes 13 stops that provide a one-of-a-kind experience of the city’s storied past. The event takes place on September 29th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

6. Brew Tours: Muskoka Edition

On September 15th, take a fascinating chartered tour of Muskoka’s 3 renowned craft breweries: Lake of Bays Brewery in Baysville, Muskoka Brewery in Bracebridge, and Sawdust City Brewing Company in Gravenhurst, where the group meets at 11.a.m. Lunch and beer samples are provided mid-day at the iconic Griffin Gastro Pub, and each stop on the Muskoka Edition Brew Tour includes a tasting and a guided presentation of the facility.

5. Culture Days at Muskoka Lakes Museum

Take yourself on a time travelling adventure on September 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and September 30th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Muskoka Lakes Museum Culture Days in Port Carling. Here, you can take a walk through local history by ‘putting yourself in the picture’ of old postcards and photos. The museum also offers a gift shop, tea shop, and 6 unique galleries showcasing Muskoka culture, with free admission for children 5 and under with an accompanying adult.

4. Summer Season Wrap-up Concert

While its billed as a goodbye tribute to summer, this September 29th concert will actually welcome in autumn at the renowned Gravenhurst Opera House. This year’s Summer Season Wrap-up features the foot-stomping, soul-stirring horns of Oakland Stroke, who pay tribute to the great soul sounds of Tower of Power and Earth, Wind, and Fire. The show takes place at 8 p.m., with proceeds benefiting Meaghan’s Walk pediatric charity.

3. Cranberry Harvest

Starting on September 22nd and running through the end of October, fruit farming and fun culture fuse at the Johnston Cranberry Marsh’s celebrated Cranberry Harvest in Bala. Learn about the unique cranberry heritage with fun wagon tours, wine tastings, and shopping at The Cranberry Emporium. On weekends between September 29th and October 14th you can even take a helicopter tour of the vast 27-acre farm.

2. Cinemuskoka Film Festival

The second annual Cinemuskoka Film Festival in Huntsville celebrates Canadian filmmaker’s best and brightest over Labour Day Weekend. From August 31st through September 2nd screenings will take place in downtown Huntsville at the Algonquin Theatre and outdoors at RiverMill Park, with prizes awarded in the best feature, documentary, short, music video, and webseries/online categories. Fun and engaging red carpet events, Q&A Sessions, and parties are open to members of the public and filmmakers alike.

1. Bracebridge Fall Fair & Horse Show

From September 14-16th, get ready for this 151st annual Bracebridge Fall Fair & Horse Show that features community grown produce, livestock, and flowers, as well as local arts and crafts. The festival showcases live bands, kids pony rides, ‘best in show’ pet competitions, hayrides, midway rides, fun equine competitions, and a 1860’s style Harvest Dinner. Fair attendees can enjoy free parking and admission for elementary and preschool children with adult ticket purchase, and festivities kick off at 7p.m. on Thursday. 

If you’d like to experience the natural wonders of Bracebridge while in town for the fair, stop by Lady Muskoka. We’re just 5 minutes away at 300 Ecclestone Dr., and we’ll guide you down the beautiful Muskoka River in style on our Millionaire’s Row Cruise, past some of the most stunning mansions and breathtaking panoramas found anywhere in the region.

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