Fall is such a wonderful time to live in Halifax. Pumpkins adorn doorsteps in every neighbourhood, changing leaves make for stunning Fall scenery at every turn, the cool temperature is a welcome break from the heat of August, and there's plenty of fun seasonal activities going on to get you in the Fall mood.
Keep reading for all the Fall events and things to do in and around Halifax this year.
Meet Your Farmer During Atlantic Open Farm Day
September 18th | Online & participating farms in nova scotia, pei & new brunswick
Where does our food come from? Atlantic Open Farm Day is our chance to get an in-depth look at how our local farmers get food to our tables. Farms and ranches all over Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick will welcome us in to tour the farm, meet the animals, and learn about their daily life! View participating farms in Nova Scotia and their Atlantic Open Farm Day activities here.
Get Lost in a Corn Maze
If conquering a corn maze is on your Fall bucket list, there's two great corn mazes that are both about an hour from Downtown Halifax. Gather the family or a group of friends and make some Fall memories as you wander through the tall stalks of corn.
Noggins Corner Farm | September 10th-October 30th | 9969 Highway #1, Greenwich
Noggins Corner Farm Market's corn maze is an 8 acre maze that ends with an awesome "Family Fun Area" , including an awesome playground, tunnel slides and giant tire mountains. The Farm is open weekdays from 10am-4pm and weekends from 10am-5pm. Purchase your tickets in advance here or pick them up at the entrance when you arrive!
Riverbreeze Farm | every weekend in september & october | 660 Onslow Road, Truro
Riverbreeze Farm offers a corn maze fit for the whole family during the daytime, then throughout October, the whole farm will transform into a spooky "Fear Farm" in the evenings, offering two haunted mazes along with four haunted houses.
The daytime corn maze is open from 11am-5pm every weekend (and Thanksgiving Monday!) in September and October. The Fear Farm will open in October. Purchase your tickets on site!
Pick Your Own Fresh Local Apples
A crisp, juicy apple tastes even better when you know you've picked it yourself. Lucky for us, Nova Scotia is home to some great orchards that open their gates for apple picking and Fall fun every year. Below are some of the U-Pick apple orchards near HRM!
Noggins Corner Farm | September 10th-October 30th | 10009 Highway #1, Greenwich
With a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and wagon rides, Noggins Corner Farm Market is a Fall fun hotspot, and apple picking is yet another fun fall activity they offer. There's no fee for admission to the orchards, just purchase a Small, Medium or Large bag and fill it with your choice of 13 different kinds of apples!
- Small Bag (6-8 lbs) - $8
- Medium Bag (10-12 lbs) - $13
- Large Bag (18-20 lbs) - $22
Gates U-Pick | September-october | 1263 Starrs Points Road, Port Williams
Gates U-Pick offers over 20 varieties of apples so you'll be able to find a perfectly ripe variety until late October. Enjoy a wagon ride to the orchard and all you eat apples as you pick! For more information give them a call at 902-542-9340.
Willowbank U-Pick Farm | September 17th-October | 110 Starrs Points Loop, Port Williams
Willowbank U-Pick offers 8 different kinds of apples to pick! The farm's open daily from 9am-5:30pm weather permitting, call 902-542-9153 to ensure they're open. Enjoy a day of apple picking and meet the farm animals and pets while you're there!
- 5 lbs - $7.50
- 10 lbs - $15
- 20 lbs - $25
Dempsey Corner Orchards | September-October | 2717 Highway 221, Aylesford
Pick your own apples, grapes, pears and pumpkins at Dempsey's Corner Orchards. Sample fruit along the way and visit the petting zoo afterwards! Admission for both the U-pick and petting zoo is $2.
Elderkin's Farm Market | September-October | 10362 Highway 1, Wolfville
Elderkin's Farm Market, Bakery and U-Pick offers a variety of apples and pears to pick and fresh baked goods. Keep an eye on their Facebook Page for weekly updates on what's available to pick.
Discover Art at Night During Nocturne
october 13th-15th | Downtown Halifax
Nocturne is a nighttime art festival where artists transform the city with installations, projections, and more every October. It makes a really cool night for you and your family or friends, a chance to wander the city at night and see art in places you wouldn't expect. Projects for the 2022 festival will be announced soon!
Get Spooked at the Bluenose Ghosts Festival
October 7th-9th, 13th-16th & 20th-31st 6:30pm-9:30pm | alderney landing
From a haunted mansion to simulated casket rides to spiritual readings, if Alderney Landing's Bluenose Ghosts Festival doesn't get you in the spooky mood I don't know what will. Their haunted mansion is infamously scary, for haunted house pros only - I'll admit, I've never been and am way too scared to try it. Helen's Shanty Escape Room is family friendly though and a great way for the kids to get just enough spook.
Attraction Admission Prices:
- Haunted Mansion - $15
- Escape Room - $5
- Creighton Crypt Ride (Simulated Casket Ride) - $5
- Spiritual Readings - $10
- Selfie Haunted Park - Free
Shop & Eat at the Pumpkin Food & Folklore Festival
every saturday in october | ALDERNEY LANDING
The Alderney Landing Farmers Market will be getting in to the Fall mood too! Everything pumpkin, from food to artisan goods to Farmers Market vendors will be offered at the market's Pumpkin Food & Folklore Festival, every Saturday in October from 8am to 1pm.
Find Your Perfect Pumpkin
What's Fall without pumpkins!? Of course finding your perfect pumpkin is on our Fall things to do list. The aforementioned Noggins Corner Farm and Riverbreeze Farm both have awesome pumpkin patches with a variety of pumpkin sizes to choose from. You don't have to visit a patch to find your perfect pumpkin though, local Farmer's markets are a great place to find pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, or visit your local grocery store.
Take in Halifax's Stunning Fall Colours at A Park
There are so many gorgeous parks around Halifax that, arguably, get even more gorgeous during the Fall season. Strolling through the scattered burnt orange leaves and getting in touch with nature before the cold deadness of winter is such a great way to celebrate the season.
Shubie Park in Dartmouth is my favourite park to visit during the Fall. It's huge, the scenery is amazing, and it's dog friendly so your furry family member can enjoy a Fall outing as well!
Sir Sanford Fleming Park is another local favourite during the Fall, with a variety of trail systems and gorgeous views of the Northwest Arm, you'll love being surrounded by the vibrant fall colours at this park.
Peace & Friendship Park, South & Hollis Street Downtown Halifax
Cheer on the Halifax Mooseheads
September 23rd-March 25th | scotiabank centre
The beginning of Fall marks also marks the beginning of hockey season! The Halifax Mooseheads start their 2022-23 season at the Scotiabank Centre on September 23rd, with Home games happening until March next year! Even if you're not the biggest hockey fan, there's something about heading Downtown, cheering on your hometown and munching on salty popcorn that makes going to a Moosehead Game such a fun night.
Get your tickets online here.
Go For A Drive Down Waverley Road
Simply going for a drive to take in the Fall colours is one of my favourite Fall activities, and Waverley's always been one of my favourite places to drive through. I make a point of taking a drive down Waverley Road every Fall to enjoy the changing leaves. I suggest you stop off at Powder Mill Park, a small park on Rocky Lake Drive (off of Waverley Road) to enjoy a gorgeous view of the lake surrounding by Fall colours.
What are your favourite things to do to celebrate the Fall season? Whether it's making family memories at a pumpkin patch, getting in touch with nature at a park, or cozying up at home with pumpkin-scented candles and a latte, enjoy making the most of the Fall season this year!
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