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October 2017

Knox Pumpkin Farm, Clarington.
It's that time of year: the leaves are falling, the trees are ablaze with gorgeous colours, and our dreams of pumpkin spice and apple harvests are coming true. Welcome to fall in Durham Region! The harvest season brings a wealth of activities, events and attractions to the region, with fun around every corner. Train trips highlight the region's brilliant fall foliage, a historic downtown celebrates everything apple and an up-and-coming sport "flies" into town this fall. All this and more are here for you to discover in Durham Region.
For more fun fall ideas, and to learn more about what's on this month, visit Durham Tourism's events calendar at
What's on this month?
My Big Fat German Puppet Show & The Left Hand of Frank

On October 21, join former "Jim Henson's Muppets" puppeteer, Frank Meschkuleit, for an unforgettable evening of laughs, hand tools, zombies, laughs, comedy, music and...some more laughs! If you're looking for a fun night out, some serious belly laughs and
some thought-provoking comedy, come out and enjoy "My Big Fat German Puppet Show" and "The Left Hand of Frank" in a terrific double bill that will blow your mind. Winner of the coveted Just For Laughs Best Comedy Award. The dynamic evening of Puppetry for Adults ----part puppet show, part circus, part cabaret ----is a night of entertainment not to be missed. Cash Bar and concessions are available. Tickets are $35 each and are available for purchase at the St. Francis Centre Box Office, the Ajax and McLean Community Centres, the Audley Recreation Centre; through the St. Francis Centre's website at or by calling 905-619-2529, ext. 2787 (ARTS).
Cannington Haunted Trail and Maze

Those looking for something spooky to do this month should head to MacLeod Park in Cannington on October 27 for the Cannington Haunted Trail and Maze. The event offers a fun, and frightening, haunted Halloween experience for those who love a good scare! Bring your family, friends and're going to need it! New scenes and scares are already brewing for two fantastically frightening attractions ----the popular Haunted Trail and the intense Manic Maze.
Quidditch is coming to town

Quidditch. You may know the name from the famous Harry Potter book series and blockbuster movies. What you might not know is that Quidditch is hugely popular on the post-secondary sport circuit, played on college and university campuses across the world. And it's coming to Oshawa's Civic Recreation Complex on  November 11 and 12 when the region welcomes the 2017/2018 Eastern Regional Quidditch Championship. Spectators and students are welcomed and encouraged to come out and take in the action of this up-and-coming full contact sport.
Sport Durham is excited to partner with Quidditch Canada, the City of Oshawa and other local organizations to host the Quidditch Canada Eastern Regional Championship at the Oshawa Civic Recreation Complex in November. The  hope is to garner interest in this unique, gender-integrated sport among Durham students, from elementary to post-secondary, and inspire the creation of quidditch teams in Durham in the future.
This is an amazing opportunity for Durham residents and visitors to come out and e xperi ence the exciting game of q uidditch!  Admission to the event is free. For more information, visit the Sport Durham section of and the Q uidditch Canada website at :
Photo courtesy of Stephan Kim.
Everything apple!

Apples, apples and more apples are on the menu at the annual Applefest in historic downtown Bowmanville on October 14. This popular annual street festival celebrates everything from our local apple growers and fresh apple treats, to unique handmade crafts and food products. There are many activities for the kids to enjoy too! Carnival rides, jumping castles and more will delight the little ones, while adults can shop the many independent shops and restaurants in the downtown.  Unique handmade, high-quality crafts and food products are also available in several large marquee tents and booths lining the street. The event offers free parking and admission.
Fall train tours

There is no better way to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage, than by taking a trip on York-Durham Heritage Railway's Fall Colours train rides. Passengers can enjoy the beauty of autumn, while travelling through the picturesque Oak Ridges Moraine. Trips are available on  October 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15.
The railway also offers a special Halloween ride, where the whole family can enjoy entertainment and Halloween-themed activities aboard a specially decorated train. Children age 12 and under in costume ride for just $1, and will receive a goodie bag upon departing the train. Trips are available on  October 21, 22, 28 and 29.
For train departure times and to book your tickets visit the York-Durham Heritage Railway's website at:
Party in the Park

If you've never been to a Party in the Park, then the hamlet of Claremont is where you want to be on October 14. The City of Pickering Cultural Services, along with community partners, will host a unique event to celebrate the life and art of Pickering-born, Canadian art icon Tom Thomson. This unique celebration highlights the art, landscape, heritage, and culture of a legendary Group of Seven painter.
Join your fellow art lovers at the Dr. Nelson F. Tomlinson Community Centre for an evening of unique experiences, entertainment and dancing for the whole family. Thomson's iconic painting style captures the essence of Canadian wilderness and nature. You can do the same, as you take a walk with Thompson as the sun sets. The park will light up with interactive living exhibits and activities for all ages, creating a night of unique experiences, entertainment and dancing for the whole family.
The event includes the development of a permanent community public art piece, which will be located within the community centre in Claremont, and will act as a permanent acknowledgement of Pickering's long-standing heritage and contributions to the arts in Canada and Ontario. 
Explore 150 years of agriculture
Explore agricultural industries, farm families and farm organizations that have shaped Durham Region and the farming industry over the past century and a half through the " 150 years of Agriculture" exhibit. Delve into the region's agricultural history at the exhibit, which runs to October 27 at Scugog Shores Museum, and to December 2017 at the Clarington Museum.
Devil's Den Trail Race

If you're looking for something sporty to do this month, consider the following athletic adventure. Join the Brooklin Run Club, Copper Branch (Brooklin) and Running Free Ajax at Heber Down Conservation Area on October 21 for the Devil's Den Trail Race, featuring 5 km, 10 km and children's 3 km routes. Whether you are a runner or a supporter, come out and enjoy a beautiful morning in one of Whitby's beautiful conservation areas. All proceeds support the Abilities Centre in Whitby.
Take a kid mountain biking day

Bring your bike and get ready to roll through Uxbridge's Durham Forest on October 14! Join the Durham Mountain Biking Association for their annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. Explore cycling clinics, ride pre-established loops, and ride with National Team Member Haley Smith. Lunch and prizes are included. There's so much to see and do while exploring Durham Region on two wheels!
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