October is upon us and it’s the perfect time to explore the rolling hills and painted landscapes of Oro-Medonte. Whether you’re looking for something to do with the family or just want to embrace the crisp air and beautiful colours, we’ve put together a list of things to do this month in Oro-Medonte to make the most of the autumn season!
Featuring over 30 artists and crafts people in a variety of mediums, the Images Studio Tour is a great way to explore the region. As one of Ontario’s oldest and longest running studio tours, this self-guided tour roams from Moonstone through the scenic Horseshoe Valley and along the Lake Simcoe shores to Orillia. Running from Friday, October 8 to Monday, October 11, artist studios and pop-up gallery spots will be open for visitors to meet the artists and purchase exquisite art pieces. Read all about this year’s event in our latest blog.
The farmer’s market season isn’t over yet! Come out to the Oro World’s Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 9 from 11am to 4pm for vendors, music and more! Pick up some produce or preserves to serve at Thanksgiving dinner or stock up for the season. Performances by Even Steven, pumpkin sculptures by Scott Broad and Monty the alpaca on site!
Quayle’s Brewery Harvest Festival
Hops to glass has never been more relevant than enjoying a draft beside the hops fields at Quayle’s Brewery, offering one of the most idyllic settings for a craft brewing experience. Running the weekends of October 15-17 and 22-24 Quayle’s will host its Harvest Festival in celebration of the autumn season. Featuring live music, artisan food and a variety of fresh brewed beers.
Brown’s Farm pick your own pumpkin patch is open on Saturday and Sundays in October including Thanksgiving Monday from 11am to 5pm.
Newman Farms has pumpkins ready for pick up at their roadside stand!
Explore Oro-Medonte by bicycle, motorcycle, or car and plan a fall road trip with fun stops along the way. Browse local art, taste local cuisine, cycle your heart out and fill your lungs with fresh air. Make a day or weekend out of a self-guided tour and take in Oro-Medonte’s spectacular fall colours. If hiking is more your thing, set out on the trails in Copeland Forest. Adventure is calling!
Oro-Medonte is not only home to many food producers, it is also home to many purveyors of crafts, decor, apparel and more. While out on a drive, stop in at Craighurst for lunch at HQ Restaurant or Loobies, and then pick up some gifts at Chelsea Chocolates, and Dwellings Home and Gift. Throughout the region you can find wonderful shops filled with local talent. Read more about some of Oro-Medonte’s producers.
Plan ahead! Before heading out, check out the latest updates and guidelines from businesses and call ahead to book your next adventure. Oro-Medonte is home to many great shops, restaurants & recreational activities, please be responsible and respect the guidelines of our health officials. To learn more about these guidelines and to educate yourselves please visit: SimcoeMuskokaHealth https://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Topics/COVID-19 .