Friday, October 6. One of the top Queen tribute acts, performing at Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville.
Thanksgiving Open House
October 7-8. Join the staff of the Muskoka Lakes Museum in Port Carling from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday and noon to 4pm Sunday. Come for complimentary pumpkin muffins, hot mulled cider and other refreshments, while enjoying the pioneer demonstrations, including spinning, apple-pressing, butter-churning and corn-husk doll-making.
Walker’s Point Marina Oktoberfest
October 7-8. Annual FREE Oktoberfest Sausage Weekend – customer appreciation weekend thanking everyone for another amazing summer, ski shows, vendors and fun activities.
Great Muskoka Paddling Experience
Saturday, October 7. Welcome to Muskoka’s 7th Annual Paddling Race. A fun racing experience for canoes, kayaks & SUPs for all levels of participants in support of Muskoka Paddle Club, and Friends of the Muskoka Watershed. Three race lengths: 5, 10 and 20 kilometers. Numerous boats and distance categories. Races underway at 10:30am, 11:15am & 11:25am in Bracebridge.
Saturday, October 7. Platinum selling Canadian Classic rock band, performing live at The Kee.
I and I with Meagan Ballantyne
Saturday, October 7. By blending introspective lyrics with soaring melodies, driving percussive elements with solo cello and layered guitar with an unexpected twist, Meagan Ballantyne and Clynton O’brien deliver a unique experience with their band “Authentic Imperfection.” Performing at the Algonquin Theatre.
Birthplace of a Hero Thanksgiving Festival
October 7-9. This annual event sees thousands flock to the area to see the renowned fall colours and pay tribute to Norman Bethune. The site promises to be the centre of international culture as many Chinese and Chinese-Canadians make the pilgrimage to Bethune Memorial House.
Martin Sexton Trio
Sunday, October 8. Remember that mix tape your friend made you way back when – the one that’s etched in your soul? Martin Sexton’s new album Mixtape of the Open Road is that musical cross-country trip, blazing through all territories of style, as you cruise through time and place. This record is a charm bracelet of twelve gems all strung together with the golden thread of what Rolling Stone calls a “soul marinated voice.” At Peter’s Players in Gravenhurst, with special guest Ryan Montbleau.
Sunday, October 8. A Thanksgiving weekend tradition, Blue Rodeo is set to take the stage at the Kee to Bala. A fan-favourite concert, Blue Rodeo will have you singing and dancing with all of your favourites including Try, Hasn’t Hit me Yet, Lost Together and more.
North American Chautauqa Trail
October 12 to 15. Explore arts, creativity and tourism with members of the various Chautauquas from across North America, as they gather at the JW Marriott in Minett for a conference.
Bala Cranberry Festival
October 13 to 15. Now entering its unprecedented 33rd year of celebrating the staple product of the Muskoka region. Always the weekend after Thanksgiving, the festival gives tourists another great reason to head to Muskoka and take in the Fall colours. Food, tours, live music, activities, shopping and more in Bala.
Adi Braun Live
Friday, October 13. An evening of cabaret and jazz with one of Canada’s leading jazz vocalists, at the JW Marriott in Minett. Presented by Muskoka Chautauqua.
Saturday, October 14. An annual event celebrating cranberries and Anne of Green Gables, at Bala’s Museum.
4 Skins: Recent Works
October 14 to November 11. Wendie Donabie, Janice Feist, Lynda |Lynn and Pat Whittle explore vulnerability and resilience as they share their artistic interpretation of skins and the personal impact on each of them through the use of acrylic paints and mediums to create thin pieces of dried paint called skins. At the Muskoka Place Gallery in Bracebridge.
Cheryl Cooper: Speaker Series
Sunday, October 22. A lively & interactive discussion on the fascinating naval aspects of the War of 1812; the hardships & conditions faced by the men who fought for their country on board warships; the words & expressions we use in our everyday language that take their origins from life on the sea; and the inspiration behind writing novels set on the Atlantic Ocean. At Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre in Gravenhurst.
Same Time Next Year
October 27 to November 4. One of the most popular romantic comedies of the century, Same Time Next Year ran four years on Broadway and won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. The plot follows a love affair between two people, married to others, who rendezvous once a year. Twenty-five years of manners and morals are hilariously and touchingly played out by the lovers. Presented at Tawingo, located at 1844 Ravenscliffe Rd, Huntsville.
Muskoka Independent Film Festival
October 27-28. Submissions have been accepted from filmmakers around the globe for this fourth annual festival. This year we celebrate Canada’s 150th with a focus on young Canadian filmmakers and the premiere of “My Muskoka”, a music video celebrating Muskoka and the recording of “My Muskoka” the song. At the Gravenhurst Opera House.
Let the Spirits Rise
Saturday, October 28. Downtown Gravenhurst becomes Spook-tacular the last Saturday before Halloween. The Gravenhurst BIA businesses and merchants open their doors to costumed trick or treaters by decorating with orange and black balloons. Live entertainment and games are set up at the Gravenhurst Opera House, a 1000 pound pumpkin is carved before your eyes and families are offered a free venue during daylight house to enjoy Halloween. Rain, snow or shine nothing stops this unique event!
Umpteenth Annual Great Pumpkin Trail
Tuesday, October 31. Held in the Pioneer Village within the gates of Muskoka Heritage Place, this traffic free and youngster driven Hallowe’en event proves as much of a social event for the parents as it is for the kids. The way to the buildings is lit with moonlights but if you have very young ones and wish to keep the experience even lighter, you might consider joining us early, before 6:30 p.m. nightfall. Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Last admission 7:30 p.m.. Price: $3.00 per head (Head must be attached to a body) or $10.00 per family.