Until October 31 (approximately). More than 300,000 pounds of berries are harvested at Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh in Bala. Daily bog to bottle tours, wine tastings, goodies at the Cranberry Café (open to October 15), trails to hike and more. www.cranberry.ca
THE EVERLY BROTHERS EXPERIENCE
Thursday, Oct 4. From 1957 to 1962 they sold more than 35 million records and still carry the record for most billboard charting hits of any American Duo, rivaled only by Elvis. Fronted by real live brothers Dylan and Zack Zmed, along with drummer Burleigh Drummond, The Everly Brothers Experience traces the origins and music of America’s greatest Rock n’ Roll singing sibling duo. At the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville.
STEVE HILL, THE ONE-MAN BLUES ROCK BAND!
Friday, Oct 5. An overnight sensation 20-plus years in the making, he is now being recognized as an ambitious and raucous force on the Canadian and international blues-rock scene, picking up an impressive load of hardware, including a JUNO for Blues Album of the Year, and multi Maple Blues awards for Electric Act of the Year, Guitarist of the Year, Recording/Producer of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. At the Gravenhurst Opera House
SLASH’N BOOTS LIVE
Friday, Oct 5. Splash, Boots and the Big Yellow Boot Family are hitting the road with an all-new live show full of those Little Big Moments – moments of dance, laughter, connection, and most importantly, love. $1 from every ticket sold will go to support access to music education for young children. VIP seating includes: premium seating in the first few rows, a meet and greet with Splash and Boots after the show and a special gift. At the Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville.
THANKSGIVING OPEN HOUSE AT MUSKOKA LAKES MUSEUM
Oct 6-7. 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. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday and noon to 4pm Sunday at the locks in Port Carling. www.mlmuseum.com
WALKERS POINT MARINA OKTOBERFEST
Saturday, Oct. 6. Ending off another amazing boating season in Muskoka with another fun BBQ & complimentary lunch, craft beer sampling from Muskoka Brewery and Muskoka 411. Noon to 4 p.m. at Walker’s Point Marina.
THE GRAPES OF WRATH
Saturday Oct. 6. Canadian alt-rock stars who got their start in the West Coast scene of the 1980s, they reunited a few years ago, recorded a new album, and started touring again. At Peter’s Players in Gravenhurst.
THANKSGIVING MINI PUTT
October 6 to 8. In celebration of the Thanksgiving long weekend, bring an item for the food bank and play for only $5 at Mini Golf Muskoka in Bracebridge. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
BALA CRANBERRY FESTIVAL
October 12 to 14. Named one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals and one of the World’s 15 most delectable Harvest Festivals, exceptional shopping, exciting entertainment and culinary delights come together for one of the province’s most popular fall festivals. www.balacranberryfestival.on.ca
BALA’S MUSEUM CRAN-ANNE CONTEST
Saturday, Oct. 13. The big question is what Anne of Green Gables would look like if she showed up at the Bala Cranberry Festival. The judges base their selection upon the contestants’ knowledge of Anne of Green Gables, their costumes and – perhaps most important of all – their Anne-ness. Every year, a young girl shows up who is just right. At Bala’s Museum.
Saturday Oct 13. Capturing the look, the sound and the excitement of The Beatles live in concert. All songs are performed “note for note” by this amazing international ensemble who are further augmented with incredible costumes and vintage instruments to truly capture the spirit of the Fab Four. At the Algonquin Theatre.
MOTOWN GOLD: A LIVE MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF THE LEGENDARY RECORD LABEL
Saturday Oct 13. Celebrate the incredible songs and stories of the legendary record label from Detroit that launched the careers of The Temptations, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and more! Outstanding live musical performances with soulful lead vocalists backed by the renowned Rudy & The Angels band. At the Gravenhurst Opera House.
THE ELECTRIC STRAWBS
Saturday Oct 13 With five decades of colorful history behind them, Strawbs evolved from 1960s British Folk Movement roots to a powerful and enduring force in progressive rock music. Led by the charismatic Dave Cousins, who has been called the most talented Dylan-influenced songwriter to come out of England, Strawbs’ dynamic performances, marked by impassioned vocals, tight harmonies, and precise instrumentation are exciting, lush and timeless. At Peter’s Players, Gravenhurst.
SEASONS: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM MUSKOKA & BEYOND
Oct 13 to Nov 10. Seasons not only reflects on the environmental changes associated with the earth’s orbit around the sun and its axial tilt relative to the ecliptic plane, but also acts as a narrative on subjects which draw the attention, passion and vision captured by photographers from Muskoka. Through their eyes, and thus the lens, these individuals see and record images that create a range of reactions from the viewer. Photography is “writing with light”, capturing a moment in time forever. Explore and experience these stories of colour and emotion. Chapel Gallery, Bracebridge.
THE 5TH ANNUAL MUSKOKA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
Oct 18 to 20. MIFF is open to all genres and formats: full-length features, shorts, documentaries, and animation. Dramas, dramatic comedies, comic dramas, social documentaries, biographies, folktales, musicals, children’s…you name it! As long as there’s a great story to tell. Films from around the world on screen at the Gravenhurst Opera House.
I & I WITH NICOLE LISA CRAIG
Saturday Oct 19. Nicole Lisa Craig is a compassionate musician who lends her angelic voice to entertain, inspire, and lift people to a better state of mind. Her performances feature ethereal vocals and smooth guitar picking, blending elements of Indie Folk, New Age, Classical, and Alternative. Nicole will be accompanied at this concert, by Juno Award-winner, Canadian Music Hall of Fame member, and co-founder of April Wine David Henman. At the Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville.
BRETT KISSEL LIVE AT DEERHURST RESORT
Monday Oct 21. CCMA Awards’ reigning Male Artist of the Year will be performing music from his latest album “We Were That Song.“ Brett Kissel is the only Canadian to ever tour with Country King, Garth Brooks, and considers the country legend to be a mentor and major influence on his music. www.deerhurstresort.com
CHEF ROGER MOOKING CULINARY WEEKEND
Oct 26 to 28. Roger Mooking is a Trinidadian born, Canadian-raised chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, musician, and host of the popular television series Man Fire Food where he enjoys finding inventive ways to cook with fire. And cooking isn’t his only talent – Mooking’s band Bass Is Base received a Juno Award for Best R&B/Soul Recording and in 2018 won a Classic Award for their song Funkmobile! Now Chef Roger Mooking is bringing his culinary expertise to Deerhurst for a weekend full of fun, food and lots of flavour.
LET THE SPIRITS RISE IN DOWNTOWN GRAVENHURST
Saturday Oct 27. 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 1,000 pound pumpkin is carved before your eyes and families are offered a free venue during daylight house to enjoy Halloween.
PARANORMAL MUSKOKA TOUR AT WOODCHESTER VILL
Saturday Oct 27. Join Paranormal Muskoka at Bracebridge’s octagonal house for a night of ghostly fun! Spook your interest in the history surrounding Woodchester and its previous owners, the Bird family, all the while learning about spirits, orbs, and EMF monitors. 7-8:30 p.m. To ensure there are no time delays please aim to arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the start time.
ORILLIA SILVER BAND FALL HARVEST
Sunday Oct 28. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon concert, 2:00 at the Gravenhurst Opera House. Formed in 1949 as a British-style brass band, the 34-member Orillia Silver Band performs an entertaining program from Bach to Bacharach, Sousa to the Beatles, and Vaughn-Williams to John Williams (Star Wars, Superman). The Band has been conduct for the past five years by Neil Barlow, well known in Muskoka for the musicals he directs every season and appearances on the Gravenhurst Barge with the Muskoka Concert Band. www.orilliasilverband.com
UMPTEENTH ANNUAL GREAT PUMPKIN TRAIL
Wednesday Oct 31. This annual Community Event is a great alternative to having your children go door to door through busy streets in traffic, in the dark. 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 buildings are decorated and costumed volunteers are handing out candy. The path is lit lit with moonlights but if you have very young ones and wish to keep the experience even lighter, you might consider coming early, before 6:30 p.m. nightfall.
HALLOWEEN MINI GOLF & TRICK-OR-TREATING
Wednesday Oct 31. Enjoy trick-or-treating and mini golf from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Muskoka Mini Golf in Bracebridge. To Mini Golf for free, come in costume orbring a donation for the Food Bank or SPCA. The first 100 trick-or-treaters will receive some special goodies!
MUSKOKA LAKES CHRISTMAS MARKET
Saturday Nov 3. Dozens of vendors of one-of-a-kind gifts waiting for you, along with foodie goodies you can enjoy right now. Many farmers’ market vendors will be there. At the Port Carling Community Centre, 10 am to 4 p.m.
MUSKOKA ARTS & CRAFTS CHRISTMAS SHOW & SALE
Nov 16 to 18. The 38th Annual Christmas Show & Sale features twenty-seven of Muskoka’s finest artisans selling handmade work that’s perfect for gift giving. At The Bracebridge Sportsplex. www.muskokaartsandcrafts.com