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Discover September Events in Brantford

Enjoy family fun at the Paris Fair over Labour Day weekend, savour all things ‘apple’ at St. George AppleFest and enjoy three days of free jazz in Downtown Brantford at the Brantford International Jazz Festival. It’s time to get outside and soak up the last of those beautiful sunny rays!

 Bell Summer Theatre Festival

Various Show Times, July 1 to September 3, 2017

Bell Homestead National Historic Site, 94 Tutela Heights Rd., Brantford

Admission is by donation

On the 10th Anniversary season, the Brant Theatre Workshops will be bringing the Bell Summer Theatre Festival to audiences once again. The theatre space is on the grounds of the Bell Homestead National Historic Site and admission to all performances is on a pay-what-you-can basis. This year the plays offered include: Snow White and Not the Usual Dwarves, Merchant of Venice, and Walk in my Moc’s.

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Paris Fair

Thursday, August 31 to Monday, September 4, 2017

Thursday: 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Friday to Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Monday: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Paris Fairgrounds, 139 Silver St., Paris

Admission: $13 (Ages 16 & Older), $8 (Ages 11 to 15), $5 (Ages 6 to 10), FREE (Ages 5 & Under), FREE Parking

The 159th Paris Fair is back with all of their traditional favorites, from the action-packed midway to new and classic games, delicious food, and lots more! Bring the whole family for the last hoorah of summer! Don’t miss Sunday headliners James Barker Band for a FREE, special country concert included with your admission in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

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18th Annual Golf Tournament for Participation House

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Registration: 10:00 a.m.

Burford Golf Links, 120 Golf Links Rd., Burford

Admission: $130

Come out and swing your clubs in support of a great cause.  Shotgun start will commence at 11:30 a.m., and social hour will follow later with a raffle table and steak dinner.  

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Harvest Festival

Saturday, September 9, 2017

7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Brantford Farmers Market, 79 Icomm Dr., Brantford

Admission: FREE

Come out and enjoy all the fresh, locally produced fall foods that Brant County has to offer.  Bring the family for some fun photo opportunities, and soak up some of those last summer sunshine rays as you do some shopping. 

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 9th Annual Brant Waterways Hike, Run, Ride for the River & Trails

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Start Time: 8:00 a.m.

Brant Park Conservation Area, 119 Jennings Rd., Brantford

Admission: $30-$60; Kids Fun Run: FREE

Bring the whole family out to celebrate our world class trail system and the natural beauty of the Grand River watershed.  Walk, run or ride – it’s your choice!

Funds raised from this event go towards the completion of community based projects which aim to preserve, protect, restore, and improve the Grand River and related areas.

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Day on the Grand Festival

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Start Time: 12:00 p.m. to dusk

Brants Crossing Park, 150 Icomm Dr., Brantford

Admission: FREE

The Brantford Arts Block is proud to present Day on the Grand Festival – a wonderful event where more than 70 musicians, visual artists, and performers are turning the trails, bridges, and the Grand River itself, into intimate galleries and stages for this new arts festival.  This is surely an event not to be missed – and will have something of interest for everyone.

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10th Annual Brantford International Jazz Festival

Friday, September 15, 2017 to Sunday, September 17, 2017

Friday: 7:00 p.m.

Saturday: 12:45 p.m.

Sunday: 1:00 p.m.

Harmony Square, 89 Dalhousie St., Brantford

Admission: FREE

Don’t miss out on Brantford’s largest music festival! This three-day event will be sure to please music and jazz lovers everywhere. With four stages providing a continuous lineup of free entertainment, you’re sure to experience and enjoy sounds from many culturally diverse backgrounds.   

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Special Olympics Truck Convoy

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Time: TBA

Paris Fairgrounds, 139 Silver St., Paris

Admission: $100 Registration Fee per truck

This is a unique one-day event where Law Enforcement makes special dispensation and escorts a convoy of trucks through parts of Southern Ontario to raise much needed funds and awareness for the Special Olympics. Participants will meet at Paris Fairgrounds and are then escorted in a convoy on a pre-determined route, then back to the fairgrounds where they are welcomed by the local Special Olympics community.  A celebration will follow that includes lunch, an awards ceremony, prize draws, family entertainment and much more!

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Personal Computer Museum Open House

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Personal Computer Museum, 13 Alma St., Brantford

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Admission: FREE

The Personal Computer Museum is the first of its kind in Brantford and unique in all of Southwestern Ontario.  The open house offers visitors a chance to explore over 100 working computers that have all been set up to use as they were when they were in actual service.  Come and see some of the new items including the very rare Philips CD-i video game console, and the KIM-1 computer - one of the first personal computers ever made!  We welcome you to come explore during our open house!

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St. George AppleFest

Saturday, September 16, 2017 to Sunday, September 17, 2017

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. FREE street party from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Main St., St. George

Admission: FREE

At this time of year the St. George community "comes alive" and hosts a fantastic festival highlighting apples, pies, crafts, artisans, live entertainment, kids' activities and much more. Visit one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario - filled with good food, tons of shopping and on-going entertainment enjoyable for the whole family.

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Brantford Kinsmen Annual Car Show & Swap Meet

Sunday, September 17, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Paris Fairgrounds, 139 Silver St., Paris

Admission: $5

Don’t miss one of the largest car shows in Canada! With lots of beautiful cars to admire and plenty to do, this event is something fun for car enthusiasts far and wide.  The Brantford Kinsmen Annual Car Show and Swap Meet is a proud supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and other community causes. Don't miss it!

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Brantford Terry Fox Run

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Registration: 8:30 a.m. Run: 9:30 a.m. 

Steve Brown Sports Complex at Lions Park, 20 Edge St., Brantford

Admission: FREE

The Terry Fox Run is a non-competitive event where people get together as individuals, families, and groups to raise money for cancer research in Terry's name. It is a day of celebrating Terry's legacy and helping to keep alive his dream of finding a cure for cancer. Three route distances are offered: 2km, 5km, and 10km.  Don’t forget to bring your pledge sheet with you!

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Tapas, Tastings & Tunes

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

6:00 p.m.

Al Dente Pasta, Pizza & Grill, 250 King George Rd., Brantford

Admission: $60 in advance

Come in mingle with other guests in a casual setting while being treated to delicious wine and beer tastings paired with an array of hors d'oeuvres, pizza, desserts, etc. The evening's entertainment will feature Darren Boudreau, a local musician, who specializes in live acoustics, in addition to games and a live auction featuring fantastic prizes. This event is in support of the Brant Family and Children's Services Foundation and the funds are primarily used for their education programs, camp programs, and special projects, which are established yearly from a need from the agency.

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Brant Colours Plein Air Event

Thursday, September 21 to Sunday, September 24, 2017

Various Locations along the Grand River

Admission: Early bird registration until August 31: $45.00, After August 31: $60.00.

This is a unique four day show where artists gather along the beautiful Grand River to capture its beauty on canvas. Registration is required, and a grand prize of $1500 will be awarded on Sunday afternoon in Paris.  This event is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the autumn colours thanks to our preserved Carolinian forest. 

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Brantford International Buskers Festival

Saturday, September 23, 2017 – Sunday, September 24, 2017

11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Mohawk Park, 51 Lynnwood Dr., Brantford

Admission: FREE

Brantford residents and tourists alike are in for a treat this weekend when internationally renowned street performers and musicians gather to perform at this year’s 5th Annual Buskers Festival! This festival will delight those young and old – whether you prefer dazzling magic tricks, listening to some local bands, indulging in some yummy festival food and drinks, or watching the kids have a ball in the fun zone – we’ve got you covered! Local merchandise vendors will also be on site showcasing their talents.

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8th Annual Brantford Comedy Festival

Saturday, September 23, 2017

8:00 p.m.

Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, 88 Dalhousie St., Brantford

Admission: $20 +tax

Brantford Comedy Festival is back for its 8th year! Watch as 7 comedians compete for a $10,000 Grand Prize that will be awarded that evening.  We take pleasure in welcoming home Graham Chittenden (Just for Laughs, MTV, TV Writer) as he performs for his hometown fans.  This show always sells out quickly, so grab your tickets today.

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Culture Days

Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1, 2017

Various time and locations

Admission: FREE

Culture Days feature thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities where the public can discover the world of artists, creators, heritage experts, architects, curators, designers, and other creative professionals in their communities. Visit the website for all the details on the local activities offered in the Brantford area.

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Brant Studio Tour

Saturday, September 30 to Sunday, October 1, 2017

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Various locations

Admission: FREE

During this event, local artists open their doors to help promote understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of their art.  It celebrates the creative process and its results and brings artists and members of the general public together for a unique behind-the-scenes arts experience. If you find something irresistible, this is an ideal time to purchase directly from the artist.

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Murray Favro and Keith Shearsby Exhibition

Saturday, September 30 to Sunday, November 26, 2017

Gallery hours are: Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, 20 Ava Rd., Brantford

In this exhibition, Keith Shearsby and Murray Favro explore the ways that aesthetic objects can function practically and impractically. Feel free to take in all the gallery has to offer and visit the Golden Teapot Room, which offers high and low tea sittings throughout the year. 

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Upcoming October Events

Scare in the Square

October 6& 7, 2017

Harmony Square in Downtown Brantford


Lawren Harris Week

October 16 to 23, 2017

Various Locations


Monster Mash Dance Party

October 28, 2017

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant


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