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Discover Brantford October Events

Discover Brantford October Events

Ahh... fall, can you smell it?  It's the time of year when our Carolinian forest turns from vibrant green to hues of gold, orange and red - creating some of the most beautiful scenery in all of southwestern Ontario.  It's the time of year when warm afternoons roll into cool evenings, pumpkins adorn entry-ways, and pumpkin spice lattes are available for their short, well-appreciated window.  Fall is also a great time to Discover Brantford... Fall Festival weekends at the Farm, Halloween Celebrations and live music are just some of the great events taking place in our lovely town this October.  We hope to see you soon! 

Brantwood Farms Fall Festival Weekends
Every weekend in October 2018
Brantwood Farms, 251 Powerline Road, Brantford
Admission: FREE entry, additional costs for rides and games
During weekends in October, come and see how the farm transforms for this wonderful autumn festival.  If fall is one of your favourite times of the year, this festival is for you – pack up the family, bring a picnic, and get your fall on! A few things to look forward to this year: Pony rides, corn maze, face painting, hay rides, food barn and much more!

Scare in the Square
Friday, October 5, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Harmony Square, 89 Dalhousie St, Brantford
Admission: FREE
Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls, OH MY! In downtown Brantford, we take Halloween pretty seriously.  So seriously, in fact, that we dedicate a whole weekend in October, where we turn downtown Harmony Square into a frightful Halloween festival!  Scare in the Square is an all ages, family friendly event for Halloween enthusiasts, children, teenagers, adults - well, anyone who enjoys candy and a good fright!

Country Legends Tribute Tour
Friday, October 5, 2018
Sanderson Centre, 88 Dalhousie Street, Brantford
8:00 p.m.
Admission: Call 1-888-777-9793 for ticket and pricing information 
The Country Legends Tribute Tour is now firmly established as North America’s #1 Country Music Tribute Show featuring the music of the biggest names on the Country scene including Keith Urban, Garth Brooks & Zac Brown Band.  The show includes well-known musicians hand-picked by the impersonators, who between them, have a wealth of experience and glittering careers that span over 30 years.  Each singer will perform a string of hits from the featured artist and complete with authentic costume changes.  The Grand Finale of this incredible show, which has sold out many venues, will include all three artists!  Experience the biggest hits in this incredible live tribute to three of the greatest Country Legends of all time! Their look and sound are fantastic!

Burford Fall Fair
Friday, October 5 to Monday, October 8, 2018
Friday: 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Monday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Burford Fairgrounds, 6 Park Ave, Burford
If you’re looking for a place to have a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner followed by a demolition derby, look no further because we’ve got the event for you! Come learn about the proud tradition of agriculture, and enjoy fair classics that are still going strong after more than a century – like the ambassador competition and the timeless Baby Show! You’re sure to create warm family memories at this fun fall fair.

Thanksgiving Weekend Dinner
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Bell Homestead, 94 Tutela Heights Road, Brantford
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Admission: $40/person (including tax and gratuities), $20 for children 8 and under
Come delight in the tastes and sounds of a traditional family Thanksgiving dinner at the historic Bell Homestead.  A full fair awaits; complete with salad, turkey, dressing with cranberry sauce, fresh fall vegetables - and last but not least – a scrumptious dessert, served with tea and coffee.  Come out of the chilly evening air to rejoice and give thanks with friends in this warm century home. 

Serena Ryder
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Sanderson Centre, 88 Dalhousie St., Brantford
8:00 p.m.
Admission: $64
A six-time Juno Award winner, Serena Ryder has achieved gold certifications for her albums “If Your Memory Serves You Well” and “Is It O.K” as well as platinum status for “Harmony”, leading her to stardom along with her smash hits “Stompa”, “What I Wouldn’t Do” & “Got Your Number".  Her most recent album “Utopia” was released in 2017. Join Serena for a memorable performance as she brings the best of her music to perform at the Sanderson Centre.

Bell City Brewing Company presents "The Shining" 
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Bell City Brewing, 51 Woodyatt Dr. #9, Brantford
8:00 p.m., doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Admission: By donation
Join us at one of Brantford's best craft breweries for an eerie screening of the classic movie "The Shining".  Enjoy a cold pint of their new beer release "Harvest Ale" (made fresh with fall spices), relax with friends and get in the Halloween!

Menopause The Musical 
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Sanderson Centre, 88 Dalhousie Street, Brantford
7:30 p.m.
Admission: $69.50/$59.50/$49.50
Fall Forecast: Hot Flashes Coming! Menopause The Musical, the longest-running comedy ever to play Las Vegas, is bringing it's "Laugh Out Loud – Ontario Tour" to Brantford, featuring their exclusive Canadian All-Star Cast! Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more!  This hilarious musical parody set to classic hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles, guaranteed!

Brantford Music Club Presents Anagnoson and Kinton - Piano Duo
Friday, October 12, 2018
Sanderson Centre, 88 Dalhousie Street, Brantford
7:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults $30, Students $10
Anagnoson & Kinton are recognized today as one of the world's finest piano duos. With over 1000 performances throughout the duo’s 40-year history, their astonishing performances have been repeatedly met with great critical acclaim across North America, Europe, China, and Russia.

The Great Canadian Buttertart Festival
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Paris Fairgrounds, 139 Silver Street, Paris
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Join us as bakers from across the country come together to compete for the title of Canada's Best Buttertart! Raisins, pecans, chocolate chips, pumpkin spice, or apple? Cast your vote and settle the debate as we crown the 2018 Great Canadian ButterTart Champion! 

Terry Sumsion Tribute: Come Dance With Me
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Sanderson Centre, 88 Dalhousie Street, Brantford
7:00 p.m.
Admission: Adults $40
Get up close and personal with Terry and his music as family, co-writers, musicians and friends pay tribute to Terry in this special tribute concert.  Many special guests will make this a memorable evening to one of Canada’s best-loved country singers.

Town of Brantford Walk
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Brantford Armouries, Jubilee Terrace, 18 Brant Ave, Brantford
10:30 a.m.
Admission: Free for Brant Historical Members and $5 for non-members 
Join a representative from the Brant Historical Society as they guide you on this 75-90 minute easy 2 km walk (suitable for beginners of all ages). This interesting and informative walk covers the age of steam power when Brantford became a town in 1847, and all the way up to 1877 when it became a city.

Downtown Jazz Presents Alex Pangman
Monday, October 15, 2018
Sanderson Centre, 88 Dalhousie Street, Brantford
8:00 p.m.
Admission: $30
“Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing,” Alex Pangman is a singer whose love for popular music from 1920 to 1940 charms people in a graciously old-fashioned way. Her sparkly energy seems to come from some limitless source.  But Pangman’s voice is truly her own, and she makes a specialty of breathing life into lesser-known music from the period. The style may sound familiar but “new” old songs have to be offered with first-rate diction and this, along with her special way of letting the song’s own narrative shine, makes for pretty irresistible listening.  

Fatty Legs
Monday, October 15, 2018, at 1:00  p.m.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Sanderson Centre, 88 Dalhousie Street, Brantford
Admission: $12
This show uses music, dance, and narration to tell the story of one little girl’s experience in Residential School. Based on a true story, it brings to light great suffering while celebrating the deep strength of a child who refused to be broken by her experiences.  Performed by Xara Choral Theatre and Sarain Carson-Fox. Based on Fatty Legs by Margaret Pokiak-Fenton and Christy Jordan-Fenton, artwork by Liz Amini-Holmes, published by Annick Press.

Derek Bond Entertainment and Diamond Entertainment Present: Galaxy of Stars - Music of the Big Bands
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Sanderson Centre, 88 Dalhousie Street, Brantford
2:30 p.m.
Admission: $48
“Music of the Big Bands" is a dazzling showcase of your favourite legendary Swing Era songs, perfectly recreated by the renowned 14-member Galaxy Orchestra under the musical direction and virtuosic wizardry of Canada’s King of the Clarinet, Ross Wooldridge.  Also featuring vocals by acclaimed songstress Robin Lea and crooning sensation Dave Statham, with special guest Rudy Mayes… this is a must-see show!

Cirque Eloize Saloon
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Sanderson Centre, 88 Dalhousie Street, Brantford
8:00 p.m.
Admission: $58
The wild, wild west comes alive with Cirque Éloize’s newest creation Saloon. Swing open the Saloon doors and lasso up some fun for the entire family. Enter a mythical world where theatre and circus collide for 85 minutes of non-stop live folk music combined with strength, agility and original choreography. Under the spell of Saloon’s beautiful Belle, the lover sets off in a chase worthy of the greatest Westerns for an action-packed theatrical thrill-ride!

Classic Albums Live Performs Supertramp: Breakfast in America
Friday, October 19, 2018
Sanderson Centre, 88 Dalhousie Street, Brantford
8:00 p.m.
Admission: $40, Classic Albums Series Price: $30
Join us for an evening as Classic Albums Live performs Supertramp: Breakfast in America. Breakfast in America is the sixth studio album by English rock group, Supertramp. It spawned such Billboard hits as ‘The Logical Song', ‘Goodbye Stranger,' ‘Take the Long Way Home' and "Breakfast in America" "This is a textbook-perfect album...that strikes the balance between quasi-symphonic classicism and rock & roll ... the songs here are extraordinarily melodic and concisely structured..." - Rolling Stone

Ghost Encounters at Brantwood Farms
Friday, October 19 to Saturday, October 20, 2018
Friday, October 26 to Saturday, October 27, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Admission: $5 Haunted House, $10 Haunted hayride
Come out for a haunted adventure in support of Participation House Brantford! If you’re brave enough, hop on the wagon for a haunted hayride and then get scared beyond belief in the haunted barn! Feel free to dress up in your scariest costumes! Please note that this event comes with a parental advisory cautioning people that the hayride and haunted barn may be too frightening for young children and some adults.

Fall Music Crawl, Presented by the Brantford Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Performances will be at 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. 
Admission: $30
Crisp autumn air and vibrant colours on the trees... A wonderful backdrop for a Sunday afternoon exploring three of Brantford’s heritage sites while taking in the sounds of three exceptional concerts. The Brantford Symphony Orchestra is proud to present the 2nd Annual Fall Music Crawl. The lineup for the Fall Music Crawl includes:
Classical Guitars Alive with the Guitar Society of Brantford at Woodland Cultural Centre, 184 Mohawk St., Brantford
All My Loving with the Odin String Quartet at Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, 301 Mohawk St., Brantford
Peace, Prayers and Remembrance, with the Brant Men of Song at the Canadian Military Heritage Museum, 347 Greenwich St., Brantford 

Lawren Harris day
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, 20 Ava Rd., Brantford 
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Admission: $35 (all materials provided including Birthday Cake!)
In 2017, Ontario officially passed a bill making October 23 Lawren Harris Day in the province of Ontario.  Lawren Harris was a Canadian painter born in Brantford, to a great industrial family. He is credited with being the driving force behind the formation of the Group of Seven. Along with the Group of Seven, Lawren Harris pioneered a distinctly Canadian painting style. His work is an integral aspect of Canadian art and is recognized worldwide. He painted many Ontarian landscapes during his professional career. This year marks the very first Provincial Lawren Harris Day! Join us at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant to celebrate by painting like Lawren with Paint Club!  

An East Coast Party: Jensen and Friends
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Sanderson Centre, 88 Dalhousie Street, Brantford
7:30 p.m.
Admission: $40
Following Jensen and Friends, we welcome to the stage John Prince and End of the Road. Acknowledged as one of Newfoundland’s premier songwriters, John is joined by longtime band-mates Bruce McDaniel on guitar, mandolin and vocals and Donny Wood on bass and vocals. Master Fiddler Sandy MacIntyre rounds out our show. As one of our greatest proponents of Cape Breton music and dance, Sandy performs and teaches fiddle and step-dancing around the world. He is accompanied by his band “Steeped in Tradition” whose members include son Brian on guitar and vocals, Jeff Gosse on fiddle, Steve Peckford on various stringed instruments and vocals and Donny Wood on piano and vocals.  

Golden Girls: Thank you for being a Friend
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Sanderson Centre, 88 Dalhousie Street, Brantford
2:00 p.m.
Admission: $37
Prepare for an afternoon of laughter, spectacular put-downs and familiar friends as Miami's four favourite Golden Girls - Dorothy, Sophia, Rose and Blanche - reunite in puppet-form for this lovingly hilarious live tribute show!  Thank You For Being a Friend is the ultimate Golden Girls experience, delivering all the classic dialogue, razor-sharp gags and taboo-breaking stories you'd expect! 

Campfire Sessions: Halloween Haunt
Friday, October 26, 2018
Glenhyrst Art Gallery, 20 Ava Rd., Brantford 
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Admission: $20
Back for a second year, Campfire Sessions Halloween Haunt takes place on the grounds of Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant. Create a protective crystal necklace, join in a spooky lantern-led haunted outdoor ghost walk on the grounds of the gallery, and then settle around the cozy indoor campfire, where the SNIPE ghost hunting team will recant their many encounters with the ghosts of Glenhyrst! Come prepared to share your own ghost stories!

Murder, Mystery and Mayhem
Friday, October 26, 2018
Brant Museum and Archives, 57 Charlotte St., Brantford
7:00 p.m.
Admission: Free for Brant Historical Members and $5 for non-members 
Join a representative from the Brant Historical Society as they guide you on this 75-90 minute moderate walk (some hills and 3 km of walking).  Explore, learn and immerse yourself in Brantford’s history and learn some strange stories, definitely suitable for this eerie time of year!

Something I've Done Tour - The Legendary Downchild Blues Band
Friday, October 26, 2018
Sanderson Centre, 88 Dalhousie Street, Brantford
8:00 p.m.
Admission: $38/$48
With their signature jump-blues style and sweet, infectious sound, Juno Award winners Downchild deliver a live performance that is second to none and is a sure bet to get your toes tapping and your hips swinging. Perhaps best known as the inspiration for Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s hit film, The Blues Brothers, Downchild return with a brand new 2018 Juno-nominated album, Something I’ve Done. 

Shantero Productions Presents Derek Edwards - Alls I'm Saying 
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Sanderson Centre, 88 Dalhousie Street, Brantford
7:30 p.m.
Admission: $47.50
Alls I’m Saying is brazenly tentative! Like a sniper with the hiccups, Derek Edwards takes aim at life's galling moments, exhales slowly and jerks back the trigger.  A riotous evening of homegrown comedy - like taking a ride in an open golf cart with a good friend and a 6 pack. From Vegas to St. John’s, this Just For Laughs veteran is universally considered to be among the comic elite.  Certainly, his peers think so, as evidenced by the fact that he’s a four-time nominee, and winner of Best Standup Comic - Canadian Comedy Awards, as well as a multiple Gemini nominee for Best Performance in a Comedy.  As Rick Mercer says, “Everyone knows Derek is the funniest man in Canada.”  

Halloween Fun Fair
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Bell Homestead, 94 Tutela Heights Road, Brantford
12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
This outdoor event is family friendly and invites everyone to come dressed in their favourite Halloween costume!  You’re encouraged to bring spare change for all the fun fair games; including Mummy Bowling, Quidditch Croquet, pony and wagon rides, and face painting! If you’re feeling brave enough, you can even have our fortune teller look into her crystal ball and read your future!

Upcoming November Events:

Holiday Bake Sale and Tea
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Bell Homestead National Historic Site
Remembrance Day Parade and Service        
Saturday, November 11, 2018
Brant War Memorial
JCI Santa Claus Parade
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Downtown Brantford


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