Not to get ahead of ourselves, but fall is in the air. With the cooling of the breeze and the changing of the leaves, Brampton has a ton of events to enjoy the new season. Here are a cool dozen to get you started.
Brampton Fall Fair
Speaking of fall, why not check out Brampton’s Fall Fair? It’s a mixed bag of live shows, horse exhibits and other animal shows, a midway, and a demolition derby (my personal favourite). It runs from Sept. 14-17 at the Brampton Fairgrounds on Heart Lake Road. Keep the party going for Canada 150: wear your red and white, along with autumn staples like scarves, boots, and toques.
The LAB Open Mic Series
Reckless Arts Collective presents the LAB Open Mic Series, which is a place both for artists to create and perfect their work, and a place to build and enjoy community. The series features Paulina O’Kieffe, a spoken word artist, producer, and artist educator.
This event (which welcomes people of all ages) goes down September 17th at Xaymaca Restaurant on Kennedy Blvd. Admission is $5, and signup begins at 6:30, show starts at 7.
Doors Open Brampton
Doors Open is back on September 30! Canada 150 continues remains a huge theme even for this event. Have your chance to visit historical and iconic sites that revel in the past, present, and future of Brampton. Rec centres and places of worship will be open, too. On top of that, well-known places like Brampton City Hall, Alderlea Garden, Historic Bovaird House, PAMA, Rose Theatre and Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) will welcome the public on that day, free of charge.
Brampton Farmers’ Market and Artists’ Marketplace
This is the oldest of the three markets happening all month in the city. Catch the Brampton Farmers’ Market on Main Street every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is the market for you if you’re looking to take home local and fresh fruits or veggies, baked goods,and specialties like honey and candles. If not, a quick brunch with some of the market’s live music will do the trick too! Look forward to performances from the Brampton Folk Club and the Rock School and Iron Chef Black Box.
Garden Square is where the artists and artisans hang out. Shopping the Artists’ Marketplace is perfect when you’re looking for unique pieces for the home, local art, and neat gifts. Local makers are featured every week. Check here for the listing.
Mount Pleasant Village Market
Are you free on Thursday nights from 5-9? This Village Market, which lasts into October, appeals to all tastes, yours included. Mount Pleasant becomes a one-stop shop for funky artisan jewelry, art, and other delights. It’s also good for grabbing a decadent dinner or tasty treat, and having somewhere to walk it off afterwards.
Lo Fi Glory
Lo-Fi Glory is a photography installment that creates a multimedia environment by adding hip hop to the visual experience. Lo Fi Glory, part of the City of Brampton’s Culture Days, is presented by Noyz and Dusty Loops, two Brampton creators creating amazing music and visual art.
The event happens September 29, and while the interview portion is sold out, you can still go to the Rose Theatre from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the free-of-charge photo exhibit and album listening session.
Saturday Night Movies
The successful “Summer Movies Under The Stars” continues–minus the summer. Ditch the couch or theatre and pack blankets, chairs, and snacks for an awesome lineup of films in downtown’s Garden Square. Movies start at 7 p.m. but you know the early bird gets the best spot. “Power Rangers” graces the screen on Sept. 16, followed by “Cars 3” on the 23rd, and “Gnomeo & Juliet” on the 30th.
Brampton Tough Run
On Saturday, September 30, Chinguacousy Park will transform into an outdoor obstacle course. So if you need a challenging-yet-fun workout, or obsess over “American Ninja Warrior”, don’t miss this course! For $25 you can run or walk this adventure race and its 10 obstacles sprinkled over five kilometers. The race goes on from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and anyone over 14 years old and can take part.
Headwaters Arts Festival 2017
OK, so we’re cheating. This one is actually in Caledon, but it is too good to pass up. The Alton Mill Arts Centre will be home to “one of the most respected art shows in Ontario” and it’s right in our neighbourhood. The festival and The Juried Arts Show & Sale run from Sept. 15-Oct. 1 and tickets are $25 a pop. It will be worth it to be in the presence of over 40 artists from across the province, and to tap into their creative waves. You also get book readings, open studios, and performances. And of course you never know what you’ll find or who you’ll meet! And to make matters better, a trip to the Alton Mill can be a quick little weekend getaway or over-nighter trip. Having options is key!
Live Art Competition
Things may get a little heated on September 10 in downtown Brampton thanks to healthy artistic competition. The Live Arts Competition invites anyone over 18 to spectate or paint the town red. Artists will be up for a cool $1000 grand prize and the competition runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check out full details here.
Brampton Book Bash
The Festival of Literary Diversity (The FOLD) presents the first Brampton Book Bash as part of Culture Days. On September 30, join the FOLD for its inaugural book market featuring books by diverse authors and illustrators at this one-day-only sale. Interact with authors, book organizations, poets, and storytellers at City Hall during Brampton’s Farmer’s Market.
Events at Chapters Brampton
Speaking of books: who knew that Chapters was a hub of events for parents, kids and book lovers all around? The Facebook page for the Chapters at 52 Quarry Edge Dr. has a long list of events. Everything from PAW Patrol, Parent and Tot activities, Pokemon, and Young Adult books and novellas are on the table (or the shelf) for readers to enjoy. Even former hockey player Doug Gilmour will be appearing at this Chapters, but that’s in November. Hey, it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead!