10 Things To Do in Prince Edward County in September🍎
Lovely September. The kids are back in school, the days (and lake water!) are still warm and the thought of shoveling snow is (hopefully) still so.very.far.away. Visiting The County this September? We’ve got you covered with all the happenings, shin-digs and fall fairs.
Fall Fairs Galore
September in Prince Edward County means one thing – fall fairs! With three on the docket this month, there’s no shortage of places to find ice cream, french fries and face painting. The Picton Fair (Sept 6-8), is one of Ontario’s oldest agricultural fairs where locals look forward to the baby show, lawn tractor races, midway, wrestling and everything in between. The Milford Fair, ‘the biggest little fair’ in The County (Sept 14), claims to have something for everyone – young, old and dogs! Look forward to shed exhibits, horse-drawn carriage rides around the Milford Pond and games for all ages. The Ameliasburgh Fall Fair (Sept 21-22), kicks off with a parade (read: candy), stuffed animal pageant (come see for yourself) and a cattle show.
For those looking to get the blood flowing this September, The County Gran Fondo (Sept 7) is a beautifully scenic bicycle ride through bucolic, vineyard studded scenery. Choose from 50 km, 100 km and 150 km distances. Get sporty for great causes with the Sandbanks Fun Run (Sept 15) – a 5km or 10km scenic run along Lake Ontario and Sandbanks Provincial Park with funds supporting the Friends of Sandbanks and the Terry Fox Foundation. Fire up your golf cart and get ready to yell Fore! for the annual Hospice Golf Tournament (Sept 20) supporting Hospice Prince Edward.
While art is everywhere in The County year-round, it is very well represented this September. Follow the shore of the Bay of Quinte this Labour Day weekend for the annual Rednersville Road Art Tour (Aug 31 – Sept 2) where artists open their homes and studios. Look forward to the 26th annual PEC Studio Tour (Sept 20-22) with 47 artists in 31 locations throughout The County. To zero-in on Picton-talent, check out the Picton Art Crawl (Sept 26) and meet the artists during the choose-your-own-adventure style event.
Head to Oeno Gallery for Summer Array (on til Sept 8) their sizzling group show, or check out In Osmosis (on til Sept 2) an exhibition of paintings exploring our connection with water at The Armoury. 2gallery is proud to present a solo show of work by contemporary abstract painter Beth James, Ordered Chaos (on til Sept 22). Arts on Main has switched over to their Fall Exhibit, and Maison Depoivre has an exceptional group show, Re:Direction – Works By Contemporary Black Artists (on til Sept 9), co-curated by artist Dian Marie Bridge. And if you prefer to get your hands dirty, Kerry Kim: Applying Colour to Human Figure (Sept 14) is a one-day workshop that focuses on human form and skin tones, and Andrew Csafordi is hosting a two-day encaustic painting workshop. Enjoy a unique combination of art + music at Hatch Gallery during September Island (Sept 21) which features the artistic and musical works of Kevin Hearn & Sarah Slean performing from the gallery floor. (Bonus: all proceeds go directly to supporting the Picton Library expansion!)
Catch live, local theatre at the historic Regent Theatre during Shatterbox’s presentation of ‘ART’ a Comedy by Yasmina Reza (Sept 19-22) or RED by John Logan (Sept 27-30) a 6 Tony Award winning piece about master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. Also at The Regent, Comedy Country wraps-up with their Sketch Comedy Extravaganza Eleganza featuring the best queer sketch comedians from Toronto.
Did you know The County is an IBA? (Did you know IBA stands for Important Birding Area?) For the month of September, join experts and special guests for a series of guided walks, talks and special crafts and games during fall bird migration at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory Fall Birding Festival (Aug 19 – Oct 31), one of Ontario’s best places to see the colourful and unusual birds that stop along the shores of Lake Ontario on their migratory routes. The Warbler Identification Workshop (Sept 21) is your opportunity to learn how to identify Warblers while practicing your birding skills on a guided walk to the Point Traverse Lighthouse.
If you need to relax and unwind after a fun-filled summer, The County is the place to recharge. Trade in wine tours and beach days for some serious R&R at the Waupoos Island Wellness Weekend (Sept 5-8), a weekend of relaxation and wellness on beautiful Waupoos Island.
Hit the mat among the trees during the yoga sessions on-site at The June motel Saturday mornings at 10am and Sunday mornings at 9am – both offer the chance to #detoxthenretox.
Head to Wellington on Tuesday evenings for Music in the Park (Sept 3 and Sept 10), for a free concert hosted by the Wellington District Lions Club. Hotdogs, drinks and tunes with donations gratefully accepted. BYO lawn chair, BYO dancing shoes. Combine your love of jazz and wine at Red, White + Blues with JW-Jones (Sept 7) in the garden at Closson Chase Winery. BYO lawn chair.
Catch Grapes of Wrath and seven more artists at the annual Sandbanks Music Festival (Sept 14), a music, family and food event at the Sandbanks Provincial Park Outlet Beach Stage. The Chamber Music Festival (Sept 7-22) showcases internationally acclaimed musicians in a program of a broad spectrum classical music.
Be sure to get your tickets in advance for drag queens and djs during The Hayloft’s LGBTQ2S+ one night queer dance party: The Gayloft (Sept 20.)
Food! Food! And More Food!
Heritage Harvest Day at the Ameliasburgh Heritage Village (Sept 1) features fresh local corn on the cob to taste, casual band jam sessions, and samples of maple syrup and honey. Visitors can make your own butter and/or bannock! Re-enactors will be on site, with outdoor games for kids, rope making demonstrations and a display of steam-powered antiques and tractors.
Special birthday shout out to Campbell’s Orchards who is celebrating their 50th (!!!) anniversary with a special celebration (Sept 7). Join the Campbell family for celebratory live music, local craft cider, wine and beer pop-ups, artisans and food vendors as well as some special guests.
TASTE Community Grown (Sept 28) is one of The County’s most anticipated food and drink festivals. Find local food, drink, vendors all under one (airplane hangar) roof.
Each full moon, Karlo Estates Winery comes to life and hosts a night to remember. Join them for their Corn Moon Dinner (Sept 14), a plant-based feast celebrating corn which is ripe and sweet and perfect for a feast.
Markets are alive and well this September and chock-a-block with all things local. Catch the weekly Wellington Farmers’ Market each and every Saturday this month and stock up on local produce, maple syrup, meat, french fries, artisan products, wood fired pizza and much more. The 3rd annual Farmer’s Tan Pop Up Market (Aug 31-Sept 1) at Parsons Brewing Co. is a celebration of The County’s diverse community of farmers, creators, artisans and talent. Stop by the newly renovated Picton Armoury for their Saturday Market featuring local vendors.
History & Heritage
Combine your love of history and walking with the History Lives Here Walking Tour of Picton (Fri- Sun til Sept 28) to re-live the heady days of tall ships, sail and steam when this community was a major shipping port exporting its timber and agricultural produce to world markets. Get interactive with the past at the Macaulay House Museum or Camp Picton escape rooms – both operating various hours over the weekends, best to RSVP.