It would be hard to miss Oktoberfest this weekend, and I bet you've already got your tickets to the hall of your choice, your full tracht and your favourite Walter Ostanek song. The festivities kick off Friday at Kitchener City Hall with the official tapping of the keg at 11:30 a.m., there's the Sunday morning family breakfast at Uptown Waterloo Square and the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade is on Monday, with BodyBreak's Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod as grand marshals. In fact, there's so much to do related to Oktoberfest, I'm awarding two slots to it in my Five Fun Things.
2. The Fall Harvest Hootenanny
Saturday, 6:00 p.m. - midnight
Here's a way to help local food producers, while filling your stomach and listening to some tunes all in one go. The Two Crows Growery is a self-described "local start-up ecological market gardening project based out of Steckle Heritage Homestead" and they're hosting a launch party/fundraiser. You'll be able to hear music by the Ever-Lovin' Jug Band, feast on a roast Berkshire pig and enjoy produce from Steckle Homestead and other local farms. There are vegetarian options too, and rest assured it will all taste good: The Walper's executive chef, Terry Salmond, planned the menu. Did I mention it will take place in a barn?
3. Fall Art Market
Friday - Saturday, 1:30 - 6:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 - 3:00 p.m.
A great chance to get out and enjoy downtown Kitchener this weekend. The Art Market will include not just a selection of arts, crafts and goods from local artisans, but also a petting zoo, pony rides, live music and even a climbing wall.
Friday, 8:00 p.m., Centre in The Square
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5. The Sensational Pumpkin Contest
Saturday, 10:00 a.m., Bissell Park, Elora
Here's your chance you prove your pumpkin IS the best. Bring your beauty to the Elora Farmer's Market to be judged. Don't worry if it's not the biggest pumpkin, because there are lots of categories, like scariest and smallest. Your pumpkin can be carved or not - and if you need inspiration for Halloween there will be a pro pumpkin carver demonstration. There will also be pumpkin foods, even pumpkin ice cream.