4 things to do in Windsor-Essex this weekend

On tap this weekend (pun intended) is Windsor's first micro beer festival, a haunted hay ride in the county, a fashion show spanning the centuries and a migration festival.

Beer festivals, fashion shows and haunted hay rides on tap

Windsor will host it's first craft beer festival this weekend. (Windsor Craft beer Festival/Facebook)

Anyone looking for something to do this weekend is in luck.

The events are widespread and varied throughout Windsor and Essex County.

On tap this weekend (pun intended) is Windsor's first micro beer festival, a haunted hay ride in the county, a fashion show spanning the centuries and a migration festival.

The man who checks the pulse of all things fun in Windsor-Essex is CBC Windsor's Mike Evans and every Friday, he runs down the best things to do.

1. Windsor Craft Beer Festival

The Windsor Craft Beer Festival is being put on jointly by the folks at Windsor Eats and Motor Burger.

It starts Friday at 5 p.m. and runs until 10:30 p.m. and again Saturday 3 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

It takes place in Walkerville, right near the Walkerville brewery which is at the intersection of Wyandotte Avenue and Argyle Road.

The event is outdoors and there will be bands performing and food available.

There will be 10 different breweries from Ontario and Quebec taking part.

Nearly 2,000 tickets have been sold, which has exceeded the organizer's expectations.

2. Colasanti's Haunted Horror Hay Ride

Halloween is right around the corner and Colasanti's in Kingsville is hosting its 16th Annual Haunted Horror Hay Ride.

Staff has turned their field into a haunted play ground and one of their large greenhouses into a haunted maze.

It's sure to scare the pants off a few "chickens" in the family.

A chicken is someone who doesn't complete the haunted tour.

Colasanti's website tracks the number of chickens from year to year.

In 2011, for example, they had 248 chickens run away screaming in terror.

The hay rides start tonight at dusk and run against Saturday and Sunday.

The Hay rides run weather permitting so people should check the forecast before they leave.

3. The Migration Festival

The 44th Annual Kingsville Migration Festival starts Friday and continues on through Sunday.

The Festival celebrates the legacy of Kingsville's most famous resident: Jack Minor.

This year's theme is the art of migration.

There will be woodcarving exhibits as well as fine art and photography shows all celebrating that theme of the art of migration.

There will also be live raptors on hand, a parade, a pumpkin carving competition, a dog agility show and much more.

It all takes place a few venues throughout the town, with the main events happening at Lakeside Park and Kingsville District High School.

4. Lucinda's Fashions Through Time

Lucinda's Fashions Through Time takes place Sunday at 2 p.m. at Makenzie Hall on Sandwich Street.

It is exactly what it sounds like; a show of ladies fashions through time, starting during the middle ages and continuing all the way up through the Victorian and Edwardian eras all the way to the Flapper dresses of the Roaring 1920's.

The show is being put on by a lady named Lucinda Morris, who also made by hand all of the dresses that will be in the show.

"These are not authentic costumes, these are as close as I could make with the patterns I could find. It's a fun thing," Morris said.

Mike Evans feels it's his responsibility to make sure you have fun things to do on the weekend.

To hear his column and even more things to do, click the audio box.


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