The 13 Most Essential Fall Activities
The seasons are slowing changing in Summerside. The sun is setting earlier and rising later. A chill in the wind beckons a turn in seasons. Now as our favourite season approaches, it's time to don your favourite scarf and sweater and Explore Summerside. We've complied a complete list of fun activities that will ensure you'll have the best Fall yet.
1. ENJOY A HOT CREAMY PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
Nothing says fall like a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Sip on this coffee drink made with a mix of traditional fall spice flavors, steamed milk, and espresso, topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice. Catch up on the daily news and watch the world go by as you sit in Summerside's coziest cafe.
Find out more about Samuel's Coffee House fall specials.
2. TAKE IN A BIT OF HISTORY DURING FALL FLAVOURS
During the PEI Fall Flavours Festival in September, enjoy an entertaining guided tour of the unique 1867 Wyatt Historic House Museum where the stories bring the artifacts and people to life. Afterwards, relax on the veranda and enjoy ice cream made on site with rich Island dairy products, topped with Island fruit, and a glass of refreshing rhubarb punch, made from the Wyatt family recipe.
Available 6 days a week during September.
Find out more about this special event, go to Two Scoops of History.
3. Cook with vegetables in season
The reasons to eat locally grown foods have never been more important. Make eating local and natural a part of your life! Your health, family and local economy will thank you. Stop in for a taste of harvest time. Enjoy seasonal vegetables and home decor or come in for Brunch.
Showcasing the pride of PEI, the Summerside Farmers Market is a year-round indoor farmers market located in the historic Holman Building in downtown Summerside. Features include: farm produce, meats, cheese, fresh bread, baked goods, fair trade coffee and handmade Island crafts.
Browse the vendors, enjoy breakfast or lunch and visit with friends in our dining area. Take home healthy food and genuine Island keepsakes. Fall veggie boxes are also available.
Meet your local farmers and join the farm-to-table movement at the Summerside Farmers Market.
4. GO ON A GHOST WALK
Culture Summerside brings to light the darker side of Island history and the history of Halloween with its 16th Annual Historic Ghost Walk, set for Thursday, October 20th, 2016. Vignettes are presented by volunteer actors throughout the historic district of Summerside. Ghostwalk features new stories each year as discovered through the MacNaught History Centre and Archives. If possible they are presented on the location in which they happened. Tour finishes with servings of warm Hot Apple Grog.
The guided tours begin at 6:30 pm and run every ten minutes through to 8 pm. Tickets at the cost of $8.00 and children under six free. The vignettes are written with all ages in mind. Dress for the weather.
Don't miss this annual event. Order your tickets early at 902 432 1332. Learn more at Culture Summerside.
5. STAY IN A B&B WITH FALL FOLIAGE
Fall on PEI is a magical time. The air is warm, the water is a magnificent shade of blue and the leaves start changing colours. What better time to experience everything PEI has to offer! Plan a trip to one of our cozy B&Bs in Summerside for a relaxing getaway surrounded by beautiful views of nature.
6. ENJOY THE DELIGHTS OF THE SCARECROW FESTIVAL
Sunday, September 25, 2016 marks the 10th Annual Scarecrow contest. Lots of activities for the whole family including egg races, potato sack races, wagon rides, corn maze, slide, and more!
Take the family to discover the Straw maze, Straw Mountain and Corn Maze, Farm Equipment display, Bee Display, Egg Information Area, 'That Pumpkin Guy' pumpkin display, Dressed up Actors, and a Fall Decorating and Gardening Market.
Food is also available and provided by the Summerside Lions Club, Kool Breeze Ice Cream Barn and The Galley Food Truck by Chef Norman.
For more details about the different scarecrow contests, check out Kool Breeze Garden Centre.
7. PAINT A PUMPKIN AT NATUREFEST
NatureFest is held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Heather Moyse Heritage Park, 126 Ottawa Street. The day's activities will include performances from local entertainers like Mike Pendergast, a dog show, Go P.E.I. games, tractor and hay wagon rides, inflatable games for various age groups and more. All of the day’s activities are free, though there will be some food on offer from charities that do have a charge. This is the fifth year the city has held Nature Fest.
For more information, call the Credit Union Place at 902-432-1234
8.GO TO A HAUNTED CORN MAZE
A cool shudder trickles down your spine. Glancing around nervously, you see eyes staring at you from behind layers of corn, seemingly penetrating your very being. Cold, hesitant light streams from a hallowed moon, casting eerie shadows on the ground. As you walk forward, you can't help but feel that someone is following you. Whirling around, you see nothing but an empty path. 'Turn back'you hear in your mind, but you swallow a nervous whimper and continue into the darkness. You enter deeper into the maze not knowing where it leads. Shadows seem to swirl around your feet, sucking you in. In a burst of panic, you fumble and try to run but the path is endless. Fear settles in and deep down you know you're not alone in the dark. Something brushes your back. You turn, but there is nothing. Nothing you can see, that is.You can hear the autumn wind howling, and it almost sounds like laughter to your panicked mind. A low chuckle breaks your thought process, directly in front of you. You scream, there is no escape.
Two Showings presented by the Spotlight Theatre at Kool Breeze Farms: Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29.
Pre-purchase your tickets through EventBright.
9. GO FOR A WALK ON A FOGGY DAY
Baywalk Boardwalk Summerside offers a Baywalk Trail System with more than five kilometers of waterfront, with beautiful picturesque views, Green's Shore Beach, retail shops, eateries and lots of green space illuminated under period lighting as the sun sets.
The walkway has been built in phases since 2003 and each year the boardwalk offers more to residents and visitors alike. SRDC is acting as Project Manager for Summerside Sustainable Tourism during the current phase of construction that will see the Boardwalk System extend to the east-end of the city. This portion features a unique and interesting Eco-system at work and presents a marsh area that alternates between salt and fresh water several times a year.
Parking available at 56 Water Street, 124 Heather Moyse Drive, 370 Water Street and 298 Mackenzie Drive.
10. GATHER AROUND IN A STORYTELLING CIRCLE
The 12th Annual Island Storytelling Festival: New Waves is the opportunity to experience the ancient art of storytelling at its finest. Prince Edward Island is known as a land of stories with unique home-grown storytellers. The festival will feature two different forms of storytelling, each equally entertaining and educational. On both nights the stories will be about the Island and its people:
On Thursday, September 29th Island storytellers will entertain with their own unique styles of storytelling. Storytellers that evening will be Dennis King, Mary MacGillivray & Cian O’Morain, Anne Farrell, and Ensor Waite.
Be a part of a studio audience for a live recording of Radio Dramas on Thursday, October 6th, 2016. Radio is a wonderful medium for storytelling and creates the best pictures. In the early days of radio, dramas went live on air and anything could happen.
11. CELEBRATE ALL THINGS PUMPKIN
Celebrate the end of Harvest Season with various events such as kitchen parties, art exhibits, a flea market, puppet show, culinary workshop, fall brunch and more.
La Belle-Alliance presents the 10th Annual Pumpkin Festival from Monday, October 24 to Halloween.
Events are held every day during the festival. For a detailed schedule, contact La Belle-Alliance at 902-888-1681.
12. Believe in Magic
Clockwork Mysteries takes its audience on a bizarre and fascinating journey through time. With the help of an elaborate Victorian time machine, the performers and spectators travel back in time together. The audience is invited into a mysterious clock tower equipped with a variety of timekeeping devices. They become part of a race against time, experience time accelerating and slowing down, and participate in predicting the contents of a time capsule. Keeping their audience enthralled from the first astonishing illusion to the spectacular finale, the Outerbridges create an experience that far exceeds the expectations of every spectator.
Coming to the Harboufront Theatre on October 22, 2016. For more details, click here.
13. indulge in your wild side
It’s a night like no other! Feast Dinner Theatres present After Dark—a new revue that combines sketch comedy, improv, popular music and a meal all in one show.
After Dark audiences attend a “broadcast” of a PEI entertainment news program that covers the lighter side of topics like oyster-shucking, early hockey drafts, PEI tribute bands—even a visit by a controversial US presidential candidate.
Though it has an entertainment news program theme, After Dark does not follow a definite storyline like other Feast productions. As a result, the show offers even more improv and audience interaction.
After Dark will delight audiences on September 23 and October 1. For more details, call the box office at ( 902) 436-7674 or click here.