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Fall Downtown

Fall IN LOVE with Downtown Stratford this Autumn. Glittered in pumpkin spice, glowing in the afternoon harvest sun, and filled with vibrant fall colours and decor. How do you intend to embrace the season? And use a stroll downtown to do it? We have LOTS of ideas!

  • Take in a stroll and the fall colours with your Pumpkin Spice Latte
  • Go “sweater weather” shopping
  • Find a quiet cafe corner with your favourite book and a cup of tea
  • Enjoy the final days of the Stratford Festival and Avon Theatre
  • Try on and pick out the perfect pair of boots
  • Head out for dinner and taste the latest seasonal dish
  • Take in a scary film at the cozy Little Prince Cinema
  • Grab a fall bouquet to bring richness and colour to your home
  • Eat a bowl of soulful soup
  • Enjoy a pint, scoop or plate of your favourite Pumpkin Pie dessert
  • Go hunting for the coolest Halloween candy to hand out
  • Find that last piece of your Halloween costume
  • SAVOUR the ways downtown can help you with your self-care needs (massage, salt room, meditation, slow movement or yoga, write affirmations in your new notebook

Head below for some upcoming fall events!


(complete) Sutton Pumpkin Giveaway – Thursday, October 12th

  • Join the Sutton Team at 151 Downie Street from 5-7pm
  • FREE pumpkin giveaway
  • FREE popcorn
  • Fall photo booth
  • Front porch giveaway
  • Draws for kids

(complete) Ancient Aliens & Abstractions Opening – Friday, October 13th

  • Join the gang at Matilda Gallery Art Bar
  • Featuring artist Chris Mejaki performing the Grass Dance
  • Show opens 5:30pm
  • Performances at 6:30 and 7:30pm
  • Bar & kitchen open

(complete) Library Zombie Party – Friday, October 13th

  • In the Stratford Public Library after hours – 6:30pm
  • Complete challenges and solve clues while avoiding ravenous zombies
  • Grades 8-12 only
  • No registration required, arrive early to secure one of 40 spots
  • Gifts card prizes
  • Free pizza

(complete) Lantern Parade – Saturday, October 14th

  • Community Parade along the river
  • 360-degree camera booth
  • Floating Wish Lantern launch
  • Live Music by local performers
  • Light Up The Night Kayaking
  • Lantern Decorating Stations
  • Food vendors

Haunted Dinner Party and Cocktail Class – Friday, October 27th

  • At the ALL-NEW Grayson Mills
  • 6:30pm 5-course Dinner Party
  • Followed by a cocktail class
  • Costumes encouraged

Thriller-Themed Halloween Cocktail Party – Saturday, October 28⁠th

  • Join the gang at Relic Lobby Bar 4pm – 1am
  • Witches cocktails and poisons
  • Thriller-themed DJ spinning 80’s beats starting at 8:30pm
  • Dress-up strongly encouraged

Haute Horror Fashion Show – Sat. October 28th

  • Coles & Keys Optical at 25 York Street, 2-4pm
  • Little bit of fashion, a whole lot of storytelling
  • Cinematic fashion through a horror lens
  • Popcorn
  • $33 + tax per ticket

Matilda Gallery Art Bar Halloween Party – October 28th

  • Doors open 7:30pm
  • Live DJ Sunshine
  • Cocktail and food features
  • Mystical rooms, tarot readings
  • Prizes for costumes
  • $25 tickets

The Starlight Live Music – October 28th

  • Big Mary Heat
  • The Milkers

Stratford Pumpkin Parade – Wednesday, November 1st

  • Pumpkin set-up and drop-off during the day (Please no paint or added objects on pumpkins)
  • Pumpkin Parade from 5-8pm
  • Bring your jack-o’lanterns to be displayed one last time
  • Post-parade, pumpkins will be taken to a local farm and fed to happy wild boars

Day of the Dead Dinner Party – Wednesday, November 1st

  • Hosted at newly opened The Starlight
  • Created by El Cactus Taco Shop
  • Details COMING
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