A Niagara Tradition
Entering its 47th year, the Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival is a Niagara Tradition that will run October 8th through October 11th.
The 2020 festival, which was originally conceived as four days of exciting in-person shopping, featuring delicious local food, drinks, artisan vendors, and historical tours and demonstrations was successfully transformed into a virtual experience. Our visitors joined us on a virtual adventure where they enjoyed heritage village tours and historical demonstrations and a wonderful shopping experience featuring more than 80 juried artisans and vendors, all from the comfort of their home.
WHAT’S IN STORE FOR 2021?
The Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival is back, as a fantastic modified experience! Guests will enjoy a classic family favourite, and a longstanding Niagara Tradition in a safe and familiar way!
An Early, Online Experience!
Beginning September 1, 2021 the Festival Online Shopping Store will be OPEN for an advanced shopping experience from many of your favourite craft, artisan and food vendors. Guests can shop online until October 4, and pick up their purchased goodies at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area during Thanksgiving weekend.
More vendors and products are being added daily – so stay tuned for more this month!
Live, In-Person Festival Returning to Ball’s Falls this Thanksgiving weekend!
The 47th Annual Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival will bring back many of your favourite features, including 50+ in-person craft and artisan vendors, delicious foods, craft beverages and wines, local farmers’ market vendors, live acoustic music and children’s entertainment, historical demonstrations, heritage tours and nature hikes.
Enjoy the beauty of the fall along the Niagara Escarpment as you take in the sights, sounds and smells of the Thanksgiving Festival and explore the colourful forested trails.
With restrictions in place to keep everyone safe, the 2021 Thanksgiving Festival offers a unique opportunity to hike the trails, tour the heritage village, admire the spectacular scenery and waterfalls, and support local small businesses.
- This year is especially important; with opportunities to shop online in advance and in person over the Thanksgiving Weekend, the Festival helps to celebrate and support local artisans, crafters, farmers, vendors and small businesses that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Festival will comply with all provincial and local COVID-19 regulations and public health guidance according to the provincial framework in place, to ensure a safe experience for all attendees and vendors.
Dates and Times
Friday, October 8 – Monday, October 11
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Advanced Ticket Reservation Required for Festival Admission
Advanced registration is required for admission to the festival. To reserve your Festival tickets, please visit https://thanksgivingfestival.ca/shop-now/. PLEASE NOTE: General Admission tickets for Thanksgiving Weekend do not include Heritage Tour Reservations and these must be purchased separately at https://thanksgivingfestival.ca/heritage-tours/.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: (READ MEDIA RELEASE)
The first Thanksgiving Festival was held at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area in 1974. The intention was simple: to raise money for conservation and environmental programs that were not otherwise funded. This remains the purpose of the Festival today. From its humble beginnings as a one-day craft show, the event has become a family tradition.