The Fraser Valley, a picturesque landscape nestled in British Columbia, paints an idyllic backdrop to many fall activities. As the season changes, the valley bursts into a spectrum of oranges, reds, and yellows. If you’re residing in or considering moving to this vibrant community, you’re in for an unforgettable fall. At the heart of it, the Kim Phillips Real Estate Team knows that whether you’re enjoying the festivities or looking for a home, you deserve a realtor who cares about your unique needs and experiences. To gear you up for all the fall season has to offer, we’ve comprised some of the Fraser Valley’s favourite fall activities.
1. The Spooky Fall Market in Chilliwack
Back for a second year, the Spooky Fall Market in Chilliwack is getting the whole family primed and prepped for fall. Dive into the Halloween festivities with this family-friendly event featuring local vendors, swag bags, food trucks, and an exciting Basket Draw! Plus, admission is completely free. The event kicks off on October 21st from 10 AM to 4 PM in Evergreen Hall at 9291 Corbould Street.
2. Brewhalla Beer & Music Festival in Chilliwack
As hosts of one of the largest craft beer festivals in the Lower Mainland, Brewhalla is a great excuse to sip on some brew while frolicking to some fall-themed tunes. With over 30 breweries showcasing their best brews amidst local musical talent, you can indulge in a craft beer experience like no other. So, on October 7th, check out Watson Glen Park at 5727 Tyson Road from 12 PM to 6 PM.
3. The Mango Market in Abbotsford
Discover artisanal products from over 50 local vendors, set to the tune of live music and complemented by food trucks. As one of the most popular markets in Abbotsford, the Mango Market is packed with family-friendly fun. With high-quality handcrafted goods, you can get a jump on seasonal shopping from a selection of jewelry, home décor, woodworking, skincare, candles, and delicious artisan treats. With two upcoming events (one on October 14th and another on November 11th) the Mango Market will be hosted in the Gateway Community Church lot at 2884 Gladys Avenue in Abbotsford. Plus, admission is free!
4. Harrison Pumpkin Festival
Fall into autumn fun at Onos Farms. The new home of the famous Chilliwack Sunflower Festival, Onos Farms is bridging a beautiful gap from summer to fall festivities with the Harrison Pumpkin Festival. Celebrate the year’s most colourful and cozy season by strolling through a striking mix of over 20 pumpkin varieties. From the classic orange pumpkin to the ghoulish gourds, take advantage of their “All-You-Can-Carry Pumpkin Patch” and walk away with the filling for your next pie or the canvas of your spooky jack o’lantern. Plus, you can still catch sight of over 50 varieties of sunflowers with a spattering of cosmos, zinnias, dahlias, and gladiolas before the winter frost puts them to rest. So, what are you waiting for? Every Thursday to Sunday from September 29th to October 29th, enjoy a glorious mountain backdrop and colourful fall photo-ops.
5. Celebrate the Night in Maple Ridge
Embrace the Halloween spirit with craft activities, costume contests, live performances, and a captivating fireworks display. This free, family-friendly event is full of pretty lights, decorative lanterns, and much more. And to cap off the magic of the night, the organizers have planned a stunning fireworks show. Since last year’s colourful sky display was postponed due to fire bans, we have our fingers tightly crossed for this year. So, mark your calendars for October 20th, 2023, and prepare to “Celebrate the Night!”
6. Fall in Love with Maan Farms in Abbotsford
The fall event of the year, Maan Farms is the go-to spot for festive fun. Why? They’ve got a little something for everyone. From blood-curdling haunted corn mazes to picture-perfect pumpkin patches and locally sourced and served wine tastings, there’s no ‘maan’ or ‘womaan’ alive who can’t find something to love at Maan Farms. Plus, this year’s ‘Fall at the Farm’ event features Canada’s first-ever forest-themed pumpkin patch. These fall and Halloween-themed activities run from September 16th to October 31st. So, take a drive to 790 McKenzie Road in Abbotsford to get lost in the autumnal magic of corn mazes and farm fun.
7. Take a Hike
What’s the best way to catch some autumn awe? Getting outside and immersing yourself in nature. Marvel at the changing colours of the Fraser Valley by trekking through iconic hiking trails. Trek up Chilliwack’s Slesse Mountain or pop into North Van to huff and puff your way through the Grouse Grind. If you’re looking for a picturesque experience, take a leisurely stroll around Stanley Park. Whichever trail you choose, we know the crisp air and jaw-dropping views will provide many “falling for fall” photo-ops. Check out more hiking trails here.
8. Say Hi to Furry Friends at Maplewood Farm
If there’s any time of year to visit Maplewood Farm, it’s the fall season. The leaves are changing colours, the crisp autumn air makes it the perfect sweater-weather, and the fields are full of opportunities for family fun. Meet adorable animals, enjoy hot cider, and immerse yourself in the farm’s fall ambiance. When you’re there, say hi to the farm’s Sicilian miniature donkey, Rosie and take a gander at Fluffy, the giant New Zealand white rabbit.
9. Fright Nights at the Pacific National Exhibition
You can’t finesse fall without a few fearful screams…right? Challenge your fears with spooky mansions, exhilarating rides, and thrilling live shows at Vancouver’s annual Fright Nights. With bone-chilling exhibits, fire shows, and live performances like the Monsters of Schlock, bounce between the season’s special events and catch your year-round favourite thrill rides. Celebrating 20 years of fears, this PNE event is recommended for people 13 years and older. With wits in store, gear yourself up for the year’s creepiest décor.
10. Art’s Nursery Scarecrow Festival
The 9th annual “Scarecrow Stroll” is a festive gathering perfect for families and pets. The event showcases over 60 diverse scarecrows, sponsored by local businesses, spread across Art’s property. Visitors can wander and discover traditional to modern scarecrow interpretations, while enjoying delicious treats from local food trucks. The festival celebrates community spirit, creativity, and truly captures the essence of the season. The handcrafted scarecrows stand as the event’s highlights, reflecting both heritage and innovative artistry. From September 23rd to October 31st, you can witness beautiful local artistry and even engage in the Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt. Our team is honoured to be sponsoring this year’s Scarecrow Stroll, so we hope to scare – we mean see – you there!
Local Fun with Local Realtors
As the golden hues of fall cast a spell on the Fraser Valley, it’s clear that this community offers more than just picturesque views. It’s about making memories, having new experiences, and finding a place you can call home. If you’ve been swept up by the charm of the Fraser Valley and are considering making it your home, or if you’re simply seeking a change within the region, local realtors like the Kim Phillips Real Estate Team are here to guide you. Dive deep into the world of Langley real estate, connect with a Cloverdale real estate agent, or explore what real estate teams in Surrey have to offer. With over 22 years of service, our team understands how ensure you are the star of your own story. We’re not just here to assist you in property matters; we’re here to ensure that you are part of this community’s story.