9 Things To Do This Fall in Barrie
And just like that, the summer of 2021 has been consigned to the history books (and Instagram posts).
Although Fall gets a bad rap on account of it being the prelude to the searing cold and ice of winter, Autumn is not without it’s charms.
Halloween. Hockey. Brilliant colours. Pumpkin Spice everything. And here in town, plenty of happenings to enjoy.
Scroll on for a nonagon of events in and around Barrie this season!
The Rec Room, Donaleigh’s, the Queen’s, North Country BBQ, Taco Alley and Fionn MacCool’s (among others) have all rolled out solo artists and bands to accompany your food and drinks. Considering how fluid the pandemic lockdown regulations could be in the winter, getting out to see a show is a luxury you should not pass up. And you can find a full list of gigs in Barrie every week in our newsletter!
Hit the Barrie Film Festival
The 24th annual festival is a scaled down version, with fewer movies and of course no galas. But the BFF has partnered with Sunset Drive In to screen a terrific selection of independent flicks over the course of four days. The festival kicks off Thursday, with the Michael Caine led drama Best Sellers.
Also back will be the Short Film competition, which showcases films from local directors and international productions vying for prizes.
Take A Hike
The colours, they are fine at this time of year. So grace one of the city’s many walking and hiking spots before the onset of winter. It’s the ideal time to take some family photos or shoot a few insta videos. If you want to add some Halloween-esque creep to your walk, consider checking out the abandoned Splash Canyon water park in Midhurst, or one of the old Simcoe graveyards.
Drink and Date
One thing that pandemics do not lend themselves to is socializing, to say nothing of dating. If you’ve found it tricky to meet a swipe match recently, Redline Brewhouse hears your pain. And they’ve put together a unique solution, called Beer Is Love.
The event is a speed dating, singles day on Saturday, October 30th where each person will be in their own “pod”. You will not be able to see the person you’re on the date with. But if you think there’s a connection, you can meet them IRL.
It’s a ticketed event, but there are a few slots open. And if you do meet the love of your life, do us a solid and at least tag us in your wedding posts.
Hit a Colts Game
Finally, your Barrie Colts are back. The OHL returns to town with a bang, and the pre-season is already underway. In a mere 16 days, the Colts open their season with a tilt at home against the Niagara Ice Dogs. Tickets for the season are available via their website!
Stand up comedians mocking themselves and making fun of poorly dressed audience members has been absent from our evenings for too long. Having the local laugh scene make a comeback in recent months has been a much needed antidote to Zoom overload and the usual stresses.
Leading the way is the monthly mic throw down Den of Hilarities. Happening this week at Donaleigh’s, with more shows coming before the year is out.
If murdering motors is your jam, the Essa Agriplex on October 16th should be on your Google calendar. The Barrie fair is hosting their third annual Demolition Derby, with destruction and mayhem sure to follow. Just be careful where you park, for obvious reasons.
An oldie, but a goodie. Load the famjam into the car and set a course for one of the many local orchards and farms for a bucketful of crisply delicious, low hanging fruit.
If staying in town is more your speed, check out the Farmer’s Market every Saturday for prime produce picks.
Eat And Drink in Barrie’s Newest Spots
A number of cool joints opened in Barrie since last fall, and there are three in particular foodies and fun lovers should check out.
The Rec Room at Park Place is open for drinks, dining and and 30,000 square feet of gaming.
There’s also a new Caribbean spot on Dunlop, called Caribbean Express, adding some tasty Island cuisine options to the downtown core.
B’Spoke Kitchen and Market offers diners a customized, made from fresh menu, with patio and in house dining. And that is to say nothing of their enticing cocktail and beer selection. Located on Collier street, it’s an ideal after work destination, and a prime spot for an important lunch meeting.