18 Treats (and Tricks!) on Salt Spring Island in October 2016 Reasons to Visit SSI, Salt Spring Island Events, Salt Spring Things to Do Stop by and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Autumn! Experience spectacular colours dotting the picturesque landscape, bountiful harvests and seasonal events! Enjoy the perfect getaway with fires to warm you up during the cool nights, while away the days perusing arts and foodstuffs at the local markets which close up shop at the end of the month and be sure to attend amazing events including the Salt Spring Island Apple Festival and Halloween! Experience the magic of Autumn on Salt Spring Island! Click here for Salt Spring Island Accommodations while you're here >> October 2016 Events on Salt Spring Island Salt Spring Island Apple Festival | Sunday 2nd | 10:00am to 4:00pm | Display: Fulford Community Hall, 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road | An event not to be missed, come celebrate Salt Spring Island's apple growing history (dating back to 1860!) at the Salt Spring Island Apple Festival which includes apple displays (showcasing some of the 450 varieties of apples grown on the island), farm tours, apple tasting, food, bring apples from your own garden for identification and much more! Love apples? You'll love Salt Spring heritage apples in liquid form at Salt Spring Wild Cider! Explore the Cider Barn (151 Sharp Road) which showcases the incredible variety of heritage apples on the island. Open daily from 12:00pm to 6:00pm with eight different ciders including dry, semi-dry, hopped apricot, elderberry-flower, pear, wild berry, plum and ice cider (while supplies last!). Enjoy a bottle or a tasting at the cider house gardens, which boast a spectacular view of a valley and surrounding orchards! Salt Spring has all the ingredients to make your Thanksgiving unforgettable! Pick up everything you need for a mouth-watering local feast from turkey to sides at the Saturday Market or Tuesday Market, farmstands, cheeseries, vineyards, breweries and cider houses as well as local shops! Head down to Ruckle Farm to visit their wandering free range Turkeys who enjoy exploring the farm's fields and roadways. Yoga on the Farm | Friday 7th - Sunday 9th | Stowel Lake Farm: 190 Reynolds Road | $485 | Namaste this Thanksgiving at a relaxing yoga retreat! Find your inner peace by partaking in several styles of yoga while enjoying delicious local veterinarian cuisine. The Bills | Wednesday 12th | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | ArtSpring | $5 - $23 | The Bills are an acoustic roots music powerhouse from Canada’s West Coast who blend exquisite songcraft, instrumental virtuosity, sublime vocals and an unpretentious good-time energy. Strings, bellows, keys, voices, skin and bows – with individual band members sporting world-class credentials in folk/roots, jazz, classical, and world music. Celebration of the Arts: Be Inspired | Friday 14th to Saturday 15th | All Day | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | Explore this open house of local artists, artisans and performing artists doing their thing and showcasing their art! Experience Autumn on Salt Spring Island by visiting spectacular Fall Foliage locations such as Downtown Ganges with it's orange and yellow oak trees, the golden vineyards, Burgoyne Bay's maples and oaks and along Beddis Road which is lined with numerous maples, Ruckle Farm in Ruckle Provincial Park and from atop the island's two best lookouts from Mount Erskine and Mount Maxwell. Harvest Grape Stomp | Saturday 15th | 12:00pm to 5:00pm | Salt Spring Island Vineyards: 151 Lee Road | Feel grapes squish between your toes and enjoy food and music! Enjoy a weekend of local musicians, food and tastings of award-winning local wines while you tuck in oysters and watch the competitions! October is mushroom season in British Columbia! Head out for a mushroom hunt and keep a look out for some of the dozens of mushroom species that grow on Salt Spring Island including red lobsters, chantrelles, oyster, morel, puff balls, scarlet waxcaps, black cap fungi and many more! Although tempting, be careful not to pick mushrooms without the help of an expert, or even better, leave them be for everyone's enjoyment. Salt Spring Folk Club Presents: Los Texmaniacs | Monday 21st | 7:00pm | Fulford Community Hall: 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road | $25 (Seasons pass: $125) | Los Texmaniacs is a conjunto band created by Max Baca in 1997. Baca wanted to create a band that incorporated elements from genres such as Rock & Roll and Jazz while still honoring the roots of conjunto Tejano. In 2010 Los Texmaniacs won a Grammy Award for Tejano Album of The Year "Borders y Bailes". Ballet Jazz De Montreal: Danse 2 | Monday 17th - Tuesday 18th | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5 - $23 | An internationally renowned repertory company, BJM has continued to grow with all the energy and spirit of exploration for which it has been known since its birth in 1972. Since Louis Robitaille was nominated Artistic Director in 1998, BJM is now, more than ever, in tune with the times. It's always sad to see the Salt Spring Island market season come to an end so be sure to head down to Centennial Park to visit the last Saturday Market on October 29th and the last Farmers Market on Tuesday the 25th! Get everything you need to preserves and the cold storage for the winter ahead! The crisp fall weather is a perfect time to visit the beaches to enjoy the colourful shoreline and beachcomber for treasures deposited onto shore during storms! Visit the Jack Forester Beach East to lookout for elusive moon snails and Price Road Beach for sun bleached sand dollars! Have a spook-tacular Salt Spring Halloween! Looking for the perfect pumpkin? Visit the Bon Acres Farm Pumpkin Patch (300 Le Page Road) or take a drive and visit the Island's many farmstands with jack o' lantern substitutes including turnips, potatoes and beets or the more traditional squash and pumpkins! Zombie Walk | Date: TBA | Time: TBA | Meet at Centennial Park | Dress up in your tattered finest and most ghoulish makeup and walk, stumble and moan with your fellow undead through Ganges! Have fun making your way through town at Salt Spring Island's annual Zombie Walk - be aware it might be a bit scary for the little ones! Zombie on! Mahon Hall Spook House | Monday 31st | 6:00pm | Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | Walk through a spooky Haunted House! Watch out for zombies looking for their next meal, creepy picture frames and other surprises to scare you silly! Halloween Fun! | Monday 31st | Dusk | Fulford Village - Ganges Village - Cedar Lane - Wildwood Drive - Maliview Drive | Visit these great Halloween destinations on Salt Spring Island to show off your costume, trick or treat and enjoy the decorations! Halloween Fireworks | Monday 31st | 7:30pm | Celebrate the spookiest (and fun!) night of the year with a spook-tacular fireworks show over Ganges Harbour set off by the Salt Spring Fire Department followed by Halloween treats!