Experience autumn in one of British Columbia's most beautiful spots with lots of activities to entertain all month long! The Salt Spring Island Apple Festival is an event not to be missed (plan early - ferries and accommodations are in high demand that weekend!) as well as the end of the markets for the season and of course, Halloween! Check out the spectacular fall colours or just come to enjoy the festive atmosphere on Salt Spring Island!

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October 2017 Events on Salt Spring Island

  1. Salt Spring Island Apple Festival | Sunday, October 1st | 9:00am to 5:00pm | Display: Fulford Community Hall, 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road, Various Locations across Salt Spring Island | 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!
  2. Can't get enough of Salt Spring Island apples? You'll love them more 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 and offering nine different ciders including dry, semi-dry, hopped apricot, elderberry-flower, pear, ginger root, 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!
  3. There are also apples aplenty at Salt Spring's two markets - visit the Tuesday Farmer's Market or the Saturday Market to stock your fridge with rich apple juice, apple butter, apple pies (& other baked goods), or freshly picked apples! The last Saturday Market will be held on October 28th and the last Farmers Market on Tuesday the 31st at Centennial Park in the heart of Ganges!
  4. It's almost that time of year where many studios on the island shorten their hours for the winter season. Download the Salt Spring Studio Tour map to see what amazing items these creative workshops have to offer!
  5. Why not spend your Thanksgiving on the Island! Salt Spring has all the ingredients to make your meal unforgettable! Pick up everything you need for a mouth-watering local feast from turkey to sides at the markets, farmstands, bakeries, cheeseries, vineyards, breweries and cider houses as well as local shops! Head down to Ruckle Farm to visit their wandering free range turkeys!
  6. 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.
  7. Jane Coop | Wednesday 11th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5 - $30 | Elegant, experienced and brilliant – words which describe pianist Jane Coop, who takes her art form to a higher stratum. Renowned for her appealing performance style, she is consistently praised for her capacity to graciously carry the sensitivity and spirit of the music she plays right to her listeners. Jane’s new program Piano Giants: Beethoven & Rachmaninov presents works by these renowned composers, exploring the immense contributions these masters have made to the piano canon.
  8. PitchFork Social: Sarah Potenza | Friday 13th | 7:30pm to 10:30pm | Bullock Lake Farm: 360 Upper Ganges Road | $35 | After years of touring with her band Sarah & The Tall Boys, Sarah Potenza was chosen over 50,000 candidates to appear on The Voice. Judge Pharrell Williams’ reaction to Potenza’s on-air audition gives you a pretty good idea of the level of talent of this incredible singer. Potenza left the show as a top 20 finalist, then headed to Nashville where she quickly integrated into the local music scene, becoming a staple at the world renowned Bluebird Café and the globally broadcast Music City Roots program. She continues to earn raves for her big voice, which seamlessly blends roots, rock and soul.
  9. Harvest Grape Stomp | Saturday 14th | 12:00pm | 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!
  10. Salt Spring Folk Club presents: Landreth Brothers - Rick Neufeld | Monday 16th | 7:00pm | Fulford Hall: 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road | Thirty years. Four bandmates. Two brothers. One album and at last, another in the works. Let It Lie, the JUNO winning debut release from Canadian roots-rockers the Bros. Landreth, was proof that there’s strength in numbers. At first listen, you might call it Americana. Dig deeper, though, and you’ll hear the nuances that separate The Bros. Landreth — whose members didn’t grow up in the American south, but rather the isolated prairie city of Winnipeg, Manitoba — from their folksy friends in the Lower 48.
  11. The Fretless | Tuesday 17th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5 - $25 | This unique band is taking string music to fascinating places as it transforms fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements. Winners of the 2012 Instrumental Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, The Fretless walked away with both Ensemble of the Year and Instrumental Group of the Year. The Fretless is an innovation in music that must be heard. They harbour all the energy of fiddle tunes while shattering all expectations in writing, creativity and performance.
  12. Sip and Savor Salt Spring | Saturday 21st | 1:00pm to 4:00pm | Salt Spring Island Farmers’ Institute: 351 Rainbow Road | $55 - 65 [tickets] | The Farmer’s Institute will be transformed into a fabulous Sip & Savour Salt Spring Grazing Experience as visitors will sip fine beverages from the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island region and savour samples of delicious foods prepared by local chefs and food producers.
  13. 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.
  14. Looking to celebrate a spook-tacular Salt Spring Halloween? Find your perfect pumpkin at 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!
  15. The Spook House | Tuesday 31st | 5:30pm to fireworks | Ganges Fire Hall: 105 Lower Ganges Road | $5 | Walk through a spooky Haunted House supporting GISS Improv!
  16. Halloween Fun! | Tuesday 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!
  17. Halloween Fireworks | Tuesday 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!
  18. Salt Spring History Walks with a Ghastly Twist | Fridays & Saturdays | 7:00pm to 8:30pm | MEET: Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $10 - $15 | Salt Spring Island History Tours takes you on an enchanted journey through a most magical forest in Ganges while sharing ghoulish legends and terrifying historical events. During the walk, we travel back in-time, telling tantalizing tales and horrific hardships of pre-Salt Spring Island life.

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