Experience the autumn season on Salt Spring Island with lots of activities to entertain all month long! Check out the spectacular fall colours or just come to enjoy the festive atmosphere - Sip & Savour the bounty of the island, enjoy the last markets of the season and celebrate Thanksgiving and Halloween!

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October 2019 Events on Salt Spring Island

  1. It's harvest season on Salt Spring! Stop by Salt Spring's two markets - the Tuesday Farmer's Market or the Saturday Market to stock up on the bounty of fruits, vegetables, preserves, baked goods and hand made crafts on the island! The last Saturday Market will be held on October 26th and the last Farmers Market on Tuesday the 29th at Centennial Park in the heart of Ganges!
  2. 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.
  3. SSNAPy Saturdays | September 28th; October 5th & 12th | 11:00am to 3:00pm | Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | Children from 5-8 explore a variety of art-making activities inspired by materials, process and ideas at work in the SSNAP exhibit.
  4. Fall Plant Sale | Saturday 5th | 1:00pm to 3:00pm | Salt Spring Island Farmer's Institute: 351 Rainbow Road | Make your garden the envy of the neighbourhood! The Salt Spring Island Garden Club Fall Plant Sale offers an amazing collection of rooted and potted perennials, trees, shrubs and bulbs. There will also be surplus harvest for sale, along with gently used garden tools, supplies, books and magazines.
  5. It's that time of year where many studios on the island start to shorten their hours for the winter season. Grab a Salt Spring Studio Tour map to see what amazing items these creative workshops have to offer (and get a start on your Christmas shopping!)
  6. Nancy Turner | Friday 11th | 7:30pm to 9:15pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $15 | Professor Nancy Turner is Canada’s most renowned ethnobotanist with decades of extensive research carried out with the Indigenous peoples of British Columbia. This research identifies and examines the role that plants have had in these groups’ culture, and looks at the effects Indigenous people have had, historically, on the landscape of Canada. Through her great insight and research  learn more about our own relationship with the natural world, and how plants have, and can, play a vital role in the sustainability of human life.
  7. Stop by for a Salt Spring Thanksgiving! The island 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!
  8. 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.
  9. ArtSpring Presents: Saguenay Quartet and Lafayette String Quartet | Friday 28th | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$30 | Combined, these string quartets create an ensemble of perfect harmony. The Saguenay Quartet (QC) — violinists Marie Bégin and Nathalie Camus, violist Luc Beauchemin, and cellist David Ellis — have developed a prestigious reputation for excellence. The Lafayette String Quartet (BC) — violinists Ann Elliott-Goldschmid and Sharon Stanis,  violist Joanna Hood, and cellist Pamela Highbaugh Aloni — are hailed as passionate and riveting, a flawless ensemble.
  10. Sip & Savour Salt Spring | Saturday 19th | 1:00pm to 4:00pm | Salt Spring Island Farmer's Institute: 351 Rainbow Road | $55-$65 [tickets] | Enjoy the fabulous Sip & Savour Salt Spring Grazing Experience! Visitors will sip fine beverages from Salt Spring, Vancouver Island and BC and savour samples of delicious local and regional foods prepared by local chefs and food producers.
  11. High Tea at Hastings House | Sunday 20th | 12:00pm to 2:30pm | Hastings House: 160 Upper Ganges Road | $35 per person | An elegant version of a time-honoured tradition, High Tea will be served in our historic Manor House with all the charm of a British-inspired heritage estate. Cozy up next to the iconic Inglenook fireplace while admiring sweeping ocean views and one-of-a-kind architecture. The menu will include hot pots of your choice of tea as well as a beautiful array of classic tea sandwiches, scones, cookies, and house-made preserves from our award-winning chef.
  12. Salt Spring Folk Club presents: The Fugitives | Monday 21st | 7:00pm | Fulford Hall: 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road | A folk collective headed by songwriters Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod, the band has toured extensively through Canada, Western Europe, and the UK.
  13. ArtSpring Presents: California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio | Wednesday 23rd | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenye | $5-$30 | Regarded by the CBC as the hottest guitar ensemble in Canada, MG3 guitarists — Sébastien Dufour, Glenn Lévesque, and Marc Morin — have impressed audiences for more than 20 years with their rigour, inventiveness, and breathtaking stage presence. Add in 28 years of acoustic brilliance with the CG3 — Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya, and Paul Richards — who have enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres: rock, jazz, classical, and world music, even the occasional surf or spaghetti western tune for good measure.
  14. Artist at Large: Luba Nikitina - Intro to Crockery Mosaics | Sunday 27th | 9:00am to 3:00pm | Location: Artist's Studio | $85 | This one-day introductory course is a fun way to learn about basic techniques & materials used in making crockery mosaics.
  15. ArtSpring Presents: RUBBERBANDance | Wednesday 30th | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | Artpspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$30 | With both humorous and serious moments, Vic’s Mix is a kind of “best of” spanning the immense creative territory explored by choreographer Victor Quijada, extracting jewels from the choreographer’s repertoire.
  16. 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!
  17. Spook House | Thursday 31st | 6:30pm to 7:30pm + post fireworks | Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | $5 | Walk through a spooky Haunted House!
  18. Halloween Fun! | Thursday 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!
  19. Halloween Fireworks | Thursday 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!

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