Balls Falls is THE PLACE to be  around the niagara region this weekend as its annual arts and crafts festival kicks into high gear. Doors open today at 10:00 am and the festival runs over the next four days.

The Conservation Area, home of one of Ontario’s largest Thanksgiving Festivals will be featuring over 150 juried artisans, food vendors, demonstrators & entertainers who will be participating in this four-day long annual tradition and there is always plenty to do, see, and explore.   Also featured will be the Glen Elgin Farmers’ Market featuring farm-fresh product and local VQA wines. The NPCA exclusive wine and craft beer pavilion will be pouring from Cave Springs and Silversmith Brewing Company. Sample of some of the featured vendors:



The first Thanksgiving Festival was held at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area in 1975. The intention was simple: to raise money for conservation and environmental programs that were not otherwise funded. This remains the purpose of the Festival today. From its humble beginnings as a one-day craft show, the event has become a family tradition….and don’t forget about the breaktaking scenery!

There will be live music throughout the festival’s four-day run including performances by Katey Gatta, Finnegan’s Wake, Midnight Vesta (pictured below), Shore Thing, Mountain of Wolves and Whisky Epiphany. Captain Corbin will provide children’s entertainment all day Sunday.


There will also be inflatables for the kid from Niagara Inflatables and the Niagara Antique Power Association will have its train ride up and running. Also available for kids are pony rides and free face painting. Bass Pro Shops will have a casting pond set up Saturday where kids can try their hand at fishing. They will also have an archery display and photo booth. Trout Unlimited Canada will be on site Saturday and Sunday to teach guests how to fly fish.

Some other highlights include:

Sky Hunters Birds of Prey, featuring hawks, owls, eagles and more.


Tours of a  blacksmith shop, grist mill and Ball family home and cabin, where demonstrations will be running throughout the course of the festival. The Niagara Handspinners and Weavers will be demonstrating their craft in the barn.

The main event is the marketplace and the festival runs Friday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Ball’s Falls is located at 3292 Sixth Ave., Jordan. Admission is $6 for adults. Children under 14 are admitted free. Parking is free. A shuttle service is available from the parking lot to the festival gates.

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