Free / cheap / interesting things to do in the fall off-campus

By Abigail Beckett

Check out Springer Market Square

The Katarokwi Art & Food Market continues Sundays until the end of September, and it is completely free! Also check out the Kingston Public Market on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in the square.

Catch a flick

See what’s playing at The Screening Room downtown. They play all kinds of movies but specialize in classic, indie, art-house, and foreign films. Pick up a membership card with a student discount that is good for 12 months.

Go pumpkin picking

Visit Fruition Berry Farm (just off on Highway 15 in Kingston’s east end) for pumpkin picking and corn mazes in September and October. To enter the farm in the fall season, it’s only a $6 admission fee. Pumpkins are priced by weight. Grab a group of friends and make this your next autumn activity.


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Apple picking and corn maze

Wynn Farms, just west of Kingston, is the perfect spot to hit if you are looking for a cheap fall activity. Visit the website for dates and times for their Moonlight Corn Maze and Haunted HalloWYNN. Admission is only $9. Apple picking is available from mid-August to the end of October.

Autumn nature walk

Go for a fall nature walk. Check out Lake Ontario Park and Lemoine Point Conservation Area if you are looking for a local walking spot. If you are feeling more adventurous, visit Rock Dunder by heading north on Highway 15.

Fall photo shoot

Not sure what to do? Gather your friends (or even go solo) and have a classic fall photo shoot. There are many amazing spots around Kingston that will serve as stunning autumn backdrops for your photos. Check out these Kingston photo spots.

Hot cocoa and coffee

Go for a hot chocolate, coffee, a PSL, or whatever your fall go-to beverage is. Head downtown and try one of these Kingston favourites: Coffee and Company, Kingston Coffee House, and Crave. Take a much-needed break from studying and re-caffeinate with friends.

Fall festivals

See what events are happening in Kingston this fall. Check out the Kingston Fall Fair happening September 15 –18 at the Memorial Centre and Poutine Feast on September 22–25, also at the Memorial Centre. See what other events are happening in Kingston this fall. 


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Kayak or stand-up paddleboard

Get on the water. Rent a canoe or kayak from Ahoy Rentals and check out the beauty of Kingston in the fall. Prices average about $16 for the hour and rentals are available until Thanksgiving. Ahoy also offers bike rentals if you are looking to cycle the city.

Hockey game

Do you enjoy sports and are looking to catch some action? Cheer for your home team and get your tickets for a Kingston Frontenacs game. Tickets are as low as $14.50 for single games. This is a cheap option for you and your friends to get out, have some fun, and support your local team!