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Markham Fair 

Thursday, September 29 to Sunday, October 2, 2016

10801 McCowan Road  map

The Markham Fair is one of the Canada oldest country fairs. Since 1844 the fair has been providing the community with a showcase for talents and products in a friendly competitive spirit. With over 700 volunteers working on more than 70 committees, Markham Fair is the largest community based volunteer organization in Canada.

Markham Fair occurs annually on the weekend before Thanksgiving, and hosts upwards of 60,000 attendees. Approximately 3,000 exhibitors will enter more than 12,000 items, which will be judged and put on display during the fair.

As well as the competitive displays, the community is further brought together to enjoy various forms of entertainment such as horse pull, demolition derby, tractor pull, midway rides and displays of farm animals.

Free Parking.

Adults $15, Seniors $10, Child 12 & under $5, Children 4 and under free.

Fair Hours: Thursday to Saturday  9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
                 Sunday  9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Markham Fair is located on the Markham Fairgrounds at 10801 McCowan Road (6 km north of Highway 7).  map

There's plenty more happening during the Markham Fair, check out the complete Event List at


Culture Days


Discover the world of art with free programming at the Varley.

October 1: Artrepeneur Workshops at the Varley Art Gallery

October 2 | 1 – 2 p.m. | Varley Art Gallery: Artist talk with Jeff Nye in conversation with Anik Glaude and Monica Tap.

October 2 | 2 – 4 p.m. | Varley Art Gallery: Opening reception for fall exhibitions generously catered by Whole Foods Market Unionville.

Go Abstract Technique Workshop

 Dates: Saturday, October 1, 2016

7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Location: Paintlounge, 118 Main Street Markham North, L3P 1Y1 map

Are you mind-blown when you look at abstract paintings? We’re here to clear things up and show you how to create your own abstract masterpiece with a few simple techniques.

At our Go #Abstract workshop, you can choose from three techniques.

Paint one or do them all! Each painting will take approximately 2 hours to complete.

Come solo, with your girls, or bring your date!

Price: $20+

Register at

The Stiver Mill Farmers' Market

Every Sunday

from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

at 9 Station Lane  (map)

This unique farmers’ market is held in a park-like setting beside the Stiver Mill every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until October 9, 2016

The Stiver Mill Farmers’ Market was originally started to bring awareness to the plight of the Stiver Mill. The City of Markham and the Federal Government came together after five years to support the restoration of the Stiver Mill. The newly renovated Stiver Mill, now called the Stiver Mill Cultural Centre, officially opened in June 2014. As Mayor Frank Scarpitti says “it is a showpiece”.

Along with fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, honey, meat and crafts, there's live entertainment weekly.

Meet your friends and enjoy breakfast or lunch at the Market Grill.

The newly renovated Stiver Mill includes a beautiful boardwalk running from Main Street Unionville, beside the Train Station and around the Stiver Mill. Enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk to the Farmers’ Market.

For more information, visit

Judi McIntyre, Business Manager
Stiver Mill Farmers’ Market

Main Street Markham Farmers' Market

 Every Saturday from May 7 – Oct 8, 2016

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: 132 Robinson Street map
(Main Street Markham North, 2 lights north of Highway 7)

Freshness straight from the farm! A great place to shop and live entertainment!

An Old Fashioned Tradition

The Farmers’ Market of Markham Village captures the good old fashioned traditions of the past. The “turn of the century” look of our market is enhanced by a charming venue, complete with old fashioned signs and canopies.

Specializing in Farm Fresh Products

Featuring many organically grown fruits and vegetables, as well as baked goods, preserves, flowers and much much more! The market’s merchants guarantee quality products and competitive pricing.

The Main Street Markham Farmers’ Market is a proud member of Farmers’ Markets of Ontario’s Greenbelt. We have a variety of vendors including:

Forsythe Farms
Fresh organic fruits, vegetables

Whittamore’s Farms
Their berries are picked that morning!! can’t get any fresher!!

Reesor Farms
Fresh picked Corn!!

Its the Cats Meow Cafe
Fresh brewed coffee, pea meal bacon on a bun and more!

Happy Tummy
Fresh baked studels, pies and tarts

Staite’s Honey
Farmed fresh honey, butter tarts, great soaps and lotions made with honey too!

Abbott Farms
Organic Meat

Olive that!
Artisan Olive oils and vinegars

Crown Valley Bakery
try their apple cake! amazing scones! fresh baked bread and more!

Markham Guild of Village Crafts
Homemade pottery, jewelry and crafts – a different crafter every week!

Event Organizer: MVBIA - Christine Matthews
Telephone: 905-472-2462
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BDO’s 2nd Annual Drive Away Hunger 5km Walk-A-Thon

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Location: Markham Civic Centre
101 Town Centre Blvd. map


BDO and sponsors are raising food and funds for the Markham Food Bank

After an extremely successful first year, we are thrilled to announce BDO’s 2nd Annual Drive Away Hunger 5km Walk-A-Thon in support of the Markham Food Bank!

BDO, along with their sponsors, will be walking around the Markham Civic Centre grounds with the community at large, to raise food and funds for the Markham Food Bank. All ages are welcome and of course spectators are free! To participate in the walk for just $25, register at This Event will be a fun filled family day, with music, food, surprises and giveaways!

“The idea is to connect the people of Markham, with local businesses all in support of our community food bank.” says Allan Rudolph, Office Managing Partner of Markham BDO Canada.

Feel free to bring your smart phones on the Walk. Tag your photos and posts #BDOJoinTheCause

Registration starts at 10:00 a.m. on October 1st and the walk will commence at 11:00 a.m. This Walk-A-Thon will take place rain or shine.

If you are unable to attend in person, but would like to make a general donation to the Walk for the Markham Food Bank, all donations are welcome and can be made through the same link.

All proceeds will directly benefit the Markham Food Bank.

Jeff Nye: Recovery Rooms Exhibition

September 24, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Location: Varley Art Gallery, 216 Main Street Unionville map 

Jeff Nye's paintings are physical explorations of loss and memory; his work reflecting upon the ways in which time and emotion distorts our relationships to the built environment. Each work featured in Recovery Rooms depicts abstracted elements of both domestic and institutional spaces, settings of particular significance to the artist, including homes, workspaces and hospital rooms. Architectural details, such as walls, windows and floorboards seemingly appear and disappear from these canvases, caught somewhere between the remembered past and the physical present.

This project is part of right here|right now. Launched in 2014, this initiative aims to foster the work of contemporary artists in York Region by providing them with exhibition opportunities and ongoing professional development.

Rock, Water, Tree: Works by the Group of Seven in the Jack MacQuarrie Collection
Drawing on the Jack MacQuarrie Collection, and supplemented by works from the Varley Art Gallery’s permanent holdings, this exhibition explores the recurring compositional building blocks of rock, water, tree, among others. Combined in numerous ways to produce the iconic images of the Group of Seven, they offer a surprising range of mood and meaning.

Innovative Spirit: The prints and drawings of Pudlot Pudlat
A showcase of works on paper by Inuit artist Pudlot Pudlat (1916-1992) exploring his rich and varied engagement with mark making. As an important figure in the development of drawing in Cape Dorset, Pudlat combined both traditional and modern imagery to depict the changing world around him.

50 Shades: A Monochrome Technique Workshop

Sunday, October 2, 2016, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Location: Paintlounge, 118 Main Street Markham North map

Create an edgy painting with limited colours on your palette!

In this workshop, we’ll show you how to design and paint your own monochromatic painting. By lightening or darkening a colour, you’ll create starkly contrasted art pieces that can emphasize a unique mood or perspective.

Price: starts at $25 + HST for a 12x12” session


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  More Upcoming Markham Events

Chinese Collective Arts Association Gala Show

Chinese Collective Arts Association Gala Show

Saturday, October 15, 2016

6:30 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Showtime

Location: Flato Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Boulevard map

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

Friday, October 21, 2016 at  8 p.m.

Location: FLATO Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Boulevard  map

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Cineplex Odeon Markham & VIP

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Deepwater Horizon
L.O.R.D: Legend Of Ravaging Dynasties
I Belong To You
The Magnificent Seven
Bridget Jones's Baby
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Operation Mekong
Girl On The Train