The annual Espanola Pumpkin and Fibre Arts Festivals, Espanola’s largest joint festival, are underway this weekend.

There will be judging for the largest pumpkins, the final farmer’s market of the year and several booths featuring fibre arts of all kinds by international artists.

There are also several interactive activities available for visitors of all ages.

Most of the events take place at the main venue, the Espanola Regional Recreation Complex.e

Complete schedules are below:

Sat Oct 20th @ Rec Complex

8:30-11:30am Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast
adults $8/Children 6 to 10 yrs $5/Children under 5 yrs eat free with the purchase of an adult breakfast
Hosted by the Espanola Hospital Auxiliary

9am-4pm Fibre Arts Makers Market
$2 entrance fee
(Rec Complex Lobby)

Fibre Arts Workshops
For info visit
(Rec Complex & Library)

Street Banner Contest
Vote for your favourite design!
Rec Complex (location TBD)

9am-2pm Eat Local Farmers Market
(Outdoors @ Rec Complex entrance)

9am-4pm Hydro Information Session
Visit Espanola Regional Hydro and find out how to reduce your electricity bill. Receive a free clothesline.
(Track & Field)

9am-6pm Carver Kings
(Track & Field)

11am-12pm Pumpkin Weigh-in
Big or small we’ll weigh them all!
Sponsored by Tim Hortons
(Track & Field)

11am-4pm Food Vendors (Track & Field)
& Keitha’s Kitchen (Complex Lobby)

11am-4pm Espanola Boogie Mountain
Visit Claudia & Tom to find out about upcoming ski, snow board, camp options & events!

11am-4pm Outdoor Beer Garden
Enjoy a craft beverage with Manitoulin Brewing Company

12:00-3:00pm Education And Crafts Opens Minds
Make wood & fibre crafts with EACOM!
Children 15 & under with parental participation

12-5pm Free Face Painting
(Track & Field)
Sponsored by KPMG

12-5pm Voyageur & Fur Trade Heritage Events for families
(Track & Field)
Sponsored by OCWA

6-8pm Beer*Beans & Brats…& somethin’ pumkin
(pulled pork also available)
Dinner $15, Performance $15, Dinner and Performance $25
Hosted by the Masons
(Rec Complex Auditorium)
8pm-12am Elijha & the Back Burners Perform
(A fun-fundraiser for Team Blake)
“A trio raised by the sound of rhythm and blues to gin soaked country, delivering a glimpse of pure Rock and Roll when excited. When we play, we burrrrrn!”  Elijah Manitowabi
Check them out at
Hosted by the Espanola Lions Club
(Rec Complex Auditorium)

7:30pm Dirty Bingo (Adult comedy)
Elks Hall,  Second Street
Doors open @ 7 Show starts @ 7:30.
Tickets $35.00
Hosted by the Papertown Paddlers

Friday, October 19th Key Note Address: Until Now – A Perspective on Creativity as Fuel for Life with Heidi Hunter 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm @ United Church of Espanola, 137 Sheppard St. Light Refreshments to Follow – Admission $5.00

Saturday, October 20th Makers’ Market, Exhibits & Workshops – Admission $2.00 9:00 am – 4:00 pm @ Espanola Recreation Complex, 175 Avery Drive
· Commemorative Exhibit honouring founding member Carol Wessel
· A Map for Me – Collective Project led by Julieanne Steedman
· Built by Hand: Kayaks as Works of Art – Jim Olding
· ‘A Day in the Park’ Community Art Project Outdoor Installation
· Knitted Knockers – knit and learn with Pam Young (main lobby)
· Support the Girls Exhibit – upstairs Makers’ hall
· 1 :00 pm in front of the rec plex meet crochet guru Chantal Lafrance
· 2:00 pm in squash court 2 meet the artist Julieanne Steedman
· 3:00 pm in squash court 1 Yoga for Makers with Arturo
Fibre Craft Recitals @ Espanola Public Library
10:00 am – 11:30 am Build a Bug Hotel Workshop $5.00
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Sunflower Wreath Demonstration $5.00
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm Boro Stitching Workshop $5.00
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm Introduction to Punch Needle (registration in advance) $45.00
Sunday, October 21st Bookmaking: Coptic Creating with Heidi Hunter 9:00 am – 3:00 pm @ the Espanola Golf Club, 309 Golf Club Rd $100.00
Sunday, October 21st Beginner Punch Needle 8X8 Trivet with Simone Vojvodin 9:00 am – 3:00 pm @ the Espanola Public Library, 245 Avery Drive (registration in advance) $92.50