During Scarecrows in the City Oct. 9-18th, the streets, shops, and other public spaces of downtown Charlottetown will be DECKED with hundreds (yes, hundreds) of scarecrow installations, fall decor, costumed stilt walkers, and seriously festive vibes. Meanwhile, the city’s restaurants and shops will offer a little something for everyone—from specialty harvest dinners and wine tastings to live music and intuitive card readings. We want you to make the most out of this 10-day event so we’ve outlined all the many ways you can have an incredible time at the first-ever Scarecrows in the City Festival.
Are you a Wizard of Oz fan? Or maybe the Charlie Brown gang is more up your alley? Cat in the Hat, perhaps? Whatever it is, be sure to explore the downtown core of Charlottetown, stopping to take photos with many of the amazing scarecrow hanging out in the downtown core.
The self-guided scarecrow walking map takes you around the city to checking out the larger scarecrow installations like the Cat band on Victoria Row, the Wizard of Oz crew outside Confederation Centre, or the Farm Animals having a bonfire in front of Founders’ Food Hall & Market.
Many of our local shops are offering special discounts throughout the festival. Pure Spa, for example, is having a Spooktacular Manicure Offer where you can get 20% off your manicures on Oct. 15th & 16th!
Lesley Quinn of Stellar Somm will be offering her expertise on 3 – 2oz pours of Sommelier curated wines at Claddagh Oyster House on October 13th, John Brown’s on October 14th, Slaymaker & Nichols on October 15th, and Terra Rosa on October 17th. With this event, you will get free access to the sommelier and the flight of wine with just the purchase of a meal. Reservations are recommended but walk-ins also welcome at all restaurants!
Whether it’s a 4-course harvest meal at Receiver Coffee Co. (October 17th), a 3-course feast at Sims Corner Steakhouse (daily), or Fall Harvest Nights at Red Shores, there are a number of ways you can get a tasty, chef-curated meal on just about any given night.
During this Culinary Spooktacular Cooking Class, you’ll sip on some witch’s brew, aka Activated Charcoal Lemonade, and enjoy an interactive cooking class with Chef Ilona Daniel. This interactive cooking class takes place on Sunday, October 11th at 1pm and combines the talents of this world-class chef with the distinct and delicious flavours of PEI. This ticketed event is not one you’re going to want to miss!
Whether it’s the outdoor Downtown Farmers Market (lower Queen St.) on both Sundays (Oct. 11th & 18th) or the all-new Pop-Up Artisan Market at Founders’ Food Hall & Market, both are the perfect place to shop for local goodies and embrace the sights and sounds of PEI’s maker community.
Curious what yoga in the dark would be like? You won’t want to miss Midnight Crow Flow. Or just looking to heat things up in an afternoon flow class? Charlottetown Yoga Space has got you covered a few different scarecrow-themed classes throughout the festival. Modo Yoga is also offering discounts on their 2pm Harvest Moon Yoga classes on October 14, 15 and 16 so be sure to check them out!
Get in touch with your inner child, have your tarot cards read, or try out an Oracle card reading at the following events:
Come and explore the darker side of one of Charlottetown’s most elegant Victorian Homes! Learn about the Victorians’ supernatural side and all the bizarre rituals from the era. Tours run every half hour. Parental guidance is recommended.
This family-friendly, 45 minute adventure invites you to hear of the Island’s mystical creatures, the mysteries that surround them and the mischief they have been known to cause! The tour will start from Founder’s Hall, meander along the waterfront, through Confederation Landing Park and end at the foot of Historic Great George Street.