[Photos c/o: Khadra Mohamed]
Concession Fallfest is an annual celebration of the Autumn Equinox that took place on Saturday, October 5th all across Concession Street. Running from 10am to 4pm, with free music performances and free horse and cabin rides, it was a perfect day out for those of all ages. It is hosted by the Concession Street Business Improvement Area (BIA.)
"I personally love the fall. The cooler temperatures are inviting to put on a warm hoodie and enjoy the outdoors," says Cristina Geissler, Executive Director of the Concession Street BIA.
According to Geissler, the event is also important because it brings Hamiltonians to the BIA.
“We give them a reason to come and enjoy a fun-filled day,” she added.
The event proved to be very popular with families. A friendly Darth Vader was milling around, happy to take photos with the many children walking by. The Tutor Doctor also had a stall inviting questions from interested parents, while the Candi Werx store had appetising sweets that children (and me) were encouraged to sample and purchase . Personally, I made the decision to buy a Smarties-covered apple, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Walking around the event and seeing all the children having fun made me feel like I was witnessing memories in the making! A truly wholesome atmosphere.
The cooler temperatures are inviting to put on a warm hoodie and enjoy the outdoors.
The event wasn't just for families, though. People of all ages enjoyed the live performances of bands like Mike Maas. Their set was surrounded by a dancing and swaying crowd. As stalls were packing up, groups of people walked between sets to catch as much live music as possible before the event ended. Festivalgoers couldn’t get enough the activities!
What stood out to me throughout the event was how friendly everyone was. People made an effort to say hello to me unprompted and answered any questions I had about where things were located. Having grown up in a big city and never having seen a horse and cabin, let alone had the opportunity to ride one, meant this event was quite extraordinary for me.
Walking around the event and seeing all the children having fun made me feel like I was witnessing memories in the making! A truly wholesome atmosphere.
According to Geissler, the event was “intended to welcome the community to come out and rediscover the wonderful businesses and services we offer in our BIA”.
If that was the goal, then they were certainly successful in my opinion. There were so many fantastic stores that I discovered, like La Luna on the Mountain and Angel’s Art Gallery. I’ll definitely be returning to Concession Street soon, especially with another event coming up this fall.
“Last year, we did our Fallfest at the end of October but the colder weather made it challenging for live music acts and vendors. This year, we decided to split this event – Fallfest on the first Saturday in October and our Halloween Costume parade on the last Saturday of October,” said Geissler.
The Halloween Costume Parade and Pumpkin Contest is on Saturday 26th October, so consider keeping this date free! You might just run into me there (looking for more candy).
Khadra Mohamed is a Third Year History and Politics exchange student from London. She’s currently enrolled at the University of Warwick and is an executive member of the McMaster Muslims For Peace and Justice. When she isn’t rewatching shows on Netflix, she’s listening to political podcasts and reading romantic comedies.