14 events you won’t want to miss this weekend in Ottawa

Summer has ended and with it the massive number of events and festivals that we had during the warmest months. It was fun, right? But fall brings a truly exciting natural event; the most colourful landscapes you’ve ever imagined, along with other seasonal activities like apple and pumpkin picking, and haunted walks, as Halloween approaches. Stay tuned!


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Let’s have a look at what we have this weekend!

1. Fall Rhapsody

A free shuttle will start operating from Oct 1st to 23th to take people to Gatineau Park to admire the spectacular beauty of the fall season! I highly recommend taking the shuttle due to the heavy traffic during the weekends that can cause road closures and awful congestion.

Check out the schedule and details here: https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/events/fall-rhapsody

2. Tagwàgi (Autumn) Festival

This festival will honor the memory of the indigenous children, survivors and families impacted by residential schools. There will be a powwow, live cultural performances, storytelling, workshops, and much more. The powwow starts at noon and finishes at 5pm both days. Oct 1-2.

Admission is pay what you can. Where: Màdahòkì Farm. Address: 4420 West Hunt Club Road. To attend register at: https://indigenous-experiences.ca/tagwagi-fall-festival/

3. Metcalfe Fair

This fair in rural Ottawa south is celebrating its 166th edition with lots of activities such as concerts, indigenous performances, horse shows, cattle shows, exhibition of antiques tractors, step dancing competitions, children’s pet shows, free rides, a midway, and much more! PAID. Children 5 and under enter for free. Sept 29 to Oct 2.

Check out: metcalfefair.com

4. Bouge Bouge Ottawa

Bouge means “Move” in French, and the University of Ottawa community will gather to walk or run a 2.5 km, 5 km or 10 km course on Oct 2 from 8am to 2pm. At University Square, 136 University Private. Details here: bougebouge.com

5.  Ottawa Pet Expo

Cat show, trainers talks, grooming demonstrations and more. Children 6 and under have free admission. Oct 1-2 from 10am. At EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive.

6. Canadian Museum of History Free admission

On September 30, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which honors the lost children and survivors of residential schools, there will be free admission to the museum from 9am to 5pm. Check out: historymuseum.ca

7. Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens

This NHL game will take place on Oct 1 at 7pm, at Canadian Tire Centre.

8. Elgin Street Market

Shop local fresh produce, canned products and artisanal goods. Every Sunday until Oct 9. FREE. Address: SunBoushey Square, 211-A Waverley St.

9. 2022 Panda Game

The Panda Game is the annual battle between the University of Ottawa and Carleton University football teams. Where: TD Place. Saturday Oct 1 at 12.00pm.

10. Carrot Fest

Carrot picking, live music, yoga, food, u-pick pumpkins, and a mobile bookstore. Oct 1 at 2811 Ramsayville Road. From 10am to 3pm. Check out: ottawafarmfresh.com

11. Capital Pop Up Cinema

Join them on Oct 1st at the Beechwood Cemetery for a spine-tingling soirée. There will be a retelling of the best Ottawa ghost stories, and a screening of Frankenstein (1931). At 6:30pm behind the mausoleum. Check out: @capitalpopupcinema

12. Rhythms of Brazil

It’s time for fall in Bossa mode. Special live music to feel autumn and delicious food. At Working Title Kitchen, 330 Laurier Ave E. Thursday Set 29 at 7:30pm. FREE. Make your reservation by phone: 613 230-3050.

13. The Midday Market at the Chinatown Bazaar

Vintage clothing, crafts, and accessories. Saturday Oct 1 from 11am to 6pm. At 687 Somerset St W.

14. Freedom Rally for Iran

Saturday Oct 1, at 2pm. From National Gallery of Canada to Alexandra Bridge.

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