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

Fall is at its peak so are the many events and fall activities that Ottawa has for you! Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the outdoors and participate in fall themed events!

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


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1. Poutinefest on Sparks Street

Ten food trucks and 6 restaurants will delight customers with their tasty creations of poutine. Live music during the 4 days of the event from Oct 13 to 16. Thursday to Saturday from 11am to 10pm, and Sunday until 7pm. FREE. Check out: sparkslive.com.

2. Byward Oktoberfest

Dance, music, food, and crafted beers from Ottawa’s breweries. Tickets from 13.13 dollars. Oct 14 and 15 at York Street. Check out: bywardoktoberfest.com

3. Canadian Museum of Nature Open House.

Less than 1% of all the museum’s collection is exhibited at the museum in Ottawa. Watch the other 99% housed in an area that is the equivalent to 5 hockey rinks! Oct 15 from 10am to 4pm at 1740 Pink Road, Gatineau (Aylmer sector), Quebec. Reserve your free ticket in advance. Details here: nature.ca

Picture: nature.ca

4. Fresh Meat Festival

Independent Theater Festival. Shows will run from Oct 13 to Oct 22 at Arts Court Studio. Tickets cost 25 dollars but Thursday 13 and 20 is “pay what you can.” Address: 2 Daly Ave. Floor 2. Check out: freshmeatfest.com

5. 613 Flea

Shop from 140 vendors at Lansdowne Aberdeen Pavilion on Oct 15 from 10am to 4pm. FREE admission.

6. Latin American Festival at UOttawa

Feel Latin American culture, and enjoy its food, music, dance and products. Where: At the university square, 136 University Private. Oct 16 from 11am to 3pm. FREE.

7. Indigenous Arts Marketplace

Over 70 first nations vendors will showcase their art, handmade products, and performances such as throat singing. Where: At Saint Laurent Shopping Centre. 1200 St Laurent Boulevard. Oct 15-16 from 10am. FREE. Details: stlaurentshoppingcentre.com

8. One World Bazaar

An old barn has been converted into an international marketplace with goods from all over the globe. It runs every weekend until November 11th. Where: 6110 Mitch Owens Rd. Manotick. Oct 13-16. FREE. Check out: oneworldbazaar.ca

9. The Sawmill 2 Haunted experience.

An underground haunted experience. October 7 to 31. At Lansdowne park. Tickets from 28 dollars. Not recommended for children under 12.

10. Ottawa Redblacks vs Montreal Alouettes.

Football game at TD Place on Oct 14. Join the Oktoberfest party at 7pm.

11. A Musical Harvest

A scholarship fundraising gala concert in support of music education in Ottawa. Oct 15 at 7:30pm. Tickets from 16.93 dollars. At Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Avenue.

12. The 2022 Fall Colours trail run/hike

Come for some outdoor fun at Gatineau Park and celebrate fall with an easy paced 21K run/hike. All ages, all paces. Where: At P17 Rte Principale E, Les Collines-de-l’Outaouais Regional County Municipality, Quebec. Oct 16 at 9am. FREE. Details: eventbrite.com

13. Ottawa 67’s vs Guelph Storm

Game of the Canadian Hockey League. Oct 16 at 2pm. Tickets from 25 dollars. Where: TD Place Arena.

14. Rendez-vous Ikebana

Enjoy beautiful Japanese flower arrangements at the Japanese Embassy on Oct 15 (10:30am-4pm) and 16 (10:30am-3pm). Where: 255 Sussex Drive. FREE.

More fall activities

Apple picking

During this time of the year one very popular activity is going apple picking at the orchards near or around Ottawa. This is something very cool that I experienced for the first time when I moved to Ottawa.

The idea is to go with your family or friends to an orchard and pick the apples right from the trees. Then you pay for the total weight of apples you picked. It’s so fun! These orchards usually have other attractions like corn mazes, wagon rides, and petting farms.

Some of the most well known apple orchards are:

  • Log Cabin Orchard: 6121 Cabin Rd. Osgoode, ON.
  • Mountain Orchards: 10175 Clark Rd. Kemptville, ON
  • Cannamore Orchard: 1480 County Road 32, Embrun, ON.

Pumpkin patches and Halloween attractions

Going to pick up pumpkins is also one of those fall activities you shouldn’t miss. Moreover, there is usually some kind of Halloween-related entertainment.

You can visit:

Saunders Farm featuring its Pumpkin Days and FrightFest with lots of haunted attractions. Address: 7893 Bleeks Road, Ottawa. From 48 dollars (FrightFest) and 27 dollars (Pumpkin days).

Upper Canada Village “Pumpkinferno”. An amazing outdoor show of thousands of glowing pumpkins. Address: 13740 County Rd 2 Morrisburg ON. $20.

Haunted walks

One traditional activity during fall and close to Halloween is to go on haunted walks. There are some of these tours in Ottawa and in the nearby towns.

The Haunted Walk: the most popular one in the capital. They have various haunted tours in the city and beyond. Adult ticket from 24.99 CAD. Check out @hauntedwalk on Instagram.

Stittsville Haunted Heritage Tours: Fridays and Saturdays two tours per day until November 5th. From 22.04 CAD. https://www.facebook.com/HauntedToursOttawa

Pontiac Haunted Tour: Every Tuesday night from 6pm to 10pm. Pick up point in Ottawa and Gatineau. Includes pye, cider and unlimited snacks. 85 CAD. Check out @aventure_outaouais on Instagram.


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