Entering the middle of October, fall is reaching its peak, and Ottawa has a lot going on! From cultural festivals to fall markets, hockey games, and food and beer events, there is a lot to choose from! Check out this post and share it with your family and friends!
1. Tagwagi Autumn Festival
Learn about Indigenous traditions during this beautiful change of season. Live cultural performances, culinary tastings, interactive workshops ($15), indigenous market and the chance to meet the rare Ojibwe Spirit Ponies FREE.
When: Oct 13-15 from 10:30am.
Where: Madahoki Farm, 4420 West Hunt Club Road, Nepean.
2. Poutinefest on Sparks St
Indulge this weekend with the biggest collection of poutine vendors in the city all along Sparks Street for four delicious days. FREE.
When: Oct 12-15 from 11am to 10pm. (Sunday, 11am-7pm)
Where: Sparks St.
3. Fall Rhapsody: 3rd weekend
Enjoy the amazing fall colours throughout the national capital region: Ottawa, Gatineau Park, and the Greenbelt trails. Take the NCC free shuttle to visit the most popular Gatineau Park spots such as Pink Lake, Mackenzie King Estate, Champlain Lookout and others. Hop on, hop off as you wish every weekend between 9am and 4pm. FREE.
When: Sept 30-Oct 22.
Where: Ottawa and Gatineau Park.
4. Ottawa Senators Home Opener Games
The NHL regular season is here. Cheer on the Senators in the home opener against Philadelphia Flyers, and the next day vs the Tampa Bay Lightning.
When: Saturday Oct 14 at 1pm (vs Philadelphia Flyers): Sunday Oct 15 at 7pm (vs Tampa Bay Lightning)
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Drive.
5. One World Bazaar
Shop from artisans from around the world. From exquisite jewelry to beautiful woven textiles, these unique creations showcase the creativity and skill of amazing artisans. FREE.
When: Sept 28-30 and subsequent weekends until Nov 19.
Where: 6110 Mitch Owens Road, Manotick.
6. Byward Oktoberfest
Celebrate the spirit of Oktoberfest with friends and family at the heart of Ottawa. Traditional German food available (Bavarian pretzels and brats), live entertainment each night (Polka band plays 6:30pm onwards for 3hs). With your ticket you receive a complimentary hieferviesen beer. Tickets: $13.54
When: Oct 13-14 from 6pm.
Where: Lowertown Brewery, 73 York St.
7. 613 Flea
Shop from over 140 vendors and makers of jewelry, clothing, candles, soap, woodwork and more. FREE.
When: Saturday Oct 14 from 10am to 4pm.
Where: Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank St.
8. Parliament Immersive Experience
Explore the main Parliament Building, also called the Centre Block, in this innovative experience that includes an exhibition and a 360° multimedia show. FREE. Oct – Dec, 8:30am – 4:30pm. 211 Sparks Street.
9. Bear Grease
Get ready for a jaw-dropping, toe-tapping spectacle! Bear Grease takes the 1978 musical, Grease, on an Indigenous joyride, with fashion that slays, humour that tickles your funny bone, and music that makes you groove! PAID. Oct 11-14. Babs Asper Theatre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Canada.
Buy your tickets here: https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/33712
10. Harvest Market
Join us for a fun, fall-themed gathering in the week of Thanksgiving to extend our gratitude to our community at Social Harvest. There will be apple cider + snacks, networking, pumpkin carving, and vermicomposting. FREE. Oct 12, 3-5pm. 815 St.Laurent Blvd.
11. JON Festival
Jon Festival Fall 2023 Tour, featuring Lecrae, KB, Hulvey, Dunamis District and Chandler Moore from Maverick City. This passionate group of Grammy award-winning artists bring their world class talent and message of hope, love and new life. PAID. Oct 15, 2pm – 7pm. Ottawa Stadium.
12. Wickedly Westboro
Simple, Spooky, and Safe! Celebrate Halloween in Westboro Village with an easy scavenger hunt for friends and family! FREE. Oct 13 – 31. Westboro Village, Ottawa.
13. The Little Evergreen Family Fall Market
Calling all parents, caregivers and little adventurers! Save the date and join a day filled with shopping, activities and family moments. This event is all about celebrating parenthood, connecting with local businesses and creating cherished memories together. FREE. Oct 14, 10am – 3pm. Bell Sensplex, 1565 Maple Grove Road, Ottawa, Ontario.
14. 5th Annual Fall Festival at Kiwan Farm
It’s time for our annual fall festival! Live music, 25+ local vendors, pumpkin patch photo booth, and more. FREE. Oct 15, 10am – 3pm. 3485 Hawthorne Road, Ottawa, ON.
15. Sogetsu Ikebana “Words of Autumn”, exhibition
The Sogetsu Ikebana Ottawa Branch in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan will be presenting their annual exhibition. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate autumn at “Words of Autumn: What the Flowers Say”. FREE. Oct 14, 10am – 4pm, Oct 15, 10am – 3pm. Embassy of Japan, 255 Sussex Drive.
16. Ottawa Parent & Child Expo
The Ottawa Parent & Child Expo is the capital’s largest & longest running parent & child expo, and one of the best values for family fun, learning, and family entertainment in Ottawa. The expo offers play, learning, interactive fun zones, and more! PAID. Oct 14, 10am – Oct 15, 4pm. Ottawa Parent & Child Expo at the Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue (Enter via Entrance 4) Ottawa.
17. Aroha Fest
ArohaFest Navaratri Edition is the only fully bilingual festival showcasing the arts and culture of India in Canada while highlighting the rich tradition of Navaratri, a celebration of feminine power and energy. FREE. Oct 9-13. Peter A. Herrndorf Place, 1 Elgin Street Ottawa.
18. The Sawmill
You’ll walk (or run screaming) through a haunted colony, dodging ghoulish scarers and frighteningly realistic special effects! From $24.99. Oct 13 – 31. At Lansdowne, 1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa.
19. Ottawa Fall Family Market
Calling all parents, caregivers, and little adventurers! Save the date and join us for a day filled with local shopping, fall-themed photo opportunities, exciting prizes, and fun activities! FREE. Oct 14, 10am -3pm. Bell Sensplex, 1565 Maple Grove Rd, Stittsville.
20. Logging Algonquin
Join us for the Ottawa Premiere of Logging Algonquin, a documentary that delves into the critical issue of logging in Algonquin Park. FREE. Get your free ticket at Eventbrite. Thursday Oct 12 from 7pm to 9pm. At ByTowne Cinema, 325 Rideau St.
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