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Looking for a reason to visit Ottawa-Gatineau? Here’s a look ahead of the best events and festivals happening around the city. Want to stay close to the action? Book ahead by clicking here.

Best for Family Fun
Butterflies in Flight: Until April 22
Escape to Ottawa’s only tropical retreat where butterflies fly free around you. Immerse yourself in their beauty and motion. This event is time-ticketed.

Ottawa Storytellers Children’s Festival: November 3
Free storytelling for children 4-12 and their parents featuring the very best storytellers from the Ottawa area and across Canada.

Magic of Lights: November 16-January 5
A dazzling 2-kilometere drive-through holiday lights show. Experience from the comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path.

Casselman Christmas Festival: November 29-December 2
Casselman comes alive with plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy, from the Santa Run to the Christmas Market.


Best for Feasting Foodies
Ottawa Wine and Food Festival: November 2-4
A unique opportunity for festival goers to sample and discuss the market’s newest and best in wine, craft beer, spirits and food from around the globe!

Outstanding in their Fields: November 8
This 7th annual Taste & Buy event is the perfect opportunity to discover 100+ outstanding wines and craft ciders from across Ontario.

Tea & Chocolate Festival: November 17-18
Promotes knowledge and appreciation of quality tea and chocolate.


Best for Savvy Shoppers
Christmas in the Valley Artisan Show: November 3-4
Experience old-fashioned friendly Christmas shopping in a relaxed and festive atmosphere with over 25 selected vendors with plenty of gift ideas.

Ottawa Vintage Clothing Sale: November 4
Canada’s largest sale of vintage clothing and accessories.

Signatures Show: November 15-18
Visit over 180 of Canada’s best artists, artisans and designers with innovative displays, contemporary designs and the excitement of downtown crowds.

Glebe Craft and Artisan Fair: November 16-18
Amazing juried show featuring over 50 local vendors. A great start to the holiday gift season. Free admission.

613flea: November 17
Artisans and makers come together with antiques dealers and independent boutiques to create an amazing market that is fun, fabulous and free!

Metcalfe Christmas Market: November 17
Great gift ideas for the whole family with vendors of baked goods and hand-made gifts.

2018 Gift of Art Show & Sale: November 17-18
Thirty juried artists exhibit their latest work in a variety of styles and media. Admission and parking is free.

Christmas Craft Market: November 17- December 2
An annual event where hand-made crafts and food vendors fill Watson’s Mill with holiday cheer.


Best for Sports Seekers:
Ottawa REDBLACKS: Until November 2
Enjoy a home game of this Canadian Football League team.

Ottawa ‘67s: Until March 17
Whether you are local to Ottawa or simply visiting Canada’s capital, the ’67s offer affordable and family friendly hockey entertainment during 34 regular season home games.

Ottawa Senators: Until April 6
The Ottawa Senators take to the ice for 40 regular season home games at Canadian Tire Centre during their 27th hockey season.


Best for Music Maestros:
Music at the Museum: We Will Remember: November 4
Music is in the air at the museum. Be sure to catch these engaging afternoon concerts.


Other Great Shows and Events:
The World Remembers: Until November 11
A unique opportunity for remembrance, reconciliation and education. To mark the WWI Centenary, the 850,000 names of those killed in 1918 and subsequent years will be projected in light.

Ottawa Adventures Film Festival: November 17-18
An exciting line-up of movies tailored to the Ottawa-Gatineau audience, supporting local talent, community, and adventure.

Nutcracker: November 28-December 2
The Alberta Ballet pulls out all the stops with brilliant costumes, extravagant sets and charming, original choreography.

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