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
Thanksgiving on the Farm: October 6-8
To celebrate the harvest, head to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum to learn how simple and easy it is to prepare heart-healthy soup made with corn, squash and beans—known as the Three Sisters.
Ottawa Butterfly Show: Until October 7
A free show featuring 1,300 butterflies that arrive in five separate shipments, representing 41 different species worldwide.
Mosaïculture Gatineau 2018: Until October 15
Welcome this exceptional horticultural event for a second year and see 45 larger-than-life plant sculptures during a stunning 1km loop.
Fall Rhapsody: Until October 21
Experience the magical fall colours of Gatineau Park.
Halloween at the Farm: October 27-28
It’s a Barnyard Halloween! Make some ghoulish treats including caramel popcorn, meet the Museum’s Mad Scientist and discover interesting facts about bats.
Best for Feasting Foodies
Feast of Fields: October 3
Featuring fabulous food with organic ingredients by local certified organic producers and farmers.
Canada’s Great Kitchen Party: October 11
Ten of the Ottawa region’s best chefs compete with their best culinary creations and raise money for Olympic athletes at the same time.
Frewtober – Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival: October 13
Come out and enjoy craft beers and food trucks from all over the Ottawa Valley.
Whisky Ottawa Festival: October 20
Whisky Ottawa is back and bringing more whisky, rye, scotch and bourbon all under one roof! Come on out for a fantastic night of whisky, fine food and master classes!
Best for Sports Seekers:
Ottawa Fury: Until October 13
Catch a home game of this professional soccer team in their second season in the United Soccer League.
Ottawa REDBLACKS: Until November 2
Enjoy a home game of this Canadian Football League team.
Best for Music Maestros:
NAC Gala: October 3
Experience living legend, Diana Ross performing live with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the 22nd annual NAC Gala.
Tom Wilson “Beautiful Scars” and Lynn Miles “We’ll Look for Stars” with the NAC Orchestra: October 4
Two of English Canada’s most enduring songwriters take the stage for a monumental double bill. Three-time Juno Award winning song Tom Wilson teams up with the NAC Orchestra for a multi-disciplinary show.
Other Great Shows and Events:
Ottawa International Burlesque Festival: October 12-13
A celebration of art, creativity, sensuality and diversity within the performing arts, aiming to highlight the acceptance of creative expression by people of all bodies and identities.
Art of the Plant: Until October 14
This juried show presents Canada’s best contemporary botanical art through about 50 paintings and drawings.
Ottawa Fall National Women’s Show: October 20-21
Looking for the ultimate girl’s day out? Fashion, food and fun all under one roof.
Ottawa Wedding Show: October 27-28
A one-stop shop for any bride and groom for their big day.