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.

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Best for Family Fun
NOKIA Sunday Bikedays: Until September 2
Enjoy summer Sundays cycling along car-free roads.

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival: August 30-September 3
Balloon lift-offs, spectacular shows, an amusement park and more at Casino Lac-Leamy.

Northern Lights: Sound and Light Show: Until September 3
Discover the stories of Canada as told through a light spectacle against the backdrop of the Parliament buildings.

Russell Agriculture Fair: September 6-9
Agricultural heritage display accompanied by fantastic entertainment.

Ottawa Butterfly Show: September 29 and 7
A free show featuring 1300 butterflies.

Best Cultural Celebrations:
13th Annual Ottawa Serbian Festival: September 1-3
Enjoy food, live music, Balkan style dance and kid friendly activities at this free event.

Latin American Parade – Fair & Festival: September 2
Celebrate the Latin American culture and enjoy cuisine, music and hospitality.

Best for Sports Seekers:
Expos Day: September 3
A fun day with former Expos.

Head of the Rideau Regatta: September 23
Rowers enjoy a scenic 5.2km race along the Rideau River

Best for Music Maestros:
Ottawa Porchfest: September 8
Enjoy the company of musicians, poets and actors as they take to the streets.

Riverside Festival: September 8-9
Enjoy some electronica with a beautiful view of Ottawa

CityFolk: September 12-16
This music, dance, storytelling and crafts festival highlights Canada’s rich traditions.

FOCUS: Beethoven Festival: September 13-22
An expansive exploration of classical music.

Art & Museums
Picturing Arctic Modernity – North Baffin Drawings from 1964: Until September 3
A travelling exhibition featuring 50 extraordinary drawings created by Inuit men and women from Nunavut regions.

Brain: The Inside Story: Until September 3
Discover the workings of your own brain and learn how it uses molecular, chemical and electrical signals.

Beyond Planet Earth – The Future of Space Exploration: Until September 3
Enjoy a glimpse into humanity’s next steps into our solar system and beyond.

The Art of the Brick: Until September 3
Enjoy the world’s largest display of LEGO art.

Impressionist Treasures: The Ordrupgaard Collection: September 9
Enjoy works by some of the best French and Danish impressionist paintings.

The RCGS Summer Exhibits Series: Until September 15
Enjoy contemporary artwork by Chris Cran.

Masters of Venetian Portraiture: Until September 16
Discover how portraiture was used by celebrated Venetian artists to elevate their status.

Àdisòkàmagan: Until September 16
Historical art with contemporary practices.

Roger Ballen: There is No Outside: Until September 23
South African artist Roger ballen’s exhibition.

Best for Feasting Foodies
Beau’s Oktoberfest: September 21-22
Bavarian-inspired food, beer, live music and more.

Craft Spirits & Beer: September 28-29
The finest collection of Craft Spirits and Beers for sampling pleasure.

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