The Ottawa Region is known for its spectacular nature and outdoor charm, as well as the magic of Canada’s capital. The museums, artistic events, restaurants, nightlife, and classic fall staples make the arrival of Fall more exciting as Ottawa locals and visitors look for ways to experience the beauty of the season. Here are 25 fun things to do this fall season in the Ottawa region.
1. See Exotic Butterflies
Every year the Carleton University Biology Department hosts its annual Butterfly Show. During the 9 days leading into the Thanksgiving weekend, over 1300 live exotic butterflies are released into the Nesbitt Biology building greenhouses. Visit these beautiful creatures and learn more about them. Details
2. Go apple picking at the Mountain Orchards
Go apple picking at the stunning Mountain Orchards, and choose from several varieties such as the Cortland Apple, McIntosh, Ambrosia, Golden Delicious and more, and complement your visit with a wagon ride, a walk through the corn maze, or a stroll on a forest trail. Details
3. Attend the Ottawa International Animation Festival
View some of the world’s most unique, cutting-edge, and quirky animation pieces at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, a place where big name and independent animation companies like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network come together. Details
4. Enjoy Fall Fair
Experience a fun day in the country with great music and world-class horse shows. Details
5. Pick up something unique from Etsy Made in Canada
6. Enjoy the Cranberry at Upper Canada Cranberries
Pick some juicy, nutritious cranberries at the only commercial cranberry grower in Eastern Ontario – Upper Canada Cranberries. This vitamin C-loaded fruit is used to make amazing frozen sliced cranberries, jams, and sauces, available on the farm. The farm is open most days during harvest time from mid-September to mid-November. Details
7. Ottawa International Vegan Film Festival
The Ottawa Vegan Film Festival is a trailblazing event dedicated to celebrating the vegan ideal: a healthier, compassionate, environmentally friendly lifestyle that can be achieved through the consumption of plants and animal-free alternatives. Details
8. Pumpkin Fest
Bring a picnic and come join for a ghostly gathering in a country setting at Proulx Maple & Berry Farm, just a few minutes from Orleans and 30 minutes east of downtown Ottawa. Details
9. Fuel up on Mac and Cheese at Mac My Cheese Fest
Head to the cheesiest festival in the Ottawa region – the Mac My Cheese Fest – 3 days of live entertainment, and gourmet, traditional, exotic mac and cheese dishes! Details
10. Kick off the Halloween season with Pumpkinferno
Discover mesmerizing carved-pumpkin displays on a tour through an outdoor art exhibit of 7000 handcrafted pumpkins along a 19th century backdrop. Details
11. Shop for produce at the ByWard Market
Take a visit to one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets, a small square with quaint museums, specialty food stores, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and galleries for a one-of-a-kind experience.
12. Zipline through Camp Fortune
Head to Camp Fortune and challenge your strength and endurance on the aerial courses and zip lines. Details
13. Rock out at Beau’s Oktoberfest
In addition all the great beer, Vancouver’s indie rock supergroup The New Pornographers will be headlining the mainstage on Friday September 20, and Juno-award-winning rapper and songwriter Shad will be headlining Saturday September 21. Supporting acts include Jenn Grant, Neon Dreams, Birds of Bellwoods, Caravane, John Jacob Magistery, and What If Elephants. Details
14. Fall Rhapsody
View the stunning change of fall colors through Gatineau Park at the Fall Rhapsody. Pack for a picnic, take a walk through the woods, or enjoy a breezy bike ride along the beautiful landscape. Details
15. Celebrate Halloween season at Saunders’ Farm
A family tradition for a million guests, join the regulars at Saunders’ Farm and enjoy food, fun, and amazing memories whilst celebrating haunting season in the day and fright fest at night. Details
16. Go on an Ottawa Haunted Walk
Celebrating 20 years of haunted storytelling adventures in Ottawa, as well as Toronto and Kingston, the Haunted Walk tours guests around some of the most haunted spots around the city. Details
17. Indulge at the Ottawa Wine & Food Festival
Taste the world on the tip of your tongue at this 34-year strong Wine and Food Festival! Details
18. Attend Writers Festival
Celebrate ideas and literature at the Writers Festival, where countless events dedicated to literacy and writing occur, such as writing workshops for the hopeless, bringing authors into area schools, and fostering a love for reading and learning. Details
19. Relax at the Nordik Spa-Nature
Take some time for self-care at the Nordik Spa-Nature – a place “where everything can wait”, and relaxation is your primary purpose. Details
20. Fly over Gatineau Park with Ottawa Biplane Adventures
Take a seat in an open cockpit Biplane and fly across Ottawa to see the sights from a bird’s-eye view! Details
21. Celebrate the bounty of fall with Feast of Fields
The Feast of Fields features outstanding organic foods, wine, and beer, and an opportunity to meet some of the region’s most talented chefs.
22. Listen to live music at the Merrickville Jazz Fest
With emerging, mid-career, and senior Jazz musicians performing at this weekend long event, you’re bound to enjoy some of the greatest live music performances at this charming Merrickville event.
23. Demonstrate your love for food at the Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival
Renfrew Craft Brewers and Food Trucks are ready for a delicious festival, and remain open for the dance in the park until the end of the festival to get you ready to put those dancing shoes on.
24. Celebrate the Day of the Dead
Participate in the Day of the Dead parade by dressing up in your catrin/catrina costume, and painting a colorful skull on your face, and enjoy traditional Mexican dishes and the vibrancy of Lansdowne Park.
25. Cozy up at the Tea and Chocolate Festival
November calls for bundling up and enjoying tea and warm cocoa, all of which can be done at the Tea and Chocolate Festival, where you can sample chocolates, taste unique teas, and shop for lovely products from several exhibitors. Details
26. Have a Fun Night during Ottawa Salsa Convention
Participate in the annual Ottawa Salsa Convention. The event will feature nationally and internationally renowned Latin-dance stars who will perform the latest and most exciting salsa, bachata, kizomba, cha cha cha, rumba, paso doble, jive, hip hop and flamenco moves in the beautiful theatre of the Canadian Museum of History. Details
27. Sample Whiskey!
Enjoy international flavour comparisons or eye-opening introductions to a range of great whiskies. Join brand ambassadors, master distillers, leading experts and take part in the Masterclasses open to all. Details