Check out these fun activities from OttawaTourism.ca!
Metcalfe Night Market, September 7, 5pm – 8pm
Metcalfe Fairgrounds, 2821 8th Line Road, Metcalfe, Ontario
Shop and support local with live music and vendors of fresh local mushrooms, treats for dogs (dogs are welcome), wines, spirits, craft beer, fresh produce, jams, preserves, oils, syrups, honey, eggs, beef, pork, tea, coffee, flour, grains, flowers, apples, vinegars, baking, fresh sourdough bread, prepared food, and more!
Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival , September 1-5
Parc de la Baie Gatineau
Each year at the beginning of September, this massive event launches balloons of all shapes, sizes and colours over the Ottawa-Gatineau region, and offers concerts, fireworks, amusement rides and more.
Watch giant balloons lift off from the festival grounds or take a ride in one and drift over the Ottawa-Gatineau region. After dark, some of the balloons are lit up during night flights!
The festival also hosts live entertainment for kids and adults, including popular and emerging musical acts from Quebec, Canada and beyond. Other family-friendly fun on site includes a carnival amusement park, fireworks, buskers and more.
The Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival (Festival des montgolfièresde Gatineau, or FMG) is held in the large Parc de la Baie in Gatineau, Quebec (less than a 15-minute drive from downtown Ottawa).
The Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill – Northern Lights, July 7- September 5
Wellington Street, Parliament Hill
Note: In 2022, the show is presented Thursday through Monday evenings, and includes a special segment to mark the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Five nights a week in the summer months, you can enjoy a free, 30-minute multimedia show presented against the backdrop of the iconic Parliament Buildings in Canada’s capital.
The Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill – Northern Lights, takes you on an unforgettable audiovisual journey through Canada’s history. Colourful visuals are projected on the Centre Block’s Peace Tower, accompanied by an original score and stirring narration in English and French. The show presents inspiring Canadian stories that showcase the foundations of our nation, innovation, exploration, valour, and the pride and vision of a people.
This annual tradition is presented on evenings from Thursdays through Mondays (weather dependent); show start times vary by month due to sunset times.
Latin Sparks Festival, September 10
Don’t just watch as Ottawa turns into a night in Havana – be there! Join the thousands at Latin Sparks Festival for a night entrenched in Latin Culture. Start the night with Latin dance workshops to get your groove on, then cool down with drinks from the bar and a bite to eat from the authentic Latin Food trucks. Enjoy as our featured artists bring the night to life with music, performances and more. Something to see on every corner from rhythmic drummers to Salsa dancers and live animation. Start the summer right- at Latin Sparks.
CityFolk, September 8-10
1015 Bank Street Lansdowne Park Ottawa
This five-day September celebration of music, dance and community at Lansdowne Park and throughout the Glebe area features an eclectic mix of musical performances on multiple stages.
Every year, Ottawa’s CityFolk festival offers more than 30 shows on indoor and outdoor stages. These range far beyond folk to encompass rock, alternative, bluegrass, hip hop, country and other musical genres—past acts have included everyone from Van Morrison and David Byrne to Lorde, Vampire Weekend, Robert Plant and Bon Iver.
On site, you can also discover new brews at the craft beer fair, shop for unique local products made by artisan and craft vendors, and even bring the kids for special children’s activities and family performances.
Festivities continue with the festival’s Marvest (“musical harvest”) program, which stages dozens of free shows by local musicians at locations across the lively Glebe neighbourhood.
New Edinburgh Street Fest, September 10
New Edinburgh neighbourhood
A fundraising heritage fair to celebrate the neighbourhood’s history and bring people together to have some fun! Funds raised go to the Inuuqatigiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families in Vanier.
The Chef’s Table, August 18-Sept 11 (Friday to Sunday)
1 Elgin Street
A farm-to-table feast with menus curated by Canadian chefs; dining on a spacious patio; with live musical entertainment performed from a floating stage on the Rideau
Riverside Festival, September 9-11th
Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Québec
This three-day electronic music festival is back and bigger than ever with its largest stage and epic lineup. Do not miss your chance to get tickets as there is limited space available.
Ottawa ComicCon, September 9-11th
EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive
A celebration of pop culture and entertainment featuring celebrities, personalities, fans and exhibitors from the worlds of comic books, sci-fi, fantasy, movies, TV, toys, anime, gaming and more. Panels, photo ops, collectables, masquerade and shopping!
Canada Army Run, September 18th
Ottawa City Hall
Canada Army Run is unlike any other run in the country. From the cannon used as a starter’s pistol to the “dog-tag” medals all participants receive when they cross the finish line, Canada Army Run is military in flavour from beginning to end. Military bands, Army equipment displays, and a pasta dinner served military field-kitchen style make for a weekend you won’t soon forget!
Aero Gatineau-Ottawa: Above and Beyond, September 16-18
Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport, 1717 Arthur-Fecteau Street, Gatineau, Québec
A program that includes impressive aerobatic demonstrations, military aircraft rich in history, and the presentation of new aerospace technologies.
Orleans RibFest, September 16-18th
255 Centrum Blvd, Orleans ON
Rib-Olympics – Cutters and Rack & Rub Competition. Five Big Sticky Ribbers from Canada and the US. Featuring Brickyard BBQ, Razerback BBQ, Route 55, Gonzalez BBQ, & the famous Jack the Ribber. Slow Cooked Ribs, BBQ Chicken, Brisket, & Pulled Pork. 750 Craft Beer Garden with Broadhead, Cartwright Springs and the Official Beer of Ribfest… Trophy “Pig Wash.”
Feature Foodies including Beavertails, Great Canadian Poutinerie, Mr. Sundae, and Golden Onion (Bloomin’). A NEW Spirits, Wine and Cooler Bar featuring Black Fly Beverages and North of 7 Spirits. Live Music all weekend long on The Big Sticky Stage. Kids Fun Zone including Face Painting, Games, and Bouncy Castles. FREE Parking. FREE Contests and Promotions.
4th Orleans Oktoberfest, September 24th
Orleans Brewing Co, 4380 Innes Road
No better way to welcome Fall than Oktoberfest with breweries! Join us for some great local beer, german inspired food + live entertainment
2022 – Harvest Market – The Cumberland Farmer’s Market, September 24th 10am-3pm
2940 Old Montreal Road, The Cumberland Heritage Museum
Annual farmer’s market filled with crafters, makers, artists, farmers, and food. More than 100 vendors are set-up at the picturesque Cumberland Heritage Village Museum as part of the national Culture Days event. Free admission and free parking.
2022 Ottawa Fall Home Show, September 22-25
The Ottawa Fall Home Show is a vibrant marketplace where you can shop for home-related products and services, experience stunning displays to help inspire your next home project, connect with industry experts, and enjoy informative presentations from renowned local and international home professionals.
Whether you’re joining us at the EY Centre with a specific project in mind or just looking for some inspiration, our local home professionals have you covered. With 200 booths to explore and several unique feature displays to enjoy, this is a valuable event for all Ottawa homeowners.
Mac My Cheese Fest, September 30 – October 2
110 Laurier Avenue West
3 DAYS OF OOEY GOOEY AWESOMENESS featuring Gourmet, Tradish and Exotic Mac and Cheese!
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