Take a peek at this list of events and activities taking pace in and around Ottawa this month, September 2023. Click on the event title for more information.


NF: Hope Tour | September 2nd, 2023
Canadian Tire Centre | 1000 Palladium Drive

Today, Michigan rapper and producer NF announces his HOPE Tour. The massive 47 stop show runs across the U.S., Canada, Europe and the U.K. in support of his forthcoming studio album, HOPE, releasing April 7.


The Smashing Pumpkins: The World is a Vampire Tour | September 3rd, 2023
Canadian Tire Centre | 1000 Palladium Drive

The tour will feature special guests Interpol and Rival Sons as support on various dates. The World Is a Vampire Tour has already sold-out 30,000-plus capacity shows in Mexico City this year, as well in cities across Australia this spring.


The Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill | July 7th – September 4th , 2023 (Thursday to Monday)

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.


Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival | August 31st- September 4th, 2023
Parc de la Baie Gatineau

Each year at the end of August, 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).


Yoga in the Vines | September 7th, 2023
Jabulani Vineyard and Winery | 8005 Jock Trail Road

A Night of Relaxation and Connection. Start your evening with a welcome drink, followed by a gentle yoga session and sound healing for all levels; with 3 additional tastings of red, rose and white wines. End the evening watching the sunset at Jabulani Vineyard. (Non-Alcoholic Options Available).


BeYOUtiful Women’s Expo | September 9th, 2023
Shenkman Arts Centre | 245 Centrum Boulevard

Looking for something to do for a girls day out? The BeYOUtiful Women’s EXPO is all about loving yourself for who you are. Finding people with products and services that are geared toward you. There will be motivational and informative speaking sessions, and a wide variety of vendors. You’ll be guaranteed to have a great day either by yourself, or with your friends!


Riverside Festival | September 8th- 10th, 2023
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 8th – 10th, 2023
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!


Afrofestival Ottawa | September 8th – 9th, 2023
Mooney’s Bay Beach | 2926 Riverside Drive,

A free festival giving African-Canadian artists a chance to showcase their talents in music, comedy, fashion design, spoken word, drumming, dance, and photography.


Latin Sparks Festival | September 9th, 2023
LeBreton Flats Ottawa

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 Festival | September 13th- 17th, 2023
Lansdowne Park Ottawa | 1015 Bank Street

This four-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.


Richmond Fair | September 14th – 17th, 2023
6121 Perth Street | Richmond, Ontario

Enjoy the 178th Richmond Fair from September 14-17, 2023! There will be a midway, Dairy Show, outdoor entertainment, Heavy Horse show and so much more


Orléans Ribfest & Poutine | September 15th- 17th, 2023
Orléans Client Service Centre | 255 Centrum Boulevard

Feast on some of Ottawa’s best ribs at Orleans Ribfest & Poutine! Mark your calendars for September 15-17, 2023 and prepare to get saucy.


Aero Gatineau-Ottawa: Above and Beyond | September 15th -17th, 2023
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.


The Chicks World Tour 2023 | September 15th, 2023
Canadian Tire Centre | 1000 Palladium Drive

Fresh off the heels of their massively successful U.S. tour last summer, these 13-time Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum selling global superstars announce their return to the global stage!


Monster Trucks All Out | September 16th, 2023
Rideau Carleton Casino: 4837 Albion Road

They’re back! The Monster Trucks All Out Tour is on a collision course for Rideau Carleton Casino, September 16, 2023—you gotta be here! Experience all the high-flying, ground-pounding action as iconic Canadian Monster Trucks battle it out in nonstop competition.


Canada Army Run | September 17th, 2023
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 and Army equipment displays make for a weekend you won’t soon forget!


Morgan Wallen: One Night at a Time Tour | September 21st, 2023
Canadian Tire Centre | 1000 Palladium Drive

Morgan Wallen admittedly treats his tours like an athlete approaching a new season, so when the East Tennessean wrapped his wildly successful 55-city Dangerous Tour on Oct. 8, no one expected he’d come with a line-up of more shows this soon.


Jim Jefferies: Give ‘Em What They Want Tour | September 23rd, 2023
Arena at TD Place | 1015 Bank Street

This Sydney native is one of the most popular and respected comedians of his generation, entertaining audiences across the globe with his provocative, belief-challenging and thought-provoking comedy. Jim was honored as Stand-Up Comedian of the Year at the Just for Laughs Festival in summer 2019. At the end of 2019 he started his Oblivious tour in 2020 where he toured all around Europe and North America. Jim’s ninth stand-up special Intolerant came out on Netflix last year and he currently hosts his own podcast: I Don’t Know About That with Jim Jefferies.


Carp Fair | September 24th-27th, 2023
Carp Fair Grounds | 3790 Carp Road

Come celebrate agriculture in Ottawa’s countryside, with shows, exhibits, entertainment and good old-fashioned fun!


Capital Wedding Show | September 24th, 2023
Ottawa Conference and Event Centre | 200 Coventry Road

Your dream wedding starts here! Capital Wedding Show gathers the best of the Ottawa/Gatineau Wedding Industry under one roof for the ultimate wedding planning weekend. The best way to get your planning started is to meet potential wedding professionals face-to-face. Share your vision for your big day and let our exhibitors make your dreams come true. Come see for yourself! We’ve got everything you need to get your planning started or completed in one room; featured displays, entertainment, samples, tastings, contests, prizes, demonstrations and more!


Wiggle Waggle Walk & Run | September 24th, 2023
Lansdowne Park

Grab your furry friend and join this race! This large fundraising event supports a safe haven for sick, injured and homeless animals in Ottawa.


Remember Me: A National Day of Remembrance | September 30th, 2023
Parliament Hill

Stand with the Canada-wide Indigenous community through this first National Day of Remembrance created to inform, reconcile, and unite all Canadians.


Ottawa REDBLACKS | May 26th – September 30th , 2023
TD Place

Join the roaring crowds at TD Place Stadium at Lansdowne as Ottawa’s Canadian Football League (CFL) team battles for a chance at the Grey Cup.
The city’s first football team launched in 1876 and, thanks to the Ottawa REDBLACKS, the sport is as popular as ever in Canada’s capital. Loyal fans regularly cheer for their favourite players on sunny summer days, on crisp fall afternoons and even through the occasional snow flurry (the team plays from June through November). When getting tickets, pick your side of the stands wisely (fans are staunchly north- or south-siders). Wherever you sit, visit the concessions for sustenance, and make friends with the REDBLACKS’ giant but lovable lumberjack mascot, Big Joe, who pays homage to the region’s storied logging heritage.


Metcalfe Fair | September 28th – October 1st, 2023
Metcalfe Fairgrounds | 2821 8th Line Road

Enjoy this major agricultural fall fair that began 11 years before Canada’s Confederation.


Ottawa Fall Home Show | September 28th – October 1st, 2023
EY Centre | 4899 Uplands Drive

Discover the latest in home decor, design, landscaping, and more.


NCC Weekend Bikedays | Saturdays, Sundays & Holiday Mondays until October 8th

Both westbound lanes of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, from Vimy Place to Carling Avenue
Every weekend from May to October, the NCC opens parkways in Ottawa exclusively for active use, morning and afternoon. Whether you’re biking, walking, running or skating, this program is for you!
These car-free roads are a great way to experience the beauty of Canada’s Capital Region in a fun, safe and environmentally friendly way.
Outdoor enthusiasts will be able to enjoy close to 20 kilometres of scenic parkways in the heart of Ottawa, that are open exclusively for active use. Whether you’re biking, walking, running or skating, this program is for you!


Pirate Life Ottawa | May 20th – October 8, 2023
588 Hog’s Back Road

A Pirate’s Life provides interactive ‘pirate life’ theatrical experience with a boat cruise in a look-a-like pirate ship.
Join the scurvy crew and live the Pirate Life: Adventure, Theatre and Cruise. An interactive adventure, become a buccaneer with costumes, face paint and a pirate alias!


Ottawa Bi-Plane Adventures | May 15th – November 15th , 2023
Rockcliffe Flying Club: 1495 Sir George-Étienne Cartier Pkwy

Enjoy the views of Parliament and downtown Ottawa from above! Travel along the picturesque Ottawa River, Strap on your aviator’s cap and goggles and get a bird’s eye view of Parliament Hill and downtown Ottawa, or travel back in time as you soar serenely aloft the Gatineau River, viewing historic Gatineau Park, the Chelsea River dams, and the original river-logging route that helped found the City of Ottawa.


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