Check out this list of events and activities to do in and around Ottawa in October 2023. Click on the event title for more information!


Bushels of Fun Down on the Farm | September 2 – October 29, 2023
The Log Farm | 670 Cedarview Road

Navigate through the corn maze, jump on a wagon ride and feed some friendly animals during your reserved time slot at the 150-year-old Log farm.


Pumpkin Season and FrightFest | September 23 – October 31, 2023
Saunders Farm | 7893 Bleeks Road

The Haunting Season at Saunders Farm promises daytime and nighttime fun for all ages, plus access to fresh food and drink on the farm’s patio!! During the day, Pumpkin Season features kid-friendly fun such as a zipline, hayrides, mazes, puppet shows, play structures, jumbo pillows and The Coven (a spooky outdoor trail).
The farm’s FrightFest offers nighttime fun for older kids and adults who want to get spooked. Enjoy street theatre and haunted attractions such as the Cemetery, The Haunted Hayride, The Coven and The Shambles. (FrightFest is not recommended for children under 12).
Advanced tickets for specific time periods are required.


Pumpkin Fest | September 27 – October 29, 2023
Proulx Maple & Berry Farm | 1865 O’Toole Road

Pack a lunch and bring the whole family down to the Annual Pumpkin Festival featuring a petting zoo, corn maze, wagon rides, pick-your-own pumpkin, and loads of fun on multiple outdoor playgrounds!


Pumpkinferno | September 29 – October 29, 2023
Upper Canada Village | 13740 County Road 2

Take a nighttime stroll through a spellbinding outdoor exhibit of more than 7,000 handcrafted pumpkins lit up along a kilometre-long path with a picturesque historic backdrop.


Pumpkins After Dark | September 29 – October 29, 2023
Wesley Clover Parks | 401 Corkstown Road

Explore the magical pathway of lit pumpkin sculptures and displays, with music, sounds and special effects. With classic Halloween characters, dinosaurs and dragons, movie and pop culture icons, this family-friendly event has something for everyone. Make Pumpkins After Dark your new annual tradition!


Acres of Terror | September 29 – October 30, 2023
Cannamore Orchard | 1480 County Road 32

A terrifying Halloween attraction with four main parts: The Spooky Wagon Ride, House of Terror, Fog Maze and Spooky Village. Healthy and safety protocols are in place to ensure a safe visit. Saturday and Sunday during the day are dedicated to families, younger children and those easily scared.


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

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


CIBC Run for the Cure | October 1, 2023
National Research Council | 1200 Montreal Road

A 5k or 1k walk or run to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, which invests these dollars into groundbreaking breast cancer research, compassionate support services, trusted cancer information and advocacy on behalf of all Canadians. The largest single-day, volunteer-led event in Canada in support of breast cancer causes.


Panda Game | October 1, 2023
TD Place at Lansdowne | 1015 Bank Street

The battle of Ottawa’s universities is back! Book your seats to watch the University of Ottawa’s Gee-Gees vs the Carleton Ravens in this iconic football game you won’t want to miss.


Rocket Adventures | October 1, 2023
Canadian Aviation and Space Museum | 11 Aviation Parkway

Climb onto an imaginary rocket ship and launch into space! In space, put on your jetpack and embark on a spacewalk to conduct ship repairs. Enjoy a brief visit to the Moon before returning to Earth. Tickets on sale in person at the museum only.


Fall Colours Chairlift Rides | October 7- 9, 2023 & October 14-15, 2023
Calabogie Peaks | 30 Barrett Chute Road

Get the best bird-eyes view of the changing leaves this fall when you take the Lakeview Chairlift to the top of Dickson Mountain in Calabogie, ON.About one hour from downtown, it’s the perfect day trip to add to your fall adventures. Choose to hike the mountain or buy a chairlift pass and ride to the top where you can take pictures, eat your snacks and relax before heading back down. Experience fall with your friends and family like never before with this unique and fun activity. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on weekends (including Thanksgiving Day)


Watson’s Mill Harvest Festival | October 8, 2023
Watson’s Mill | 5525 Dickinson Street

Come to Watson’s Mill for their annual Harvest Festival! There are a bunch of activities and crafts. It’s sure to be fun for the whole family.


Poutinefest on Sparks Street | October 12 – 16, 2023
Sparks Street

Get ready to eat, sleep, and breathe poutine for four days straight! This event showcasing Canada’s favourite indulgence offers traditional and exotic poutine! Live music, street performers, patios, and more, from Elgin Street to Bank Street!


The Sawmill at Lansdowne | October 13- 31, 2023
Landsdowne Park

This haunted attraction produced by Saunders Farm combines both indoor and open-air elements while touring the wreckage from the demolition of TD Place’s south side stands. Not recommended for children under 12.


Ottawa Parent and Child Expo | October 14 – 15, 2023
Nepean Sportsplex | 1701 Woodroffe Avenue

Join over 5,000 Ottawa parents and families to play, learn and explore! There will be 100 leading local parenting exhibitors, covering toddlers to the teenage years!


Ottawa Pet Expo | October 14 – 15, 2023
EY Centre | 4899 Uplands Drive

Whether its a new gold-plated collar or a new pet bed, it will be here! Exhibitors have been holding back product launches to share first at this event: watch for new strollers, treats, toys, pet clothing, and novelty pet-related goods making their Canadian debut!


Ottawa Reptile & Plant Expo | October 14 – 15, 2023
EY Centre | 4899 Uplands Drive

The Reptile Expo returns to the Ottawa area, and this year, they’re bringing a friend — The Plant Expo! Join in on the fun at the EY Centre October 14-15, 2023!


Watson’s Mill Haunt Nights | October 19 – 21, 2023
Watson’s Mill | 5525 Dickinson Street

Come join Watson’s Mill for a truly haunting experience. The historic grist mill is turned into a terrifying three-floor haunted house that will leave you scared of noises in the night.


Ottawa National Women’s Show | October 20 – 21, 2023
EY Centre | 4899 Uplands Drive

Looking for the ultimate girl’s day out? Fashion, food and fun all under one roof.


Hammond Oktoberfest | October 21, 2023
Hammond Golf and Country Club | 600 Du Golf Road

Come enjoy delicious German-inspired food, craft beer on tap, games, competitions, and live music all day! Pre-register your spot in malt sack races; beer races; stein holding; keg toss; yodeling contest.


Ottawa Fire Truck Pull | October 21, 2023
Lansdowne Park

Teams of 10 demonstrate that they have the fortitude to pull a 10+ tonne fire truck 100 feet. Watch the teams compete and cheer them on!


Tyler Hubbard | October 23, 2023
Bronson Centre | 211 Bronson Avenue


Nature Nocturne | October 27, 2023
Canadian Museum of Nature | 240 McLeod Street

Dance until midnight while DJs fill the castle with awesome sound! Meet artists throughout the galleries. Discover four floors of world-class museum exhibitions. Thought-provoking, interactive, immersive, social—an exciting and different kind of museum experience!


Halloween Spooktacular | October 28, 2023
Watson’s Mill | 5525 Dickinson Street

Visit Watson’s Mills dressed in your costume for crafts, treats and a scavenger hunt! Navigate your way through a spooktacular maze and be entered for the best-dressed prize.


Ottawa Wedding Show | October 28 – 29th, 2023
EY Centre | 4899 Uplands Drive

Plan the wedding of your dreams with this event that allows you to connect with vendors, photographers, planners, and more! Gather new inspiration for your décor, hairstyle, or ideal wedding cake through samples and presentations. Come ready to learn, meet new friendly faces, and have a blast while you plan your perfect day!



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