Until Jan 7

Hot Wheels Race to Win at the Museum of History

Speed, power, performance . . . buckle up and race with the most famous toy vehicles on the planet — Hot Wheels®! Be part of a dynamic race team working together to build and test the world’s fastest (and safest) speed machines, using Hot Wheels die-cast cars to experiment and play.

Until Oct 9

Hockey (Exhibit)

Explore Canada’s historic love of the sport of hockey, and its impact on Canadian identity with one-of-a-kind artifacts (including Jacques Plante’s famous hockey mask!), personal memorabilia, and more!

Sept 23-Oct 1

Merrickville Artists’ Guild Studio Tour   A free, self-guided tour with a choice of over 20 artists’ studios.


Sept 23 – Oct 31

Haunting Season, Saunders Farm, come and experience Halloween and the harvest festival. Explore 12 mazes, original live shows, hayride adventures, parades, puppet shows, unique play structures, farm fresh foods, 15 acres of pumpkins and a gourmet Farm Shop.

 Sept 24-Oct 31

Pumpkin Fest – Proulx Farm

Our farm is transformed into a giant Halloween playground. Bring a picnic and come join us for a ghostly gathering in a country setting, just a few minutes from Orleans and 30 minutes east of downtown Ottawa.


Sept 28-Oct 1

Metcalfe Fair

 2017 will mark the 161st anniversary of this fall tradition, held annually in the Village of Metcalfe. The home of the Metcalfe Fair is 24 acres of land on the outskirts of the Village in rural south Ottawa. Enjoy activities for the whole family, Kidzland tent, rides, animals, and even a cute baby contest!

Sept 29 – Oct 1

Mac My Cheese Fest

Join Us for the 2nd Annual St. Albert #MacMyCheeseFest celebrating everything Mac and Cheese including Traditional, Gourmet, and Exotic Ooey Gooey Awesomeness at Festival Plaza, Ottawa City Hall. FREE Admission.

 Sept 29 – Oct 29


Come and stroll through a hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding outdoor exhibit of close to 7,000 hand-crafted pumpkins, set against a stirring night-time backdrop just inside the gates of historic Upper Canada Village. Marvel at rejuvenated and eclectic displays of scenes from exotic places and historic ages, meet up with forest animals and sea-born creatures, see story book heroes, mythical characters, cultural icons and more …. all carved from pumpkins!

 Sept 30 – Oct 1

Ottawa Geek Market

YOUR Capital Geek Festival! A celebration of Ottawa’s growing geeky community, featuring shopping, activities, and costumes! Kids 12 and under get in for free! Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario.

Madawaska Valley Autumn Studio Tour

Tour the studios of talented artists and artisans while you enjoy a riot of autumn colours in the breathtaking Madawaska Valley.

Sept 30-Oct 8

Annual butterfly show 

Don’t you love free activities for your family? The Ottawa Butterfly Show is an annual event that runs daily in the greenhouses of Carleton

University’s biology department. butterfly3Some butterflies love to land on colourful clothing or you could just put your hand underneath and they would climb on. So bring your kids or your camera or both and enjoy this exhibit! But hurry, it’s only on as long as the butterflies’ lifespan! The 9-day show features 1,300 butterflies that arrive in five separate shipments, representing 41 different species worldwide. Website


 Sept 30-Oct 22

Fall Rhapsody Gatineau park 

Enjoy the fall colours with three weekends of special activities. Fall Rhapsody in Gatineau Park will celebrate the magnificent display of colours with a varied program of family activities:10669987_1561959047357373_846591140903826512_n

  • Taste farm-fresh products
  • See animal demonstrations
  • Admire the works of talented local artisans
  • Have a picnic in the great outdoors
  • Learn about why leaves change colour in the fall
  • Chat with our nature interpreters


Oct 1

Ottawa Welcomes the World: Slovakia.

Oct 3

Ottawa Welcomes the World: Uganda.

 Oct 4-8

Ottawa Welcomes the World: China

 Oct 5


The Wiggles BIG SHOW! 

Ready to delight families across the continent with their incomparable brand of preschool entertainment, The Wiggles, will be celebrating their 26th birthday and supporting their brand new CD and DVD, Wiggle Town!, as well as a new season of their hit TV series airing on Hulu in the U.S. and Treehouse in Canada. For a preview of Wiggle Town!  Centrepointe Theatre October 05 at 3:30 and 6:30 pm.

Oct 5-Nov 6

Mìwàte: Illumination of the Chaudière Falls

Accompanied by a rich soundscape, the experience will evoke the culture of Indigenous people and in particular highlight the Algonquin heritage.

 Oct 7

Watson’s Mill Harvest Festival

Enjoy the best that Autumn has to offer, including horse and wagon rides and other traditional fall activities.

Oct 7-9

Perth Autumn Studio Tour

The tour showcases contemporary fine arts and crafts from local artists, including demonstrations at many of the studio stops as well as outstanding garden walks.

Oct 8

Magician Danys Hamel – Danys’ Tricks and Follies

Enjoy incredible and uplifting magic shows at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Fun for the whole family! As soon as they enter Danys’ universe, children will be mesmerized by his talking monkey Kounga, by his famous poodle savant Comma, and by his clever little parrot Bora.

Oct 12


Largest gathering of the environmental community. Learn about exciting environmental initiatives with games, local food and local brews, and bid in the silent auction.

Oct 14

Renfrew Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival

Sample craft beers from all over the Ottawa Valley and enjoy some great food truck food. Downtown Renfrew hosts a craft sale and local restaurants offer specials.

Kick IT, a dance club for kids 

Kids love to dance and Centrepointe Theatres delivers with three kick IT events this season! Once again we host our sell-out dance club that has kids movin’ and groovin’ no matter the weather. For only $5 each, tickets sell out fast! Mark your calendars for all three dates this season, when the Centrepointe Studio Theatre undergoes a major makeover. Four- to ten-year-olds can let loose on the dance floor in the coolest joint in town! Need new moves? Learn the slickest steps from our enthusiastic in-house dance crew, The Flava Factory, Ottawa’s only street dance crew.

ABC Fall Bright Lights session

ABC Ottawa is pleased to host our Bright Lights program this fall on the Saturday mornings of October 14th, 21st, 28th, and November 4th. We have another great range of courses, including Lego Robotics & Lego Engineering, Theatre classes, Temari stitch classes, Aviation courses, Exploring DNA, Earth Sciences, and more!

Oct 15

Ottawa Welcomes the World: Japan

 Oct 19

Ottawa Welcomes the World: United Arab Emirates

Oct 21

Tummy To Tot mix-and-mingle free event for parents and experts. 

Organized by Källababy and Mommy Connections – Ottawa and Area, and held at iNSiDE Out STUDiO barre in Westboro, the event aims to introduce pregnant women and new parents to many of the fantastic local maternity experts and businesses that support families in their parenting journey. Meet experts ranging from birth doulas to parenting, lactation, chropratic, fitness, and sleep consultants. As well, practical support in matters like car seat installation safety, babywearing, and many more. Win great locally made prizes!

Oct 22


Grâce à deux personnages comiques et gaffeurs, Toutou qui est perdu retrouvera peut-être son chemin. Dans un univers débordant d’imagination, les thèmes de l’amitié, de l’entraide, de l’espoir et du courage sont abordés. Du théâtre d’objets et de marionnettes à son meilleur!

Oct 25

Bytown Birthday Bash: A century of community!

Come celebrate the Bytown Museum’s centennial, 100 years of serving the community as one of Ottawa’s oldest institutions!

Oct 28

Children’s Halloween Party, Manotick

Our Children’s Halloween Party has fun and friendly Halloween games and crafts for all.

Parent Child Expo 

Parents Find a variety of their favourite Ottawa exhibitors offering important parenting information, and kids will find Dora the Explorer and Diego LIVE for a meet and greet, onstage musical performances, as well as friendly-mascots to hug, robotics, princesses, and a variety of other activities that focus on fun, learning, being healthy and active.

A Haunted Walk, Kids’ Adventure!

There’s something strange in our neighbourhood! Peculiar events are happening at the old Carleton County Jail and we need to get to the bottom of this. Ages 8-12.

Acting for Horror Workshop

Learn the techniques for acting in horror films by bringing out your ‘inner scream.’ Taught by Brett Kelly, independent movie director and ‘Ottawa’s Baron of Blood.’ Ages 9-16.

Yaki’s Halloween Spooktacular Concert

This spooky celebration of sing-alongs will have audiences cackling all afternoon, to terrifyingly-terrific tunes for kids under ten. Children are encouraged to dress up for this performance. Ghosts and goblins are welcome, but BEWARE! Yaki is not responsible for uncontrollable dancing, copious monster-mashing and ghastly amounts of fun!





Here are a few local farmers’ markets for your family to enjoy:

Manotick Farmers’ Market (until Oct 7)

Metcalfe Farmers’ Market (until Oct 14)

Carp Farmers’ Market (until Oct 28)

Ottawa Farmers’ Market (until Nov 5)



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