Until Sept 2

McLarena Experience

McLarena is an interactive installation located in the ByWard Market, in Canada’s Capital Region. Find out about this collective filmmaking exercise and see how a shipping container doubles as a film studio. Or is it a dance studio?

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Until Sept 3

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

Image may contain: one or more peopleCome to Canada’s largest balloon festival where hot air balloons fill the Gatineau sky and a number of exciting shows take place.

The program will include more than 300 shows, flights and multicoloured and special shape hot air balloons lit up for night flights, an amusement park, an impressive fireworks display, a classic car exhibit, buskers, a craft market, a big top with 1001 hidden treasures, etc.


Beyond Planet Earth – The Future of Space Exploration

Beyond Planet EarthThis exhibition offers a glimpse into humanity’s next steps into our solar system and beyond. Learn what’s within our reach and what might come up on the horizon in the years to come. Visit the moon, asteroids, Mars, and more through immersive environments, models, and interactives.



Sept 1-3

13th annual Ottawa Serbian Festival

Experience Serbia—food specialties, live music, Balkan-style dance party, and kid-friendly activities. Free admission!



Sept 2

Latin American Parade – Fair & Festival

Learn about the Latin American community and culture, cuisine, music, joy, and hospitality.


Sept 3

Suit Up!

Be a hero — or at least look and feel like one. Dress up as a knight from the Renaissance, try on Wonder Woman’s arm braces and test out Captain America’s shield, as you visit our amazing Armour exhibition.


Sept 6-9

Russell Agricultural Fair

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Agricultural heritage on display, accompanied by fantastic entertainment.


Sept 7-8


TaDa! Arts Alive! Festival

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The TaDa! Performance Arts Festival is just one of Theatre Wakefield’s eclectic and exhilarating arts events held every year. TaDa! is literally a breath of fresh air on the festival circuit! Following Wakefield’s popular Saturday morning market, there’ll be a community tie-dying workshop, square dancing for the whole family and a show for kids.


Sept 8

Ottawa Porchfest

Image may contain: 1 person, sitting and outdoorOttawa Porchfest is a FREE community based arts festival that allows local artists to entertain and express on volunteered porches and businesses around the neighborhood. Multiple acts go on simultaneously on porches and in shops throughout the local community.


Sept 9

Baby is Coming. Now What?

Whether you are trying to start your family, or you’ve recently found out you are expecting a little one–this event is for you!

Tickets are $40.00 use the PROMO CODE KALLABABY to save $5

6 hour event at the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre Listen and mingle with amazing speakers. leave with a new-parent survival kit, filled with valuable resources and some awesome swag. Meet other parents and say hello to us too <3





Wiggle Waggle Walk & Run

Image may contain: 1 person, standing, text and outdoorWhether you have 2 legs or 4, this event has something for everyone. There are races with 5K and 10K distances, a 3K walk, a 2K Furry Fun Run and a Kids Fun Run 1K. And be sure to enjoy a lot more on the Great Lawn at Lansdowne Park, including a Family Fun Zone, a Pet Pavilion, Food Trucks and finally a K9 Fun Zone.



Sept 12

Richmond Fair presents the RCMP Musical Ride

A time-honoured traditional performance by the world-famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride, hosted at the 174th Richmond Fair.

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Sept 14-15


The focus of Marvest is to present Ottawa with a feast of locally produced music. Saturday afternoon shows in Bank Street venues will be family friendly. Marvest is all about bringing people together in appreciation of local music.


Sept 15

Tastes of Wellington West

The restaurants and shops of Wellington Street West offer free samples, sales and raffles for their customers! Discover the neighbourhood. Try TASTE Plate samples from restaurants and food shops across Hintonburg and Wellington Village starting at 1 p.m. There’s also an all-day sidewalk sale, performers, G.T. Express KID Zone, a family movie night at Parkdale Park with Pixar’s Ratatouille, a fall “Prix Fixe” menu promotion and more!



Sept 15-16

1860s Fall Fair

Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, people standing and outdoorParticipate in the excitement of a traditional 1860s Fall Fair. Walk through the fairgrounds and join in the many games and old-fashioned entertainment.



Sept 16

Terry Fox Run

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Raise funds for the Terry Fox Foundation as you walk, run, ride, or roller blade. A great family event for all ages.



Sept 20-23

Carp Fair

Image may contain: one or more people and textEnjoy a fun filled day in the country at the “Best Little Fair in Canada”, the Carp Fair.   With great music, great shows, and a huge midway… you’ll find something for the entire family!  Feel the exhilaration of all the midway twists turns and tumbles!  Enjoy live music, world-class horse shows, President’s Choice SuperDogs, and our very own Rodeo! Your kids will beam with excitement at the Family Circle tent with magic shows, and puppets or experience agricultural learning in the Ag Tent, petting zoo and more!  It’s a full weekend of family fun! For a great fall day in the country – where all your senses will be activated – see, hear, smell – come visit Carp Fair 2018 and go home exhausted.


Sept 21-23

Living Statues on Sparks Street

Watch as world renowned “living statue” artists mime and captivate visitors while their feet never leave the ground! You can get festive too with Balloon Artists, Face Painters, live music, and more.


Sept 22-23

Tree fest Ottawa

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Come celebrate trees with a host of activities, guided tours and workshops in the areas of art, nature, music, craft and play. FREE!



Sept 22-Oct 31

Saunders Farm Haunting Season

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 23

Savour Fall

Join Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston for a harvest celebration at Rideau Hall. Taste culinary delights prepared by the Rideau Hall kitchen brigade and leading chefs from across the region, with the assistance of local culinary students. Participate in fun children’s activities: face painting and crafts. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy live musical performances.


Sept 27-30

Metcalfe Fair

Major agricultural fall fair that began 11 years before Confederation.


2014 Metcalfe Fair | Make it YOUR Fair!

Sept 28-30

Ottawa Geek Market

A celebration of Ottawa’s growing geeky community, featuring shopping, activities, and costumes! Kids 12 and under get in for free!



Sept 28-Oct 28


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Award-winning Pumpkinferno is returning this fall, where you will discover a selection of all-new pumpkin-carved displays set among other fan-favourites!! This mesmerizing installation of artist-inspired, glowing pumpkins is a not-to-be-missed event for ALL ages!



Sept 29-30

Maker Faire Ottawa

An all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors.

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Sept 29-Oct 2

Ottawa Butterfly Show

Don’t you love free activities for your family? The Carleton Butterfly Show is an annual event that runs daily from Saturday, September 29, 2018, to Sunday, October 7, 2018, in the greenhouses of Carleton University’s Biology Department.

Some butterflies love to land on colourful clothing or you could just put your hand underneath and they will climb on. So bring your kids or your camera or both and enjoy this exhibit!

The 9-day show features 1,300 exotic butterflies, representing 41 different species worldwide.

More than 1,000 area students and 10,000 visitors dropped by the steamy greenhouses at the west side of Carleton’s campus for last year’s Butterfly show.

Sept 29-Oct 21

Fall Rhapsody

Come and enjoy the spectacular fall colours on display throughout Gatineau Park. In addition to the popular spots in the Park’s southern sector, many other unique and fascinating places offer magnificent views — as well as being great spots to have a picnic in nature, take a walk in the woods or enjoy a bike ride. And, you’ll encounter far fewer people there during the week.

Sept 30

Ottawa Animation Film Festival

Activities for families at the Ottawa Animation Film Festival run both Saturday and Sunday, September 29th & 30th. This event will include an amazing day of screenings, deliberations, workshops, and North America’s most prestigious animation award ceremony.






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