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Weekend Roundup: What to do?

By Hannah Manning on September 29, 2016



Fall is here, but it’s not time to hibernate just yet! This weekend marks the beginning of October and with it, lots of events taking place across the city.

Starting Wednesday, One Young World Summit delegates will descend upon Ottawa to meet, discuss and shape the future. An impressive array of speakers will be attending various events around the city as well so keep an eye out as you head into the weekend!


As part of the One Young World Summit, the Northern Lights Sound and Light show is back at Parliament Hill. Watch the show for one final time this year at 9:30pm.

Nature Nocturne is back for season 5 at the Museum of Nature! Friday night is your chance to see amazing gems, play with a volcano simulator and enjoy some Rock n’ Roll. Tickets are available online and sell out fast!

Chinatown Remixed kicked off last weekend and is in full swing with events taking place through to the end of October. Check out the shops and alleyways of Somerset Street West and enjoy this one of a kind art festival in Chinatown.

Excited for Halloween? Get some ideas for your jack-o-lanterns at Pumpkinferno which kicks off Friday night at Upper Canada Village.


A hidden gem just minutes from downtown Ottawa, Gatineau Park undergoes a dramatic transformation in the fall as the leaves change colour. Experience the magic of the Fall Rhapsody with special events, animal demonstrations, a nature talk, and more. Insider tip: on your way out of the park, be sure to stop in at the Chelsea Pub for a bite to eat and a drink!

What’s a Gee-Gee? Find out at the Panda Game Saturday afternoon at TD Place as Carleton and University of Ottawa go head to head in their annual football match up.

The first of many dance parties at the Hintonburg Public House with DJ Sweet Cheeks from Kitchen Party takes place this Saturday at 10pm. Can’t make it? That’s ok – starting in November, the second Saturday of each month will see this event return.


The Ottawa Community Record Show is on this Sunday at Anthony’s Hall. Admission is only $4 and you can hunt for hidden gems to your heart’s content!

Back for another year is the Ottawa Zombie Walk, benefiting the Ottawa Food Bank. Meet at City Hall at 4pm and get ready to roam the streets.

To finish off your weekend, check out one of two recurring events: Sabbath Sundays at Babylon or Quinn’s Open Mic night at Quinn’s Ale House.

For more of what’s happening around town, take a look at our event calendar. Don’t forget to tag your photos with our #apt613wknd hashtag for a chance to be featured on our Instagram feed!