It is already the last weekend in September folks—this is not a drill!! Gather the gang, find a sunny patio, plan your apple picking lineup and bust out your plaid. It’s that perfect moment in fall where the sun is still bright, the grass is still green, but the nights are perfectly cool and the sunsets are breathtaking.
We have a superduper itinerary for you this weekend, so log into the group chat and make some plans. Maybe you’re honestly just looking forward to a cozy night in with some wine, some nachos and some Netflix. No judgement here. If so, why not take a few minutes to make sure you are registered to vote in the federal election at your current address? Find out about your riding, your candidates, and where you will be voting in October in time to iron out any confusion.
One of the largest, most prestigious animation festivals in the world is back in Ottawa for its 33rd year this weekend. The Ottawa International Animation Festival runs from Wednesday to Sunday, with screenings all over downtown, and primarily at the Bytowne Theatre. Check out our preview of this awesome event and get your passes online ahead of time.
Fancy a little festive roadtrip? PumpkinFerno opens this weekend at Upper Canada Village with its amazing lit up pumpkin displays. Get in the fall/Halloween mood early Friday- Sunday from 7-10 pm. Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time to save a few dollars from the door price.
Also a short drive away, venture to the Carp Fair running from Thursday to Sunday. The midway runs all weekend, but check out the daily schedule for events like the miniature horse show, demolition derby, rodeo and live concerts. There is something for everybody, including more deep fried fair food than you can shake a stick at.
Bring Your Own Vinyl (BYOV) is back at Bar Robo in Chinatown this Thursday night. DJs will be spinning the tunes provided by you from 8-12. This is the perfect opportunity to bust out those records that you want to dance to, or share with friends. There is no cover, so come as you are and see what kind of cool jams get laid down.
Happy Goat on Elgin is the place to be on Friday evenings if you’re looking for a chill, inclusive, vibe for dancing and drinks. Goat After Dark is a weekly event, focussed on offering LGBTQ+ individuals somewhere safe and hip to let loose. You can expect cool music, cocktails, beers and ciders as well as their award winning coffee of course.
Celebrate sustainability at the EnviroCentre’s Bicycle Ball Friday night at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne. Dubbing itself “low-carbon fancy for sustainable socialite” this is a cool new event to celebrate sustainable entertainment and lifestyles. There will be dancing, cocktails, live performances, a vintage bike expo, silent auction and storytelling. Tickets are still available online for $75.
The Ottawa Chocolate Show is a chance to taste, judge, and learn about chocolate in all of its perfect forms Saturday at allsaints event space. Chocolatiers will be sharing their secrets and recipes using chocolate from different parts of the world from 10-6. Tickets are available online for $10.
Check out the Indigenous Art Market hosted by the National Arts Centre this Saturday from 12-6pm to support local Indigenous artisans and get some truly unique gifts and products. The market is part of the ongoing Indigenous Theatre programming at the NAC. Stick around the NAC afterwards to check out Riit, a young Inuk performer from Nunavut whose electropop sound combines Inuktitut lyrics with some badass synth.
The Redblacks kick off at 4pm against Edmonton on Saturday in the second last home game of the regular season. The playoffs are not in the cards for us this year, so take advantage of this chance to see the boys before the long, snowy, off-season. The TD Place item of the week features deep fried cheese curds, so you know what’s for dinner. Get your tickets online, or take your chance at the gate.
Learn about one of Ottawa’s oldest and most scenic neighbourhoods on a Heritage Ottawa walking tour through the Glebe from 2-3:30. The tour will be lead by a local expert on the Glebe’s heritage and begins at the Patterson Creek lagoon. The walk is $5 for Heritage Ottawa members and $10 for the general public. It’s the perfect way to walk off your Sunday Brunch.
Dominion City Brewing Co. is inviting us to the countryside for a Farm Day in Delta, Ontario, about 90 minutes away from downtown. Yep, this event is a bit far, but you can buy a $20 return ticket for the shuttle leaving from the brewery or find your way there for the free event! There will be a farmer’s market, sourdough bread workshop with Almanac, beer garden, tractor rides and live music.
The best kind of sausagefest is taking over the market Sunday. Check out the wiener dog parade in the ByWard Market Sunday starting at noon. At last count, there were at least 100 weiner dogs signed up to participate in costume. Check the event page for the parade route and party details!
Whatever you get up to, have fun, stay safe, stay hydrated and don’t forget to tag us in your adventures!
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