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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Amanda Armstrong on September 22, 2022




On this first fall weekend, there is so much to do to celebrate the arrival of this spectacular season. From your go-to fall activities like apple picking to a festival (or two) and a craft fair market (or four), this weekend has so much going on that you can’t possibly do it all. So have a read through this Roundup and plan your weekend ahead of time, in order to maximize the fun.

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With the official arrival of fall upon us, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to participate in one of the season’s most quintessential activities—apple picking. There are several orchards to choose from in and around the city, such as Log Cabin Orchard, Mountain Orchards, and Pinewood Orchards. Each has its own unique attractions apart from, of course, delicious apples, so you can make a whole day of it before returning home to bake some tasty apple treats.


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North America’s largest animation festival, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, takes place this week in the capital. The weekend’s programming features numerous screenings, film competitions, artist talks, and Saturday’s big Animation Exposé. Festival events are spread across the city’s downtown core, so be sure to reference the schedule for the important information, such as when and where things are being held, and our preview of recommendations.

Sphere, a four-day festival of music, art, and science, takes place at the National Arts Centre, Canadian Museum of Nature, and Club Saw, beginning this Thursday. To bring us Sphere, “the NAC Orchestra joins forces with Canadian, Indigenous, and Nordic composers, musicians, visual artists, writers, and scientists for a multidisciplinary conversation about the sphere we call home.” The goings-on boast a wealth of free events as well as some ticketed ones, all of which you can find here.

Ottawa’s second Asian Fest Night Market takes place this weekend on Sparks Street. Here you will find all your Asian street food favourites like BBQ-spiced squid, bubble waffles, and mochi donuts. In addition to even more vendors than the first time ‘round, there will be live entertainment at the event.

Cheerfully Made’s Fall Market is being held at the Bell Sensplex this Saturday and Sunday. This season’s market features over 100 Canadian makers, with all sorts of great goodies you will want to get your hands on. Get more details here

The Carp Fair takes over the Carp Fairgrounds this weekend. There will be carnival games, midway rides, and all sorts of other events, including livestock competitions and a tractor pull. 


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Head to Gallery 101 on Catherine Street this Friday evening for the vernissage of We Live As We Die. The show, curated by Sakinna Gairey in partnership with the Ottawa Black Art Kollective, features pieces by half a dozen different artists whose works “gently explore the complex truths of grief for and with Black people.” There will be drinks, beats, and eats at the free event. 

Yet another edition of Queers & Beers takes place this Friday at the Lowertown Brewery in the ByWard Market. Make your way over for an evening of conversation and community alongside some tasty brews and turntable beats by DJ Del Pilar.

Capital Pop-Up Cinema will be screening Beetlejuice on Sparks Street, between Kent and Lyon, this Friday at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs and stake out the best seats for this free viewing of a great classic. Feel free to bring your own snacks or purchase popcorn available for sale at the event.


After a two-year hiatus, the Cumberland Farmers’ Market’s Harvest Market returns to the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum this Saturday. The market features over 100 vendors and guests can also enjoy delicious food, live music, and free entry to the museum. 

The first city park slated to be built at South Keys Centre is soon to be in development. Voice your opinion on how this new park should look and what amenities it should have by attending the Visioning Exercise for the South Keys Transit Plaza. Ideas expressed at this event will be passed on to City developers.

The fall edition of Pique is happening this Saturday night at Arts Court and the Ottawa Art Gallery, in conjunction with the Ottawa International Animation Festival’s Night Owl party. This all-night affair features live performances, DJ dance parties, and visual art, all held in many locations, both indoors and outdoors. Tickets to this pay-what-you-can event can be purchased here.


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The Shenkman Arts Centre will be hosting a Fall Craft Market this Sunday. A smaller market in comparison to others being held this weekend, the market features 35 different vendors.

Square Lemon Market is also hosting a Fall Season Craft Market at the Glebe Community Centre this Sunday. Snag yourself some great fall and Halloween items from over 40 different vendors. There will also be a fun workshop at the event.

Bring the family to McKellar Park for their Fall Festival this Sunday. There will be all kinds of fun activities at this free event, including Zumba, live music, arts and crafts, and more. There will also be some tasty treats for sale at the event, whose proceeds help support the McKellar Park Community Association.