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Weekend Roundup: Quoi Faire ?

By Amanda Armstrong on September 27, 2018

After the destruction and darkness last weekend, it’s time to celebrate this wonderful city we live in. There is plenty to see and do on this fine fall weekend and we’re happy to share the details with you.

All Weekend

The Ottawa International Animation Festival runs through this weekend. The festival features talks, screenings, competitions, meet the filmmakers events, dance parties, yoga, picnics, and more. For a full list of events, see the schedule. New this year, and a highlight of the festival, is the Virtual Reality at Knot Project Space, which you definitely won’t want to miss.

Fall season is also fair season and this weekend the Metcalfe Fair is in full swing. Take a drive, ride the ferris wheel, and chance your luck at some midway games. In addition to the best cow beauty pageant, there are some other highlights to draw you in this weekend: there is a Demolition Derby on Thursday and wrestling on Saturday.

7000 pumpkins have returned to Pumpkininferno at Upper Canada Village this year. There are some returning favourites, but also a ton of new pieces this year—including sea creatures and dinosaurs. For a full list of what to expect, check out the displays’ descriptions.

There is also a Maker Faire Ottawa at the Canada Science and Technology Museum this Saturday and Sunday. Come check out a bunch of creative projects by engineers, inventors, and artists. Here you will find all kinds of incredible inventive projects, including the longest Lego bridge, a chromatograph, and giant metal serpents.

The Annual Biology Butterfly Show takes flight in the Nesbitt Greenhouses at Carleton University this weekend. This free event showcases 1300 exotic butterflies! A word of advice: the lines can be long, so bring along a buddy to keep you company, and don’t be discouraged; it is totally worth the wait!

Etsy Made in Canada sets up shop at Carleton University Fieldhouse this weekend. Over 150 incredible vendors are participating in the show’s 5th year.

Fall is also the season for pumpkin patches, apple orchards, forest walks, and haunted houses. Head to any one of the many great NCC trails in and around the city, bring a bushel home from Mountain Orchards, find the perfect Jack-o’-lantern at Log Cabin Orchard, or put on a brave face and be prepared to be scared at Saunders Farm.


Start your Friday off on the right foot, with CreativeMornings Ottawa, featuring Komal Minhas. The event, which begins at 8:30am is free and includes coffee, breakfast, and the presentation.

For all of you bibliophiles and historians out there, the Library and Archives Canada’s Preservation Centre is hosting a Doors Open event at their facility in Gatineau. Those of us who have to work on Friday, fret not, the event is also running through Saturday.

Celebrate the arrival of cooler weather with a little bit of heat. Shake off the stress of the work week to the best afrolatincaribbean grooves. Tropikalo turns Happy Goat Coffee on Laurel into a dance party on Friday night, with DJ Zattar and Trevor Walker.


The summer garage sale season may be over, but we’re in luck. Gabba Hey is hosting a one day Garage Sale this Saturday. Here you will find all kinds of great things; including records, coffee table books, music equipment, art, and more.

There are also two great night time events happening this Saturday. NightOwl featuring Xarah Dion and Freak Heat Waves, a part of OIAF, is being held at the Ottawa Art Gallery and House of Targ is hosting BIG SHINY TUNES LIVE, with a Weezer and Nirvana tribute.


Ottawa Sausagefest kicks off this Sunday in the Byward Market, with a wiener dog parade at noon. After the parade, hit up one of several local restaurants around the Market, who have prepared their own special sausage dish for the festival. Participating restaurants include Zak’s Diner, The Brig Pub, Das Lokal, and Kinki Lounge & Kitchen.

Spend your Sunday in Wakefield and enjoy an evening of music, food, and beer—all for an amazing cause! Tunes and Spoons Ottawa will be held on a beautiful 85 acre farm. Proceeds from the event will be shared amongst four local farms, who will use the funds to grow crops for the Rideau Rockliffe Community Resource Centre’s food cupboard clients.

We’ve arrived at the end of a very full weekend. With so much to do in and around Ottawa this weekend, we hope that you get out there and enjoy it! Take lots of photos and hashtag them with #apt613 for a chance to be featured on our feed.

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