Fall weather has most certainly arrived, and with it comes Thanksgiving long weekend. Whether you are hosting out of town family, cramming for some midterms, or just bringing the wine to a Friendsgiving, make the most of the fall colours and the extra day to eat, drink, and enjoy the city.
This weekend is a great time to take advantage of the beginning of Spooky season. With haunted houses, wagon rides, and general frightenings on offer all over the region, you definitely have your pick. Cannamore Orchard, Log Cabin Orchard, Saunders Farms and Pumpkinferno are just the beginning!
We have not one, but two options for exotic butterfly experiences this weekend. The Annual Biology Butterfly Show at Carleton ends Sunday, but if you missed out, just head over to the Museum of Nature for their Butterfly In Flight exhibit, opening Saturday and running until April.
Gatineau Park continues to hold Fall Rhapsody events throughout the weekend. Saturday and Sunday are Anishnabe nibin (Algonquin Summer) celebrations including snow shoe and birch bark canoe building demonstrations. Saturday to Monday at Luskville Falls you can celebrate the Pontiac Country Fair. There will be equestrian demonstrations, live music, local artisans and lots more to keep you busy and outside!
Feeling a little bit artsy? Join Museum of Nature botany curator and a local botanical artist for their discussion on Art and Science in Botanical Art. Admission to the museum is free from 5-8pm, and the talk kicks off at 6:30.
Nothing screams ‘wild times’ like a rousing evening of BINGO. Lowertown is hosting Brewery Bingo every Thursday night this fall and winter. Reserve a table of beer and food loving friends, and you could win any number of weekly prizes. The evenings are hosted by Crush Improv, so it’s probably guaranteed to feel pretty wild.
Our Eastern Conference leading Redblacks are taking on the Winnipeg Bluebombers under the Friday night lights. The season is winding down, but the team is just heating up. Take a note from our American neighbours and enjoy some football on Thanksgiving.
The Ottawa Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is hosting free public stargazing in the parking lot of the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum Friday night beginning at 7:30. They will be setting up their own telescopes and answering questions for anyone who is interested! This is a great idea for a night out with the family, or something fun to do with your significant other. The event will only run if the sky is clear, so check the Facebook event for updates.
Try a different kind of live music experience! The NAC is offering an evening with The New North Collective, which is an ensemble of Northern Canadian performing artists from Yukon and Northwest Territories. A multimedia performance of spoken word, music, and traditional storytelling this evening will bring the realities and sensibilities of Canada’s north to the capital.
Saturday morning is your chance to get behind the scenes at the Bridgehead Roastery on Anderson Street. The tour begins at 10, and you can learn all about the roastery’s coffee, kombucha and baked goods. Why not stay and enjoy some of the fruits of their labours for brunch?
The 67s are home this weekend, with back to back games Saturday and Sunday. Puck drops at 2pm both days, meaning there is enough time to catch some hockey downtown, and also make it home in time for dinner.
While at Lansdowne, check out 613flea fall edition! The ever changing list of vendors will include vintage clothes, handmades, furniture, jewelry, and lots of different local art. If you’d like to get a head start on your Christmas shopping, this is the perfect weekend to do so! Or, a great way to pick up a nice little something for the Thanksgiving chef in your life.
Take the drive out to Manotick for some fall colour and the Watson’s Mill Harvest Festival. This free event includes wagon rides, a farmers market, heritage demonstrations and a scavenger hunt. Take the opportunity to take a guided tour of the mill as well, if you haven’t before.
What better than a Sunday stroll on a long weekend? Heritage Ottawa’s Walking Tour series continues with an exploration of Rideau Street and the Arts district. The tour starts at 2pm at Confederation Square and runs through the area between the canal and Waller street.
Whatever your activities this weekend, enjoy your time with family and friends!
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