Haunted Houses and pumpkin carving parties may be at the very top of your to-do list this weekend, and if so, enjoy the heck out of that. If you’re still not sure what else there is to do, we’ve got your back. From a writing festival to choral music and an outdoor movie screening get out and about this weekend with your people and take in some of the nicer weather before the snow flies.
Ottawa International Writers Festival begins Thursday and offers a variety of authors and subjects. You can check out former Governor General David Johnston or mystery author Ian Rankin on Thursday night, and Esi Edugyan on Friday. Check out a personal favourite – The War Museum’s Tim Cook on Sunday as he talks about the secret lives of soldiers during the First World War as a lead up to Remembrance Day. The events are all ticketed, and take place at Christ Church Cathedral on Sparks Street.
Library and Archives Canada has been host to an exhibit on secret codes this month, and it closes on October 31st. Free to the public, Cipher | Decipher was produced by Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation in partnership with Canada’s Communications Security Establishment. It’s all about technology and spies, and what is cooler than spies?
It is the last weekend before Halloween, and if you haven’t yet seen a flaming pumpkin or zombie bride, this is your last shot to be spooked. Some favourites are: Cannamore Orchard, Log Cabin Orchard, Saunders Farms and Pumpkinferno .
Help do some good, and have a delicious bowl of soup at the same time at Soup Ottawa. This event supports local projects and initiatives through a very simple model. Bring $10 cash to the event Thursday night, which gets you a bowl of soup and a vote. 100% of the event’s proceeds go towards funding the winning bid, so bring some hungry friends.
Propeller Dance Company and the Ottawa Art Gallery have teamed up with musician Jesse Stewart for a dance performance unlike anything you may have seen before. The performance will include Spasticus, a work of the Propeller Dance company, along with Picture This, a community art project at the OAG. The event highlights abilities of all kinds, and the importance of mental health awareness.
Take in the original scary movie, Nosferatu, Friday and Saturday night at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church. The terrifying 1922 classic silent film will be projected on a large screen while accompanied by live choral music by local chamber choir Seventeen Voyces and organ virtuoso Matthew Larkin. This will probably creep the heck out of you. Just the thought is giving me the heeby jeebies. Definitely go.
The Halloween edition of Nature Nocturne is “Back in Black”, with a chic masquerade theme. Costumes are strongly encouraged, but tickets always go quickly, so wrangle your most fun friends for a night at the Museum.
What is Halloween season without a showing of The Rocky Horror Show? This weekend check out the musical production at Arts Court Theatre presented by Ovation Productions. The shows are selling out quickly, but new dates have just been added, so make sure to check online before you put on your best pair of fishnets.
After Saturday or Sunday brunch, head to Enriched Bread Artists’ Open Studio from 11am- 5pm both days. Chat with the artists’ in residence, and see what kinds of pieces are being developed in this cool space.
Flora Hall Brewing are celebrating their 1 year anniversary with a street party! There will be an outdoor tent and live music, food, beverages and merch giveaways as well as the launch of three new beers. Flora Fest 1 is free to attend, and costumes are not required but “might be rewarded” which could work out in your favour.
Wickedly Westboro runs all day Saturday from 3-9pm and is a family and dog friendly Halloween themed neighbourhood party. The events caps off with a Capital Pop-Up Cinema Screening of Beetlejuice. There will be outdoor heaters, hot chocolate and cider, but be sure to dress warmly! The event is BYOChair, and popcorn is always available to purchase as well.
If you’d prefer an indoor movie, check out Ghostbusters at the Mayfair as part of A Company of Fools fundraising series. The doors open at 11:30am and there will be a costume contest and 50/50 draw.
Lansdowne is the place to be on Sunday with the Farmer’s Market from 9am to 3pm, and the 4th Annual Pumpkin Derby happening until 4pm as well. If you’ve never been, they actually race the pumpkins. This is the real deal.
While you’re in the area, check out the Ottawa 67’s home game against the Sudbury Wolves at 2pm. The team are holding their own Halloween party, so come dressed in costume, and be ready to trick-or-treat after a decisive win.
Whatever you end up doing, stay safe, stay warm, and stay spoOoOooky!
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