Celebrate the Fall Season in Ottawa
Despite what the warm weather will tell you, summer has officially come to an end. You might think Festival Season is over but there are a lot of fun activities and events lined up for the fall in the National Capital Region worth checking out.
Local Fairs (End of September to Early October)
Fall is fair season in the National Capital! Both the Carp Fair, which runs from September 21st- 24th, and the Metcalfe Fair, which runs from September 28th – October 1st, are staples of the community, celebrating their 154th and 161st anniversaries respectively this year. The Carp Fair, located in the rural town of Carp, less than an hour from downtown Ottawa, features everything from carnival rides, food, live entertainment and petting zoos. The Metcalfe Fair, located in the town of Metcalfe also just outside of the city, is known for its classic car show and also features a fiddling competition!
Oktoberfest Ottawa (September 28th – 30th)
Nothing screams fall quite like Oktoberfest! Ottawa’s celebration of this German harvest holiday is three days of music, food and of course a lot of beer! The festivities take place at Strandherd Ultimate Park in Barrhaven under a huge, decked out tent. It’s even heated so if it’s rainy or chilly over the weekend, you can still party comfortably. This year’s festival includes a performance by Canadian Country Music Award-winner Meghan Patrick among other musical acts and activities. For tickets and additional information, check out the official Oktoberfest Ottawa website.
Canada Science and Technology Museum Re-Opening (November 17)
If you’ve never been to the Science and Tech museum, this fall is a good time to go! After being closed since 2014 for major renovations, the museum opens its doors back to the public on November 17, celebrating 50 years since the it first opened in 1967. With over 80 million dollars worth of renovation, the updated museum promises to be better than ever with expanded space, brand new exhibits and a new outdoor park area. For a sneak peek, check out the museum’s official website here for renovation updates and photos.