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What’s happening in the Ottawa area

Looking for fun activities in the Ottawa area? Check out these options over the next seven days, starting on Thursday, September 14. Be sure to verify details with the organizers as plans can change at any time.

Ongoing | Immerse yourself in the Canadian War Museum’s special exhibition, War Games. Take on the role of an allied naval commander in Atlantic Peril, a guided board game featured in the exhibit.

For arts, culture and a good time…

  • Thursday, September 14 | Join us for a screening of the film Black Art: In the Absence of Light (2021), a documentary spotlighting the indelible contributions of some of the foremost African American artists in today's contemporary art world at the National Gallery of Canada.

  • Friday, September 15 to Sunday, September 17 | Embark on Ottawa’s first ever solve the mystery cruise experience on the Rideau Canal, brought to you by Ottawa Boat Cruise.

  • Friday, September 15 | Bringing families and friends together to experience classic movies under stars at Capital Pop-Up Cinema. FREE!

  • Saturday, September 16 | Enjoy the beauty and aroma of fresh, locally grown flowers at the Ottawa Flower Market.

For festival fun…

  • Until Sunday, September 17 | Jam with your friends at CityFolk, a four-day September celebration of music, dance and community at Lansdowne Park and throughout the Glebe area features an eclectic mix of musical performances on multiple stages.

  • Starting September 19 to 23 | Hang out with friends at Cranium Festival, a three-day R&B and hip hop music festival with a lineup of more than 15 artists held at the Bronson Centre.

  • Starting September 20 to 24 | Enjoy the second-largest animation festival in the world at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, with films, industry talks, artists and more!

For foodies…

  • Friday, September 15 to Sunday, September 17 | Feast on some of Ottawa's best ribs at Orleans Ribfest & Poutine happening at 255 Centrum Blvd.

  • Saturday, September 16 | Visit Heating Up the Capital, a hot sauce expo where you can meet 35 Canadian hot sauce makers plus sample and buy their hot sauces at the EY Centre. FREE!

  • Until Sunday, September 17 | For an entire week, enjoy Taste of Ottawa x CityFolk with participating restaurants creating special menu items at discounted prices to keep the CityFolk Festival fun going.

  • September 22 | Witness many talented Canadian chefs who will showcase their passion for food at the Canadian Culinary Championship regional qualifier happening at the Fairmont Château Laurier.

For thrills…

  • Friday, September 15 to Sunday, September 17 | Enjoy spectacular and unique performances from the Canadian Armed Forces' SkyHawks parachute team, a drone show, and much more at Aéro Gatineau-Ottawa, at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport.

  • Friday, September 15 to Sunday, September 17 | Ride along in the Tour de Gatineau, most prestigious event in North America for women’s road racing.

  • Saturday, September 16 | Experience all the high-flying, ground-pounding action as iconic Canadian Monster Trucks battle it out in nonstop competition happening at Rideau Carleton Casino.

  • Sunday, September 17 | Join the Canada Army Run, with military bands, army equipment displays and more.

  • Until Sunday, September 17 | Wesley Clover Parks invites you to attend the Ottawa Equestrian Tournaments to enjoy a world-class equestrian competition!

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