Fall is officially in full swing and going into October means one thing – events galore. We have generated a list of all the events taking place in our capital city this month – we encourage everyone to check them out!

October 1-3: Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is coming to Clarke Fields Park for 3 days this month. There will be local performances, food and beer available. Check out Oktoberfest’s website to get your tickets today!

October 2-4: Mac My Cheese Fest

Calling all Mac n’ Cheese lovers – one of the yummiest events is coming to Ottawa! For 3 days Ottawa’s City Hall will be hosting Mac My Cheese Fest. It will feature 15 vendors, great live entertainment, eating contests and much more. To get your mouth watering early check out the festivals website for more information.

October 3-12: Ottawa Butterfly Show

The Ottawa Butterfly Show will be hosted at Carleton University for 10 days this month. It will be featuring over 1300 buterflies of 41 different species from all around the world. It is sure to be a beautiful sight!

October 3: Harvest Noir

Harvest Noir is a pop up event that will feature a farmers market of local farmers, a vintage funfair and a dance party (of course!). There will also be entertainment to keep the party going. Find out more about the event on Harvest Noir’s website.

October 3: Four Wishes

Make-A-Wish will be having their annual event of Four Wishes this month. Ticket sales will go towards “Tysen’s Mission to a Million” which helps grant the wishes of local children. There will be entertainment, exciting activities, food and plenty of excitement! With each ticket you receive a slice of Gabriel’s Pizza, popcorn and cotton candy. This event is a great way to have fun giving back.

October 3: Safara Fashion Show

Interested in fashion? An African themed fashion show, Safara, will be taking place this month with the purpose of celebrating Africal prints, designers and overall culture. You can get your tickets and find out more information on the events website.

October 3: Ottawa Sens Pre-Season Game

Hockey fans be prepared! The Ottawa Senators will be concluding their pre-season game on October 3rd. Tickets are selling so get them quick on the NHL website.

October 4-5: Zombie Walk

The first Halloween event of the month, Zombie Walk, is coming to City Hall on October 4th to 5th. Come prepared for games, pictures and makeup and march on to Parliament Hill for a spooky-good time!

October 4: Ottawa Fury FC

Ottawa Fury will be playing against Edmonton at the TD place – make sure to get your tickets before they are sold out!

October 10: Thanksgiving at the Farm


For two days you have the chance to learn about how energy is harvested during thanksgiving weekend at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. It is a good opportunity to learn more about our farming systems and the crops we produce.

October 16-17: Ottawa Poutine Fest

Poutine – do I have to say more? Come out to Sparks street for 20 different vendors selling hot and delicious poutine – can’t get more Canadian than that! Check out the website for more details!

October 16: OIFF

Come check out some great films at the Ottawa International Film Festival. There will be filmmakers and industry professionals attending as well. Find out more information on the events website.

October 22-24: Inside Out

Come check out Ottawa’s LGBT Film Festival that will be taking place at Bytowne Cinema on Rideau st. For details and timings of the films, check out Inside Out’s website.

October 24-25: The National Women’s Show

Looking for an event to go to with your girlfriends? Check out the National Women’s Show at the EY Centre. There will be fashion, food and fun all at once – it’s sure to be a good time.

October 30: Nature Nocturne

Spooky days upon us and the Canadian Museum of Nature is back hosting Nature Nocturne. There will be a dance floor, amazing museum exhibitions and interactive, immersive and social activities. You can get your tickets on the events website.

October 31: Halloween at Rideau Hall

Halloween day! Rideau hall will be hosting a free spooky circus, and hey – there will be candy and goodies too!

We hope everyone has a great month and a spooky (but safe) Halloween! Let us know in the comments below what your favourite event was.

IMAGE CREDIT: Harvest Noir