Fall is one of the best times to explore in the National Capital Region. Before the weather becomes frosty take part in some of the many activities happening in Ottawa this October.
There are plenty of festivals and affordable events to attend that are perfect if you are on a tight budget. Or if you are looking for free activities, head outdoors and enjoy all the splendid autumn colors as part of Fall Rhapsody.
Here are tons of ideas of things you can do in Ottawa for $10 or less this October.
Take a wall through Ottawa's many gardens to enjoy the vibrant fall leaves. Garden Fall Rhapsody takes place from October 6 to 8. This free festival encourages you to bring your camera and go for a hike around the Capital.
Price: German-style beer $5.50
You don't need to be in Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest! From October 2nd to 7th Beyond The Pale Brewery will be celebrating Oktoberfest. Here you'll be able to enjoy a pint of their German style beer or some delicious spit roast pork from The SmoQue Shack.
Take the free shuttle to Gatineau Park from September 29 to October 21 to see the beautiful fall leaves. Gatineau Park is one of the best places near Ottawa to see the multicolor leaves, so bundle up and go for a hike.
Price: Pay what you can
Spend the night laughing watching a stand-up comedy at Swizzles Comedy Night. Every Monday night at 8:30 pm they showcase a variety of different comedians. Located in the basement of 246 Queen Street, entry to the show is PWYC ( pay what you can).
Decorate your house for Halloween by picking a pumpkin to carve! Around Ottawa, there are plenty of pumpkin patches such as Proulx Maple & Berry Farm, Log Cabin Orchard, Cannamore Orchard, and Abbey Hill Farms where you can buy a pumpkin.
Price: Free entry, arcade games start at $1
If you love classic arcade games, you need to head to Room 104. Here you can enjoy tons of classic games that you can play against your friends. The affordable spot in the Byward Market has no cover charge and has 100+ shots on the menu that only cost $4 each.
Price: $5 entry
Head to Live On Elgin for their 90s Horror Movie Trivia Night. Get your friends together to form a team for this fun event on October 4th at 8 pm. The trivia night is hosted by Toasted Theatre Company and will cover classic movies such as Scream, The Craft, The Blair Witch Project, and I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Escape the cold and head into the warm greenhouse at Carleton University. From September 29 to October 7 they will be having their Butterfly Show that will feature 1300 butterflies. Make sure to have your camera ready, as you will want to share photos on Instagram of all the beautiful butterflies you will see.
Price: Free entry
If you love Mac and Cheese, you need to head to the Mac My Cheese Festival at City Hall. The 3 day festival, from October 12-14 will feature Ottawa's best Mac and Cheese and will have live music.
Price: Free entry
Cute dogs in costumes and delicious food will be featured at Ottawa Sausage Fest from September 30 to October 14 in the ByWard Market. At the festival, there will be a Wiener Dog Parade, and participating restaurants will feature unique sausage dishes to try.
Bring a warm blanket and head to Capital Pop-Up Cinema Halloween film screening on October 27th. The Halloween themed movie will be a surprise and starts at 7 pm.
If you are looking for a fun activity to do with your friends this fall, go apple picking! Until mid-October, many of the local orchards around Ottawa will have apples still on the tree that you can go pick. As you only pay for what you choose, this activity can be as affordable as you'd like.
For $6 a person you can play board games at the Loft Board Game Lounge. It is the perfect spot to escape the cold, and have fun challenging your friends to one of the many games available. Grab a table by the fireplace, and spend a cozy night out playing board games.
Download the Craft Beer Passport app, and you can enjoy $2 beers at each of the beer stops around Ottawa. This is a fantastic, and affordable way to sample some of the best craft beer around Ottawa. Invite your friends out this October to do a beer tasting for just a few bucks using this free app.
Take part in The Rattle Me Bones Run at the Aviation and Space Museum on Sunday, October 28th. The 1.5k Jigglebone Run is only $10 and helps to raise money to beat bone and soft tissue cancer. Join in on the fun for a good cause, and feel free to do the run in your Halloween costume.
Bundle up and spend the night stargazing at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. The free event is on Friday, October 5th. At the event members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will have their telescopes set up and invite the public to view the stars with them.
Get some fitness in before you indulge in your family's Thanksgiving Feast by doing a 1K or 5K run. The two free runs are presented by Sports 4 Ottawa and will take place at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.
If you love PSL lattes, you need to treat yourself to a pumpkin spice donut. This fall Maverick's Donuts will have the delicious signature donut for sale for only $3.
Price: $3 entry
For the 4th year, the Fall for Indie Freewheeling Craft Market is back. The event takes place at Makerspace North from October 13 to 14 from 10 am to 4 pm. Entry to the event is $3, and while here you can browse locally made goods and food vendors. This event is the perfect spot to find unique gift ideas for your family and friends.
Did you know you can take a free sketching class every month at the Ottawa Art Gallery? Sketchy Thursdays take place the last Thursday of every month, with the next event taking place on October 25th from 6 - 7:30 pm. At the free workshop, you'll be given all your art materials and be able to learn sketching techniques.
The National Arts Centre offers a variety of free events throughout the year that you can attend. For example, on October 10 to 11, you can attend Musically Speaking: Tetzlaff, Storgårds, Schubert.
On Thursday evenings you can visit the permanent exhibits of several local museums for free. The museums offering this discount are the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of Nature. After work, get your friends together and wander through the outstanding exhibits at any of these museums for a fantastic night out.
The 613 Flea Market is the perfect spot to explore to find one of a kind for your home or delicious snacks. The next event will be on Saturday, October 6th at Aberdeen Pavilion and will feature 110 vendors. Admission to the market is free.
Did you know there is an art gallery at 150 Elgin street? The Âjagemô art space at the Canada Council for the Arts features Canadian art, and the current exhibit Thunderstruck: Physical Landscapes is on until January 27, 2019. The current show features dance and dancers from across Canada and is free to visit.
Purchase fresh seasonal produce at the Ottawa Farmer's Market. Until October 28, the Ottawa Farmer's Market takes place outside in the Aberdeen Square on Sundays. At this event, you can get pumpkins to decorate your home, or freshly made baked goods perfect for sharing with your friends.