The cold weather is quickly approaching, so text your friends and make some plans to enjoy the warmer weather while it lasts. In the fall there are tons of incredible activities around Ottawa that you need to check out.
Between all the Halloween events and fall festivals the only challenge you and your friends will face is picking what you want to do first! There are plenty of costume parties, frightful Halloween sites and fall-themed events taking place all over Ottawa. To make planning easy, forward this list to your BFF and see how many of these events you two can do this fall!
The super fun things you and your BFF must do this fall in Ottawa:
Unleash your inner cowboy at the Casino Lac Leamy's country event. On until October 20 you and your friends can join in for all the fun. There will be rodeo-themed cocktails and food, cowboy and cowgirl dancer shows, and even a mechanical bull to ride. Invite your friends, and bring your cowboy hat for what will be a fun night out.
Help raise money to fight breast cancer at this year's Boobyball on October 26th. Over the past 16 years, Boobyball has raised over $4.6 million dollars for Rethink Breast Cancer. This years event will take place at Lago and has a wild west theme. Everyone is invited to wear your cowboy boots and fringe at this fun charity event.
Visit some of Ottawa's most haunted spots with Haunted Walks Of Ottawa. They offer several tours in the fall that will take you on a walking tour of downtown Ottawa and hear about the frightful history of some of Ottawa's landmarks. This fun tour is the perfect activity around Halloween to do with your friends.
Foodies, invite your friends to join you for the Ottawa Wine And Food Festival this fall. The popular event is taking place on November 2 to 4th at the EY Centre and is the largest wine and food festival in Eastern Canada. Join for a fun night out where you can sample wine, beer, and food from around the world.
Pumpinferno is a must-visit event this fall! Taking place at Upper Canada Village until the end of October, you can explore the magical Halloween themed displays. Here you'll find 7000 hand-carved pumpkins that are used to form giant sculptures like dinosaurs.
Invite your friend for a spa day at Strathmere. Here you can spend a relaxing day soaking in the hot tubs, getting a pedicure, walking the nature trail and taking a yoga class. It is the perfect spot to unplug from work and dedicate some much needed time to relaxing.
Explore local breweries by signing up for one of Brew Donkey's bus tours. Skip leaving one of your friends being the designated driver, but instead, let Brew Donkey safely bus your group of friends from one brewery to the next. Included in the cost of your tour is your transportation, beer samples, and some tours include lunch too.
Explore the Diefenbunker for a creepy Halloween themed zombie adventure. For the event, you will take part in an interactive undead adventure where you take part in interactive challenges, and expect a few zombie surprises too. A Zombie Adventure takes place on October 13, 20, 27, 28, and November 3.
Dine under the stars at the magical pop-up dinner event Recolte: Fall Harvest. Together with your friends you can dine inside a heated garden dome and enjoy the view of the fall leaves. The event runs until October 28th, so make sure to get your tickets.
The next TED Talks in Ottawa will take place at Algonquin Commons Theatre on October 23 at 7 pm. The theme of the talk is changing the narrative, and some of the speakers include a forensic anthropologist, an acclaimed singer-songwriter, and the CEO of Spring2 Innovation.
Get ready to scream at Saunders Farm's Fright Fest. The super spooky Halloween event takes place from September 22 until Halloween. Here you can ride the frightening Haunted Hayride and explore the other creepy sites and haunted houses.
Invite your BFF to wear a costume and join you for the annual Great Pumpkin Charity Ball. This year the event takes place at St. Brigid's Haunted Castle on October 27th. Not only is this a fun Halloween event for adults, but a portion of the proceeds from your ticket help to support major charities such as The Canadian Cancer Society too.
Do you and your BFF love thrillers? If so you both need to go to Skreamers at Proulx Farm in Orleans. The Halloween themed haunted attraction has two haunted houses and a haunted hayride that is open until Halloween.
This October head over to Cannamore Orchard to experience their Acres of Terror. Together with your best friend you can enjoy the spooky wagon ride, the haunted house, an interactive spooky village, and their fog maze! During the day the Acres of Terror is family friendly, so make sure to visit at night for a terrifying experience.
Are you and your BFF brave enough to face the Haunted House on the Hill? In October, the Billings Estate National Historic Site transforms into a spooky haunted house. Here you can confront your fears as you explore the dark and creepy home.
Nature Nocturne: Back in Black is a Halloween themed party you will not want to miss! The Halloween edition of Nature Nocturne is a chic masquerade soirée in black. On October 26th you can spend the night dancing and exploring the museum for what promises to be a fantastic event.
Attend Westboro's free Halloween themed event on October 27th from 3 - 9 pm. The area will be decorated with jack-o-lanterns as businesses hand out goodies. Plus, at night Capital Pop-Up Cinema will be screening the movie Beetlejuice under the stars, and there will be heating fans and cocoa to keep you warm.
This fall, challenge your friend to axe throwing at Bad Axe. Enjoy some friendly competition as you throw axes at the target to see who can hit the center ring.
Call up your friend and head to one of the pumpkin patches around Ottawa. Visiting a pumpkin patch is the perfect inexpensive fall activity to do, as you only pay for the pumpkin you pick. Plus after you buy your pumpkin, a fun follow-up activity would be to carve it for Halloween. While visiting the pumpkin patch, make sure to take a few photos, as a pumpkin patch is a great spot to take pictures for Instagram to add a fall vibe to your feed.
For a fun day out, head to the Ottawa Vegan Market at Aberdeen Pavilion on November 3rd. The market will have a large vegan food court where you can purchase meals along with a marketplace where you can shop for vegan or vegetarian goods.
For the perfect fall activity, invite your friend to join you for a hike around Gatineau Park. Until October 21, is Fall Rhapsody when is the peak time to see the rich fall colored leaves. Getting to the park couldn't be easier, as there is a free shuttle that runs from Ottawa to Gatineau Park (it stops at Pink Lake, King Mountain, and Champlain Lookout).
Try something this fall, and head to Kin Vineyards to spend the afternoon wine tasting. Located in Carp, this charming vineyard offers wine tastings Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. The Ottawa Valley vineyard makes some delightful pinot noir and chardonnay that you need to try!
Call up your friends and see if you can defeat one of Escape Manor's room before the time runs out! Escape Manor offers plenty of different themed puzzle rooms where you need to solve how to escape before the time runs out. Many of the themed rooms have a creepy theme that would be perfect to enjoy around Halloween, such as Cabin 13, Darkness, and Psycho.
Devour some delicious mac and cheese at Ottawa's Mac My Cheese Fest! The festival takes place October 12 -14 at City Hall. At the event, you will be able to enjoy a variety of different types of mac and cheese including traditional and gourmet creations. The Mac My Cheese Fest promises to be a fun event with a mac and cheese competition where you can vote for your favorite, a mac n' cheese eating contest, a huge beer garden, and live entertainment.