With the start of a new school year just around the corner, this Labour Day weekend may be your last chance to truly enjoy summer. Whether you're looking for something low-key and artsy or you want to finish out the season with a bang, Ottawa has you covered. From cupcake workshops to crazy parties, pet adoption fairs and more, we've found so many things to do in Ottawa this weekend that you may have trouble picking just one!

Ottawa After Dark Tour

Price: Free

When: Saturday, Aug. 31

Address: 2008 Wellington Street

Why You Need To Go: You will be guided through the city while you learn all about the darker history of Ottawa. The guides will share stories about murders, assassinations, ruffians, and lumberjack gang violence. The tour will end at Parliament, just in time for the free light show.  


After Dark @ Dominion City Brewery

Price: Prices vary

When: Friday, Aug. 30

Address: 15-5510 Canotek Road

Why You Need To Go: The Dominion City Brewery typically only stays open until 11 p.m. but this weekend they're staying up past their bedtime! You can enjoy speciality beers, sandwiches from the smoker, and more all the way until 2 a.m.


Ottawa Glow Party

Price: Starting at $10

When: Sunday, Sept. 1

Address: 104 Clarence Street

Why You Need To Go: You can listen to your favourite party music, from Top 40 hits to EDM and more! The volume will be turned all the way up as you're surrounded by strobe lights, glow sticks, and other glow wear.


Latin Parade and Festival

Price: Free

When: Sunday, Sept. 1

Address: 110 Laurier Avenue West

Why You Need To Go: You can spend the day soaking in rich Latin American culture. The parade will travel across Wellington and Eglington streets and end at Ottawa City Hall. Once you're inside the city hall, you can enjoy delicious food, traditional dances, music, and art.


Plant Night Tropical Garden Mash-Up

Price: $58

When: Friday, Aug. 30

Address: 399 Richmond Road

Why You Need To Go: Head over to the Barley Mow in Westboro this weekend and learn how to make a beautiful plant terrarium. The ticket price sends you home with three tropical plants, one container, string lights, a wish jar, and the necessary planting and decorating materials. 


Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

Price: $65 day pass

When: Thursday, Aug. 29 until Tuesday, Sept. 2

Address: 988 Rue Saint-Louis, Gatineau

Why You Need To Go: Okay, we know it's not technically Ottawa, but the Hot Air Balloon Festival promises to be a magical time! You can admire the colourful balloons, and even take a ride in one yourself for a fee. You can also enjoy the amusement park, fireworks, live music, and more! Children under 10 get in for free.


Ottawa Champions Game

Price: $14

When: All weekend

Address: 300 Coventry Road

Why You Need To Go: Support the local baseball team while you enjoy a classic stadium hotdog and beer. With a game on each of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this weekend, there's sure to be one that fits your schedule. 


Pet Value Rescue Fair

Price: Free admission 

When: Saturday, Aug. 31

Address: 1224 Wellington Street West

Why You Need To Go: You can bring your furry friend along, or come adopt a new BFF at Ottawa's rescue fair. Four local rescues will come together to host the event. There will be snacks for both you and the dogs, as well as games, prizes, dog washing, and more. 


Floral Cupcakes Workshop

Price: $65

When: Saturday, Aug. 31

Address: 224 Dragonfly Walk

Why You Need To Go: Learn everything you need to know about baking the perfect vanilla cupcake, then top it off with a beautiful buttercream flower garden. These cupcakes will fulfil all of your Pinterest dreams! What's more, if you bring a friend, you can get $5 off. 


Wine on the Water

Price: $50

When: Friday, Aug. 30

Address: Colonel By Drive at Daly Avenue

Why You Need To Go: Ladies only, please! You're invited to come and sip wine on an epic party boat with HOT 89.9 radio host Jenni! The boat begins boarding at 8:50 p.m. rain or shine. You'll find the boat docked across from the Shaw Centre on the Rideau Canal. The on-boat bar is cash-only, so plan accordingly!


Long Weekend Board Games

Price: Menu prices vary

When: Friday, Aug. 30 until Monday, Sept. 1

Address: 1020 Wellington Street West

Why You Need To Go: Get your friends together and head over to Hintonberg Public House for a weekend full of board game shenanigans! While you're there, you can treat yourself to a delicious brunch - because who doesn't love brunch!? Bring your own games, or choose from the on-site collection.


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