It may be a shortened work week for most following Labour Day, but that doesn't mean we aren't already looking forward to next weekend! If you find yourself scrambling for last-minute plans, don't stress. You're just a few lunch breaks away from the weekend, so hang in there and get ready because there are so many fun things to do in Ottawa this weekend, Sept. 6-9!

From food truck festivals to dog fashion shows, games, epic sales and more, you're sure to find some fun activities for yourself and your BFFs in the capital this weekend!

Forest Valley Food Truck Rally

Price: Free admission 

When: Saturday, Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Address: 1556 Forest Valley Dr., Orléans

Why You Need To Go: You can munch on some tasty street foods all while supporting a good cause. A percentage of the proceeds will go to support the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard. Non-perishable food and plastic container donations will also be accepted.

K9s on the Katwalk

Price: Free Admission

When: Saturday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m.

Address: 804 Hogsback Rd.

Why You Need To Go: There will be ridiculously cute dogs in stupidly adorable outfits strutting their stuff down the runway. A dog fashion show — do we even need to say more? You can also find out if your dog is the next Picasso in the paw painting sessions hosted by PAWpup Art Studio. Check out the full list of activities on the event page.

Simpsons Trivia in the Park

Price: Free

When: Sunday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m.

Address: 516 Somerset St. W.

Why You Need To Go: Do people call you cucumber boy? As in cool-as-a. If you understood that reference, then Simpsons trivia in Dundonald Park is the place to be this weekend. You can participate for free in groups of one to six for your chance to win cool prizes!

All You Can Laugh

Price: $5

When: Friday, Sept. 6, 8:30 p.m.

Address: Wellington Eatery, 1008 Wellington St. W.

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy an array of professional comedians doing what they do best at this super affordable comedy night. Think you've got the power to make people LOL? You can even sign up to do a set as well!

Ottawa Redblacks Family Day

Price: $30

When: Saturday, Sept. 7 

Address: 2151 Thurston Dr.

Why You Need To Go: Bring the whole family out for an early kick-off against the Toronto Argonauts. If you're one of the first 5,000 people in the building, you'll also receive a free Redblacks lunch bag. There will be a number of Disney's Family Channel stars in attendance as well. And did we even mention they'll be serving two-foot tacos!?

Winter Clothing Sale

Price: Free admission

When: Thursday, Sept. 5 to 8

Address: Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Ave.

Why You Need To Go: Okay, mentioning winter in Ottawa before fall has officially started should be illegal. We know that. However, this weekend is your chance to stock up on discounted winter outerwear. With brands like The North Face and discounts of up to 80 percent off, this is a winter sale you won't want to miss!

All Dolled Up Photoshoot

Price: $175

When: Saturday, Sept. 7

Address: All Dolled Up Boutique, 254 Dalhousie St.

Why You Need To Go: You don't need to be a professional model to enjoy a professional photoshoot. Treat yourself this weekend to makeup, wardrobe, styling consultation, and posing lessons. In the end, you'll come home with a stunning and fully edited print from your vintage pinup photoshoot! As a sweet bonus, retro mocktails will also be served. 

Arm Knitting

Price: $55

When: Saturday, Sept. 7

Address: Waverly Chambers, 302 Waverley St.

Why You Need To Go: Yeah that's right, you can knit with your arms. Learn how to make this adorable O-style cushion at the 613-DIY workshop. All required materials are included. Participants will also receive a take-home guide so you can recreate your project over and over again.

Community Picnic in Strathcona Park

Price: Free

When: Saturday, Sept. 7 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Address: Strathcona Park, 25 Range Rd.

Why You Need To Go: Pack your picnic baskets for a night of music, face painting, and games in the park. The event is BOYP (bring your own picnic), but attendees who register in advance will also be provided with additional drinks and snacks. 

Social Roller Skating

Price: Various pricing options

When: Friday, Sept. 6 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Address: Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr.

Why You Need To Go: Enjoy the tunes and company while you roller skate (or rollerblade if you wish). The event is open to all skill levels. This is a super fun place to bring the squad, or even make a few new friends!

Ottawa Art Pep Rally

Price: $10

When: Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.

Address: Parliament Station, 170 Queen St.

Why You Need To Go: Give us an A, R, T! What's that spell? If you're this enthusiastic about local art then the Ottawa Art Pep Rally is for you. From visual art to bands, actors, dancers, and more, this pep rally promises to be a night of rainbows and magic. 

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