October is an excellent time to be in Ottawa. The entire city celebrates Fall Rhapsody as the leaves change to brilliant shades of gold and red. Plus, there are non-stop seasonal activities to enjoy between Thanksgiving and Halloween. To help you plan for the best month ever, we've gathered up a list of free things to do in Ottawa this October.

Thankfully, you don't need to spend a ton of cash to have fun this month. Around Ottawa, there's a vast range of free events, no matter your interest. One thing you can't miss is the Fall Rhapsody, where the National Capital Region celebrates fall. Throughout October, there will be a free shuttle bus that will take you to Gatineau Park. This handy bus makes it super easy to enjoy a fall hike and some of the best lookout points in the area.

Another event you'll want to add to your calendar is the butterfly show at Carleton University. There, you can explore a dreamy greenhouse filled with butterflies. Or, if you haven't already, make sure to head to Sparks Street to ride the new seesaws before they are gone.

Here are 13 things to do in Ottawa this October 2019 that you really need to try. Enjoy!

Shuttle To Gatineau Park

Price: Free

When: Select days from October 5 to 27, 2019

Address: Various pickup and drop off locations

Why You Need To Go: It couldn't be easier to go to Gatineau Park and take in the fall foliage.


Watch A Movie Under The Stars

Price: Free

When: October 5, 2019

Address: Parkdale Park, 5081 Wellington St W, Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Watch Fantastic Mr. Fox under the stars.


Play On Light-Up Seesaws

Price: Free

When: Until October 6, 2019

Address: Sparks Street, Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Currently, there are multiple seesaws with special light effects that change when they are in motion.


Browse The ByWard Market

Price: Free

Address: ByWard Market, Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: During the fall, there are tons of festive displays with pumpkins, corn, and plenty of flowers.


Lunch Concerts

Price: Free

When: Various days in October

Address: National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St, Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Enjoy one of their many free concerts at noon.


Attend A Mac & Cheese Festival

Price: Free admission

When: October 4-6, 2019

Address: Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: In addition to all the delicious mac and cheese, there will be lots of live music to enjoy, too.


Go Stargazing

Price: Free

When: October 5, 2019

Address: Canada Aviation and Space Museum, 11 Aviation Parkway, Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: There will be free telescopes that you can use to enjoy a view of the night's sky.


See Thousands Of Butterflies

Price: Free

When: October 5-13, 2019

Address: Nesbitt Biology Building, Carleton University, Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: There will be 1300 exotic live butterflies to befriend!


Take A Hilarious Photo

Price: Free

When: Until October 13, 2019

Address: 1 Boulevard du Casino, Gatineau, Quebec

Why You Need To Go: Discover Las Vegas right here in Canada and get fake married by Elvis at Casino Lac Leamy.


Explore The Farmers' Market

Price: Free admission

When: Sundays in October

Address: 1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: This is a fun spot to go for a stroll and see what's available for sale.


Go For A Hike At Mer Bleue

Price: Free

Address: Ridge Rd, Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: This boardwalk trail is simply stunning in the fall.


Wickedly Westboro

Price: Free

When: October 26, 2019

Address: Westboro Village, Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Go for a walk with your dog to explore the Halloween celebrations in Westboro.


Visit The Ottawa Art Gallery

Price: Free

Address: 50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: The Ottawa Art Gallery is packed with super Instagrammable art.


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