It's almost that time of the week again when you can leave your work woes behind for a few brief days and focus on having fun. Even if you're stuck with a weekend shift, there are plenty of after-work things to do in Ottawa this weekend September 27-29 to help you blow off some steam. From crazy interactive parties to Harry Potter trivia, adorable dog parades, and so much more, it's never too early to settle on epic weekend plans! So browse the list below and let your BFFs know what's up in the capital this weekend.

The Carp Fair

Price: Starting at $12

When: Thursday, September 26 to Sunday, September 29

Address: 3790 Carp Rd.

Why You Need To Go: The Carp Fair has held its charming title of "best little fair in Canada" for 156 years now. With different special events each night and a wide array of midway rides and deep-fried fair treats, there will be no shortage of fun.

Ottawa Wiener Dog Parade

Price: Free

When: Sunday, September 29

Address: 21 Murray St.

Why You Need To Go: You can watch a parade of adorable wiener dogs take over the streets of Ottawa in the cutest costumes ever. The parade ends at Pedestrian Plaza where you can enjoy tasty sausage treats at the annual Sausage Fest.

Halloween Shopping Party

Price: Prices vary

When: Saturday, September 28

Address: 254 Dalhousie St.

Why You Need To Go: You can sip on spooky-themed mocktails and listen to Halloween music while you browse the new vintage Halloween collections from All Dolled Up and Mz Jones Vintage. Find a sweet costume for this year, or simply add some quirky new items to your wardrobe. There will also be on-site pin-up experts who will be providing hair, makeup, and styling tips.

The Ottawa Chocolate Show

Price: $10

When: Saturday, September 28

Address: 315 Chapel St.

Why You Need To Go: Do you go coco-crazy for chocolate? Then this show was made for you! You can meet award-winning chocolate makers, sit in on presentations and workshops, and, best of all, sample chocolate. You can even purchase fancy chocolate bars to take home.

Tinder Tales 

Price: $12 advance, $15 door

When: Saturday, September 28

Address: 220 Elgin St.

Why You Need To Go: Do you love hearing about people's crazy Tinder experiences? You can listen to real comedians share their real (and hilarious) encounters in the online dating world. If you're looking to spend your Saturday LOLing then this is the place to do it.

Harry Potter Trivia Night

Price: $20/person or $100/team of six

When: Saturday, September 28

Address: 575 Bank St.

Why You Need To Go: Calling all witches, wizards, and muggles! Do you consider yourself a Harry Potter expert? You can flex your wizard knowledge at Harry Potter trivia night for the chance to win $200 worth of prizes.

Night Owl Interactive Party

Price: $15

When: Saturday, September 28

Address: 50 Mackenzie King Bridge

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy all of the live music and dancing you'd expect at a regular party, but with a creative twist. You'll have the chance to step away from the party and into a world of VR. You can also duck out to see one of the Animation Festival movies, or whip out your sketch pad to capture one of the live cosplay models.

Jane Goodall: Inspiration In Action

Price: $77-$100

When: Friday, September 27

Address: 101 Centrepointe Dr.

Why You Need To Go: If you've been looking for a dose of inspiration lately, attending a Dr. Goodall talk is certainly one way to get it. You can hear her speak about her iconic research and her dedicated activist work. If you're a fan of Goodall, regarded as the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, there are even meet-and-greet VIP tickets available. There is an additional, more intimate show on Saturday as well. 


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