The month of October is nearly coming to a close. So, if you’ve missed your chance to take part in any early autumn Ottawa activities, the good news is, you’ve still got some time before the cruel, relentless, Ontario winter sweeps in to ruin our crisp, colourful, and short-lived fall. Here are the last few fall-oriented events in Ottawa this season:
Ending October 28th, here’s your last chance to really get into the spirit of Halloween. Pumpkinferno, held at Upper Canada Village, is an award-winning, nighttime, outdoor exhibit, home to more than 6500 handcrafted pumpkins, lit along a kilometre long path. This event is a great fit for families, and/or a perfect date-night idea for couples.
2. Fright Fest
Ending October 31st, Fright Fest is an annual Ottawa favourite. Held at Saunders Farm, on 100 acres of land, you can experience a scary haunted house, haunted hayride, camp slaughter, a spooky maze, and the barn of terror. Other attractions include a live original show, zombie paintball, Farmer’s Table Walk-Up Restaurant, BeaverTails, and more. This event is the perfect way for people of all ages to enjoy Halloween.
3. Day of the Dead Festival & Parade
This year, on November 3rd only, at Landsdowne Park, you can experience an evening parade celebrating traditional Mexican culture, for free. This Day of the Dead themed parade will offer contests, performances by the Theatre Company, and Choir of the UNAM Canada, children;s activities, and of course, classic Mexican dishes that we all know and love, hot drinks, and more. If you’re looking for an economical way to spend your night on November 3rd, this is the way to go.
4. Ottawa Adventure Film Festival
From November 17th-21st, you can drop by the Mayfair Theatre and be apart of the highly anticipated, culture-enriched, outdoor/adventure film festival. Aside from enjoying various screenings of films from around the world, on the Wednesday night screening, you can also enjoy local awards, recognizing local talent. Tickets will be available at the door, and all ages are welcomed.
Although the weather is getting colder by the day, and festival season is thinning, the silver lining is that you no longer need to journey out into the cold to have a drink. Take advantage of Ottawa’s alcohol delivery service (613DrinksOnMe.com), and have your drinks of choice dropped off right at your front door.