What to Do in Ottawa: Weekend Preview September 11-13

What to Do in Ottawa: Weekend Preview September 11-13

Now that the summer temperatures are beginning to cool off here in Ottawa, the weather greets us with a wet and stormy weekend. That won’t stop us, will it? Check out some of the great events happening in and around the city this weekend:


Friday evening and all day Saturday, visit the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum for Baconpalooza, a sizzling celebration of this salty delight. With special guest chefs Lynn Crawford, Lora Kirk, Michael Blackie, and Steph Legari, the experts are certainly on hand. Combined with live entertainment from MonkeyJunk and Drew Nelson, food trucks, beer tents, BBQ demonstrations…and a market so you can “bring home the bacon,” you don’t want to miss this one. All-access passes to Saturday’s events run $40, while tickets for tonight’s 19+ VIP event cost $50 each.

Kanata Ribfest

This weekend, enjoy free admission to Kanata Ribfest in Walter Baker Park. The first annual “Suburbalicious BBQ and Corn Roast” features six ribbers from the Canada and United States cooking up slow-cooked ribs, BBQ chicken, pulled pork, and fresh corn. There’s craft beer, eating contests, and much more, so check it out!

Russell Agricultural Fair

Fall in the Ottawa region means it’s time for agricultural fairs, a celebration of the bounty to the east, west, and south of the National Capital Region. The Russell Agricultural Fair is on this weekend. You can expect to enjoy a demolition derby, talent show, classic auto show, horse competition, pancake breakfast, midway games, tractor pulls – the list goes on! Admission is $10 for adults and teens and $5 for kids over 7. Access to the whole weekend is also available for $20.

Ottawa Turkish Festival

Come visit the Ottawa Turkish Cultural Centre in Kanata to take part in the Ottawa Turkish Festival. Enjoy a weekend of food, multicultural folk dancing, movies, workshops, exhibits, and more. Register online, and you could get access to a limited number of complimentary tickets for Turkish food. The festival runs from 10 to 7 on both Saturday and Sunday.

House of PainT Festival

This hip-hop festival celebrating urban arts and culture runs this weekend on Bronson. Featuring live music, dancing, art, poetry, graffiti, DJ battles and much more, this festival is energetic and features something for everyone. Prices vary, visit the House of PainT Festival website for exact event times and pricing details.

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