The month of September slowly ushers in fall, and with it, cooler temperatures, early fall colours and, of course, the fragrance of delicious apple desserts cooking somewhere.
Events and festivals
In the Outaouais, we never miss an opportunity to celebrate the things we love! And it's a long list: sheep's wool, fireworks, coloured leaves, beer, tulips, hot air balloons, winter, and art, to name a few. Colorful events and festivals await you in all seasons. Come celebrate with us!
May 5 to September 4
1867 Saint-Laurent Blvd., Ottawa (Ontario)
Our Climate Quest: Small Steps to Big Change invites youth and their families to look at the impacts of climate change, view real stories of action and get inspired about becoming part of the solution. This engaging exhibition contains immersive, interactive, and fun activities designed to empower you towards making sustainable choices in the fight against climate change.
May 21 to 21
1 du Casino Blvd., Gatineau (Québec)
On May 21st, come to the Casino du Lac-Leamy and attend the Pleins Feux sur Riopelle event, a unique fireworks show presented by Loto-Québec and organized to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of painter Jean Paul Riopelle.
May 25 to November 24
30 Bank St., Ottawa (Ontario)
More than 800 questions were received from all corners of the country! They were thoughtful, complex, or very amusing. Each of them was answered. For this exhibition, ten questions were chosen, the answers of which would provide essential knowledge to children about money. Then, ten playful stations were designed - one for each chosen question - offering activities to equip young people for their financial future. The exhibition is a place where parents and children can learn while having fun - full of enjoyment without breaking their piggy bank!
June 1 to October 12
The Marché Vieux Hull is now located at Parc Moussette. You can discover a wide range of local products, artisanal bakery items, fruits and vegetables, jams, honey, maple products, garlic, charcuterie and meats, ready-to-eat meals, and artisanal products.
June 3 to September 30
The Marché du Plateau is located at Parc Central on Rue de Bruxelles, near Boulevard du Plateau in the Plateau sector of the city of Gatineau. You can discover a wide range of local products, artisanal bakery items, fruits and vegetables, jams, honey, maple products, garlic, charcuterie and meats, ready-to-eat meals, and artisanal products.
June 9 to December 31
1 Vimy Place, Ottawa (Ontario)
In this expansive introduction to wargaming, find out how games — from tabletop battlefields to digital simulations — have been used to train military personnel. Explore the connections between military conflicts and popular games. Hear thought-provoking perspectives from professional gamers, researchers, designers and veterans. War is not a game. Yet war games offer insights into our relationship with real and virtual armed conflict.
June 16 to September 8
9 Potvin Rd., Messines (Québec)
Meet this producer and many others every Friday from 12 to 5 pm at the Gracefield farmer's market. Don't miss the event on June 30th to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the market. Entertainment, fun and great finds await you!
July 13 to 30
45 Wakefield Heights Rd., La Pêche (Québec)
Fairbairn House Heritage Centre is excited to announce the launch of our log cabin escape room challenge! Help school teacher Margaret find the gold stashed by her husband in the one room school house, just before he headed back out west to the BC gold rush. The Fairbairn log cabin escape room challenge takes approximately 1 hour to complete and is suitable for those 6 yrs old and up!
July 20 to 30
530 Charles-Auguste-Montreuil St., Saint-André-Avellin (Québec)
Bring out your inner cowboy at the Saint-André-Avellin Western Festival!
July 22 to September 17
34 Greermount Rd., Clarendo (Québec)
Discover the fantastic world of herbalism by walking through the gardens of the farm. We will explain to you the cultivation and use of the medicinal plants that we grow here. All your senses will be stimulated during the interactive visit. A question period will follow the tour.
August 2 to 19
100 Laurier St., Gatineau (Québec)
Every summer in August, the Outaouais' torchbearer event, Les Grands Feux du Casino Lac-Leamy, offers four hours of entertainment: great pyromusical shows, fire cooking experience, artistic creations, activities for all, experiential paths and more!
August 18 to 20
14 Du petit 5e rang Rd., Ripon (Québec)
For the first time, a Health and Wellness Festival will be held in the Outaouais region. It will bring together a variety of speakers, health professionals, artists and organizations, as well as the collaboration of various stakeholders, partners and artisans. This initiative is spearheaded by the Centre de vie, a well-known regional organization whose influence extends beyond local borders. Be part of it!
August 25 to 27
211 Henri-Bourassa St. (Cité étudiante de la Haute-Gatineau), Maniwaki (Québec)
For the last 25 years, the Upper Gatineau Whitewater Festival has been helping to preserve the Gatineau River by organizing whitewater canoe, kayak, and rafting expeditions.
August 26 to 26
351 Rt. 105, Gracefield (Québec)
A colorful evening awaits you on August 26 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Gracefield's Parc des Loisirs. Dress in white to take part in the fluorescent dance. While you're there, cast your eyes skyward to watch the fireworks. The Glow Dance festive event is sure to put stars in your eyes!
September 11 to July 16
53 Elgin St., Ottawa (Ontario)
Produced by the National Arts Centre, "Zones Théâtrales" is a Francophone theater event that takes place every two years on the stages of Ottawa/Gatineau. The program includes performances and works in progress from all across Canada, as well as several free events (art installations, festive evenings, drag cabaret, etc.). It is a great way to kick off the cultural season.
September 12 to December 19
71 Principale St., Gatineau (Québec)
Come and laugh along with our host Julien Dionne and his guests, some of the biggest names in comedy! Don't miss this unique opportunity! Comédie au British, the hippest evening of comedy in the heart of downtown Aylmer! Show dates : September 26 (French), October 24 (English), November 21 (French), December 19 (English).
September 15 to 17
1717 Arthur-Fecteau St. (Gatineau Airport), Gatineau (Québec)
For its 6th edition, which will take place from September 15 to 17, 2023 at the Gatineau Airport, Aero Gatineau-Ottawa offers you a program that will include more than sixty aircraft, both on the ground and in the air, including the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the CF-18 Hornet and a MiG-17 jet!
October 7 to 8
448 Mont Cascades Rd., Cantley (Québec)
Enjoy the autumn season with the Promenade lift, offering a breathtaking view of the fall foliage from the mountain summit overlooking the Gatineau River. Entertainment, an "Oktoberfest" menu, and live music await you. Take advantage of special rates for winter season passes available until October 31st.
October 31 to 31
1521 Rt. 309, L'Ange-Gardien (Québec)
On Tuesday, October 31st, come and discover the Champboisé site, decorated for the occasion, stroll along the illuminated trail and collect treats from the 14 themed cabins! Open to all, this event allows families to celebrate in a safe & fun environment. Music and entertainment on site, starting at 5 pm. Admission is free, but a contribution in candies is requested. Learn more about parking options!
November 17 to 17
392 Notre-Dame St., Montebello (Québec)
On November 17th, embark on a sensory journey through the rich Quebec’s terroir. Set at the iconic Fairmont Le Château Montebello, the Autumn Harvest promises an evening where the spirit of the season with a curated experience where guests can savor a specially selected range of wines, ciders, and spirits that best represent the region’s rich heritage. 5 Quebec producers - Seasonal gastronomy - Cocktail dinner and tastings