What's on the Outaouais August 29 to September 5

Published on August 27 2019

Great family fun events await you in several locations around the region. Take advantage of these precious moments before school starts!

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

A breath of fresh air has blown over the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival. Festival-goers will find a totally updated site, new amusement rides (that kids and teens will love)—and then there’s the program! Some thirty shows will delight audiences of all ages and interests, including Loud, Les Trois Accords, Claude Dubois, Nickelback, etc. Take part in this leading Outaouais region event.

Where

Parc de la Baie, 988 Rue Saint-Louis, Gatineau

When

August 29-September 2

Cost

Passport: $75, Day pass: $65. Admission free for children aged 10 and under.

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Shawville Fair

This agricultural fair in the heart of the Pontiac MRC has been in existence since 1856! Drive out to Shawville and take the pulse of rural life. Visit the many stands, check out the animals, both small and big, cheer on the entertainers (including Sass Jordan) and attend the many competitions, such as tractor pulls, the demolition derby and the poultry show!

Where

215 Rue Lang, Shawville

When

August 29-September 2

Cost

Price varies per day; between $15 and $20 per person. 3 years old and up.

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A folklore performance

You may have heard of Harlem’s Gospel masses but are you familiar with the Outaouais region’s Gatineau-style masses? At Église St-François-de-Sales, close to the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival, attend a choir performance that will get you on your feet. You’ll hear modernized liturgical music that’s a blend of Quebec folklore and Irish and Algonquin traditions. You can also meet Jean-Maurice Côté, an artist who creates handwoven arrow-patterned sashes.

Where

Église St-François-de-Sales, 799 Rue Jacques-Cartier, Gatineau

When

September 1, 11 a.m.

Cost

Free

Good to know

After the mass a brunch will be served in the parish hall.

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Labour Day at the Estate

At the Mackenzie King Estate, they celebrate Labour Day in style. You can see swing dancers, get a close-up look at items from the Estate collection, play croquet and badminton, and, of course, visit the charming cottages. Bring your picnic!

Where

Mackenzie King Estate, Chelsea

When

August 29-September 2

Cost

Activities are free, but regular vehicle access fees apply.

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Museums Passport

Three days off in a row? What a great opportunity to take advantage of the Museums Passport! Choose three museums from among the 7 participating national museums and enjoy a very attractive discount, especially for families. Every child aged 17 or under gets 30% off the price of admission when accompanying a passport holder.

Where

$35

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In the woods

Need to recharge your batteries before the start of the new school year? Try the Bras-Coupé-Désert controlled harvesting zone (ZEC). Whether you stay in a cottage or choose tent-ready camping or regular camping, you’ll be sure to find peace and quiet and perfect starlit skies. Note that fishing is allowed until mid-September!

Where

163 Rue Laurier, Maniwaki

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Looking for more ideas for summer fun? Consult the event calendar on our Facebook page and read our blog post about new summer activities in the Outaouais!

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