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- The Shelter Movers gala, Moving Stories: Connecting the Possibilities meets under the stars at Venue TwentyTwo this evening. Enjoy cocktails with Shelter Movers Ottawa’s partners and hear from survivors, donors, and volunteers, and bid on the silent auction items.
- Do some shopping with the businesses on Wellington and the surrounding area, in the Wellington Village Sidewalk Sale.
- Carp Fair 2023 launches with Toonie rides on the midway from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Meanwhile, the Beer Garden opens at 7:00 pm and the Ryans bring the live music from 8:00 pm.
- Saltina Shaker and Sunshine Glitterchild headline Brew Revolution’s Drag Revolution show in Stittsville. It’s all beer, snacks, and live drag on a Thursday night.
- Can Geo Talks opens the Fall 2023 season with Karen Pinchin, the author of Kings of Their Own Ocean: Tuna, Obsession and the Future of our Seas. Thursday September 21, 7:00 pm. Pay What you Can.
- It’s a sale, but it’s also an event: the Workshop Trunk Sale. For some reason we mentioned it starting on Tuesday. Not so. Today is Day 1, and it’s happening at 70B Beech Street (right behind the Prescott). This is a chance to get Canadian made womenswear at 30-70% off. The sale runs until Monday September 25, in person only.
- The City of Ottawa is holding a free, interactive educational event about road safety at City Hall. In addition to interactive displays demonstrating the visibility of drivers of larger trucks and City vehicles, a bike mechanic will be giving free tune-ups. The event runs 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Marion Dewar Plaza.
- It’s International Plavac Mali Day, which celebrates the red wine grapes grown on Dalmatian coast of Croatia. La Bottega Nicastro will have samples of three different Plavac Mali wines with food pairings. Presented by Croatia Unpacked. 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at 64 George St. First come, first served.
- Video Game Music LIVE with F8-Bit. House of TARG
- Indie Thursdays with Kristine St. Pierre. Overflow Brewing
- Grace Petrie. National Arts Centre Fourth Stage
- Irene’s Blues Sessions with Guest Host Vince Halfhide. Irene’s Pub
- John Kofi Dapaah Trio. Montgomery Scotch Lounge
- Grey Brisson, Shim Up in Da Cut, Tax Savior. City Sounds Live, Wedel, Westboro Village
- Dr. Jazz. City Sounds Live, Carmelito Cafe
- Veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akela was fatally shot while reporting for Al Jazeera at the entrance to the Jenin Refugee Camp in the West Bank. Carleton University has created the new Shireen Abu Akleh Emerging Reporter Award in Social Justice Journalism in her honour, and will launch the award with members of Abu Akleh’s family present this evening. The event will also feature a concert with new music composed in her honour. 7:00 pm Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre.
- Meet reps from 30 charities and not-for-profits needing help at The Ottawa Volunteer Expo
- Cranium Festival continues with a free outdoor concert in collaboration with City Sounds. Ogilvy Square, 3 Nicholas St.
- The full day of programming at the Ottawa International Animation Festival spreads across eight venues, with screenings, competitions, talks, and useful workshops like “The Art of Pitching You.”
- Today’s the day to visit Carp Fair if you want to see the animals. The Rabbit Show, the Heavy Horse Halter Classes, the Dairy Show with Holstein and Coloured Breeds, the Goat Show, and even the Horse Pull; they’re all part of today’s Fair experience.
- Bring your own chess board to Queen Jillian’s Chess Club at Eddy’s Diner.
- Laugh with four of Canada’s best stand ups at My Jokes are Up Here, featuring Jen Grant, Christina Walkinshaw, Erica Sigurdson and Rebecca Kohler. Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe, Nepean.
- Art House Café becomes the Somerset Western Saloon for a night. Dress up in your Western gear, play sheriff (or outlaw), listen to country music, and enjoy the feature drinks.
- Justin Does Ottawa, with Shit Tax, Brutal Play, Dreaded Rebels. Dominion Tavern
- Les Stroud. Red Bird Live
- Saturn Sunrise. Stray Dog Brewing Company
- Morning Glory (Oasis tribute band). Overflow Brewing
- Lina Allemano Four. National Arts Centre
- Lonelyboyxxo, Yoharis, OC34N. City Sounds Live, Ottawa Art Gallery Jackson Cafe
- Miss McLeod, Incredible LJ, DJ Del Pilar. City Sounds Live, Ottawa Art Gallery
- Jamie Douglas. The Royal Oak (Blair Road location)
- Kev Sunshine. City at Night
- Private Name, Private Number, Tiana Lee, MacMuwsa, Beebe Ruth, King K LV. City Sounds Live, Ogilvy Square
- Doom ‘A Blue, Autowah, Alter of the Fuzz. Avant-Garde Bar
- Gregor Sneddon and The Heaters. Rainbow Bistro
- CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders v Ottawa RedBlacks
See what we mean? There's so much happening this Saturday! No matter where you are or what you’re doing today though, take note that Autumn will officially arrive at 2:49 am. Summer's officially over.
- Explore the Canadensis Garden at the Experimental Farm. The garden is based on the 34 acre parcel of land that will house the future Botanical Garden of Canada. Check out the early Fall colours and visit the art expo and sale.
- The NCC is giving walking tours of the LeBreton Flats project. The building team will be there, so bring your questions. Spaces are limited. It’s all part of the larger Open NCC event, with walking tours, behind the scenes looks at projects, Q&As with experts, bike tours, farming in the Greenbelt, and more.
- The Centretown Community Association’s Fall Festival at Dundonald Park will have lots for the family to do.
- Spark Beer’s Sparktoberfest returns for its second incarnation and they’re keeping it local with sausages from Valley Sausage Co and pretzels from Nat’s Bread Co. Oh, and fantastic beer, obvs. Tickets $15 and $40.
- Fall Fun on the Farm returns to the Log Farm. Get lost in the corn maze, take a wagon ride, and meet the animals.
- Saunders’ Farm Pumpkin Days launches today. Enjoy the gourd times (sorry) today through October 31.
- Debaser’s quarterly Pique Festival returns to Ottawa Art Gallery for a day of art, music, and artist talks.
- Watch as Caroline from Corner Peach demos pie making at A Slice of Pie, at Vesta Marble & Granite. 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
- When they close the street to traffic, you know the event is going to be big. Manotick Main Street comes alive today with food samples, shopping deals from local vendors and businesses, entertainment, and family fun. Taste of Manotick runs 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
- Local vendors of food and goods will be set up at Hintonburg Park for the Tates of Wellington West festival. Enjoy live music and games like cornhole. 11:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
- Up to 120 vendors will be participating in the Harvest Market at Cumberland Museum.
- Cheerfully Made’s Fall Craft Market at Bell Sensplex welcomes an incredible 150 Canadian vendors today and tomorrow.
- The embassy of Japan plays host to the Bonsai Expo 2023, presented by the Ottawa Bonsai Society.
- Admission is free at Cumberland Heritage Village Museum Culture Days, where you can witness life in a rural community in the 1920s and 30s. Take in the Cumberland Harvest Market at the same time.
- Almanac Urban Mill & Bakery presents The Real Bread Festival, where you’ll have the chance to shop from local bakeries, watch the judging of the Real Bread Festival Home Baker Competition, and learn how “a better loaf of bread can result in a healthier planet.”
- It’s time again for the monthly petting zoo at the Kanata Farmers Market.
- Beetbox Farm’s second annual Music Festival will have two stages programmed with great music plus food and craft beer (from Conspiracy Theory Brewery). The fun starts at 2:00 pm. Buy your ticket in advance and save.
- Westboro Farmers’ Market is enhanced by a scavenger hunt, the worm display by the Canadian Agriculture & Food Museum, and a tic tac toe game with..squashes.
- The Ottawa International Animation Festival continues with a drop-in scratch animation workshop.
- Meet other singles - and couples - at the Kanata Dance Club, Mlacak Centre (2500 Campeau Drive). Tonight’s theme is Denim.
- Let’s Run Away 4 - Fashion Showcase at the Canadian Museum of History combines cocktails, fashion, and an after party to extend the night.
- The East Ottawa Wine & Beer Tour will stop at Stray Dog Brewing, Vignoble Clos du Vully in Navan, and Domaine Perrault.
- Networking on a Saturday sounds more fun when you learn that there will be specially curated food and drink. Bubbles, Beer and Business takes over the Chef’s Paradise parking lot from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.
- Cranium Festival 2023 closes with Belly, AR Paisley, City Fidelia, Paris Richards, Chung, Tara Lord, and DJ Miles on stage.
- Thanitfaxath, with Shit Tax, Mesothelioma. Dominion Tavern
- The Cranes, Portable Ethnic Taxi, Not My Enemy. Avant-Garde bar
- Sofar Sounds x Sounds Odd 2. Haven
- Little Bones (Tragically Hip tribute). Rideau Carleton Casino
- Danby’s Saturday Jam. Danby’s Roadhouse (Richmond)
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- Martha’s sister swears by the outrageous fun to be had at a Choir! Choir! Choir! event. Un-Silent Night: An EPIC Holiday Sing-Along is bound to sell out. December 10, National Arts Centre Southam Hall. Tickets from $15. Presale tickets are on sale now with the code CHOIR23.
- Add The Whalebone to yesterday’s list of restaurants offering no-fuss, reheat at home Thanksgiving dinners.
- Broken Stick Brewing’s Oktoberfest promises German food, great beer (obvs) and live music, but the promise of keg tossing seals the deal. Tickets on sale now for the October 21 event.