Awesome October Family Friendly Activities


October is just around the corner and there are TONS of activities for your children to enjoy to celebrate fall and get ready for Halloween!


The Annual Biology Butterfly Show is on from Saturday October 1st to October 9th 2022 from 9am to 3pm in the greenhouses of Carleton University’s Biology Department. This exhibition features nonetheless than 1,300 exotic butterflies!! Bring your kids and your cameras to enjoy this FREE exhibit because some butterflies love to land on colourful clothing or some will climb on your hand if you put it underneath them.

The Ottawa Parent Parent and Child Expo is a fun, informative & affordable weekend for the whole family! It will take place October 8th & 9th 2022 at the Nepean Sportsplex. Parents will find a variety of their favourite Ottawa exhibitors offering important parenting information, and kids will find Elmo and Cookie Monster  for a meet and greet, onstage musical performances, as well as friendly-mascots to hug, robotics, princesses, and a variety of other activities including face painting, arts and crafts activities.

If you are up for a short drive, Upper Canada Village has it’s annual Pumpkinferno starting September 30th 2022 with over 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins!

Enjoy the beautiful fall colours during Fall Rhapsody. This festival takes places all over the Capital Region and is very popular in the Gatineau Park. Weekends & Holidays tend to get very busy in the Gatineau Park so it is recommended to use the FREE NCC shuttle

From September 29th to October 2nd 2022, the Metcalfe Fair will be on with a demolition derby, live music & children’s entertainment.

Enjoy a day or afternoon visiting pumpkin patches or apples orchards in the Ottawa area.

Enjoy the best autumn has to offer at the Watson Mill’s Harvest Festival on Saturday October 8th 2022 with wagon rides, children’s crafts, a scavenger hunt, lawn games and many other traditional fall activities.

Experience the spectacular fall color this fall at Camp Fortune! Take a scenic ride up with views of the Gatineau Park and a thrilling ride down through the forest on the Mountain Pipe Coaster or admire the leaves from the Tree Tops at the Aerial Park.

Haunting Season at Saunders Farm is from September 24th to October 30th with a haunted hay ride, play structures, a jumping pillow, the Vintage Carnival, the barn of terror, puppet shows, 7 hedge mazes, a pedal cart racetrack, Ghost Town Stage and the Witch Mountain Slide.

Proulx Berry Farm in the East end will be hosting their 28th Annual Pumpkin Fest every Saturday and Sunday & Thanksgiving Monday 10am to 5pm from September 18th through to October 31st with face painting, inflatable bouncies, a Halloween costume contest, an art contest, pyramids, wagons rides through the mysterious forest, haunted mazes, 2 haunted houses, a petting farm and pick your own pumpkin.

Enjoy Fall at the Log Farm with Wagon Rides, a Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Play Structures, a petting zoo and Scarecrow Lane. 

The Ottawa Fire Truck Pull will be held on October 21st 2023 at 2pm at Lansdowne Park. 

The Ottawa Pet Expo  is an absolute pet friendly family event which will be held October 1st & 2nd at the EY Centre in Ottawa.

PoutineFest on Sparks Street will be held from October 13th to 16th 2022. 

The Day of the Dead Festival is a free event that will be held in the Byward market from October 28th to 30th 2022. Activities include a Mariachi Band, Pinata Workshop, Artisanat Market, Papel Picado Workshop and much more! 

The Country Moments Spa & Wellness Centre will be hosting an outdoor movie night (Hocus Pocus 2) on October 1st at 7pm.

Do you know of any other great activities or events happening in October in and around Ottawa? Join the conversation in our comments section below.

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