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Fun Fall Fairs to Attend Around Ottawa This Year

Fall Fairs

It’s apple season, pumpkin season, and cozy weather time. September ushers in new weather, and new experiences. It’s also the time for many local fairs in the Ottawa area. A fall fair is filled with midways, agricultural learning, tasty treats, and outdoor fun.

Put on your comfiest flannel shirt and bundle the kids up to enjoy one of these upcoming fall fairs happening this month!

Richmond Fair

When is it? September 12th until September 16th

Where is it? Richmond, Ontario (near Kanata)

The annual Richmond Fair is back, and they’re kicking it off by welcoming the RCMP musical ride on Wednesday, September 12, followed by a weekend of familiar fair events like the midway and live musical entertainment.

On Saturday morning you won’t want to miss the annual fair parade beginning at 11 am and Kiddyland will be filled with free entertainment for the kids including a petting farm, magician, and more!

1860s Fall Fair at Upper Canada Village

When is it? September 15th and 16th

Where is it? Upper Canada Village is located on the Seaway, South of Ottawa (near Morrisburg), on County Road 2

While many of our local fall fairs have a long-standing history in the area, the Fall Fair weekend at Upper Canada Village will make it feel like you are truly back in the 1800s enjoying a Fall Fair. Tickets are available in advance online and children 4-years-old or younger are free.

At the weekend Fall Fair, step back in time and enjoy activities from hundreds of years ago. There will be a quilting bee, music at Cook’s Tavern, a horse and cattle show and a brass band performance. In the afternoon there will be special games and activities for the kids.

Carp Fair

When is it? September 20th until September 23rd

Where is it? Carp, Ontario (North-West of Kanata)

In Ottawa’s West End, the Carp Fair returns to delight residents in Carp and the surrounding Ottawa areas. Live musical entertainment will take place each evening, but also in the afternoon. Derby Night is on Thursday, September 20th. The Family Circle Tent has entertainment for the kids including puppets and magicians and we know everyone will love the CanadaDogs show! There are also horse shows, the midway with rides everyone will love, and of course fair food for everyone to snack on.

A weekend pass is available for purchase, online only.

Metcalfe Fair

When is it? September 27th until September 30

Where is it? The Metcalfe Fairgrounds in the Village of Metcalfe, just off of Bank Street in Ottawa’s South end

At the end of the month, you’ll want to head the Metcalfe Fair. This fair has been taking place since 1856 and features agriculture exhibits, as well as a midway, cattle show, and children’s entertainment. A few of the highlights your family may love include the demolition derby, the old car show, special family demonstrations, and the fiddling and step dancing. The midway is open later in the day on Thursday and at 1 pm on Friday (but this is the day for bracelets). On Saturday and Sunday, it begins at 11 am.

The Kidzland entertainment schedule is jam-packed on Friday through Sunday and includes live musical performances, Ray’s Reptiles, Marvin the Magician and Dr. Kaboom!


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