What’s on for Family Fun in Ottawa in September

Family Fun in Ottawa in September - SavvyMom

Looking for exciting family fun in Ottawa this September? Ottawa has a variety of events and engaging activities for all ages and they are a great way to get out and explore before the summer season is completely behind us. From exploring fun exhibits and museums  to local fairs to extraordinary shows there is something for everybody.  Don’t miss out on the exciting shows, exploring the local parks and sneaking in a family picnic before the weather gets colder.

Family Fun in Ottawa in September


From Saturday September 8th – Sunday September 9th you can enjoy this free festival with African-Canadian artists as they showcase their musical talent, fashion and designs, drumming, dance and so much more! This festival will be held at Mooneys bay and you can view the full festival line up and schedule on their website.

Enjoy a Country Fair


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September is the month for Country Fairs!

From Thursday August 31st – Monday September 4th, head to Shawville to enjoy a country fair like none other! Entrance fees are $20-$30 and includes all rides and activities (where can you get that anywhere else?!). With a line up of music, farm events, demolition derbys, and tractor pulls you can definitely spend a full day here!

From Friday September 1st – Monday September 4th you can enjoy the Perth Fair as they celebrate their 176th year! With a midway (separate purchase) and a large agricultural focus (cattle, horses, 4-H clubs, homecrafts, poultry show) coupled with the tractor pull, lawn mower race, demolition derby, lawn tractor pull, and special childrens activities, this is a great country fair.

Head to the Richmond Fair September Thursday September 14 – Sunday September 17th for a weekend of family fun in Ottawa country fair style! Homecrafts, livestock, 4H club, scavenger hunt, special childrens entertainment, and a midway are all a part of this weekend fun.

The Carp Fair is back Thursday September 21st – Sunday September 24th with horse shows, live bands, midway, lawn tractor pull, horse jumping show, and special family circle/entertainment throughout the weekend.

Wild Kratts

The Kratt brothers are back in Ottawa and ready for you to join them for this LIVE show at Centrepointe Theatre on Friday September 15th and Saturday September 16th. This show is geared towards children age 2-10 and you can purchase regular tickets or VIP which includes a meet and greet.

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

From Thursday August 31 – Monday September 4th the Festival de Montgolfières is back in Gatineau! Get up close and personal as you watch the hot air balloons in action, check out the great music and food scene or hit up the amusement rides with the kids. With a silent disco, chill zone, mobile arcade and fireworks this is a fun filled weekend.

Ottawa Titans

Wrapping up their regular season the first weekend of September gives you another few days to head out to the ball park and experience great baseball right here locally (and for a great price!). The kids will stay entertained in between innings with their fun fan engagement and don’t forget to grab some yummy ball park food.

New Edinburgh Streetfest

Music, horse and wagon rides, house tours, beer/wine tent, cafes, and walking tours are a part of the New Edinburgh Streefest. This event is also a fundraiser for the Inuuqatigiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth & Families. New Edinburgh is a small but mighty and vibrant Ottawa community just steps from downtown.

Metcalfe Night Market

Wednesday September 6th is the last opportunity for this season to check out the Metcalfe Night Market at the Fairgrounds from 5-8p.m. With entertainment and lots of dinner options on site this makes it a fun evening out as a family while you check out local artisans and vendors.

City Folk 2023

One of the last music festivals of the 2023 summer season City Folk returns from Wednesday September 13th to Sunday September 17th at Lansdowne. With Iggy Pop, the Arkells, Headstones, Bush, Kaleo, and Hozier, this concert series will attract those who are keen to check out the current music scene and those of us who would like to relive some of our high school years. This festival is great for families and older children who enjoy live music. You will also find some little ones in strollers and carriers (just remember the ear bands for sound control!) throughout the festival.

The Wiggles Live!

Join Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus, and of course all of the Wiggles for this fun family concert that is interactive and will leave you singing “Fruit Salad, Yummy, Yummy” louder than you ever imagined. With 3 events to choose from on Saturday September 30th, Centrepointe will be an action filled spot with laughs, singing, and dancing!

Yummy Eats

Orleans ribfest and poutine is back Friday September 15th to Sunday September 17th on Centrum Blvd. With 5 Poutiners collectively having over 40 different kinds of poutines you will want to come with an empty belly so you have room to eat! Grab a rack of ribs, or challenge yourself to grab a taste from all the vendors on site, and don’t forget a delicious blooming onion. Bring the baby wipes……everybody eating will need some.

Open Doors at Rideau Hall

From Saturday September 2 – Monday September 4th you can explore Rideau Hall and discover the State Rooms, Gardens, and Greenhouses on site at the Governor General’s residence. Guides will also be on hand to share information and answer questions from your family during your visit.


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