Stay up-to-date with our concierge's top picks for Ottawa events near The Westin Ottawa Hotel. Whether you are visiting with family or friends, we will share our must-see events and activities for your next trip to Canada's capital city.
October 6-7, 2012
Fall Rhapsody in Gatineau Park
All Weekend – Gatineau Park – Admission: Free
Autumn is a special time to visit Ottawa, as vibrant fall colours frame the Capital’s national sights, and Fall Rhapsody celebrations and activities attract thousands to nearby Gatineau Park – just a 15-minute drive from The Westin Ottawa. An annual event organized by the National Capital Commission, Fall Rhapsody invites everyone to enjoy over 90 kilometres of trails that run through the Park – on foot or by bike – and to take part in family activities and free learning programs at the Park’s Visitor Centre. One not-to-be missed attraction is Mackenzie King Estate, the historic home and surrounding grounds built by Canada’s 10th and longest-serving Prime Minister. For spectacular views of the Gatineau Hills and the Ottawa Valley, stop by the Champlain Lookout, or venture even higher atop the Eardley Escarpment at Luskville Falls. Be sure to bring your camera, pack a lunch and wear your hiking boots!
Saturday October 6th – 7:30pm – Scotiabank Place – Admission: Free
Canadian rock legends Tom Cochrane & Red Rider will headline this year’s spectacular edition of Rock for Public Services at Scotiabank Place. The concert will be presented by CUPE Local 503 and CUPE Ontario to celebrate the efforts of municipal and health care workers in the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa-Gatineau area.
All Weekend – starting at 7:00 –46 ½ Sparks Street – Admission: Child $7.75, Adult $13.75
The Haunted Walk is Ottawa's most popular walking tour company. Locals and newcomers alike are fascinated by these glimpses into the darker history and haunting of the Nation's Capital. All of our stories are thoroughly researched and will delight even the skeptics in the group! Join us for one or all of our different tours.. The Haunted Walk is a member in good standing with the Ottawa Tourism and Convention Authority. Office is located at 46½ Sparks Street (near the corner of Sparks & Elgin - right beside D'Arcy McGee's Pub), and is also the departure point for the tours.
Enjoy your weekend and be well,
September 28-29, 2012
Taboo Eats – Ottawa Edition
A social feast by non-chefs on Saturday, September 29, 2012 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm at the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel
Taboo Eats is exposing foodies in cities across Ontario to great food in unique spaces. If you are looking for the newest in local pop-up dining or cooking competitions, or if just want a chance to taste an array of small plates, you will not want to miss Taboo Eats Ottawa.
A ticket will get you into this unique event, where various food and beverage stations will be offering items for under $10, so be sure to bring some cash for grazing.
The annual Fall Rhapsody celebrations begin this weekend in Gatineau Park! Organized by the National Capital Commission, the event invites visitors to set out and explore over 90 kilometers of trails located on the park’s grounds. Throughout the season (which runs until Oct. 14), there will be plenty of free family activities and educational programs taking place at the Visitor Centre. And don’t forget to grab your camera: Lookouts at various points along the trail offer unbeatable views of the Ottawa Valley and the Gatineau Hills.
Oktoberfest Ottawa 2012
A three-day celebration of beer, Bavarian food and oompah music held at Clarke Field in Barrhaven – will be taking place this Friday through Sunday. The event will feature musical performances by Bearshark, Julian Taylor Band, and The Bushpilots, among others. Also on the bill is a special guest appearance by actor George Wendt, who is best known for his portrayal of Norm on the popular TV sitcom Cheers.
Following the trend set by cities like Paris, New York, Amsterdam and Berlin, Ottawa will be hosting its very own Harvest Noir this Sunday night. Set in a secret location that will be revealed just hours before the event begins, Harvest Noir invites guests to dress up in their best black clothing, and honor the autumn harvest with an outdoor picnic and pop-up parade. Featuring locally sourced food (which guests prepare and bring themselves), wine, beer and bubbly, the epic feast will be followed by a massive dance party at a separate undisclosed venue.