It’s a great (not to mention finger-licking good) time to head to downtown Ottawa. Ribtoberfest on Sparks Street is happening today, September 25, and running through Sunday, September 28. Eight different BBQ rib stations, live entertainment, buskers, Oktoberfest fare, beer patios, a rib cutting contest and games are all part of the fun. There are gluten-free options, as well as plenty of yummy non-rib choices. Ribtoberfest runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Saturday and from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. on Sunday. See sparkslive.com/ribtoberfest.html for details.
For kid (and parent)-pleasing family fun, the place to be this weekend is at the Carp Fair. Dating back to 1863, it’s a popular annual celebration in September and also one of the largest agricultural fairs in the region. Starting today, September 25, and running through Sunday, September 28, the schedule includes agricultural shows, loads of live entertainment, rides and games. The Family Circle tent offers magic shows and Rock the Arts Puppets, plus the kids will also appreciate the petting zoo, pony rides and miniature trains. World-class horse shows and the Presidents Choice SuperDogs are other highlights. You’ll find the fair at the Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp Road in Carp. For details, see www.carpfair.ca.
One World Film Festival
Are you a documentary film buff? Ottawa’s longest-running annual doc fest, One World Film Festival is running from September 25 through 27 at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street. It features screenings, discussions, Q&As with filmmakers, a workshop and NGO presentations and it’s focused on raising awareness about human rights, social justice and environmental issues. For details, see www.oneworldarts.ca, www.facebook.com/oneworldfilm and twitter.com/OneWorldFilm.
Harvest Noir 2014 Pop-Up Picnic and Dance Noir After-Party
The Harvest Noir 2014 Pop-Up Picnic and Dance Noir After Party is taking place September 27. A harvest celebration of local food and wine, it’s a pop-up picnic at a secret location with celebrants dresses in black. Entertainment includes an orchestra and circus performers. The picnic ends with sparklers to mark the end of summer. The Dance Noir after-party features an audience-participation fashion show. For tickets and details, see www.harvestnoir.com.