Go Ottawa: Fun Family Events

Metcalfe Fair

There’s rural fun to be had at the 160th edition of the Metcalfe Fair. It’s on now through October 2 at the Metcalfe Fairgrounds. Sure, there’s a midway and a Demolition Derby and a classic car show. But there’s also everything from a baby show to a horse pull to fiddling and step dancing. Lots of live musical entertainment is happening in the OLG Entertainment Centre, and there are many attractions for the younger set—from a magic show to Little Ray’s Reptiles—in Kidzland. See www.metcalfefair.com.


Butterfly Show

The annual Ottawa Buttery Show is happening October 1 to 9 in the greenhouses of Carleton University’s Nesbitt Biology Building. This popular event is free, and hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., although lines close at 3 p.m. on weekends due to volume. The show features 1,300 butterflies representing 41 species. Donations are welcome, and tours are presented by volunteers from Let’s Talk Science, a volunteer organization of graduate and upper-year students in fields related to science and engineering. Let’s Talk’s mandate is to increase interest in science, engineering, and technology. Its local volunteers are from both Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. See letstalkscience.ca/ottawa and carleton.ca/biology/annual-butterfly-show.


The Wiggles

The Wiggles are bringing their Wiggle Town Tour to Centrepointe Theatre for two shows, at 3 and 6:30 p.m., October 5. Superstars of the preschool set, the Wiggles have sold seven million albums, 23 million DVDs, and eight million books. The October show will include music from the new Wiggle Town! album, including Come on Down to Wiggle Town!, Do the Pretzel and Captain Barnyard Dance. See thewiggles.com and centrepointetheatre.ca.

Great Hope Hootenanny

The Great Hope Hootenanny is happening October 8 at the Lone Star Ranch in Ottawa. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a harvest celebration with food, live music, games and a bouncy castle. The event is a fundraiser to support local men and women at risk of losing their fertility due to cancer treatments. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for kids and $65 for a family of four. The ranch is located at 4420 West Hunt Club Road. See fertilefuture.ca.

Paranormal Activity

If you dare, witness and experience a paranormal investigation at historic Watson’s Mill in Manotick October 15. This sleuthing will be done in partnership with the Haunted Ottawa Paranormal Society (HOPS). Reservations are required. Call 613-692-6455. There are also Haunt Nights at Watson’s Mill October 20 to 22. See watsonsmill.com for details. ◆

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