Ottawa Weekend Family Fun



Hooray for you! You survived the rush-rush pace of the first week of the back-to-school season. Luckily, it’s still actually summer and the forecast calls for perfect weather for family fun this weekend.

Better yet, there are events on tap that will delight all ages. And did we mention bacon?
The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is devoting the whole weekend to bacon–starting right now.  Baconpalooza is happening September 9 to 11 and it includes everything from great food and drinks to live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and shopping. (And did we mention bacon? … )

If you love music, head to Hintonburg for Ottawa Porchfest. This fun community music fest features local musicians playing sets on volunteered porches around the ‘hood. Numerous bands will be playing simultaneously on porches throughout the community. You can get a map and details at

Savour Fall at Rideau Hall. Saturday, September 10, from 12:30 to 4, there’s free admission and activities and lots of fun activities.
Highlights include:

Culinary treats by the Rideau Hall kitchen and leading local chefs, with assistance from culinary students.

Tours of the private gardens and greenhouses, with gardening tips from NCC experts.

Residence tours, with tips from the Governor General’s hospitality experts on how to receive guests for special occasions.

Opportunities to meet local producers and agricultural groups, and taste samples of their products.

Fun children’s activities, including face painting, storytime and crafts.

Live musical performances.

Events happen rain or shine and if you’re planning to attend, you’re asked to bring a non-perishable food donation or two for local food banks.

Saturday, September 10 is BUG Day and creepy-crawly fun is happening in the Ottawa Research and Development Centre at 960 Carling Ave on the Central Experimental Farm. The building is home to the Canadian National Collection of Insects, parts of which will be on display at the event. Highlights include a live insect zoo, cockroach races, insect cuisine and kids’ insect crafts.
Bug Day happens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s free and parking is available on site.

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