Fall Events in Ottawa You Don't Want to Miss 


Hello Fall! From cultural festivals to outdoor adventures, Ottawa offers something for everyone during this picturesque season. So, grab your cozy sweater and a pumpkin spice latte, and let's take you on a journey through the top fall events in Ottawa - promising a memorable getaway with a luxury stay at reStays and a season filled with festivities, flavours, and fun. 


Fall Rhapsody in Gatineau Park


If you're looking for a more relaxed but equally beautiful fall experience, head to Gatineau Park, an 18-minute drive from reStays. From late September to late October, the park becomes a stunning canvas of autumn colours. The Fall Rhapsody event offers various activities like hiking, picnicking, and scenic drives through the park's winding roads. Be sure to visit Champlain Lookout for panoramic views of the Ottawa Valley and the Gatineau Hills in all their fall glory.


Pumpkin Fest at Proulx Farm


A 40-minute drive from reStays - at Proulx Maple & Berry Farm, you'll discover the essence of fall during Pumpkin Fest. Here, you can partake in pumpkin-themed activities, hop on a delightful hayride through scenic landscapes, and choose the ideal pumpkin for your carving aspirations. But the fun doesn't stop there; the farm offers a captivating corn maze for those seeking adventure, while a charming petting zoo awaits young animal enthusiasts. Proulx Maple & Berry Farm is the perfect autumn destination, blending pumpkin delights, outdoor adventures, and farm-fresh produce.


Autumn Tree Tour at the Dominion Arboretum


The Dominion Arboretum is a hidden treasure that truly shines during the enchanting season of autumn, and is just a 15-minute drive from reStays! Take a stroll through this arboretum - it's a serene escape from the city's hustle and bustle, where winding pathways beckon you to immerse yourself in the vibrant fall foliage above. What makes this experience even more special is the Autumn Tree Tour event held until November, led by expert guides who reveal the arboretum's rich collection of tree species and their unique contributions to the symphony of colours. It's a must-visit destination for those seeking a deeper appreciation of the stunning autumn vibes. 


Poutinefest on Sparks Street


The Poutinefest on Sparks Street is happening from October 12 - 16, where savoury goodness takes centre stage just outside reStays! Ottawa's famous Sparks Street becomes a culinary paradise, offering a ton of delectable poutine creations. Whether you prefer classic poutine or daring, innovative twists, this event is a must for foodies. Be sure to try unique poutine variations like butter chicken or loaded pierogi poutine.


Haunting Season at Saunders Farm


Throughout the fall season, Saunders Farm becomes a hauntingly fun destination for all ages Approximately a 35-minute drive from reStays - it offers a variety of spooky attractions, including haunted hayrides, mazes, and a haunted barn at FrightFest, the scariest place to be this fall! During the day, it's a family-friendly farm experience with pumpkin patches, wagon rides, and delicious treats. As night falls, the farm transforms into a thrilling Halloween adventure.


Byward Market Festivals 


Raise a stein and don your lederhosen at the Oktoberfest celebrations in Byward Market on October 13 and 14. Indulge in traditional German beers, bratwurst, and lively music that will transport you straight to Munich. Be sure to sample a variety of German and local craft beers and savour the hearty Oktoberfest cuisine.


Embrace the rich cultural heritage of Mexico at the Day of the Dead Festival in the historic Byward Market from October 27 - 29. With vibrant parades, stunning altar displays, and delicious Mexican cuisine, it's a celebration of life and remembrance like no other. Join in the festive atmosphere and learn about the traditions and symbolism of this vibrant holiday.


Ottawa in the fall is a sight to behold, with its vibrant foliage, savoury delights, and a wide array of events that cater to every interest. Whether you're a foodie, nature enthusiast, or cultural explorer, there are plenty of things to do in Ottawa this fall!  Grab your calendar, mark the dates, and get ready to embrace the best that autumn has to offer during your fall escape at our downtown Ottawa hotel!