|Pumpkins & Garlic. Photo by David Johnson from the OttawaStart Flickr Group.|
Here are our contributors’ picks for the best events in Ottawa this week, including the Thanksgiving weekend.
Related: What’s open and closed on Thanksgiving weekend in Ottawa…
Until Monday, October 14: Annual Biology Butterfly Show
Enjoy over 1,300 beautiful butterlfies as they flit, fly and land on you or nearby. Get up close and very personal with these beautiful insects. Great free family fun. At the Carleton University Greenhouse.
— Sara-Lynne Levine
Until Monday, October 14: Mackenzie King Estate and Tearoom
Experience the magical fall colours of Gatineau Par and wander the quiet wooded trails and admire the collection of ruins that were the pride of a former prime minister.
— Jean Labelle
(Editor’s note: There’s special fall programming at several spots in Gatineau Park over the weekend. More info here…)
Thursday, October 10: Second Annual Danielle Naçu Community Bike Ride
This community-led ride honours Danielle Naçu and other Ottawa cyclists who’ve been killed or injured while biking, and calls for safe cycling in Ottawa. Everyone is welcome to meet at 11:45 a.m. at Parliament Hill and cycle (or walk) to City Hall for 12:20 or so. It’s bound to be moving, inspiring and empowering.
— Denise Deby
Thursday, October 11: Miracles, Swollen Eyes, Jonathan Becker & The White Devils, Black Dogs
How could you NOT want to check out these bands – described as “Montreal Folk-Punk, Rock & Roll Debauchery, Rock Roll & Roots, and Indie Folk?! Comon’ out and support some great indie bands.
— Laura Gauthier
Friday, October 11: Sun of a Gun Skin Cancer Awareness Fundraiser
At Fatboy’s Southern Smokehouse, 9pm-midnight. Introducing a skin cancer awareness charity calendar for 2014, a fun fundraising night with Dan Dunlop and his band, and emcee Dylan Black from Boom FM & The Bear.The beautiful people acknowledge the risk of cancer!!
— Max Keeping
Saturday, Oct. 12: Ottawa Remote Control Club Fun Fly
Enjoy watching radio control scale airplanes of all types, sizes and designs take to the skies between 9am-3pm. The Annual Fall Fun Fly will have miniature planes but plenty of big thrills as skilled pilots control their models over the airstrip.
— Andrew King
Saturday, October 12: the ottawa small press book fair
Noon to 5pm at Jack Purcell Community Centre (320 Jack Purcell Lane just off Elgin). 19th anniversary edition. poetry books,indie novels, comic books, independent zines, crafts, good company, candy, camraderie are all waiting for you at the fair…. free admission
— Amanda Earl
Saturday, October 12: DIANA and Silkken Laumann
DIANA are a real buzz band right now and they’ll be playing at Mavericks Saturday night along with Ottawa’s own, Silkken Laumann. Here’s a track from DIANA. And here’s one from Silkken Lauman. It’s an awesome video!
— Ryan Bresee
Saturday, October 12: Gujarati Cultural Association – Navaratri Night – Garba!!!
8pm-midnight at Nepean Sportsplex Halls A & B. The festival of Navratri is devoted to worship of Maa Durga, the Goddess of Valor, Maa Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Maa Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge. During the nine days of Navratri, feasting and fasting take precedence over all normal daily activities amongst the Hindus. Evenings give rise to the religious dances in order to worship Goddess Durga Maa. Celebrate a fun-filled Mela (festival) with delicious Indian food, Bollywood dance, games & much more….Don’t forget to bring your friends and family. There is something for everyone.
— Eugene Haslam
Saturday, October 12: Steve Boudreau/Garry Elliott Duo CD Release Party at GigSpace
Pianist Steve Boudreau and guitarist Garry Elliott will release their first duo CD, Pre-Dawn Skies, on Saturday. It’s a thoughtful album of quiet, introspective, and highly melodic jazz, and reflects more than 15 years of friendship based on similar musical tastes (think Bill Evans and classical music). And given how closely both are tied to this city, perhaps it reflects bit of Ottawa, too.
— Brett Delmage
Monday, October 14: Hinterland Who’s Who 50th anniversary event
What do the loon, the moose, the gannet and the beaver all have in common? If you said they were the first four stars of the Hinterland Who’s Who series way back in 1963, you’re right! The HWW is celebrating its 50th anniversary at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre (33 Scott Road, Old Chelsea) from 9AM to 4PM on Monday. Stop by to enjoy the fall scenery and learn more about Canada’s wildlife. They have plenty of family activities for people of all ages, including guided tours on the trails, wildlife games, face-painting and you’ll even be able to mingle with their hosts and some live animal guests!
— Gordon Dewis
Wednesday, October 16: Design, Discuss and Celebrate World Food Day
The Ottawa Good Food Box, Centretown Community Health Centre and Branch Out Bakery are holding an evening about food. Hear guest speakers on food awareness, sample soup from Stone Soup Foodworks and bannock from Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, and meet other people who are keen to make healthy and fresh food more accessible. It’s at Hub Ottawa, 7-9 p.m.
— Denise Deby
Have a great week!
See also: Ottawa Events Guide and What’s open and closed on Thanksgiving weekend in Ottawa…
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