_ Our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week! _ _ You can find even more events on our Ottawa Event Calendar . Check back here, as the list is updated throughout the week. _ ** Also check out our big list of Halloween events! **
** Oct. 15 - ** ** Museum of Nature open house – research and collections facility ** Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to explore the museum’s research and collections facility in Gatineau, Quebec. Discover our national collections of plants, animals, fossils and minerals. See some of our 14.6 million natural-history specimens and artifacts, and meet leading science experts who curate and study them. ** Oct. 14 - 10th Annual Babes4Breasts Concert ** This year’s Babes4Breasts (B4B) benefit concert will be extra special. Celebrating their 10
birthday, it will feature ten artists – a mix of new faces, and beloved B4B alumni.
The lineup reads like a who’s-who of Canadian music including multi-award winning Ann Vriend, Tara Holloway, NLX, and Ana Miura, and Juno nominated and/or recipients Lynn Miles, Leela Gilday, Amanda Rheaume, James Keelaghan, Annabelle Chvostek, and Kalle Mattson. ** Until Oct. 16 - Ottawa Sausage Fest ** Get off your buns, and head on down to any of the ** participating restaurants ** , where you’ll find a deeeeelicious sausage special!
If you really want something to sink your teeth into, join us at William Square on Saturday, October 15th for our ** 1st annual sausage party ** !
Musicians will perform at the many churches, restaurants and the Legion in the historic village of Merrickville.
** Oct. 14 - Shaun Majumder at Centrepointe Theatre ** Most Canadians first met Shaun Majumder as Raj Binder, the sweaty reporter who ambushed athletes and politicians over nine seasons of This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Far from the naïve character he played on that show, this Newfoundlander’s stand-up gives audiences a window into his unlikely world, from wholesome Maritime values to foul-mouthed observations of life in LA.
Tickets: Prem $ 55 | Reg $50 | Flex Pkg $ 4 ** Oct. 14-16 and Oct. 21-22 - The African Film Festival of Ottawa ** This weekend and next, the second annual African Film Festival of Ottawa showcases the best of Africa’s diverse films.
The quintet of daring films selected this year are all Ottawa premieres, and together reveal five impressive and emerging voices from across the five regions of the African continent. They are at once celebratory, critical, contemplative, and reflexive of contemporary African realities, political and personal.
* [ The African Film Festival of Ottawa presents: As I Open My Eyes ](http://ottawastart.com/events/the-african-film-festival-of-ottawa-presents-as-i-open-my-eyes/) - Friday, October 14 * [ The African Film Festival of Ottawa presents: Necktie Youth ](http://ottawastart.com/events/the-african-film-festival-of-ottawa-presents-necktie-youth/) - Saturday, October 15 * [ The African Film Festival presents: Hissein Habré: A Chadian Tragedy ](http://ottawastart.com/events/the-african-film-festival-presents-hissein-habre-a-chadian-tragedy/) - Sunday, October 16 * [ The African Film Festival of Ottawa presents: Tey (Today) ](http://ottawastart.com/events/the-african-film-festival-of-ottawa-presents-tey-today/) - Friday, October 21 * [ The African FIlm Festival of Ottawa presents: Things of the Aimless Wanderer ](http://ottawastart.com/events/the-african-film-festival-of-ottawa-presents-things-of-the-aimless-wanderer/) - Saturday, October 22
** Oct. 15 - How Heritage Works in Ottawa: The Fifth Annual Heritage Ottawa Forum ** Hear and share stories of heritage successes and challenges while learning about the various tools available to individuals and communities who are interested in preserving their local heritage.
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