Ottawa in the fall is the perfect place to celebrate the best of the season: colourful foliage, local harvests, and the smorgasbord of beer, food and fun at Oktoberfest events! Whether you’re looking to join thousands of revelers at a family-friendly event in the countryside or prefer quenching your thirst at a street party in the city, you can raise a pint at these Oktoberfest-themed events in Canada’s capital.
Vankleek Hill, ON | Sept. 21 – 23, 2018
For over a decade, thousands of people have been gathering each year at Beau’s Oktoberfest. Beau’s Brewing Company hosts the region’s most popular Oktoberfest event on its rural land in Vankleek Hill, Ont., about an hour’s drive from Ottawa and from Montreal Hosted on the large land surrounding, the event features over a dozen varieties of Beau’s beer, more than 50 guest taps from breweries based in Ontario, Quebec and the U.S., as well as beer education sessions. To soak up all that brew, an impressive food selection from more than 25 local restaurants will be available.
There’s also entertainment for the whole family including a lineup of great Canadian bands, malt sack races, a keg toss, a partner carrying race, and a 50-foot Ferris wheel! To get the most out of your experience, camp overnight or book the handy bus shuttles from Ottawa, Montreal and Cornwall. Perhaps best of all, the event raises funds for charities and community groups. Wunderbar!
Clarke Fields Park, Barrhaven | Sept. 28 – 30, 2018
Oktoberfest Ottawa brings the fun to Barrhaven – a suburb located just south of downtown. You’ll find craft beverages, food and games, plus a giant heated bier tent! Musical acts play all weekend and on Sunday afternoon, special activities are taking place for the entire family.
Bach and Beer
St. Bartholomew’s Church (New Edinburgh neighbourhood) | Sept. 30, 2018
In the spirit of Oktoberfest, the Ottawa Bach Choir, in collaboration with Ars Nova and several local businesses, presents an afternoon of Bach and beer on September 30, 2018. Enjoy beautiful music by Johann Sebastian Bach and his Baroque contemporaries, local beer brewed by Kichesippi Beer Co., wine, delectable delights by Par Toutatis, hors d’œuvres and sumptuous desserts. Willkommen!
Bier Markt, 156 Sparks Street | Oct. 4 – 7, 2018
This year, the Bier Markt is hosting their biggest Oktoberfest party ever on Sparks Street in downtown Ottawa! Over four days, you can visit the Capital Oktoberfest’s 110-foot long tent on the pedestrian street to enjoy beer, food and live entertainment. Donations are accepted for the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation.
Brew Donkey Brewery Tours
Ottawa and the surrounding regions | Year-round
If you can’t make it to one of Ottawa’s Oktoberfest events, there’s no need to worry. You can discover Ottawa’s craft beer scene with Brew Donkey all year long! This locally-owned company offers bus tours to great craft breweries in Ottawa and its surrounding regions. Hop on the Brew Donkey bus to visit a few breweries, distilleries and other cool locations throughout Ottawa and its outlying areas, with great samples along the way. Some tours even include fun activities like axe-throwing and escape rooms!
Looking for some active fun to go with all that brew? Check out our suggestions for Awesome Autumn Adventures and Activities in Ottawa.