There’s a nip in the air, and it’s getting even more tempting to stay inside where it’s warm. However, that doesn’t mean Ottawa is short on activities this November! From solemn and dignified memorials to our bravest to enjoying time out with the family — and pets — in a new way, here are our picks for things to do this month in Canada’s Capital. There’s something for everyone!
Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show (Nov 4)
Want to step back in time and experience a different style? The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show is the place to be. Taking place on November 4th in the Carleton University Fieldhouse, it provides attendees with the chance to experience rare and beautifully detailed garments from all over. Modern-day fashion evokes these traditional pieces for a good reason — they’re just gorgeous! From shoes to dresses and a sea of fine jewelry plus much more, there’s never been a more fitting time to add to your wardrobe. Admission is $12.00 and children under 12 can get in for free, a great deal for a bit of vintage retail therapy!
Ottawa Pet Expo (Nov 10 – Nov 11)
From woofs to waggles, treats to training tips, the Ottawa Pet Expo is the place to be if you’re a pet owner or are considering becoming one! Meet animal rescue groups, mingle with pet enthusiasts and trainers to share advice, participate in all sorts of contests, shop for goodies galore, and so much more! If you want to have a fun experience with your pet and loved ones for a day, be sure to swing on over to the EY Centre on Uplands Drive! This is an excellent event for families, children, owners of pets who need advice from others with more experience, and pretty much anyone else. Admission and parking are both quite affordable, and you only need to sign and present a waiver to bring your pet along for the fun, so head on out and make some memories! The expo only happens once a year, so take advantage of the offers and chance to make some new friends.
Remembrance Day Ceremonies (Nov 11)
Ottawa plays host to a range of dignified, beautifully orchestrated Remembrance Day ceremonies to honour those who strive to protect our country. Whether you live in Valecraft’s own Deerfield Village community or elsewhere in the city, heading over to the Beechwood Cemetery or the National War Memorial downtown will reveal a well-attended memorial service complete with military pride and an atmosphere that encourages reflection. If you live in Ottawa, the National War Memorial ceremony, in particular, is something you really should experience at least once.
Glebe Craft & Artisan Fair (Nov 16 – Nov 18)
Enjoy local arts and crafts as well as meeting talented folks from the community? The annual Glebe Craft & Artisan Fair is set to be a big success this year, with over 50 local artisans participating! From stunning jewellery to handmade folk art and more, there’s something special for everyone — perfect for Christmas gifts or to treat yourself. And speaking of treats, you’ll enjoy everything from fine chocolates to honey, fresh dairy products, and more from a selection of participating snack vendors. Visit the Glebe Community Centre between November 16 and 18 to see what’s available!
Kanata Art Club Christmas $100 and Under Sale (Nov 24 – Nov 25)
Want to get some unique local art for your Rathwell Landing home in Stittsville? Head on over to the March Community Centre in Kanata! Kanata Art Club members will have their original, one-of-a-kind works available for sale at great prices. Additionally, you can enjoy all sorts of delicious refreshments and admission to the event is free. Now, who doesn’t love a good bargain and a chance to soak up local creativity? Mark this sale on your calendar and find some wall space!
Nature Nocturne: Get Your Glow On (Nov 30)
Head on over to the Canadian Museum of Nature for a night of glow-in-the-dark dancing, DJs and beats, and immersive exhibits! Nature Nocturne is coming back for another round of fun and appreciation of art, giving attendees a chance to mingle with artists throughout the museum’s galleries and enjoy an exciting night out! This is a wonderful event if you want to stay indoors where it’s warm and comfortable — and inevitably you’ll work up a sweat by dancing the night away!
Canada’s Capital is rich in activities and fun things to do year-round, and November in Ottawa is no different! Whether you want to dance, dine or create lasting memories with loved ones, there’s no shortage of opportunities to do so. From introducing your pets to new friends to mingling with local artists and dancing the night away, the city is alive with new experiences!