Gladiators & the Colosseum – Death and Glory
When: Until Sept. 7
Where: Canadian War Museum,
1 Vimy Place
What: The image of the gladiator as a hero looms large in our culture. But who were these professional fighters, and what kind of existence did they lead? Bring the family to see one-of-a kind artifacts and discover the story behind this legacy of the Roman Empire.
Northern Lights: Sound and Light Show
When: Nightly, until Sept. 12. Check website for show times.
Where: Parliament Hill
What: Your family is sure to enjoy this thrilling thematic journey through Canada’s history. Combining bold digital technology with the architectural splendour of the Parliament Buildings, the show illuminates the stories of nation building, partnership, discovery, valour, pride and vision at the heart of our country.
Festival de l’Outaouais Émergent
When: Sept. 10-13
Where: La Fonderie, 211 rue Montcalm, Gatineau, Que.
What: Families can discover and
celebrate the talent of artists from the Outaouais region amid a festive urban atmosphere.
Ottawa Turkish Festival
When: Sept. 7-13
Where: The grounds of the new
Intercultural Dialogue Institute,
335 Michael Cowpland Dr.
What: A multi-day festival of Turkish art, folk dance, music and gourmet food, where families will have the chance to celebrate, learn, and savour Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage and cuisine.
When: Sept. 16, 3 p.m. and
Where: Centrepointe Theatres,
101 Centrepointe Dr.
What: The wildly popular Australian children’s group The Wiggles return to Centrepointe Theatres this fall for their
Rock & Roll Preschool tour, to delight families with their infectious brand of preschool entertainment. The Wiggles are touring in support of their brand new CD and DVD, Rock & Roll Preschool, as well as the new season of their hit TV series airing on Treehouse.
When: Sept. 16-20
Where: The Great Lawn at Lansdowne Park
What: With a new location and a fresh moniker, CityFolk (formerly the Ottawa Folk Festival) is a five-day family-friendly celebration of music, dance, visual arts and community, with some free programming, special children’s and family performances, artisan and craft vendors, and much more.
Ottawa International Animation Festival
When: Sept. 16-20
Where: Various locations in downtown Ottawa
What: Every September, the Ottawa International Animation Festival presents the world’s most cutting-edge, quirky and important animation — and transforms Ottawa into the centre of the animation universe, featuring a ton of great stuff for families!
Ottawa Pinball & Gameroom Show
When: Sept. 19-20
Where: The warehouse at Maker Space North, 250 City Centre, Bay 215
What: Two fun-filled days of all-you-can-handle Pinball and arcade games for all
ages, a flea market, and more.
When: Sept. 24-27
Where: The Carp Fairgrounds, a short drive from Ottawa. See website for directions
What: Enjoy family fun in the country at this rural fair with live music, world-class horse shows, and a huge midway. The kids will delight in the Family Circle tent with magic shows and puppets, and experience agricultural learning in the Ag Tent, featuring
a petting zoo and more.
When: Until Oct. 18
Where: TD Place, at Lansdowne Park
What: Got soccer fans in your family?
Head out to enjoy 16 home games during the Fury’s second season in the North American Soccer League.
When: Oct. 24, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Where: Centrepointe Theatre,
101 Centrepointe Dr.
What: Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty of the Emmy-winning Disney Channel TV series Imagination Movers will bring their
high-octane rock concert to Ottawa. Mixing danceable power pop songs featuring
extremely catchy choruses with a
heaping helping of onstage silliness,
it’s a live musical event that will
engage the littlest of kids AND older
siblings, parents and grandparents.
When: Until Nov. 7
Where: TD Place,
at Lansdowne Park
What: Get the family pumped to take in nine thrilling Canadian Football League home games.
Photo: The Wiggles