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 running between breweries for fun, you can raise a pint at these Oktoberfest-themed events in Canada’s capital.
Vankleek Hill, ON | Sept. 20 – 21, 2019
For over a decade, thousands of people have been gathering each year at Beau’s Oktoberfest. Beau’s All Natural 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. The event features over a dozen varieties of Beau’s beer, more than 50 guest taps from breweries based in Ontario, as well as beer education sessions. To soak up all that brew, an impressive food selection from 20 local restaurants will be available.
There’s also entertainment for the whole family including a lineup of great Canadian bands, a bike race, a sausage eating contest, a keg toss and a midway! The non-licensed Kinderfest area has tons of fun activities including bouncy castles, crafts and sing-a-longs. 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!
Orleans, ON | Sept. 21, 2019
The Orleans Brewing Co., based in a suburb just east of downtown Ottawa, is hosting its first Oktoberfest event. Enjoy beers from OBC as well as guest breweries in the beer garden, and enjoy live entertainment, games, prizes and food.
Bier Markt, 156 Sparks Street | Sept. 25, 2019
The Bier Markt is hosting their fifth annual Capital Oktoberfest on Sparks Street in downtown Ottawa. This ticketed fundraising event, which supports the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation, includes beer, food and spirits, as well as live entertainment.
Craft Beer Market at Lansdowne| October 5 – 6, 2019
The Craft Beer Market at Lansdowne in the Glebe neighbourhood is hosting a two-day Oktoberfest Party with German-inspired food, beer, music and atmosphere. The Saturday night is for adults 19 years of age and older and family fun is planned for the Sunday afternoon.
Bach and Beer
St. Bartholomew’s Church (New Edinburgh neighbourhood) | Sept. 28, 2019
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. Enjoy beautiful music by Johann Sebastian Bach and his Baroque contemporaries, local beer brewed by Orleans Brewing Co., wine, delectable delights by Par Toutatis, hors d’œuvres and sumptuous desserts. Willkommen!
Ottawa Beer Run
Various locations | Oct. 20, 2019
While not officially Oktoberfest-related, The Canada Beer Run in Ottawa is a fun beer event in October! This year, the run features two Ottawa routes: downtown and west. Participants – some of which choose to wear costumes – run between breweries, enjoying beer along the way. This non-competitive event supports the Canadian Mental Health Association.
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.