best of fall
The National Capital Region’s festivals are many, catering to all tastes and interests. Whether you want to float above the city, take in hours of world-class animation, or rock out on a giant lawn, this season’s event lineup really does have it all.
Just a few of the finest reasons to get out and about this September and October
Gatineau hot air Balloon Festival
Aug. 31 to Sept. 4 La Baie Park, Gatineau • montgolfieresgatineau.com For thirty years, the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Gatineau’s La Baie Park, right across the Ottawa River from Rockcliffe, has been the perfect backdrop to a summer’s end party. Majestic lift-offs display special shapes and traditional balloons while the activities and attractions on the ground make for full days of family fun. The weekend hosts a classic car exhibition, a graffiti contest, face painting, and an amusement park with tons of rides.
Neo-traditional folk darlings Les Cowboys Fringants (Aug. 31) will ignite the entertainment portion of the fest, leading a strong roster of entertainers which includes a Comedy Gala hosted by Alexandre
Barrette (Sept. 1) and an evening of American and Quebec country music with Guylaine Tanguay and friends (Sept. 4).
Tried & True While the skies abound with balloons, the musical lineup on the Casino Lac Leamy Stage is stacked with favourites, including the festival’s eighth visit by Québecois rocker paladin
Éric Lapointe (Sept. 3). whaT’s new New balloons of course! This year includes a lion king, a cowboy armadillo, and an elegant whale.