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.

Where Ottawa - - CONTENTS - By joseph math­ieu

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.

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