Tag Archives: Ottawa events

Fiddler on the Roof onstage at Centrepointe

Story and Photo by Alan Viau

Suzart Productions (suzart.ca) is capping off its 10th anniversary with the musical Fiddler on the Roof. An additional show has been added May 23. Tickets have sold so quickly for the four shows May 24 to 26 that another performance was needed to meet the demand. Continue reading

Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival

The 5th annual Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival is happening in Ottawa this week. It will showcase the best contemporary Indigenous film, art and music. Continue reading

Aviation Museum’s Star Trek Experience a Hit

Star Trek and sci fi fans (and kids!) will love the new Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. It’s cool! Continue reading

Bon Appetit Ottawa

How’s this for a recipe? Start with nibbles from some of the city’s best chefs, add samples from revered wineries and breweries, toss in a popular location, sprinkle on a great crowd and ice it all with an important community … Continue reading

Chill Out at the Museum of Nature

  The Artic and cocktails? Absolutely. Chill out at the Museum of Nature tomorrow evening as the Ottawa destination hosts an Arctic evening cocktail event. Not only can your mix and mingle in an incredible downtown setting, this event also … Continue reading

Clutter and Cupcakes for CHEO

Cupcakes, waffles, coffee and cake-pops – all for a good cause. What could be better than that?

A community garage sale!  Come out for a treat and find a treasure at the Community Garage & Sweet Sale event for CHEO on Saturday September 22, 8am-12pm, St. Maurice Church (4 Perry Street, Nepean).

Photo of Gabriella by Eva Hadhazy

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Come one, come all for Villagefest

Stittsville is gearing up for a party – and you’re invited. Once all the beach towels and sand toys are put away and the kids are back in school, the west-end locale is gathering young and old for a celebration. Continue reading

Cracking Up the Capital

How’s this for laughs? Rick Mercer, Mary Walsh, Patrick McKenna and a slew of other hilarious performers are in the lineup for the Cracking-Up the Capital Comedy Festival (CUTC) February 5 through 8. Continue reading

DARE YOU! To spring into action

Take that leap. Reach out of your comfort zone and try something different. Tackle an unfamiliar activity, start a new hobby, head out to some local events and go ahead: do the happy dance. Since the days are getting longer and warmer, it’ll help melt the ice from your eyebrows. (Winter’s on the way out of Ottawa, eh?) Continue reading

Don’t miss Children’s Wish FUNGANZA

Bring your kids for a fun day and an extra special show at FunHaven on Sunday, February 16. Called Funganza, it features live entertainment and over 30 local exhibitors geared to kids and families. Continue reading

Don’t Miss Early Years Expo

If you’ve got little ones or you’re planning to have little ones, don’t miss the Early Years Expo Saturday, May 4, at South Fallingbrook Community Centre in Orléans Continue reading

Escapade Music Festival

The 2013 Escapade Music Festival is turning up the sound in Ottawa with headliners like Tiesto, Above and Beyond, Steve Angello and more. Continue reading

Evening at the Races for a Great Ottawa Cause

How about an evening at the races? BARK, a “no kill” Ottawa dog rescue organization, is hosting the event May 12. It’s a fun fundraiser for a great cause. Continue reading

Excellent Adventures at the NAC

By Lynn Reese Lambert

If the National Arts Centre’s Family Adventures series is a good gauge by which to measure, the answer is a cymbal-pinging, timpani-rolling YES! Continue reading

Extraordinary Arctic for Earth Month

This year, how about honouring Earth Month, April, and Earth Day, April 22, by learning  about the great white north? Continue reading

Fall Fashion Show Celebrates the Beauty of Cancer Survival

It’s the kind of fashion show you don’t want to miss. Uplifting and inspiring, this fall fashion event at The Wholesale Outlet, 1877 Innes Road, is a celebration of style and life and cancer survival. Continue reading

Family Channel’s Summer Concert

Family Channel’s Big Ticket Summer Concert August 27 includes upbeat music, high-tempo dancing and everything in between. Daya is the headliner. Continue reading

For Chef Michael Smith, cooking for family is the real deal

Renowned Canadian Chef Michael Smith is called many things: Nutritional activist. Television host. Cookbook author … But he’s firmly focused on family, food and friends. Continue reading

Fun Activities for Summer Learning

You can be sure your kids are soaking up knowledge even without a teacher and a classroom. Here are some great kid-friendly Ottawa options that make learning fun for all ages. Continue reading

Fun at the Ottawa Irish Festival

Are you Irish right to your very roots or Irish in your heart? No matter. It’s St. Patrick’s Month in Ottawa and a fine time, indeed, to celebrate and to introduce your family to Irish culture and traditions. (While green milkshakes and green beer are optional, a sense of humour certainly comes in handy.) Continue reading

Fun concerts for both grownups and kids

Looking to get into the spirit of the season?  Get tickets to a special holiday event. There are two concerts on tap this week that will have you snapping your fingers, tapping your toes and humming along. Continue reading

Fun night out in support of JersVision.org

Is there anything on your calendar for the evening of May 30? No? Get tickets for Swirl and Twirl. This fundraising event at Jean Pigott Place (Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West) features wine, beer and food tastings, entertainment … Continue reading

Fun to come with the Harlem Globetrotters

For the first time ever, fans – yes you – get to call the shots when the Harlem Globetrotters come to town. How cool is that?

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Funcore or hardcore, 5K Foam Fest no obstacle to adventure

by Lynn Rees Lambert | A million and a half cubic feet of foam is a lot of white stuff. And all the better to zip through. At least that’s what thousands of Canadians—from fitness buffs to adventure-seeking families—have discovered when they’ve run headlong into a pit of foam and slid down a 55-foot inflatable slide. Continue reading

Geek Out at Museum of Nature Science Event

  Love science? Curious about the Arctic? Head to the Canadian Museum of Nature Thursday, December 3 for Ignite!, a free fast-paced “geek event.” Museum experts will be presenting a fast-paced series of short talks filled with science and personality. … Continue reading

Get Creative and Inspired at inDetail Workshops

Let your creativity loose at inDetail workshops. Upcoming sessions include modern calligraphy, illustrative hand lettering, and watercolour art, plus a weekend at Gracefield Camp. Continue reading

Get your music on at the Café Classico concert!

Café Classico   Silflay String Quartet is in the spotlight at the Shenkman Arts Centre November 16, as part of the Café Classico series. Formed in 2013, Silflay features violinists Leah Roseman and Mark Friedman, along with violist Paul Casey and … Continue reading

Gluten Free Utopia

Do you or somebody in your family need to live a gluten-free lifestyle? Then you don’t want to miss Gluten Free Utopia. Slated for Saturday, April 5, at the National Library and Archives, 395 Wellington Street, it will showcase more than 50 regional vendors specializing in all things gluten-free. Continue reading

Go #Ottawa: August Fun in the City

August Action at Municipal Museums! Billings Estate National Historic Site Pride and Prejudice Tea Party Join us for a themed tea amidst details from the infamous novel, Pride and Prejudice by acclaimed author, Jane Austen. Enjoy a Regency era tea menu, English … Continue reading


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GO Ottawa! Culture Days

Mark Your Calendars – Culture Days FREE Workshops and Events Continue reading

Haunttawa: Halloween Horrors in Ottawa

Oh, the Horrors Ottawa can be a pretty scary place—and not just in the House of Commons. Once fall rolls around and the days darken earlier and earlier, it’s Canada’s ghostly capital. Fun and spooky events rise up, costumes and … Continue reading

Hooray for Ottawa Culture Days

Experience the wonders of Ottawa’s cultural scene this weekend during the annual Culture Days. From today, Friday, October 2 through Sunday, October 4, you can check out over 140 free activities, from handbuilding with clay at Gladstone Clayworks Cooperative to … Continue reading

Join the 2012 Breastfeeding Challenge!

On Saturday September 29 at 11a.m., mothers and babies will gather at sites across Ottawa and around the world for a friendly competition to see who can set the record for the most babies breastfeeding at one time. Continue reading

Join the Enviro-Cycle Tour

The Enviro-Cycle Tour is happening this Sunday, September 24. It’s a great chance to explore the Ottawa countryside and visit new places. Continue reading

Kids Fest on Sparks Street

Fun times are in store for the whole family August 24 and 25 at Kids Fest on Sparks Street.  Running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, this street festival celebrates children, their families and the community. Continue reading

Let’s Celebrate Ottawa!

Tons and Tons of Fun Stuff to Do This Season by Loukia Zigoumis   Ready to whoop it up this season? The time is now. There are all kinds of fun activities and events happening in the Ottawa area—especially around … Continue reading

Linda Jamieson School of Dance’s The Nutcracker

Linda Jamieson School of Dance is presenting The Nutcracker at Algonquin Commons Theatre Friday, Dec 9, through Sunday, Dec 11. It’s made-in-Ottawa magic! Continue reading

March Break and spring fun in the city

The countdown is on for March Break. In just days, students will be off school for a week. YIKES! What are you going to do? Just because they get a break, it doesn’t mean you do. Continue reading

Musical Taste of Our Heritage

What a way to mark Family Day Weekend! Odyssey Showcase is presenting Canada Roars: A Musical Taste of Our Canadian Heritage February 16 at the Algonquin Commons Theatre. Continue reading

Nature Yoga @ the Museum

Connect with nature from a new perspective at Ottawa’s Museum of nature! Nature Yoga allows you to explore your inner self while surrounded by the museum’s beautiful and unique exhibitions. Continue reading

NatureTalks will get you talking about science

Want to expand your mind and feed your curiosity in 2014? Don’t miss NatureTalks.  Presented by The Canadian Museum of Nature, it’s an exciting new opportunity to explore science and its role in our lives. Continue reading

Odawa Pow Wow this Weekend

The annual Odawa Pow Wow is this weekend at 200 Moodie Drive. It’s a great opportunity for the whole family to learn about Aboriginal cultural traditions. Continue reading

On the road for MS Bike Tour

Over 600 cyclists are hitting the road this weekend for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society’s MS Bike Tour from Ottawa to Cornwall. Continue reading

Orpheus Presents LEGALLY BLONDE The Musical

Ready for a fun night out? Orpheus Musical Theatre Society is presenting Legally Blonde The Musical at Centrepointe Theatre from November 22 to December 1.  It will be a show full of all things pink, with passion and purpose in the story and the performance. Continue reading

Ottawa Fury FC Soccer Fun

Stephen Johnson and his family attended an Ottawa Fury FC soccer game on a perfect spring afternoon recently. What did they think? “Perfection.” Continue reading

Ottawa Live: Music, Theatre and Museum Options

Ottawa Little Theatre stages The Three Musketeers, Ottawa Chamber Music Society presents Ben Heppner and evenings of carols, and Museum of History presents Gold Rush! – El Dorado in British Columbia. Continue reading

Ottawa sizzles with Baconpalooza +++

Ottawa is sizzling with fun things to do and see in September, including Baconpalooza and CityFolk. Continue reading

Ottawa? Boring?

By Pam Dillon

Ottawa has been called the place fun forgot. Labeled Coma City.  And “dissed” as a bland, white-bread burg that rolls up its streets as soon as the “suits” go home to the suburbs at 5 or 6 o’clock.
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Ribtoberfest, Carp Fair and more Ottawa Fun

Ribtoberfest It’s a great (not to mention finger-licking good) time to head to downtown Ottawa. Ribtoberfest on Sparks Street is happening today, September 25, and running through Sunday, September 28. Eight different BBQ rib stations, live entertainment, buskers, Oktoberfest fare, … Continue reading

Science By Night at Museum of Nature May 5

Science by Night is happening at the Canadian Museum of Nature Thursday, May 5. At this free open house, from 5 to 9 pm, you can roam the museum, meet scientists, do a little gaming and dissection, join in a trivia challenge and more!
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SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! Musical Mysteries

Want to enjoy a special family treat? SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! Musical Mysteries is a SPOOKtacular show that’s onstage at Centrepointe Theatre Wednesday, April 9, and Thursday, April 10. Continue reading

Skate Central, Canada? Oui, You’re Here

By Pam Dillon

Skate Central, Canada? Imagine one chance to make a dream come true. Picture just four and a half minutes to prove you’re Canada’s best figure skater in your discipline. From January 9 to 15, the country’s brightest stars will be leaving it all on the ice at the Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships. The stakes? Extraordinary. The spotlight? Dazzling. Continue reading

Snow Angels for the Record

If you’re heading to downtown Ottawa tomorrow, February 4, or to Mont Cascades or Mont Ste-Marie for a day of skiing, take a break and check out all the action in the snow. Continue reading

Summer Solstice 2014

Aboriginal arts fest and powwow offers family fun (and a major learning opportunity)! Did you know June is National Aboriginal History Month? Not only that, June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. Join the festivities, with your family, and take the … Continue reading

Sweet workshop

What could be sweeter than maple season? Enjoy an annual family tradition by heading to the local sugar bushes and enjoying a pancake breakfast or two. You can also sign up for the Backyard Sugar Baker’s Workshop at Fulton’s Sugar Bush.

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The Blizzard of Oz

Want to start the new year off with family fun or get a family gift everyone can enjoy? Get tickets to The Blizzard of Oz. It’s Jan 3-8 at The Gladstone. Continue reading

The Canadian Tulip Festival is On!

The Canadian Tulip Festival starts today. For 11 days, four Ottawa locations are hosting one of the biggest tulip celebrations in the world. Check it out! Continue reading

The Goodluck Assembly at the Shenkman

How’s this for a fun night out? Shenkman Arts Centre’s Richcraft Theatre will be transformed into a nightclub next Friday, February 7, when two Ottawa bands hit the stage. Continue reading

Ton ‘o Fun Long-Weekend Events in Ottawa

The long weekend is here! Yip-yip-yippee for that! And OTown is Fun City, with tons ‘o things for you and the fam to do. Here are just a few weekend events in Ottawa that you’ll enjoy:   Head to Dow’s … Continue reading


By Alan Viau

TOTEM is the latest Cirque du Soleil traveling show to come to Ottawa. Cirque shows are always breathtaking and guaranteed to dazzle the whole family. Continue reading

Upper Canada Village

When Ally and Bobby Montminy first arrived at Upper Canada Village during their 2011 summer break, they knew it was going to be an unforgettable week. Continue reading

We Day-Canada is April 9 at Canadian Tire Centre

Canadian Tire Centre is the place to be April 9. Youth by the busloads will be streaming into 1000 Palladium Drive for the second annual We Day-Canada event. Talk about a pep rally! Continue reading

What’s On, Ottawa?

Bullying Prevention and Titty Talks 

What’s up in the city? Plenty! Two public events over the next few days will focus on awareness of bullying and another two will focus on celebration of womanhood.  It’s all good! Continue reading

Wiggle Waggle with your Best (Canine) Friend

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go… with Fido

The 24th annual Wiggle Waggle Walkathon for the Ottawa Humane Society is happening Sunday, September 9. It promises to be a howl of a fun time…. Continue reading