We are in the first weekend of November and the weather is still pretty decent. Take advantage of that to keep attending Ottawa’s events! We have a dance festival, film festivals, cultural events, hockey, races, and more! Have a look at this list!
1. Ottawa-Gatineau International Salsa Festival
Are you a fan of Salsa? You cannot miss this festival that will feature over 60 world renowned Latin dance stars. There will be master classes of Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba for every skill level, and social dancing until 3am! When: Nov 4-5 at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau. Nov 6th at Amigos Sports Bar. Details: ottawa-salsa-convention.square.site/s/shop
2. Ottawa Canadian Film Festival
Features 12 Canadian-made films from comedy to fantasy to socio-political dramas. Nov 3, 4 and 5 from 7pm at Bytown Cinema, 325 Rideau Street. PAID. Check out: ocanfilmfest.ca
3. International Vegan Film Festival
This event aims to celebrate the vegan ideal. There will be an in-person festival on Nov 5, and an online festival from Nov 7 to 21, which will feature 44 films from 8 countries. The in-person event will take place at Chamber Theatre at Ben Franklin Place, Ottawa. PAID. Details: www.theivff.com
4. Outstanding in their fields
Wine tasting and buy event featuring local wineries, cideries and artisanal food makers. At City Hall on Nov 4. 7-9pm. PAID. Check out: https://events.com/r/en_US/tickets/outstanding-in-their-fields-ottawa-november-863084
5. Ottawa Senators vs Philadelphia Flyers
Cheer the local hockey team in this game of the National Hockey League. Nov 5 at Canadian Tire Centre. 7pm.
6. Canada Army Run
Cheer runners who will participate in this unique run through downtown Ottawa. Start point: City Hall. Finish point: National War Memorial.
There will be entertainment and free refreshments for kids and families at Marion Dewar Plaza. Saturday from 9am to 6pm and Sunday from 9am to 1pm. Races 5K and 10K: Sunday Nov 6. From 9 am. Check out: armyrun.ca
7. Tomoni Go Together
Ottawa’s Japanese Cultural Community presents an evening of Japanese cultural performance groups pairing with local non-Japanese artists in drumming, a women choir, Japanese folk dancing and others. Where: Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, 290 Lisgar Street. FREE. Saturday Nov 5. 7pm.
8. Rockcliffe Park Bookfair
Honouring the 100-year anniversary of Rockcliffe Park Public School. There will be a celebration of children’s classics, and books for grown ups will be on offer too. FREE. Nov 4-6. Address: 369 Springfield Road. (Queen Juliana Hall). Check out: rockcliffeparkbookfair.com
9. One World Bazaar
An old barn has been converted into an international marketplace with goods from all over the globe. It runs every weekend until November 20th. Where: 6110 Mitch Owens Rd. Manotick. Oct 13-16. FREE. Check out: oneworldbazaar.ca
10. Pops, On Broadway!
The Ottawa Pops Orchestra features local singers and musicians performing songs from West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables, which are sure to get you and your family smiling! Sunday November 6th. Where: Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe box office. Child and Student pricing available. Tel: 613 793-3998.
Check out: https://ottawapopsorchestra.ca/programming/popsonbroadway/
11. Women’s Day at Manotick
Bring your friends to Manotick for a day of shopping, health and wellness, delicious food and surprises. Nov 5 from 10am to 5pm. Where: Village of Manotick, Main Street. Details: manotickvillage.com
12. Holiday Craft Fair
Sunday Nov 6 from 9am to 4pm. At Holiday Inn and Suites Kanata. Free admission and free parking. Check out @ottawaartisans on Instagram.
13. Anne of Green Gables. The Ballet
Canada’s Ballet Jörgen presents the story of the most beloved islander turned into a full-lenght ballet piece for the first time ever. Nov 4 at 7:30pm. Meridian Theatres Centrepoint. Tel. 613 580-2700
14. Nepean Sportsplex Christmas Craft Show
Over 100 vendors offering food, clothing, leather goods, accesories, jewellery, wood and glass products, decor, and more. Nov 3-6 from 10am. Adult: $7, Seniors/Youth $5, children under 12, free. Address: Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue.
15. Pride not Prejudice Fair
This is an online craft fair. Over 60 local and progressive vendors (+50% queer, +30% have a disability, and 18% black, indigenous or person of colour) will show their crafts and art virtually from Nov 3 to 6. Details: pridenotprejudice.ca
16. Family Theatre: “Jack and the Beanstalk”
A traditional British Pantomime presented by The Lakeside Players at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre in Britannia. Nov 3-6. Evening performance at 7pm from Thursday to Saturday. Matinée at 2pm Saturday and Sunday. Tel: 613 667-2224