25 events you won’t want to miss this weekend in Ottawa

It’s the first weekend of March! Do you smell spring in the air? The fact that the days are a little longer feels so good! Doesn’t it? Let’s have a look at what we have this weekend.

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1. Ottawa Winterfest

A winter indoors event featuring local musicians, thought-provoking speakers, as well as artisans, authors and book exhibitors participating in the Ottawa International Crafts & Book Expo. There will also be Indian food vendors. PAID. $5 of every purchased ticket will be donated to The Ottawa Mission.
When: Friday Mar 3 to Sunday Mar 5.
Where: Horticulture Building, 1525 Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa
Details: ottawawinterfest.ca

2. The Big Heart Challenge Activity Day

Lining 2km of Wellington St. West are games, activities, obstacles, and challenge stations. All ages. Have fun while raising money for the Ottawa Heart Institute. FREE. Donations are encouraged.
When: Saturday Mar 4 from 11am to 2pm.
Details: wellingtonwest.ca

3. Global Trade Show

A multicultural trade event featuring over 60 exhibitors from the GTA, Montreal and Ottawa. Live music shows, a talent show, activities for kids. FREE. Reserve a spot at Eventbrite.
When: Saturday Mar 4 from 11am to 7pm.
Where: Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Ave Gate 3- Hall A&B.
Details: @bazaarottawa

4. Seedy Saturday

Come for a seed sale. Shop from over 12 seed vendors from the region, meet the master gardeners of Ottawa, participate in the ever-popular seed exchange table, and more. Food and drink vendors. FREE.
When: Saturday Mar 4 from 10am to 3pm.
Where: Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Ave.
Details: justfood.ca

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5. Wolves!

An amazing new exhibition by the Canadian Museum of Nature that explores the evolution and adaptations of these fascinating animals. Tickets: $17, $15, $13. Children 2 and under: free.
When: Mar 3 2023 to Mar 18 2024.
Where: 240 McLeod Street.
Details: https://nature.ca/en/visit-us/whats-on/listing/wolves/

6. Senators vs Columbus Blue Jackets

Game of the National Hockey League.
When: Saturday Mar 4 at 7pm.
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Drive.

7. 67’s vs Saginaw Spirit

Game of the Ontario Hockey League. Saturday Mar 4 at 2pm. At TD Place, 1015 Bank St.

8. Fundraiser event for Turkish earthquakes

Silent auction fundraiser. Turkish tea and pastries will be served. Sunday Mar 5 from 2-6pm at the City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave W. Details: @catwaottawa on Instagram.

9. Tasting Menu for Two

Talented chefs and bartenders will make a delicious meal for two to celebrate International Women’s Day. This 6-course take-home meal is $150 for two people, and the proceeds will go to Interval House Ottawa, a haven for survivors of violence including their children and pets. Order online. Sunday Mar 5. Details: @thefoodflamingo on Instagram.

10. March Break at Bank of Canada Museum

Bring your kids for some fun family activities about currency, counterfeiting and telling the difference. FREE. From March 4 to 19. At 30 Bank Street. Details: bankofcanadamuseum.ca

11. Goggins 613 Runs

A three-day running event to raise funds for Cornerstone Housing for Women which offers housing and support services to over 200 women in Ottawa. Run 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours. Saturday Mar 3 to Sunday Mar 5. Join the after party on Sunday at 4pm at Dominium City. Details: @ottawagoggins613 on Instagram.

12. Saint Patrick’s Day

Irish dancing recital featuring Irish Dance Studios’ dancers from beginners to advanced. Food and beverages available. FREE. Sunday Mar 5 from 10am. Details: sfhirishdance on Instagram.

13. Ottawa Gatineau Golf Expo

Friday Mar 3 from 12pm-8pm and Saturday Mar 4 from 9am to 5pm. At EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive. Hall 2. Tickets: $10-$12

14. Sugar Bush at the Log Farm

Take a wagon ride or take a stroll around the sugar bush and see how maple syrup is made. See and feed the animals around the farm. From March 4 to April 10. Tickets: $12.50 at Eventbrite.

15. Maple Fest

Enjoy the outdoors to do some snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or just walking on 4 nature trails. Fire pits, play structures, wagon rides. Visit the sugar shack to learn how maple syrup is made. From Mar 5 to April 10. At Proulx Maple & Berry Farm, 1865 O`Toole Rd. Details: info@proulxfarm.com

16. Sugar Bush at Stanley`s Olde Maple Lane Farm

Enjoy Taffy on the snow, tractor-drawn rides, and a barn full of animals. See how maple syrup is made. Tickets: $10. From March 4 to April 16 from 10am to 3pm. At 2452 York`s Corners Rd, Edwards, ON.

17. Wheelers pancake house, sugar camps and museum

Enjoy a meal, tour the Maple Heritage Museum and Forest & Farm Museum, stroll around the sugar camp, do some hiking/snowshoeing/cross country skiing on the nature trails, and buy delicious organic maple syrup. Walk-in but registration is recommended.
When: Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm
Where: 1001 Highland Line, McDonalds Corners (Lanark Highlands).
Details: wheelersmaple.com or @wheelersmaple

18. Musical Evenings at Casino Lac Leamy

Bar 7 at Casino Lac Leamy is launching its musical evenings with a multimedia screen, and live performances, from Thursdays to Saturdays. FREE.
When: Thursday Mar 2 (Latin Fiesta) at 8:30pm ‘Cuban Martinez Show’. Friday Feb 10 and Saturday Feb 11 ‘Hit tge Road’ at 9:30pm.
Where: 1, Boulevard du Casino, Gatineau, QC J8Y 6W3.

19. Arboretum Hill Club Snowshoeing Workout

Join the AHC for a snowshoeing workout at the Arboretum. All ages, all levels. Friday Mar 3 at 6:29 am. FREE. Dogs welcome. Lots of free parking. Meet them at Fletcher Wildlife Garden parking lot (entrance is 100m south of Prince of Wales roundabout).

20. DhakaBrakha

A world music quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine. Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, and Ukrainian traditional instrumentation. Tickets starting at $41.
Saturday March 4 at 7:30pm. Babs Asper Theatre, National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St.

21. Farmers’ Winter Market

The Farmers’ market is back for the winter season every Sunday until April 30. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, baked goods, spirits, crafts and more. FREE.
When: Sundays from 10am to 3pm.
Where: Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park. 1000 Exhibition Way.

22. Ice skating at the Rink of Dreams

Grab your skates and head to the most popular ice-skating rink in Ottawa for some winter fun! FREE. You can rent skates there!
When: Everyday from 9am to 11pm
Where: 110 Laurier Ave West.

23. Public Skating at Rideau Hall

The historic skating rink at Rideau Hall, which dates back 1872, will be open to the public every weekend until March 5. FREE. No reservation required. No parking. Parking allowed on adjacent streets.
When: Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5pm. (weather permitting). Details: gg.ca

24. Owl Rendez-Vous

Watch live owls in a special outdoor exhibition. At the Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St, from Dec 14 to April 3, 2024.

25. Exhibition: Uramado AR, the awakening of the Tanukis

Uramado is a treasure hunt route in augmented reality. It tells the story of Tanukis which are spirits of the forest from Japanese mythology. The participants are invited to download the free app Uramado AR, Tanukis awake ( on IOS and Android ) to start this treasure hunt. FREE.
When: Mon to Fri from 9am to 12pm; and 2pm-4pm until April 30.
Where: Alliance Française Ottawa, 352 MacLaren St.


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