Looking for ideas of what to do this weekend? It will be filled with the arts: movies, theatre, music and more! Have a look at this list!
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1. International Film Festival of Ottawa
Over 250 films from international film festivals will be screened in the capital, showcasing the best of contemporary Canadian and international cinema (26 countries). Tickets: $15
When: March 8-18
Where: Ottawa Art Gallery, Bytown Cinema, and Mayfair Theatre.
2. Gatineau Winter Beerfest/Festibiere
Three days of beer tastings, delicious gastronomy, and amazing DJs. Try over 150 types of beer produced in the Quebec region. Tickets: $23.95, includes a reusable glass with the colours of the event, and 8oz of beer.
When: March 9, 10 and 11
Where: Ruelle de Zibi, 15 rue Jos-Montferrand, Gatineau.
3. Pique Spring Edition
Multimedia music festival bringing cultural multi-hyphenate and pop star Vivek Shraya, avant-garde Pow Wow singer Joe Rainey, and many more. Tickets: $20, $40
When: Saturday March 11
Where: Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave
4. Youth Infringement Festival
This is an open access performing arts festival for Ottawa youth ages 16 to 25 to produce original one-act plays 25 to 45 min long. In its 25th edition this festival will showcase six new plays created by local youths under 25. Tickets: $5, $50
When: March 8-17, 7pm
Where: Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Ave.
5. 67`s vs Mississauga Steelheads
Cheer Ottawa`s junior hockey team when it faces Mississauga Steelheads. Tickets: $25.
When: March 10 at 7pm
Where: TD Place, 1015 Bank St.
6. Disney on Ice
A magical night of amazing skating with beloved Disney characters. From March 9 to 12. Tickets from $35. At Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Drive. Details: disneyonice.com
7. Wolves: Shapeshifters in a changing world
Learn about the evolution of these fascinating animals through videos, museum specimens, cultural stories, and vivid photographs by Canadian photographer Michelle Valberg, a recent recipient of the Order of Canada. Activities for kids. March 3 to March 2024. At the Canadian Museum of Nature.
8. The Gatineau-Ottawa Bicycle Show
Near 100 exhibitors, conferences hosted by bicycle and cycling tourism specialists, mechanical workshops, competitions and many other attractions. Tickets: $10. Children 14 and under enter for free with an adult. March 10-12 at the Palais des congrès, 50 Boul. Maisonneuve, Gatineau.
9. A tribute to the brave women of Iran
Human rights advocates and Parliamentary members will participate in this panel discussion. Online event. March 9 from 6:30 to 8:30. Details: @all.4.iran on Instagram
10. Ramadan Bazaar
Ottawa Multicultural Festivals invites you to this bazaar. You’ll get a chance to win prizes. March 11 from 12pm to 7pm. At Ron Kolbus Centre, 102 Greenview Ave. Details on Facebook.
11. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Join the FILMharmonic Orchestra and Choir and the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal. 250 musicians on stage. March 11 from 7:30pm to 11pm at TD Place, 1015 Bank St.
12. Journey. Freedom Tour 2023
Special guest: Toto. Monday March 13 at 7:30pm at Canadian Tire Centre. Tickets from $43.29.
13. 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
14. Block Party at Carlingwood Shopping Centre
Come build Lego artwork, meet superheroes, get a cool airbrush tattoo, and more. All ages. FREE. March 11 from 11am to 2pm at the Centre Court. 2121 Carling Ave. Details: @shopcarlingwood on Instagram.
15. 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.
16. 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: email@example.com
17. 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.
18. 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
19. 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 March 9 (Latin Fiesta) ‘Andy Rubal’ at 8:30pm. Raffy on Friday March 10 at 10:30pm, and Saturday March 11 at 9:30pm.
Where: 1, Boulevard du Casino, Gatineau, QC J8Y 6W3.
20. Arboretum Hill Club Snowshoeing Workout
Join the AHC for a snowshoeing workout at the Arboretum. All ages, all levels. Friday Mar 10 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).
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. 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.
24. 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.