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

Have you enjoyed these last few beautiful warm days? Are you feeling like going out, and doing things? Well, check out this list. We have a variety of events happening this weekend in Ottawa!

1. Tamal Festival

Try a ‘tamal’ – a popular food in all Latin America. Made of corn or rice, tamales are yummy and have different versions depending on the country. FREE.
When: Sunday Apr 16 from 12pm to 7pm
Where: Horticulture Building at Lansdowne, 1525 Princess Patricia Way.
Details: Tamal Festival on Facebook.

2. Irish Film Festival

This event comes back in person after the pandemic hiatus to celebrate the best of Ireland. The line-up includes Oscar nominated films. Tickets from $10 not including tax.
When: April 14-16
Where: Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue
Details: irishfilmfestivalottawa.ca

3. Signatures Originals Spring Craft Sale

This show features 150 Canadian artisans covering everything from jewelry to home decor, fashion, body care, etc. There will be a “Sip + Shop” promotion on Friday evening. Ticket price includes a cocktail. Tickets: $8. Youth 17 and under free.
When: April 13-16. From 10am.
Where: EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive
Details: https://signatures.ca/originals-spring

4. Atletico Ottawa vs Halifax Wanderers

Cheer Ottawa’s soccer team in the home opener game against Halifax Wanderers. Special promotion “Pay what you can” in support of CHEO.
When: Saturday Apr 15 at 1pm.
Where: TD Place, 1015 Bank St.

5. 613 Flea

150 vendors featuring eclectic goods, handmade, antiques, vintage clothing, great food and more. FREE.
When: Saturday Apr 15 from 10am to 4pm.
Where: Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne park
Details: 613flea.ca

6. Fly market

Curated vintage shopping event. Over 20 vintage vendors. FREE.
When: Sunday Apr 16 from 11am to 5pm.
Where: Rideau Curling Club, 715 Cooper St.
Details: @therealflymarket on Instagram.

7. Outdoor & Adventure Travel Show

Outdoor products and gear on sale. Contest, prizes, and fun and informative activities. FREE admission and parking. Apr 15-16 from 10am to 5pm. At Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue.

8. Golden Palace Half-price Egg Roll event

Golden Palace, Ottawa’s oldest Chinese restaurant, will celebrate its 63rd anniversary with the popular half-price egg roll event on Saturday Apr 15. Doors open at 11am. Address: 2195 Carling Avenue near Woodroffe. Details: @goldenpalaceottawa on Instagram.

9. La Festa Primavera

Celebrate spring with Northern Italian food at Vespa Design Center. There will be a sampling of food and wine during a demo by chef Adam Vettorel. FREE admission. Saturday Apr 15 from 1pm to 2pm. At 1402 Star Top Road. Details: @vestadesigncentre on Instagram.

10. East Ottawa Eid Festival

Food, Clothing, Beauty, Home Decors, and Ramadan/Eid Essentials, fun activities for families and kids. FREE admission. Sunday Apr 16 from 12pm to 7pm. At Notre-Dame-Des-Champs Recreation Centre, 3659 Navan Road, Orleans.

11. Social Roller-Skating Ottawa Quad Session

All levels, all ages. Skate rentals. Apr 14 from 9pm to 10:45pm. Tickets: $9.31, $17.31. At Norm Fenn Gym Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive. Details on eventbrite.

12. 21 Gun Salute. A tribute to AC/DC

21 Gun Salute is a premiere AC/DC tribute band paying homage to their epic hits. April 15. General admission: $25.57. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm at The Joint. Rideau Carleton Casino,  4837 Albion Road. Ottawa. Must be +19. Details at eventbrite.

13. Benefit Art Show for the Ottawa Food Bank

Paintings by mixed media artist Julie Baribeau with guest EBA artist Maren Kathleen Elliot. Local DJs. Donate money or non-perishable food during the event. At Enriched Bread Artist Studios, 2nd floor, 951 Gladstone Avenue. Apr 12, 5-7pm; Apr 14, 7-9pm; Apr 15, 1-5pm.

14. Sensory Sunday at Bank of Canada Museum

For Autism Awareness Month in April, the Museum will provide a sensory-friendly experience Sundays Apr 16 and 23. 9am-10am for those avoiding crowds. From 10am to 12pm sensory activities continue during regular museum hours. Address: 30 Bank St.

15. Eastern Ontario Craft & Gift Market

50 vendors and a variety of products. Free admission and free parking. April 15 from 11am to 4pm. At Nepean Sportsplex Hall A, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue.

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. Reservations required.
When: From Tuesdays to Sundays until Apr 23.
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 April 13 (Latin Fiesta) at 8:30pm. Friday April 14 at 10:30pm, and Saturday Apr 15 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 April 14 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. 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.

21. 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

22. 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.

23. 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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