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

This weekend is not going to be as warm as the last one, but there will still be a good number of interesting events. Check out this list and share it with your friends! If you know of events that are not listed here, let us know in the comments.

1. Ottawa Grassroots Festival

This will be the 11th edition of this festival, run entirely by volunteers, which aims at cultivating community. There will be evening paid concerts, and daytime live free performances, a kid’s zone, and workshops for babies, toddlers and youth performers.
When: Apr 20-23
Where: St Andrew`s Church, 82 Kent St: and Irene`s Pub, 885 Bank St.
Details: ottawagrassrootsfestival.com

2. Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day at the Canadian Museum of History, which is offering free admission. Roam all the museum’s galleries including the special exhibitions like the newest: Wolves! Shapeshifters in a Changing World. Book your spot in advance.
When: Saturday Apr 22 from 9:45 am.
Where: 240 McLeod St, Ottawa.
Details: https://my.nature.ca/events

3. National Tartan Day

The Sons of Scotland Pipe Band invites you to join them at Parliament Hill to celebrate Scottish heritage and National Tartan Day. Enjoy an hour of piping, drumming, and highland and step dancing. FREE.
When: Sunday Apr 23 from 12pm to 1pm.
Where: Parliament Hill
Details: sospb.com

4. Mac Eid Festival

The Muslim Association of Canada invites you to celebrate Eid with a remarkable event for the whole family. There will be a bazaar, ethnic food, games and shows. Tickets: $5 person (ages +3)
When: Apr 21 (Prayer) Apr 22, morning and evening celebration.
Where: Prayer (EY Centre); Festival at Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park.
Details: maceidfest.com

5. Children Festival

This is a fundraiser for those affected by the earthquakes in Türkiye. There will be entertainment for the kiddos: face painting, arts and crafts, bake sale, professional photoshoots, fortune telling and a silent auction. FREE. Sunday Apr 23 from 10am to 4pm at the City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave W.

6. 67`s vs Peterborough Petes.

Playoffs. Ottawa 67’s have advanced to Round 2 in the race for J. Ross Robertson Cup. Game 5 and 7 will be played only if needed.
When: Saturday Apr 22, 4pm, if required.
Where: TD Place, 1015 Bank St.

7. Ottawa Cottage Life & Backyard Show

More than 150 exhibitors, talks and demonstrations on the cottage real estate market, renovations and backyard improvement projects, décor trends, gardening, boats and more! Tickets: $6, $9, y $13.50. Apr 21, 12-9pm; Sat 22, 10am-6pm; Sunday 23, 10am-5pm. At EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive.

8. Ontario Welsh Festival

A celebration of all things Welsh. The highlight of the festival will be a concert at the magnificent Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa featuring renowned baritones John Ieuan Jones and Steffan Lloyd Owen, soprano Eiry Price, and accompanist Rhiannon Pritchard. Apr 21-23 at the Hilton Garden Inn. Details on Facebook.

9. Eid Celebration

Multicultural food, desserts and beverages, bouncy castles for kids, adults & teens interactive games, music performances, trivia, and other surprises. Apr 22 from 11am to 8pm at Hall of Peace beside Ottawa Muslim Association Mosque (Scott), 241 Northwestern Avenue. Details: @bazaarottawa on Instagram.

10. Eco Market 2023

Over 25 local eco-vendors, makers and upcyclers. Unique items, delicious food, games and educational activities. FREE. Saturday Apr 22 from 9am to 4pm. At Re4m Design and Fabrication, 136-D Billings Avenue. Details on Instagram @re4mottawa

11. The 10th Doll Show and Sale

Annual exhibition of dolls, teddy bears, miniatures and collectibles from Barbie, Integrity toys, baby dolls, antique dolls, American Girl, Maplelea Dolls, other 18″ dolls, porcelain and dolls from around the world. Sunday Apr 23 from 10am to 3pm at Gloucester South Senior Centre, 4550 Bank Street Ottawa. Free parking. Tickets: Adult $5 donation. The proceeds will go to the Ottawa Youville Centre.

12. Volunteer Ottawa Expo

Live in-person event where potential volunteers can connect one-on-one with representatives from local charities and not-for-profits. Apr 21 at 2pm. At Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave,Ottawa.

13. Woo Infinity Spiritual Summit

Featuring 55 exhibitors, including 10 to 15 speakers and practitioners of holistic healing, energy workers and the metaphysical world of spirits. Tickets, $10 at the door. Saturday Apr 22 from 10am to 6pm. At the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre, 200 Coventry Road. Details on Eventbrite.

14. Inspirations Art Show Sale

A wide arrange of unique pieces by talented artists. Apr 21, 6pm-9pm, and Apr 22, 10am-4pm at Manotick Curling Club, 5519 South River Road, Manotick. Details on Facebook.

15. Fibre Fling 2023

Textile art show and sale. A part of the funds raised will go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the Ottawa Food Bank. Apr 21, 10am-5pm and Apr 22, 10am-4pm. At Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive.

16. Med Show 2023: Romeo and Juliet

Annual musical produced by University of Ottawa Medical School in support of local charity, A New Day Youth and Adult Services. Friday Apr 21 at 7pm, and Saturday 22 at 1pm and 7pm. At Meridian Theatres @ Centrepoint, 101 Centrepoint Drive. Details on Eventbrite.

17. Show Tune Showdown 2023

It`s a musical theatre show and team competition in which three teams of four singers from different arts organizations sing a selection of Broadway or off-Broadway show tunes in front of three local celebrity judges. All of the profits will support queer choir Tone Cluster with its season of concerts, community and festival appearances. Saturday Apr 22 at 7:30pm. Tickets: $35. At Meridian Theatres @ Centrepoint, 101 Centrepoint Drive.

18. Musical Evenings at Casino Lac Leamy

Bar 7 at Casino Lac Leamy offers its musical evenings with a multimedia screen, and live performances, from Thursdays to Saturdays. FREE.
When: Thursday April 20 (Latin Fiesta) ‘Son Candela’ at 9:30pm. Friday Apr 21 ‘Ro & Mari (l’Xpérience Applyrs)’ at 9:30pm. Saturday Apr 22 ‘Rusty’ at 9:30pm.
Where: 1, Boulevard du Casino, Gatineau, QC J8Y 6W3.

19. Arboretum Hill Club Workout

Join the AHC for a workout at the Arboretum. All ages, all levels. Friday April 21 at 6:29 am. FREE. Dogs welcome. Lots of free parking. Take the Prince of Wales roundabout to the Friends of the Farm parking lot. Join them after the workout at Bridgehead Coffee, 130 Anderson at Preston for hydration and laughter.

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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