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

The official start of summer is so close, and events and activities are popping out everywhere in Ottawa! Check out this list and share it with your friends! If you know of other events not listed here, share them freely in comments!

1. Italian Week

This is a classic in Ottawa to celebrate Italian heritage and culture. On the opening weekend there will be musical performances, comedian shows, a soccer tournament and an amazing kids zone with multiple activities. FREE.
When: Opening weekend Jun 9-11
Where: Preston St and other venues.
Details: italianweekottawa

2. Korea Week

Korea will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its relationship with Canada with a week of awesome events: K-Pop performances, Taekwondo displays, traditional dances, movie screenings and more. FREE.
When: Jun 9-15
Where: Lansdowne Park and other venues.
Details: canada.korean-culture . org

3. Orleans Craft Beer Festival

This award-winning event showcases the best craft brews, food, and live music for three days. PAID. Tickets from $27.63.
When: Jun 8-10
Where: Centrum Plaza, 255 Centrum Boulevard, Orleans.
Details: orleansfestivals

4. Volleyball Nations League

Eight teams (Canada, USA, Brazil, Cuba, Italy, Argentina, Germany and the Netherlands) will offer a spectacle of world-class volleyball during six days.
When: Jun 6-11
Where: TD Place, 1015 Bank St.
Details: volleyball.ca

5. Ottawa Ferrari Festival

Watch the elegant Ferraris in a public display, and at a car parade. Participate in a Charity Dream Ride for a chance to get a ride ($75) in a Ferrari. FREE.
When: Jun 9-11.
Where: Preston St
Details: fcaottawa

6. European Union Cultural Fair

Live music, folk dance performances, games and activities for children, interactive workshops, Traditional European foods, and beverages. Throughout the day, participants can also learn more about Europe’s touristic and cultural destinations on display at the stands organized by diplomatic missions. FREE. When: Sunday Jun 11 from 9:30am to 5pm. Where: Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park. 1000 Exhibition Way. Details: on Facebook.

7. Proud to be Crafters Market

Over 40 vendors, free workshop. FREE admission.
When: Jun 11 from 10:30am to 3pm.
Where: Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue.
Details: @squarelemon_ottawa on Instagram

8. Pique

A festival featuring 30 eclectic, musical, visual, and multimedia artists. All ages. Admission is “Pay What You Can” with a suggested contribution of $25 to $50.
When: Jun 10 from 2pm to 2am
Where: Arts Court, 67 Nicholas St
Details: thisispique

9. 613 Flea

150 vendors featuring eclectic goods, handmade, antiques, vintage clothing, great food and more. FREE. Saturday Jun 11 from 10am to 4pm. At Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park, 1000 Exhibition Way.

10. Bachata on the Hill

If you’re a Bachata lover or you want to learn how to dance this sensual Latin dance, head to Parliament Hill this Saturday Jun 11 from 12pm to 1pm for a free outdoor class, and stay afterwards for some social dancing from 1pm to 4pm. No partner required.

11. Latin American Film Festival

An extraordinary selection of film productions from 17 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. Subtitles in English. FREE admission but booking is required. 
May 30 to Jun 24 at Saint Paul University, 110 Hazel St. Details: ottawafestivals

12. The New Art Festival

An exhibition of independent and one-of-a-kind art by nearly 200 visual artists. Jun 10-11 from 10am to 5pm, rain or shine. Family and dog friendly. Food available. FREE admission. At Central Park in the Glebe. The park is located on the east side of Bank Street between Patterson Avenue and Clemow Avenue, just south of the Queensway.

13. Britannia Beach Takeover

Sidy Collective invites you to join them at Britannia beach for a day of volleyball, music, and socials. Sunday Jun 11 at 4pm.

14. Music in the Park

Bring your favourite fold-up chair or picnic blanket and join your neighbours for a free show, Fridays 6:30pm to 8pm featuring a roster of rotating local talent. Snacks and drinks from Art House available for purchase. May 19 until August 25. At Dundonald Park, 516 Somerset St. Details on Facebook.

15. Under the Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest 

This exhibition features live lizards, snakes, a sloth and more. It opened on May 19 and will be on view until January 7, 2024. Visitors will see a two-toed sloth, reticulated python, New Caledonian giant gecko, and eight other intriguing species in this immersive exhibition. At the Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St.

16. Family Fun Weekends

Explore careers, build financial goals, see money’s diversity, or just have a good time with scissors, paper and tape. FREE. Jun 10-11. From 10am to 7pm. At the Bank of Canada Museum, 30 Bank St.

17. Musical Evenings at Casino Lac Leamy

Bar 7 offers musical evenings with a multimedia screen, and live performances from Thursdays to Saturdays at 9:30pm. FREE.
Thursday Jun 8: Latin Fiesta with Son Candela. Friday and Saturday: At Last.
Where: 1, Boulevard du Casino, Gatineau, QC J8Y 6W3.

18. Arboretum Hill Club Workout

Join the AHC for a workout at the Arboretum. All ages, all levels. Fridays at 6:29 am. FREE. Dogs welcome. Lots of free parking. Meet them at the Arboretum hill summit.

19. Lansdowne Farmers’ Market

Sundays from May 7 until October 29. At Aberdeen Square, Lansdowne Park. From 9am to 3pm.

20. Carp Market

The largest producer-based Farmers’ Market in Eastern Ontario runs every Saturday from 8am to 1pm until the end of October.

21. Nepean Night Market

Good food, different musicians playing every week, and local amazing vendors! Sundays May 14 to Oct 15 from 5pm to 9pm at Mr. Lube Baseline, 1442 Baseline Road, Nepean.

22. 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.

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.

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