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

What are you up to this weekend in Ottawa? Perhaps you’re a fan of Thai cuisine? The Thai Embassy has organized an interesting event where you will be able to taste delicious Thai flavours. If you haven’t been to the Festibière, this is your last chance. The festival ends this Saturday. Feel like cheering on your local team? There are some cool sports events happening this weekend.

Have a look at this list!

1. Thai Street Food Festival

Immerse yourself in Thai culture and cuisine from savoury curries to sweet and spicy stir-fries. There will also be arts and crafts from local vendors. FREE.
When: Sunday July 30 from 11am to 6pm.
Where: Horticulture Building, 1525 Princess Patricia Way, Lansdowne.
Details: thaifest.ca

2. Festibière de Gatineau

Eight days of music animation, good food and the best beer in Quebec. There will be a giant pool, a Ferris wheel, a speakeasy, and much more! Tickets: $19.95 and $26.95.
When: July 19-29
Where: Places des Festivals Zibi, Gatineau.
Details: ffestibiere.ca

3. Ottawa Chamberfest

This is an internationally acclaimed chamber music festival that will celebrate 30 years of growth and evolution. It offers a wide variety of chamber music and concerts in different locations for two weeks.
When: Jul 20 to Aug 3
Where: Various venues
Details: chamberfest.com

4. Ottawa Redblacks vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Cheer on Ottawa’s football team in this home game against Hamilton Tiger-Cats Friday July 28 at 7:30pm at TD Place, 1015 Bank St.

5. Atletico Ottawa vs Cavalry FC

Cheer on Atletico Ottawa facing Cavalry FC on Saturday July 29 at 7pm at TD Place.

6. Byward Night Market

William Street will be lined with vendors and public seating. Enjoy a taste of local treats, drinks and hot artists. FREE.
When: Saturday July 29 from 5pm to 9pm.
Where: William St and George St Plaza
Details: @ottawamarkets

7. The Big Bounce Canada

The largest touring inflatable event in the world. It will tour three Canadian cities starting in Ottawa. One ticket, three hours of fun! Special sessions for toddlers, small kids, big kids and only adults. Tickets: $29, $45 and $55. Spectators can enter the event ground without any fees. There will be food vendors and seating area. July 15-30. At Saunders Farm, 7893 Bleeks Road A. Ottawa. Details: thebigbouncecanada.ca

8. The Original Navan Market

Largest outdoor market in Ottawa and surrounding area. Over 200 vendors, live music, cocktails, family fun zone, etc! July 30, 10am-4pm. Navan Fairgrounds at 1279 Colonial Road. 

9. Feeling of Free. NAC Summer Programming 2023

THE LIONYLS: a four-piece Rock & Soul band based in Ottawa will jump on a boat and sail the canal to and from Dow’s Lake playing their music that draws on the traditions of rhythm & blues, funk, soul and rock & roll. Saturday July 29 at 4:30pm. FREE.

10. Mammoth Book Sale

Hundreds of used books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl records for sale. FREE. Sat 29 July, 10am-2pm. James Bartleman Centre, 100 Tallwood Drive.

11. U18 Women’s Nationals Tackle Championship

The national under-18 female tackle football tournament featuring seven provincial teams and the Nation Indigenous team in Ottawa, competing against each other for the national championship. July 21-29. At TD Stadium and Carleton University.

12. Fleetwood Mac: Rumors

Classic albums live tribute show. $29 per ticket. Saturday July 29 at 8pm. At Southam Hall, National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street.

13. Panda Fest II

Fifteen metal bands participate in this festival at the Brass Monkey. $28 per day ticket. Friday July 28, 6pm–Saturday July 29, 10:30 pm. 250 Greenbank Rd, Nepean.

14. Ottawa Summer Swing 2023

Music, food, fun and lots more to enjoy! Admission is pay-what-you-can, as it is a volunteer event. Friday July 28, from 7pm-10pm at Andrew Haydon Park.

15. Summer Market at Shenkman Arts Centre

Shop local with over 30 different vendors. Dogs are welcome. FREE. Saturday July 29th at 1pm. At Agora Minto-Orléans.  

16. Metcalfe Farmers’ Market

Farm fresh produce, baking, furniture, honey, meats, preserves, locally roasted coffee, locally blended loose-leaf tea, wood crafts, clothing, takeaway food, jewelry, artisan work, wines, beers, spirits, home décor and so much more. FREE. Every Saturday. 9:00am – 1:00pm. May 13 – October 14. Metcalfe Fairgrounds, 2821 8th Line Rd, Metcalfe.

17. Jazz night: The World of Jazz at Apothecary Cocktail Lounge (Free Admission)

Thursdays are for live music. Located in the Byward Market , featuring Jazz favorites and a variety of dinner music. FREE. Thursdays. 54 York St Street

18. Pressure. James Cameron into the abyss

Come explore the Deepsea Challenger and dive into the future of ocean conservation. FREE. Jun 5 to Sept 1, Tuesdays to Saturdays from 12pm to 5pm. At Alex Trebek Theatre, 50 Sussex Drive.

19. Salsa at City Hall

This popular event takes place every Wednesday on the Rink of Dreams or inside City Hall in case of bad weather. No partner required! All ages. FREE. Wednesdays from July 12 until August 30. 6-7:15pm Salsa beginners; 7:15-8pm Bachata, Kizomba or Zouk class beginners; 8-11pm Social dancing. At City Hall, 110 Laurier St W. Details: on Facebook

20. Lansdowne Summer Arts Showcase 2023

Every Thursday enjoy a free musical spectacle at Lansdowne Park. This Thursday The Lionyls will hit the stage. Some seating available, you can bring your own chair. At dusk, at around 8:30pm, head to the great lawn to enjoy an outdoor movie screening. This Thursday 27: Dolittle.
When: Thursday July 27 from 6:30pm to 8pm.
Where: Aberdeen Square, Lansdowne
Details: on Facebook

21. Northern Lights

Learn about Canada’s great achievements and key milestones in its history through sound and light. New segments this year. FREE. From Thursdays to Mondays at 10pm (July); 9:30pm (August); 9pm (September). At Parliament Hill.

22. Latin at Lansdowne

Come for latin dance lessons and social dancing. FREE. Every Saturday until August 26. Saturday July 8 from 6-11pm. Aberdeen Plaza, Lansdowne.

23. Relief of the Sentries

Members of the Ceremonial Guard perform daily sentry duties at Rideau Hall. In 2023, the sentries will change every hour from 10am to 5 pm daily from mid-June to late August. Listen for the pipers as they lead the troops down the driveway! FREE. From June 28 to August 25. At Rideau Hall, 1 Sussex Drive.

24. OAG’s Summer Exhibition 2023

Welcome to “83 ‘til infinity” an exhibition about stories and experiences of hip-hop in the Ottawa–Gatineau region. FREE. At the Ottawa Art Gallery, 10 Daly Avenue.

25. Elgin Street Market and free yoga in the park

Elgin Street market on Sundays from July 9 to October 29. FREE. One hour of Yoga in the Park. Classes every Sunday (July 9th to September 3rd) from 10am-11am. Located in Jack Purcell Park (320 Jack Purcell Lane) in Centretown. Bring your own mat. 

26. Parkdale Night Market

Shop from over 60 vendors every Wednesday from 5pm to 9pm at 366 Parkdale Ave.

27. Peru Independence Day

Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral on Friday July 28 at 8pm. Group photo at the Ottawa sign that will be illuminated with the colours of the Peruvian flag , Friday July 28 at 9pm.

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