Wondering what to do this weekend in Ottawa? Many events this weekend will be dedicated to remembering the sacrifices of Canadians in war time. There will also be hockey games, markets, and a culinary and wine event. Check out this list and share it with your family and friends. Enjoy!
1. National Remembrance Day Ceremony
Every November 11th Canadians remember those who lost their lives in military service for their country. Spectators are welcome to watch the ceremony which includes a Veteran’s parade and a fly-past. ** Heads up: there will be restrictions on road access around the National War Memorial before and during the ceremony.
When: Saturday Nov 11 from 10:30am.
Where: National War Memorial
2. Remembrance Day at the Canadian Museum of War
Visit the museum for free on Remembrance Day and participate in many activities designed to learn Canada’s military history and remember the service, sacrifice, and loss of people. Booking a ticket required. FREE.
When: Nov 11 from 9am to 4pm.
Where: Canadian Museum of War, 1 Vimy Place
3. 260 Fingers
26 talented ceramic artists, mainly from Ontario and Quebec, will exhibit their works, often found in galleries and collections all over Canada and the world. FREE.
When: Nov 10-12. Friday, 6-9pm; Saturday/Sunday, 10am-5pm.
Where: Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue.
4. One World Bazaar
Shop from artisans from around the world. From exquisite jewelry to beautiful woven textiles, these unique creations showcase the creativity and skill of amazing artisans. FREE.
When: Sept 28-30 and subsequent weekends until Nov 19.
Where: 6110 Mitch Owens Road, Manotick.
5. Crave Wine and Food Festival
Bringing together culinary arts enthusiasts and local cuisine for a tasteful week of masterclasses and activities at participating restaurants, breweries and distilleries. Tickets: $45.
When: Nov 10-11
Where: Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive.
6. Senators vs Calgary Flames
Cheer on the Senators when the team clashes with the Calgary Flames. Tickets from $40.
When: Saturday Nov 11 at 7pm.
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr.
7. 67’s weekend games
Cheer on Ottawa’s junior hockey team.
When: Friday Nov 10 at 7pm, vs Oshawa Generals
and Sunday Nov 12 at 2pm vs Sarnia Sting.
Where: TD Place
Created in 2011 by choreographer Jayne Smeulders, then principal dancer with the West Australian Ballet, this piece set to Prokofiev’s score pays homage to the Brothers Grimm’s tale and showcases the talent and elegance of Les Grands Ballets performers. PAID. Nov 9 – 11. Southam Hall, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa.
9. Divertimento Orchestra Fall Concert
Since 1984, Divertimento Orchestra has been enabling amateur musicians of all ages and of all backgrounds to share their love of music with the population of Ottawa. Hear the music of Brahms, Chopin, Chausson and Gounod in the beautiful Woodroffe United Church. PAID. Children 12 and under: FREE. Nov 10, 8pm – 10pm. Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa.
Delve into the dynamic realm of contemporary art at the historic All Saints event space. Includes canapé and welcome cocktail. PAID. Nov 10, 7pm – 11pm. Working Title Kitchen, 330 Laurier Avenue East Chapel Ottawa.
11. Beechwood Cemetery Remembrance Day
The event sees local school students, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and the community at large unite in a remembrance experience. The ceremony involves students and others placing poppies on each and every soldiers’ headstones in different sections of the cemetery to honour Canada’s fallen military members. FREE. Nov 11, 10:30am. 280 Beechwood Ave, Vanier.
12. Remembrance through light poppy drop
Starting on October 27, 117,000 poppies representing Fallen Canadian Veterans since the First World War will cascade virtually upon the Peace Tower at Parliament Hill and on the Senate building. FREE. Nov 11, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Wellington St, Ottawa.
13. Poppy drop at NAC
Our Kipnes Lantern will feature the Virtual Poppy Drop in partnership with the Royal Canadian Legion, projecting 117,000 virtual poppies representing each of Canada’s fallen since the beginning of the First World War. FREE. Nov 11. 1 Elgin St, Ottawa.
14. Viernes de pelicula (Friday Movie night)
The Embassy of Peru invite you to the screening of Peruvian comedy “Margarita”. (English subtitles) FREE. Friday Nov 10 at 7pm at Hamelin Hall (70 Laurier Ave E, Ottawa) – sala 033.
15. Social Rollerskating Ottawa Quad Session
Ottawa Quad Sessions are all about fun on eight wheels. Any style of skating, all levels, no instruction, lots of watch-and-learn. We quad to tunes. PAID. Nov 10, 9pm – 10:45pm. Carleton Athletics, 1125 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa.
16. Cedar Hill Christmas Tree Farm
Cut your own Christmas tree or choose from precut options: Fraser, Balsam, Blue Spruce, Scotch Pine, and White Spruce. Open for the Christmas Season starting November 11. FREE entrance. 951 8th Concession South, Pakenham.
17. Holiday Magic Craft Show
Hosted by the National Capital Artisans. There’ll be over 60 local artisans selling their amazing handcrafted works, with many of your favourite vendors returning. Whatever you’re looking for you will be sure to find it here. FREE. Nov 11 – 12, 10am – 4pm. Lester B. Pearson High School, 2072 Jasmine Crescent, Gloucester.
18. The Great Gatsby
Set in the Jazz Age on Long Island, our story follows the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby, as he tries to win back his lost love, Daisy Buchanan. Through the eyes of narrator Nick Carraway, audiences explore themes of wealth, love, and the corruption of the American Dream. Presented by University of Ottawa Theatre Club. Tickets $10, $15. Nov 8-11, at the Gladstone Theatre, 910 Gladstone Ave (at Preston).
19. Diwali Mela
Clothing, jewelry, home decor, gifts, henna, face painting, food and much more. FREE admission and free parking. Nov 10, 1pm-9pm, Nov 11, 11am-9pm. At Nepean Sportsplex, entrance 3, hall A&B, 1701 Woodroffe Ave, Nepean.
20. Business and Career Expo
Unparalleled networking, entrepreneurial insights, prizes and giveaways, special guest speakers. FREE. Nov 11, from 10am to 5pm. At Mosaic Convention center, 3750 N Bowesville Rd, Ottawa.
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