Events in Ottawa: August 18 to 20, 2017

Current Weekend – This Weekend in Ottawa

I. Family & Kids Activities

1. CP Canada 150 Train

This family-friendly occasion has something for Canadians of all ages and there are a number of activities to explore during the three-hour event. History buffs will delight in seeing images and facts pulled from CP’s archives, and kids of all ages can design their very own conductor’s hat as a memento of the day. Headliners:Dallas Arcand & Dean Brody! Details

Sunday, August 20, 2017 | 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

VIA Rail Station, 200 Tremblay Rd, Ottawa


2. The Capital Fair

Annual Fair featuring plenty of rides, fun family entertainment, fair food, and more! Details

August 18 to 27, 2017

Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre, 4837 Albion Road, Ottawa

Free Admission

3. Overbrook Community Day

Canada 150 celebration including Multicultural artists, and various fun activities for the family. Details

Saturday, August 19, 2017 | 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM

Overbrook Community Center
33 Quill Street, Ottawa


4. Sound of Light

To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, five Canadian companies will be showcasing the skies of Gatineau / Ottawa with themed shows inspired by our country and our history as part of Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light.

Alberta Show – Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Grand Finale – Saturday, August 19, 2017 | 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Bytown Museum, 1 Canal Lane, Ottawa

Canadian Museum of History, 100 Rue Laurier, Gatineau

$10 More To Do

II. Live Music

1. Snaggle

SNAGGLE, a brash and irreverant electric-jazz-funk band that has often been described by media as ‘Canada’s answer to Snarky Puppy’ hits the road with the internationally acclaimed trumpet player BROWNMAN ALI . Come see this critically acclaimed and award-winning ensemble and their powerful and electrified show of groove-oriented jazz, not to be missed! Details


Saturday, August 19, 2017 | 08:00 PM – 11:00 PM


Avant Garde Bar
135 Besserer St, Ottawa


$10 to $15

Guns N’ Roses: Not In This Lifetime Tour on August 21, 2017

Calabogie Blues & Ribfest on August 18 to 20 @ Calabogie Peaks Resort

2. Arboretum Festival

We bring together acclaimed and groundbreaking artists, across genres, to celebrate community and independence in the arts. Critically-acclaimed bands. Forest Stage. Barn shows. Swimming Pond Dance Parties. Pick-your-own fruit+veg. Local chefs. All-Night Cinema. Art installations and much more! Details


August 17 to 19, 2017


Rideau Pines Farm, 5714 Fourth Line Rd.


$35 to $75

III. Live Theatre & Related Events

1. Cirque Du Soleil: VOLTA

VOLTA tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Inspired by the adventurous spirit that fuels action sports, the show weaves the adrenaline rush of acrobatics into a visually striking performance. International artist M83 will be adding his epic space-age pop sound to the VOLTA stage. Details

August 3 to 27, 2017

Under the Big Top, Zibi Site, Gatineau

$39 & up

2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Celebrate with Ottawa’s award winning original professional Shakespeare company, a Company of Fools on their 15th anniversary of Torchlight Shakespeare with one of the Bard’s most beloved and whimsical comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Helena loves Demetrius. Demetrius loves Hermia. Hermia loves Lysander. Throw into this mix an enchanted forest, a mischievous fairy, a feuding king and queen and a troupe of terrible wannabe actors and you have a recipe for a hilarious, magical, love-filled summer night. Details

July 3 to August 19, 2017 | 07:00 PM

August 18, 2017 – Kin Vineyard, Carp

August 19, 2017 – Windsor Park, Old Ottawa South

Pay-what-you-can – suggested donation $20

3. The Amorous Servant

The Amorous Servant is about a clever young maid, bound in dedication and honour to her disinherited master. With a love that knows no bounds, this servant expertly schemes to break through the greed and treachery that has corrupted her master’s house. She’s determined to bring peace to his wealthy but dysfunctional family. Love and honour meet the physicality and hilarity of Commedia dell’Arte in this rarely seen jewel by Carlo Goldoni. Details

July 20-August 20, 2017
Tuesday to Saturday | 08:00 PM
Sunday | 02:00 PM & 08:00 PM

The Strathcona Park, 25 Range Road

$10 to $25, Sunday Matinee – PWYC

4. Les Morissette

Through variety numbers, stand-up comedy routines and impersonations, the couple explores topics that affect all Quebec couples, including work-life balance, social network addiction, Quebec’s “wussification,” sex, friendship in your forties and many more. Details

August 18 & 19, 2017 | 08:00 PM

Harold Shenkman Hall, Shenkman Arts Centre


III. Sports

1. World Vintage Rugby Carnival

Vintage Rugby is a fresh, friendly style of veteran rugby, dedicated to preserving the spirit and tradition of Rugby for mature players, supporters and referees. It provides the chance for those over the age of 35 (two men’s sections Over 35 and Over 46) who still hanker to scrum, ruck and maul with their mates against rivals from around the world. Details

August 20 to 27, 2017

Various Venues, Ottawa


2. Canadian Ultimate Championships

The women’s, open, women’s masters and open masters divisions . Details

August 17 – 20, 2017

UPI – 1295 Manotick Station Rd, Greely

Free to $12

3. Fiddler’s at The Parks

A two day OVPSC/Bronze and Silver/Trillium hunter/jumper competition . Details

August 19 to 20, 2017

Wesley Clover Parks, 411 Corkstown Rd, Ottawa


4. Youth Beach Nationals

Beach Volleyball Details

August 17 to 20, 2017

Max Volley Shefford Park
813 Shefford Road, Ottawa


IV. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events

More To Do


1. Art in Strathcona Park

Artists and artisans and undiscovered talents will come together to sell their work directly to the public and to raise public awareness about mental illness. More than just original art, Art in Strathcona Park also offers jewellery, pottery, stained glass, wood carvings, hand-made soap and honey, to name just a few, and will also feature a silent auction and a BBQ – something for just about everyone! Details

Saturday, August 19 | 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Strathcona Park
Corner of Laurier Avenue and Range Road


2.The Ottawa Greek Festival

The Ottawa Greek Festival features live Greek music, traditional Greek dances, excellent Greek Cuisine, cooking demonstrations, Greek language lessons, craft and cultural exhibits, souvenirs, raffles, children’s activities, Church tours and ecclesiastical displays. Details

August 10 – 27, 2017

The Hellenic Community of Ottawa
1315 Prince of Wales Drive between Baseline Road and Meadowlands Drive.


3. TD South Asian Fest

The 2017 Edition of SouthAsianFest will feature action packed activities including Intercultural Dialogue, Masala Bhangra on the Hill, Dance Workshops, ART EXHIBITION, the SPLASH! Dinner & Dance Boat Cruise and the Grand Event. Details

August 11 to 20, 2017

Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Ave W & other venues, Ottawa


4. Kontinuum

This immersive multimedia production, created by Ottawa 2017 and Moment Factory, unfolds in Ottawa’s future Lyon Light Rail Transit (LRT) station. Visitors descend deep underground into an anomaly in the fabric of reality where invisible frequencies take on physical dimension. Elevate your senses and awaken your imagination in this journey where two realms collide. Which path will you choose? Details

July 16 to September 14 | 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Place de Ville Theatre, 300 Sparks St, Ottawa


5. Kabeshinan Minitig Pavilion

The Pavilion exhibit will involve both archaeological artifacts that underscore this area, the National Capital Region, as an original and central trading place for numerous Indigenous people over the centuries. The Kabeshinàn Minitig Pavilion will host many of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation artists/crafts people along with featured Indigenous Artists in both visual arts and fine crafts from across turtle island throughout the summer months. Details

Until November 30, 2017 | Tuesday-Sunday – 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Victoria Island, 2 Timberslide, Ottawa



Mosaiculture is a most spectacular horticultural technique that combines the following different art forms: sculpture for the structure, paint for the palette of colours, and horticulture as the means of creating living and changing artworks with plants. The theme of the Gatineau exhibit will reflect 150 years of history, values, culture and arts in Canada, represented by some 40 different arrangements.

June 30 – October 15, 2017 | 10:00 AM to 07:00 PM

Parc Jacques-Cartier, 350 Rue Laurier


7. Ottawa Welcomes the World

Embassy of the Republic of Colombia: Experience the cultural heritage of Colombia. Details

High Commission for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago: Strategically located at the crossroads of the Americas, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is renowned for its industrialized, energy export-driven economy, vibrant culture and multiethnic and tolerant society. Details

Embassy of the Republic of Colombia – Friday, August 18, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
High Commission for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago – Sunday, August 20, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Horticulture Building, 1525 Princess Patricia Way


8. Veg Speed Date

Veg Speed Date is exclusively for vegan and vegetarian singles. We have thought through every detail to make sure people have a great time, don’t need to worry about feeling rejected, and have the best chance of making that special connection. Details

Saturday, Aug 19 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tea Party Cafe
119 York Street, Ottawa

$34.99 – $44.99 + charges

9. Rock the River

Enjoy an upbeat, exciting evening on the Ottawa River. The music of Danny Richard makes the evening come alive during this must-do summer cruise! In addition to refreshment, light snacks are available on board for purchase. Details

Saturday, August 19, 2017 | 08:15 PM

Capital Cruises, Gatineau Dock.


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