Father’s Day Weekend in Ottawa

Things to Do on Father’s day Weekend in Ottawa: Brunch, performances, family activities and more!


More To Do

I. Family & Kids Activities

Festival Franco-Ontarien

The biggest francophone celebration in Ottawa, with concerts, street art and entertainment celebrating Franco Ontarian culture. The Festival Franco-Ontarien Teksavvy will present three evenings of unique custom-made shows.


June 13 to 15, 2019

Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa.

$10 – $75

Glowfair Festival

Downtown Bank Street will be transformed into the hottest music, light, and art festival Ottawa has ever seen. With 10 theme blocks, this year’s trendiest talent, and our iconic silent disco, Glowfair Festival can’t be missed!


June 14 to 15, 2019

Bank Street, Ottawa

Free & Ticketed Events

Fish Ontario Licence Free

OFFE is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario licence-free. Details

June 15 & 16, 2019 (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday)

Ontario Waters


Creatures of the Night

When the sun goes down, a whole body of life becomes active in the forest. Accompanied by one of the Friends of Gatineau Park’s nature interpreters and a guest biologist, come learn about the mysterious but fascinating “creatures of the night”: fireflies, coyotes, bats, and flying squirrels, amongst others. This family activity will include a 45 minute indoor presentation followed by an interpretive hike on the Sugarbush Trail.


Friday, June 14, 2019 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, 33 Scott Road, Chelsea

$7 to $20

Lambs Down Park Festival

Canadian Co-operative Woolgrowers, grades and markets close to three million pounds of raw wool each year. In celebration of the town’s woolly existence, the BIA and the Woolgrowers host the BIA Lambs Down Park Festival. With wool being the fiber on which the festival is centered, the day will feature hands-on demonstrations of sheep herding involving working sheep dogs, sheep shearing and the spinning of wool. Tours will be conducted of the Woolgrowers facilities. There will be local fresh produce, petting zoo and pony rides, kids activities and more. Spectators can relax at a picnic table enjoy a bite to eat and a drink from great local vendors


Saturday, June 15 | 9 AM to 3 PM

CCWG Livestock Supplies & Equestrian Center,
142 Franktown Road, Carleton Place


Richmond Family Fun Day

Fun for the whole family: activities, games, live music, BBQ and more.


Saturday, June 15 | 10 AM to 3 PM

Richmond Fairgrounds, 6121 Perth Street, Richmond


10 years of Pascale’s Ice Cream

You are cordially invited to celebrate 10 years of Pascale’s Ice Cream and the grand opening of our retail window. Join us for our parking lot “bloc party” with dear neighbours and business friends (and their wonderful wares!) such as Adam Bakes, Mad Faux Cheese, Saaboon, Buchipop, True Loaf, Ottawa Kabab, The Whalesbone Catering, The Red Apron and DJ Zaatar.


Saturday, June 15 | 12 PM to 6 PM

Pascale’s Ice Cream, 571 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa


Father’s Day Builders

Work together as a family to complete three different building challenges! First build a modern structure, then give constructing an early settler log home a try, and finally explore the themes in our latest exhibition, Water: A Journey to the Source, by engineering a pipe line. Explore tools, building materials, and more! Snacks will be available for cash purchase.


Sunday, June 16 | 10 AM to 4 PM

Nepean Museum, 16 Rowley Avenue, Nepean

$17.50 per family (2 adults + children) or $6.75 per person

Father’s Day Challenge – Interactive experience with Live History

Travel back in time to the era of the March Township Gentry and interact with costumed actors to complete a series of challenges before time runs out and you alter the course of history. Will your group be able to complete the challenge in time and save the day? Live History (link is external) is Governor General’s Award nominated theatre group that specializes in bringing local history to life.


Sunday, June 16 | 10 AM to 4 PM

Pinhey’s Point Historic Site, 270 Pinhey’s Point Road, Dunrobin

$6.75 per person

Fathers Day at the Bunker!

Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day with a trip to the Diefenbunker! We will have fun family activities such as card making for dad, a Father’s Day themed scavenger hunt, and a movie playing! Fathers get in for free when accompanied by child. We will also be offering exclusive Machine Room tours 4 storeys underground. The machine room is not usually open to the public so this is your chance to show Dad a really amazing piece of Canadian history. Details

Sunday, June 16 | 10 AM – 4 PM

Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Rd, Carp

Dad’s with kids are free.; Adults: $17.50
Seniors: $16.50; Students: $13.00
Youth (6-18): $11.00

More To Do

II. Live Music

EDM/ Concert Tours/Week day Concerts this Week

Mozart’s Figaro in Concert

This much loved opera takes place in one single day of madness at Count Almaviva’s estate outside Seville, Spain. On the eve of their nuptials, barber-turned-valet Figaro and the countess’s maid Susanna enlist the help of other clever servants to thwart the Count’s plans to bed Susanna and expose his philandering ways. For more than 200 years, audiences around the world have revelled in this “upstairs/downstairs” situation comedy, ripe with jealousy, disguise, mistaken identity and deceit!


Wednesday, Jun 12, 2018 | 8:00 PM
Friday, Jun 14, 2018 | 8:00 PM

National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa

$29.00 to $72.00 + charges

CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend

CMAOntario will host two FREE outdoor concerts on Sparks Street in Ottawa with the New Faces Showcase & Concert on Saturday, June 15 and a Tailgate Party on Sunday, June 16. At the New Faces Showcase & Concert audiences will be treated to performances by The Abrams, Danielle Bourjeaurd, Owen Barney, Les Rats d’Swompe, Kris Barclay, Brad James, and a special appearance by Chris Labelle.


June 14 – 16, 2019

National Arts Centre & Sparks Street, Ottawa

Free & Ticketed Events

III. Live Theatre & Related Events

What If? – The Musical

Imagine a world where you can do anything. Like, actually do anything. A world where there are no fears, no heartbreak, no wrong, and no consequence. Where everything is permitted and no dream is too big. What if you could learn a 7th language overnight? What if you could learn to juggle in a heartbeat? What if you could be happier in love that you ever thought possible? In David’s make-believe world of Artistic License…you can.


June 13-15, 2019

The Gladstone Theatre – 910 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa

$23 to $39

Mending Fences By Norm Foster

Harry Sullivan hasn’t seen his son Drew in thirteen years, and now Drew is coming to Harry’s Saskatchewan ranch for a visit. This poignant comedy tells the story of two men who are too stubborn to give in to feelings of the heart.


May 29 – June 15, 2019

Ottawa Little Theatre, 400 King Edward Avenue, Ottawa


Ottawa Fringe Festival

54 shows, over 10 days, in 9 venues in Downtown Ottawa.

This year’s programming includes performances of every genre, featuring artists from around the world: clown from London, storytelling from Finchampstead, dance from Toronto, and even a strip-tease from Portland; you never know what you’re going to get at the Fringe!


Ottawa Fringe Festival Preview: Get a sneak peak at the shows in this year’s festival. Wednesday, June 12th, from 7-9PM @ Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa

June 13 to 23, 2019

Various Venues in Ottawa’s Downtown Rideau neighbourhood.

Free & Ticketed events.

III. Sports & Related Events

Raptors NBA Finals Cineplex Viewing Party @ Select local Cineplex Theatres on Game Days

Bytown Blackhearts vs PARDy

Ottawa Roller Derby’s Bytown Blackhearts take on the Fighting Betties (LOCO Roller Derby Fighting Fräuleins and London Middlesex Roller Derby – LMRD) and Riverside Riot Squad (PARD Peterborough Area Roller Derby) in a double header home game, the first of 2019!

Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 5:30 PM

Brewer Arena, 151 Brewer Way, Ottawa


Ottawa Fury FC

v Memphis 901 FC

Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 7:00 PM

The Stadium at TD Place, Ottawa


Ottawa Stroll for Liver

Join the Canadian Liver Foundation for Ottawa’s 13th annual Stroll for Liver, a day of entertainment, lunch, health fair, raffles, bouncy castle, and fun activities for adults and children! The Stroll takes place at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre in Britannia Park, overlooking the Ottawa River. Michael O’Byrne from CTV Ottawa News at Noon will be the emcee and Mayor Jim Watson will be there too! Details

Saturday, June 15th 2019 | 10:00 AM – 02:00 PM

Britannia Park, 102 Greenview Ave, Ottawa


Stratford at The Parks

Stratford Fox Run presents Stratford at The Parks, a two day OVPSC/Bronze and Silver/Trillium hunter/jumper competition at Wesley Clover Parks.

June 15 & 16, 2019

Wesley Clover Parks, Ottawa


Father’s Day Mini-Golf

10% off Family Father’s Day Mini-Golfers!
5-star waterfront mini-golf course, one hour from Ottawa; well worth the drive!
Perth Outfitters also offers 100 rental canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards and wooded pedal kart trail. Details

Sunday, June 16 | 9 AM – 7 PM

Perth Outfitters
21 Craig Street, Perth

NOKIA Sunday Bikedays

Enjoy summer Sundays cycling along car-free roads, and experience the beauty of Canada’s Capital Region in a fun and environmentally friendly way. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of more than 50 kilometres of scenic parkways in the heart of the Capital Region. Parkways in Ottawa and Gatineau Park are car-free and open exclusively to cyclists, in-line skaters, runners, walkers and people with mobility aids.


Sundays | 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Various Parkways, Ottawa


IV. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events

More To Do

Quilt Canada 2019

Three fantastic days of workshops and lectures by some of Canada’s leading quilt teachers.

Over 40 vendors for shopping… everything quilting waiting for you. Over 400 quilts on display including the National Juried Show. Join us to see some of the best quilts in Canada!


June 12-15, 2019

EY Centre, Ottawa

$19.78 & up

Carivibe – Ottawa Caribbean Carnival

Celebrating Caribbean Culture In The Nation’s Capital

On Saturday join colourful masqueraders, thousands of Ottawa residents and visitors, as they Wine, Bubble, Chip and Jump Up to sweet tropical rhythms in the CARIVIBE STREET PARADE.


Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16, 2019
Carivibe Grand Street Parade | 12 PM to 2PM –- Wellington St. (At Kent) to Laurier St. Ending at City Hall

Various Venues, Ottawa

Free & Ticketed events

Ottawa Italian Week Festival

Experience “Being Italian” and celebrating all that is Italian Art, Culture, and History, for ten special days in June. Join us to create new memories, share the experience and be Italian. Highlights include Ferrari car display, Italian car parade Bike Race, Live music, Kids zone, Art demos, Opera and plays. Details

June 14 to 16, 2019

Little Italy — Preston Street, Ottawa


Outdoor Movies

  • Mean Girls on Friday, June 14, 2019 | 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM @ Sparks Street – between O’Connor and Metcalfe
  • The Sandlot on Saturday, June 15 | 8 PM – 11 PM @ Parkdale Park, 366 Parkdale Ave

Geek and Gaming Garage Sale

Join us for a Spring Edition of the Geek and Gaming Garage Sale for all your geeky shopping needs with our vendors and consignment area. Details

Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 10 AM – 6 PM

Nepean Sportsplex – Halls A & B , 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa

$2, cash only

Ottawa Garden Days

Explore Ottawa-Gatineau’s Garden Promenade during Ottawa Garden Days. This ten-day program of activities and events is for gardening enthusiasts, families, schools and tourists alike.


June 15 – 23, 2019

Various Venues, Ottawa


Vintage Car Show

Antique car owners are invited to display and share stories about their vehicles. Cast your vote for the fan favourite car! The Billings’ 1959 Cadillac Sedan de Ville will also be available to view. In addition to the vintage cars, visitors can enjoy a tour of the museum, check out the icehouse, and explore the cemetery. Families with younger children can participate in an interactive scavenger hunt for added fun. Cash barbecue available. Live music by the Grumpy Old Men band (11 am to 2 pm).


Sunday, June 16 | 10 AM to 4 PM

Billings Estate National Historic Site, 2100 Cabot Street, Ottawa

$17.50 per family (2 adults + children) or $6.75 per person

Father’s Day Heritage Workshops

Treat the father figure in your life to a unique museum experience (or try your own hand at a new skill) with a heritage-inspired workshop. Workshop themes include woodworking, letterpress printing, gardening, and acrylic painting. Bring the whole family to the museum and enjoy fun and games on the grounds while Dad learns the ins and outs of his new trade.


Sunday, June 16 | 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, 2940 Old Montreal Road, Cumberland

$50 per person

Bloomsday Afternoon Tea

Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce, during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin and elsewhere in the world. Take a leisurely afternoon tea this Bloomsday. Enjoy Sandwiches and Sweets inspired by Ulysses whilst sipping tea. Details

Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Brigid’s Well, Cumberland St., Ottawa


Iran Day

This event includes various programs to entertain the community, such as introducing and showcasing Iranian artists’ paintings, publications, photography, handcrafts, and Persian pastries and sweets. There would be amazing performances including folk and traditional dance, and Iranian pop music throughout the day.


Saturday, June 15 | 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Ottawa City Hall, Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa


Hunt for Ottawa’s Best Sangria

Join the hunt for Ottawa’s BEST Sangria! Meeting and day drinking with like minded Sangria lovers,


Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 3 PM – 8 PM

ByWard Market, 267 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa

$20 to $25

Father’s day brunch

Father’s Day Méchoui

Treat your Father to a sumptuous Wild Boar Méchoui buffet prepared by Sanglier d’la Lièvre, a local artisan from Val des Monts.
Spend some quality family time together, hiking the forest trails, playing lawn games or simply relaxing on the deck. Details

Sunday, June 16, 2019 | 1:00PM – 4:00PM

32 Chemin River, Cantley

Adults: $59 + taxes, Children: $19 + taxes

Few more places for Father’s Day Brunch.

  1. Father’s Day Brunch – Nature Museum – Details
  2. Daly’s Restaurant – Daly’s Restaurant will be hosting its annual Father’s Day Brunch, featuring a selection of beers and a “Make Your Own Taco” station fit for a King. Please reserve your spot in advance. $37/person | $19/children; taxes and gratuities are not included.
  3. OpenTable Sunday Brunnch Restaurant listing
  4. Father’s Day Brunch @ Ballroom – Brookfield on Sunday, June 16 | 9.30 AM to 1:30 PM ; Adults: $43.95 & Child (5-12): $24.75; Complimentary for children under 4
  5. Rideau Carleton Raceway Brunch – June 16 | 9:00 AM to 03:00 PM | $24.99
  6. Rideau Carleton Raceway Dinner – June 16 | 4PM – 10PM | $34.99
  7. Father’s Day Free- Play Brunch Buffet – House of Tarq
  8. Wilfrid’s Restaurant – Fairmont Chateau Laurier
  9. Open Table Listings

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