Things to Do in Ottawa in May

Things to Do in Ottawa in May: Events, Activities and Festivals happening in Ottawa during the month of May 2018.

24 Apr

Just Food Farm at the Red Barn, 2391 Pepin Court, Ottawa

April 24, 2018 To May 15, 2018

613-824-7771

$116.39

Collective Kitchen Facilitator Training Just Food is launching the Ottawa Collective Kitchen Network (OCKN). The goal is to initiate new, and support existing, collective kitchens throughout Ottawa. ...  »

28 Apr

Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks Street, Ottawa

April 28, 2018 To May 1, 2018

$10 to $15

The imagination is our most valuable renewable resource. So, twice a year we convene an international celebration of ideas to recharge our imaginations. From politics to poetry, ...  »

28 Apr

Worldview Studio and Gallery of Fine Art, 210 Blackburn Ave, Ottawa

April 28, 2018 To May 6, 2018

613-231-6314

free

Fine art show and sale featuring paintings and sculpture by Mitchell Webster and Janet K. MacKay Who is it for? all-ages FREE Admission WHEN & WHERE Date &...  »

01 May

Babs Asper Theatre, 1 Elgin St, Ottawa

May 1, 2018 To May 19, 2018

1 888 991-2787

$15 - $59

Based on the novel by Ottawa’s beloved Brian Doyle, Up to Low is the magical and mystical tale of a young boy’s journey to manhood. ...  »

01 May

Aberdeen Pavilion, 1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa

May 1, 2018

$95

This year, Bon Appetit Ottawa will welcome over 1200 people to enjoy the delicious creations from the kitchens of the region’s trendiest restaurants and caterers paired with ...  »

02 May

Ottawa Art Gallery, 50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa

May 2, 2018 To May 31, 2018

$9 - $13

Created in 1997, the goal of the Latin American Film Festival has always been to increase the awareness, appreciation, and understanding of Latin American cinema in Canada’s ...  »

02 May

Southam Hall, 1 Elgin St, Ottawa

May 2, 2018 To May 3, 2018

1 888 991-2787

$15 - $99

Thrill to the music of the last great romantic composer, in this evening dedicated to the works of Sergei Rachmaninoff. A son of imperial Russia, Rachmaninoff sought ...  »

03 May

Azrieli Studio, 1 Elgin St, Ottawa

May 3, 2018

$15 - $30.5

Since 2008, the name MonkeyJunk has been Canada’s most beloved player in the international modern bar-blues revival. Swampy but possessed, the band are currently touring in support ...  »

03 May

Arts Court, Daly Avenue, Ottawa

May 3, 2018 To May 5, 2018

Free

The European Union Delegation to Canada, the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) and the diplomatic missions of EU Member States, in collaboration with the Canadian ...  »

04 May

Harold Shenkman Hall, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Ottawa

May 4, 2018

$49

Legends Show brings you some of the world’s most exciting performers live on stage. Accompanied by the “Rockin’ Royals Band”, this show will feature the most ...  »

04 May

The 27 Club, 27 York St., Ottawa

May 4, 2018

$15.00

with Taylor Knox. Toronto-based band The Beaches are a little bit glam rock and a little bit garage. They’re tremendously warm cool girls with an infectious ...  »

04 May

Azrieli Studio, 1 Elgin St, Ottawa

May 4, 2018

$25

After making waves as the 1st runner-up on TVA’s La Voix (The Voice : Canada), Rebecca was invited by The Jacksons to make a guest appearance on ...  »

04 May

Fourth Stage, 1 Elgin, Ottawa

May 4, 2018

1 888 991-2787

$15

Dana Sipos’ hypnotic, tenderly skewed songs are filled with a wild wind. Described as a “consummate singer and songwriter with a wholly unique sound” by No Depression, ...  »

05 May

Kars Community Recreation Association Hall, 1604 Old Wellington Street, Kars

May 5, 2018

1-613-830-2184

Free entry. Donations accepted.

The competition takes place on 5 May 2018 at the Kars Community Recreation Association Hall. Wood carvers from eastern Ontario and western Quebec enter their artworks to compete in ...  »

05 May

Algonquin Commons Theatre, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa

May 5, 2018

$13.50

The National Capital Region Croatian Folklore Ensemble CROATOAN originated in 1978, and this year celebrates its 40th Anniversary! Over the last 40 years, CROATOAN has been an active participant ...  »

05 May

The 27 Club, 27 York St., Ottawa

May 5, 2018

$20

with Jeremie Albino. Lindi Ortega gives fair warning: “Don’t come any closer to my heart /If you’re afraid of the dark.” However, that shroud is ...  »

05 May

Southam Hall, 1 Elgin, Ottawa

May 5, 2018

$43 - $99.5

Testing the limits of their art form, internationally acclaimed Australian innovators Circa blur the lines between circus, dance, movement and theatre in works that are visually and ...  »

05 May

Fourth Stage, 1 Elgin ST, Ottawa

May 5, 2018 To May 6, 2018

$35

Ottawa-based Colombian artist Claudia Salguero returns to the National Arts Centre to present her new show MADRE TIERRA. MADRE TIERRA is a musical journey to the remote ...  »

05 May

Various Locations, Ottawa

May 5, 2018 To May 6, 2018

free

Your city. Your stories. Jane’s Walk 2018 is May 5-6 Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, community-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. Explore ...  »

06 May

The National Gallery Of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr., Ottawa

May 6, 2018

$44

Enjoy intimate chamber music concerts at the National Gallery of Canada, performed by members of the NAC Orchestra and amazing guest artists on this unique series. HOW ...  »

06 May

Southam Hall, 1 Elgin, Ottawa

May 6, 2018

1 888 991-2787

$47 - $54

Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. A man who has devoted his life ...  »

07 May

Bronson Centre Theatre, 211 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa

May 7, 2018

$28.00 - $35.00

with Attica Riots, Falling Through April. Vancouver, Canada’s Theory of a Deadman became the first act to sign with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger’s 604 Records imprint ...  »

07 May

Southam Hall, 1 Elgin St, Ottawa

May 7, 2018

1 888 991-2787

$15 - $99

Bruckner’s radiant eighth symphony unleashes the full power of the TSO and is sure to be a riveting performance, bringing the remarkable Peter Oundjian era to ...  »

09 May

St. Elias Centre,750 Ridgewood Ave., Ottawa

May 9, 2018

$55-$100

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the Civil Engineering Banquet hosted by the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Ottawa. The event ...  »

09 May

Azrieli Studio, 1 Elgin ST, Ottawa

May 9, 2018 To May 12, 2018

1 888 991-2787

$15 - $38

An intense and spellbinding Chekhovian psychological drama set in a forest, about an isolated community of savage women and child–men, all burning with the desire to ...  »

10 May

Southam Hall, 1 Elgin ST, Ottawa

May 10, 2018

$15 - $99

Discover a long-lost musical treasure with Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C. Written in the 1760s for the private orchestra of Prince Eszterhazy of Austria, the concerto ...  »

10 May

Fourth Stage, 1 Elgin St, Ottawa

May 10, 2018

$15

A collage of sinewy electro-pop and global influences, CHANCES’ performances are revelatory. Singing in English, French and Ojibwe, vocalists Chloé Lacasse and Geveviève Toupin weave exaltant ...  »

11 May

Various Venues, Ottawa, ON

May 11, 2018 To May 21, 2018

1-613-567-5757/ +1 800-668-8547

Free & ticketed

Ottawa’s award-winning flagship festival since 1953, the Canadian Tulip Festival is one of the largest events of its kind in the world celebrating Ottawa’s official flower ...  »

11 May

LeBreton Flats Park, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa

May 11, 2018 To May 15, 2018

613-241-0999

$13 to $25

Let yourself be inspired by this year’s featured international presentations. Enjoy crazy acrobatic stunts, playful theatre, unbelievable dance routines, foot tapping/hand clapping music and more! ...  »

11 May

City View Curling Club, 50 Capilano Drive,Ottawa

May 11, 2018 To May 13, 2018

613-862-5646

$10-15

The Common Thread Quilt Guild Quilt Show is an exciting exposition of local quilting creativity. Feast your eyes on the beauty of quilts of all shapes and ...  »

11 May

Fourth Stage, 1 Elgin St, Ottawa

May 11, 2018

1 888 991-2787

$15

The sound of Bellflower, led by singer-songwriter Em Pompa, is one that is rare, rich and powerful. Driven by the soul and ingenuity of eight musicians, it ...  »

11 May

EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa

May 11, 2018 To May 13, 2018

$5 & up

From May 11 to 13, over 40,000 enthusiastic sci-fi, horror, anime, gaming and comic book fans from Canada and abroad will converge at the EY Centre for the seventh edition ...  »

12 May

LeBreton Flats Park, Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, Ottawa

May 12, 2018

Free

The World Migratory Bird Day is an annual celebration intended to welcome back migratory birds, and 2018 is especially important as the ‘Year of the Bird’. The event ...  »

12 May

330 Beatrice Drive, Nepean

May 12, 2018

Free

Longfields Manor Long-term Care Facility is teaming up with OVER 35 VENDORS to put on a Spring Sale Saturday May 12th! It’s a perfect chance to pick ...  »

12 May

Bank of Canada Museum, 30 Bank Street, Ottawa

May 12, 2018 To May 21, 2018

613 782-8914

No tickets. Free

Enjoy a 40-minute guided tour highlighting some of the strangest money you’ll ever encounter. Beads, salt, tea and, of course, tulip bulbs are just a few ...  »

12 May

Makerspace North, 250 City Centre Ave #216, Ottawa

May 12, 2018

$15.00

Jon Bryant is a true artist whose popularity within the international music industry is growing and certainly leaving a lasting impression with his unique musical style of ...  »

12 May

Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Drive, Kanata

May 12, 2018

$25 - $70

The Professional Bull Riders Monster Energy Tour is where dreams of riding on national television on the PBR Premiere Series begin. Along with showcasing the top elite ...  »

12 May

Theatre du Casino , 1 Blvd du Casino, Gatineau

May 12, 2018

$44.5

Honeymoon Suite is a Canadian rock band from Niagara Falls, Ontario, that made a splash in the ’80s. They sold more than a million albums worldwide during ...  »

12 May

Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street, Ottawa

May 12, 2018

$16.50

Since the mid 2000’s, Barry and The Blasters have played sold out shows to help a variety of local charities. Raising money for a good cause is ...  »

12 May

Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory, 6056 Long Point Rd, Milford

May 12, 2018 To May 21, 2018

Mostly Free

The Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory Spring Birding Festival  include guided walks and tours, workshops, and banding demonstrations. Highlight includes: Guided Bird walks, Spring-time bird banding demonstrations, ...  »

13 May

Wilderness Tours Adventure Resort, 503 Rafting Rd, Foresters Falls

May 13, 2018

613.646.2241 ext. 0

$12.95 -$23.95

Wilderness Tours Adventure Resort is opening the season at Rafters Restaurant with a Mother’s Day Brunch. Treat your Mom to a delicious meal to make this ...  »

13 May

Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street, Ottawa

May 13, 2018

$15.00

Carla Cook is a Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist.  Carla Cooke is the youngest daughter of the Legendary Sam Cooke. Carla's future mirrors the image of her father.   »

14 May

Southam Hall, 1 Elgin, Ottawa

May 14, 2018

1 888 991-2787

$75 - $115.5

A woman and her world of music… She has cut her hair a little, but still wears those famous glasses that make her recognizable the world over. ...  »

15 May

House of TARG , 1077 Bank St., Ottawa

May 15, 2018

$10.00

League of Wolves is a Canadian rock band from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The band’s line-up includes Dillon Currie (lead vocals/guitar), Aspen Beveridge (guitar, vocals), Greig Beveridge (...  »

15 May

Southam Hall, 1 Elgin, Ottawa

May 15, 2018

$43.5 - $113.5

Featuring a dozen musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, ...  »

17 May

Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street, Ottawa

May 17, 2018

$12

The genre is contemporary blues, and Jones plays serious guitar with the heart of a bluesman and the soul of a Baptist minister. Oscar Jordan – Vintage Guitar ...  »

17 May

1711 Merivale Road, Nepean

May 17, 2018

437-344-6170

0

Coors Banquet is inviting country music lovers to come out to Montana’s for a complimentary live concert featuring Coors Banquet One Horse Town performer Kira Isabella. ...  »

18 May

Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepoint Drive, Ottawa

May 18, 2018 To May 20, 2018

$25.75 - $40.75

Join the Ottawa Pops Orchestra on a magical journey through the Musical World of Harry Potter. This immersive concert and light show features music from all 8 movies ...  »

18 May

Fourth Stage, 1 Elgin, Ottawa

May 18, 2018

$15

The Young Novelists craft contemporary folk songs with a roots-rock bite and close harmonies reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel or The Civil Wars. Their last album “made ...  »

18 May

Watson's Mill, 5525 Dickinson Street, Manotick

May 18, 2018 To May 19, 2018

Free

Folk art, fine art, wood working, jewelry, accessories, honey, baking, soaps and so much more in one convenient location! All hand crafted by very talented local artisans.    »

19 May

Bank of Canada Museum, 30 Bank Street, Ottawa

May 19, 2018

613 782-8914

Free

Join the Tulip Festival’s featured artist, Monique Martin, for an origami workshop and presentation about tulip mania in the 1600s. Learn about this fascinating period of ...  »

19 May

Makerspace North, 250 City Centre Ave #216, Ottawa

May 19, 2018

$10.00

with Twin Bandit, Adam Blasl. As a child David Beckingham spent a few years in Kenya, living with no electricity and no phone line – just an acoustic ...  »

19 May

The 27 Club, 27 York St., Ottawa

May 19, 2018

$22.00

Dwayne Gretzky is a live music collective celebrating the greatest songs of all time. Transcending both era and genre, this prodigiously talented group of Toronto musicians captivates ...  »

19 May

Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street, Ottawa

May 19, 2018

$7

THE REKKENING is a “FEROCIOUS” female fronted quartet. Their music is full of ATTITUDE and ABRASIVNESS with an “in-your-face’ old school sound. THE REKKENING is definitely a ...  »

19 May

Azrieli Studio, 1 Elgin St, Ottawa

May 19, 2018

$9.5 - $19

An empty white space; bright light. We could be in a museum gallery, but the works on display here are teenagers and adults wearing headsets. Little by ...  »

19 May

Fourth Stage, 1 Elgin St, Ottawa

May 19, 2018

$15 - $20

Ottawa’s Claude Munson writes uninhibited impressionist-folk. Whether drenched in crystalline synths or stripped bare, Munson’s songs tackle modern life and love with radical intimacy. His ...  »

19 May

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, 901 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa

May 19, 2018 To May 20, 2018

Regular Admission

The Museum presents the annual Sheep Shearing Festival. Visitors will be able to learn all about wool by participating in various activities and demonstrations.  »

19 May

Collab Space, 70 Bongard Avenue, Ottawa

May 19, 2018

6138165482

$10 to $20

Support local Ottawa music by attending the CD release party of the Spring! Over 95 Ottawans contributed to the crowdfunding campaign to make this album possible. Join us ...  »

20 May

National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

May 20, 2018

Free

Every year since 1977 International Museum Day is organised worldwide around May 18. This day is an occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development ...  »

20 May

Upper Canada Village, County Rd 2, Morrisburg

May 20, 2018

Regular Admission

Join in the celebration as our 1860s Village celebrates Queen Victoria’s birthday. Sing “God Save the Queen”, hear historical patriotic speeches, see grand military manoeuvres’, lace ...  »

21 May

Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street, Ottawa

May 21, 2018

$8

Christopher Joshua Hyslop is a Canadian folk singer-songwriter. Hyslop released his debut EP, Cold Wind, on Nettwerk in 2011.  »

22 May

Makerspace North, 250 City Centre Ave #216, Ottawa

May 22, 2018

$10.00

with Typesetter. Mobina Galore, based out of Winnipeg, MB, Canada, are a vocally aggressive power chord punk rock duo formed in 2011 by Jenna (guitar/vocals) and Marcia (...  »

22 May

Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street, Ottawa

May 22, 2018

$7

Transit Lake and Splintered Fate bring you a special night of live bands @ The Rainbow Bistro WITH: THE HEADLINES Punk rock from Malmö, Sweden For fans of ...  »

23 May

Babs Asper Theatre, 1 Elgin ST, Ottawa

May 23, 2018

1 888 991-2787

$64

After a year of national scandal and following a sold-out run of stand-up shows and rave reviews around the globe, Kathy Griffin is returning with the much-anticipated ...  »

23 May

Southam Hall, 1 Elgin St, Ottawa

May 23, 2018 To May 24, 2018

$15 - $99

Our season-long musical exploration of heros and heroines culminates in a grande finale concert, featuring two world-famous soloists and two epic works. Seven-time Grammy Award winning pianist ...  »

23 May

Live! on Elgin, 220 Rue Elgin St, Ottawa

May 23, 2018

6479644345

$15

The Sorority are the definition of solidarity. Phoenix Pagliacci, Haviah Mighty, Keysha Freshh and Lex Leosis formed what would become one of the most important female hip ...  »

24 May

Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street, Ottawa

May 24, 2018

$10

Adam released his most recent solo album, ‘Never Go Unknown’, in July of 2017. Produced, engineered and mixed by JUNO award winner Siegfried Meier at Beach Road Studios, ...  »

24 May

Centrepointe Theatres, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean

May 24, 2018 To May 27, 2018

613-828-3500

$24.50 - $32

Suzart Productions’ presentation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach is a musical for the whole family to enjoy! When James is sent by his ...  »

24 May

Laurier House National Historic Site 335 Laurier Ave East, Ottawa

May 24, 2018 To September 3, 2018

613-992-8142

$3.40-$3.90

Political cartoonist Josh Silburt presents: Mackenzie King’s Final Act! This exclusive exhibition includes original artwork by Josh Silburt (1914 – 1991), which were featured in newspapers across the country ...  »

25 May

Richmond Fair Grounds, 6095 Perth St, Richmond

May 25, 2018 To May 27, 2018

$5

The Ottawa Kennel Club will be holding its Annual Outdoor Dog Show at the Richmond Fair Grounds. The Dog Show consists of a Conformation Show, a Obedience ...  »

25 May

Nepean Creative Arts Centre, 35 Stafford Rd, Ottawa, Nepean

May 25, 2018 To June 10, 2018

6138688343

$10

The show “Lucid Dreams” is an immersive experience where audiences are taken on a journey through dreams. Ensemble of actors creates a strange world of dreams that ...  »

25 May

Bronson Centre Theatre, 211 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa

May 25, 2018

$37.00 - $42.50

with Strung Out. Formed in 1988 by vocalist Jim Lindberg, guitarist Fletcher Dragge, bassist Jason Thirsk and drummer Byron McMackin, Pennywise linked with Epitaph Records for their eponymous 1991 ...  »

25 May

First Baptist Church, 140 Laurier Ave. W, Ottawa

May 25, 2018

$17.00

 

tickets also available at Vertigo Records and both Compact Music locations

lineup, date, venue, times and ticket ...  »

25 May

The 27 Club , 27 York St., Ottawa

May 25, 2018

$12.00

Ultimate Tom Petty, Neil Young & Bruce Springsteen Tribute. Feat members & alum of Sam Roberts Band, Stills, Stars, Broken Social Scene,The Trews & Sloan  »

25 May

Southam Hall, 1 Elgin, Ottawa

May 25, 2018

$15 - $64

Canadian virtuoso James Ehnes is acclaimed worldwide for technical prowess and insightful musicianship. He returns to Ottawa, this time with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. With Elgar’s ...  »

25 May

Wesley Clover Parks, 401 Corkstown Rd, Nepean

May 25, 2018 To May 27, 2018

Free

Come to Wesley Clover Parks with the whole family and enjoy 3 days finger lickin’ good ribs, great entertainment and much more! 5 Ribbers from Canada and the US ...  »

26 May

TD Place, 1015 Bank Street, Ottawa

May 26, 2018

$39.50-$89.50

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, ...  »

26 May

Maple Hill Urban Farm, Moodie Drive, Nepean

May 26, 2018 To May 27, 2018

Free

Annual Odawa Pow Wow run by by the Odawa Native Friendship Centre. Watch competition pow wow dancing and singing, and visit an Indigenous art and craft market ...  »

26 May

Various Venues, Ottawa

May 26, 2018 To May 27, 2018

Free & Ticketed events

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is Canada’s largest running weekend. Record holders Yemane Tsegay and Tigist Tufa, both of Ethiopia, returning to Ottawa on May 27, 2018 to ...  »

26 May

Stonewall Wilde's Gallery, 370 Bank Street, Ottawa

May 26, 2018

6132922037

0

Enjoy samples of petite gluten and nut free cheesecakes as you peruse Stonewall Wilde’s Gallery, featuring over 70 Canadian artist displayed over two floors. Eden Cheesecake co ...  »

27 May

TD Place, Bank Street, Ottawa

May 27, 2018

Free

With spring finally settling in and the 2018 CFL season around the corner, the REDBLACKS are thrilled to be hosting the first-annual Fan Fest presented by CARSTAR at ...  »

29 May

Saint Brigid’s Centre, 310 St. Patrick Street, Ottawa

May 29, 2018

$20.00

JEREMY TAGGART was the drummer of the Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace for 21 years. He has also worked with a number of other high-profile Canadian musicians ...  »

29 May

Fourth Stage, 1 Elgin St, Ottawa

May 29, 2018

$15 - $23

Smart-ass philosopher, hopeless romantic, cosmic vagabond: Steve Poltz is all of these things, as well as a respected singer-songwriter. Mixing maudlin finger-plucked acoustic narratives with life-affirming parables, ...  »

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