A weekly digest of what’s on this weekend in Ottawa including free fun family & kids’ activities, live music, theatre & performing arts, sports and exhibitions. — June 22 to 24, 2018
More To Do
I. Family & Kids Activities
Ottawa Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival
The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is an event that truly represents the cultural diversity of our urban Indigenous community, with full participation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists.
For families: Jump into the fun with our thrilling inflatable “Stunt Jump”, encounter live Birds of Prey, then test your skills on our Rock Climbing Wall. Watch , learn and participate at our From the Land Arts & Crafts Pavilion and see indigenous chef’s in action and sample some tasty bites in the Indigenous Culinary Arts Pavilion. There’s an Indigenous artisan market where you can buy handcrafted souvenirs and delicious food vendors tempting you with authentic and familiar flavours. We have exciting family-friendly entertainment all weekend on our Celebration Stage, and APTN will thrill us with emerging local performers and top talent from across Canada for Indigenous Day Live on 23 June! Details
June 21 to 24, 2018
Vincent Massey Park, Heron Rd, Ottawa
The Changing of the Guard Ceremony
The ceremony is among Ottawa’s most recognized military traditions, and is a summer attraction which has welcomed thousands of visitors to Parliament Hill for more than 55 years.. Details
June 24 to 28, 2018 | 10:00 AM
Parliament East Lawn
The Power of Play
Families are invited to come enjoy three engaging StoryWalks® with themed activity areas, Little Picasso’s art class, a Game Zone, snacks, a ball pit and more. A fun, free activity for all that will be held rain or shine.
Saturday, June 23 | 9 AM – 3 PM
Strathcona Park, Ottawa
SPECIAL NEEDS FAMILY BRUNCH
Saturday, June 23 | 10 AM – 1 PM
OLV Banquet Hall 5338 Bank Street, Ottawa
$10 pp, 7 to 10 years $7 and 6 & under free.
Movie in the Park
A Wrinkle in Time. Join us for great treats and a fun movie in the park. Bring your blankets, camping chairs, mosquito repellant and your friends. Fun Cruiser treats will be available from 7 pm, with movie starting showing at dusk.
Saturday, June 23 | 7 PM – 10:30 PM
Rain Date: June 24
Kilbirnie Park, Ottawa
Ice Cream Lawn Social
Work with Watson’s Mill to make your very own ice cream creation or simply enjoy a piece of cake, strawberries and ice cream all while having fun with family and friends. Live music and fun for all!
Sunday, June 24 | 1PM to 3PM
5525 Dickinson Street, Manotick
Family Craft Day. We have a soft spot for this craft day! We’re making adorable DIY squishies. Come in your most comfortable outfits and embrace your soft side!
Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Goulbourn Museum, 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville
$4 per child.
At the library
Ottawa Public library offers plenty of free activities to choose from for all ages including toddler story times. Plan ahead to attend some of the free activities in the following weekends:
Details and link for registration.
2.By Ottawa Recreation – Drop in Programs
Family Favourites: Visit participating Cineplex theatres near you on Saturdays (11:00 AM) and watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99.
More To Do
II. Live Music
1. Concerts on Weekdays/EDM /Concert Tours
- Sundown Summer Jazz LIVE on Saturday, June 23 at 8 PM – 11 PM @ The Art House Café
- After Funk on Sunday June 24th, 2018 | 08:00 PM @ Rainbow Bistro
- Iceage on Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 8:30 PM @ The 27 Club
- Shania Twain: NOW on Monday, June 25, 2018 | 7:30 PM @ Canadian Tire Centre
- Xavier Rudd on Monday, June 25, 2018 | 8:00 PM @Algonquin Commons Theatre
TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
An astounding array of superlative artists from around the world will perform at this year’s Festival. 2018 headliners featured on the Top Shelf Main Stage include Herbie Hancock, Boz Scaggs, Chris Botti, Dee Dee Bridgewater with the Memphis Soulphony “Memphis: Yes, I’m Ready”, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, and Lake Street Dive. Details
Thursday, June 21 to Sunday, July 01, 2018
Various Venues, Ottawa
$25 & up
Escapade Music Festival
Ottawa’s epic EDM music festival. Details
Saturday, June 23 to Sunday, June 24, 2018
Lansdowne park, Ottawa
Weekend: $149.50 & up
Indigenous Day Live
Indigenous Day Live is the largest national celebration in recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day. There are day time celebrations and activities followed by an evening concert. Concert performers include Lido Pimienta, Tom Wilson, Brooke Simpson, Cody Coyote, Mimi O’Bonsawin, Nigel Irwin and more. Details
Saturday, June 23 | 5:30 PM -10 PM
Vincent Massey Park, Heron Rd, Ottawa
III. Live Theatre & Related Events
Move Over Mrs. Markham
Philip Markham, a children’s book publisher, and his wife Joanna have been faithfully married to the point of boredom for 15 years. Philip’s business partner Henry is a serial philanderer who wants to borrow Philip’s apartment for his latest tryst. But Henry’s wife – fed up with his infidelities – has similar plans, and Joanna’s interior decorator has designs on her housekeeper. When the prudish writer of the successful “Bow-Wow” book series drops in on all three gallivanting couples, hysterical mayhem follow. Details
June 6 – 23, 2018
Ottawa Little Theatre
400 King Edward Ave, Ottawa
Ottawa Fringe Festival
Ottawa’s largest theater festival.
A Fringe Festival is a forum that unites artists and audiences in a fun, exploratory environment. Details
June 14 to 24, 2018
Downtown Rideau, Ottawa
Utsän Män – Old Woman Lake
Utsän Män (Reed Lake) is a traditional story told by Louise Profeit-LeBlanc, member of the Nacho N’yak Dän First Nation. Utsän Män is a place of power which holds a story, portraying the incredible resilience, strength and spiritual prowess of Indigenous women, when met with tragedy. Details
Thursday, June 21 | 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
$22 Regular / $18 Seniors.
Sharing Dance 2018
Sharing Dance is Canada’s National Ballet School’s flagship community outreach initiative offering free dance programs for all Canadians—to get healthy, active and artistically engaged. Workshops are open to all ages and are free of charge! Details
June 23 to 25, 2018
III. Sports & Related Events
Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Ottawa REDBLACKS on Thursday, June 21 | 07:30 PM @ TD Place
The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
Established in 1994, The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is North America’s largest dragon boat festival.
The four day celebration offers free admission to concerts, amusement attractions, sports demonstrations, a variety of artisans, exhibitors, delicious culinary treats, children’s area and non-stop racing.
Highlighting its 25th anniversary, there are free concerts from Sam Roberts Band (21st), Broken Social Scene (22nd), Wintersleep and Hollerado (23rd), and Matt Mays (24th). Details
June 21 to 24, 2018
Mooney’s Bay Park on Riverside Drive, Ottawa
Canadian Tire Carling MCO Autocross Championship
By Motorsport Club of Ottawa
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Canadian Tire centre.
Ottawa Welcome Horse Show attracts accomplished Canadian and International competitors, showcasing world-class hunter and jumper competition! Details
June 20 to 24 2018
Wesley Clover Parks, Ottawa
Free Lockage Day
Lockage is free at Rideau Canal National Historic Site. Details
Sunday, June 24
Rideau Canal National Historic Site, Ottawa
Lock & Paddle
Head to Peterborough for the weekend to participate in this unique event which sees paddlers fill the Lift Lock with canoes and kayaks each summer. Details
Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 01:00 PM
Peterborough Lift Lock -Lock 21, 220 Hunter Street East (3 hrs from Ottawa)
IV. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events
More To Do
Be a part of Ottawa RibFest on Sparks Street and leave no finger un-licked! There’ll be trucks from across North America serving up 5 city blocks of saucy awesomeness! Details
June 20 to 24, 2018
Sparks Street · Ottawa
The Senate Send-Off – Climb for Kids
Join us for an evening of music, dancing, good food and cold beverages. There will be live music from a local band, dancing, silent auction, raffle and all around fun. Details
Friday, June 22, 2018 | 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
The Senate Tavern, 1159 Bank Street, Ottawa
$20 for everyone
The Brewery Market – Second Draught
The Brewery Market is an event series inspired by the traditional farmers market. . Details
Saturday, June 23, 2018 | 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Hintonburg Park, 1064 Wellington Street, Ottawa
The Urban Farmer, Curtis Stone!
Curtis Stone is a successful small farmer who grows $100,000 of vegetable production on 5 urban lots totalling a quarter acre.
At the full day training at Just Food Farm’s Big Red Barn you will learn about: Curtis’s production system; the business of urban farming; site selection and building your farm; equipment and crop planning for small scale and much more. Details
Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 9:00 AM -3:00 PM
Just Farm Farm, 2391 Pepin Court, Ottawa
$133.85: tax included
The Neverending Story
Join us in Parkdale Park for an outdoor screening of the 80s classic The Neverending Story! In partnership with the Wellington West and Mizrahi Developments we invite you to celebrate the anniversary of the Rosemount Public Library. Join us to revist and share a screening of a film that loves books – The Neverending Story.
Saturday, June 23 | 8 PM – 11 PM
Parkdale Market366 Parkdale Ave, Ottawa
Ottawa Garden Days
Explore Ottawa-Gatineau’s Garden Promenade during Ottawa Garden Days. Ottawa Garden Days is an opportunity for Canadians to enjoy their own garden, visit or take part in their favourite garden experience, get inspired at their local garden centre or travel to a nearby destination to enjoy their favourite garden. Details
June 16 to 24, 2018
Various Venues, Ottawa
Watson’s Mill Summer Solistice
Ramble through Watson’s Mill after hours and enjoy a relaxed evening of drinks, nibbles and music. All ages are welcome. Details
Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 5:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Watson’s Mill, 5525 Dickinson Street
Come celebrate with iconic Quebecois music, Indigenous artists, and even more programming! . Details
June 22 & 23, 208
235 McArthur Avenue, Vanier – Ottawa
$5 to $20
Annual Bytowne Oysterfest
Join us for the 11th annual Bytowne Oysterfest, featuring the Ottawa Valley Oyster Shucking Championships! Oysters, Foodtrucks, Live entertainment. Details
Sunday, June 24 | 12 PM – 10 PM
Whalesbone Sustainable Oyster & Fish Supply, 504a Kent street, Ottawa
$20; Under 12: Free
Korean Culture Fair
Experience traditional food, arts and crafts, and games in one stop at the Korean Culture Fair featuring the highly-anticipated ‘Hansik Contest,’ a Korean cook-off for top local chefs with the ultimate winner given a ticket to Korea! You get to decide who the acclaimed winner will be! Details
Saturday, June 23 | 11 AM – 5 AM
Korea Week: June 23 to July 7
Korean Cultural Centre, Exhibition Hall
150 Elgin Street, Unit 101, Ottawa
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