Victoria Day long weekend events and activities in Ottawa including free, fun family & kids’ activities, live music, theatre & performing arts, sports and exhibitions: Friday, May 17 – Monday, May 20, 2019.
More To Do
I. Family & Kids Activities
Tulip Festival Fireworks
Enjoy spectacular fireworks over Dow’s Lake while seated in a licensed area among the tulips in Commissioners Park. Bring your blanket, get comfy and be amazed at the light show we have prepared for you!
Sunday, May 19, 2019 | 10:00 PM
Commissioners Park, Ottawa
Canadian Tulip Festival
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 as a symbol of international friendship and peace. Details
May 10-20, 2019
Commissioners Park – Dow’s Lake
Disney in Concert
Experience the magic of Disney like never before; live with full symphonic orchestra and video projection! Ottawa Pops Orchestra presents the original classics from the movies we love, including The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Aladdin, Mulan, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Lion King. Join us for a concert filled with soaring melodies and tales as old as time, a true delight for the entire family! Details
May 17 & 18, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Meridian @ Centrepointe Theatres, 101 Centrepointe Dr, Nepean
$25.75 – $50.75
Sheep Shearing Festival
Visitors of all ages can attend sheep shearing, sheep herding and sheepdog agility demonstrations, as well as meet some alpacas. They can also learn about carding and knitting, all important steps in the transformation of a raw fleece into wool. They can also see a craftsman doing traditional finger-weaving or spin the quiz wheel and test their knowledge about fibers from various sources. Details
May 18 and 19, 2019 | 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, 901 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa
Free Admission to the National Collection
Every year since 1977 International Museum Day is organised worldwide around May 19. This day is an occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society. Enjoy Free Admission to the National Collection. Details
Sunday May 19, 2019 | 10 AM to 6 PM
National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa
Queen Victoria Birthday Celebrations
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 up for the 1860s athletic games, watch the Village’s “Queen” in action (a hand-pumped fire engine), and enjoy a piece of birthday cake. Details
Sunday, May 19, 2019 | 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Upper Canada Village
13740 County Road 2, Moriisburg
Opening of the Rideau Canal!
Visit the Bytown Museum and the Ottawa Locks this long weekend to learn all about How a Boat Floats. An interactive activity designed by the Bytown Museum staff to explain the science behind buoyancy and its importance to the functioning of the Rideau Canal. Also participate in our free 30 minute LockTalk tours offered every half hour between 11am and 4pm.
Visit the Bytown Museum during International Museums Day (May 18) and enjoy free admission! Details
May 18 to 20, 2019
1 Canal Lane
Join us in our refreshed Water Gallery for a special Science Odyssey event. Learn about the fascinating plant and animal life found in tidal pools.Exercise all of your senses: Chat with science experts, touch a live sea star or a sea cucumber … and even taste some algae! Details
Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 10 AM – 4 PM
Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa
Rideau Gymnastics Family Day
Join us for a fun Family day. Our gymnastics facility will be open from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. You and your family can enjoy playing in our state of the art facility, running through various obstacle courses and playing games! There will be lots of prizes to be won, as well as a Barbeque. Details
Monday, May 20 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Rideau Gymnastics, 150 Katimavik Road, Kanata
$5 for children ages 1-12, adults are free
IDEAS FOR A WEEKEND GETAWAY
II. Live Music
EDM/ Concert Tours/Week day Concerts this Week
- Secrets on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | 7:00 PM @ The 27 Club
- Night Beats on Thursday, May 16, 2019 | 8:30 PM @ The 27 Club
- Shawn Barker: A Tribute To Johnny Cash on May 17 & 18, 2019 | 8:00 PM @ Theatre du Casino
- Gucci Mane Announces “Live In Canada Tour 2019” Friday, May 17 | 8:00 PM @ The Arena at TD Place
- MAX (feat. Dave Monks of Tokyo Police Club) + Tongue Helmet + Jesse Dangerously on Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 09:00 PM @ House of Tarq
- Twenty One Pilots on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 7:00 PM @ Canadian Tire Centre
Come and join us for excellent food and great music! Enjoy the band ‘Clean Sweep’ perform LIVE at La Casa del Gusto. Join us for a warm and intimate performance, from Blues to R & B, to Soul to Country to Rock, forming a unique blend of rich harmonies, bringing back classic songs everyone enjoys singing along to!
Saturday, May 18 | 17:30 PM -21:30 PM
La Casa del Gusto 1460 Merivale Rd
Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle
The Ottawa Classical Choir, under the direction of Maestro Michel Brousseau and in association with the Société philharmonique du nouveau monde, presents Petite messe solennelle by Gioachino Rossini. This unique work will be performed with the original score (2 pianos and harmonium) and, in a unique approach, will be sung solely by choristers.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper Street, Ottawa
$35 – $55
III. Live Theatre & Related Events
You may like:
Alberta Ballet – The Fiddle and the Drum on May 15 & 16, 2019 | 8:00 PM @ Southam Hall — National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa
Lo (Or Dear Mr. Wells)
Laura, now a grown woman of 25, has written a revealing memoir about the time she was an underage student experiencing a sexual and intellectual awakening in the thrall of her former English teacher, Mr. Wells. This gripping two-hander rewinds the clock by ten years, and explores the truth of what happened behind closed classroom doors.
April 30 to May 17, 2019
Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre, 1233 Wellington St. West
$38 to $54
Between Breaths floats through the inspiring career of the man who freed more than 500 whales from fishing nets. From his unexpected first encounter with a whale, Lien worked to earn the trust of the injured giants, as well as the fishermen whose nets accidentally entrapped them.
May 7 to 18, 2019
National Arts Centre, Ottawa
$39.00 + charges
Nunsense follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent. When their cook accidentally serves up some tainted soup, 52 of the sisters are poisoned and die, leaving only five living nuns who were not at home the day of the toxic meal.
May 14 to 18 & 21 to 25, 2019 | 8PM
Kanata Theatre, 1 Ron Maslin Way, Kanata
Join the Delivista “Family” as they mourn the passing of Eddy “The Shark” Delivista, in “The CodFather”, a gut-bustingly funny tribute to disorganized crime. Eddy’s right-hand man, Sammy “The Squid” Bonetti will be happy to see you at the Don’s memorial, as will Eddy’s son Angel and renowned artist Patricia DuPoisson. Don’t forget to meet The Family’s private physician Dr. Sands and Father Vigoda. Keeping the peace will be Special Officer Peter Pants.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 08:00 PM
The Prescott, 379 Preston Street, Ottawa
$24.50 – $99
Dief the Chief: October 62
The Diefenbunker Museum and Pierre Brault, Ottawa’s multi award-winning playwright and performer, have come together to create a dramatic and dynamic journey through the life and times of one of Canada’s most progressive leaders – John Diefenbaker. Dief the Chief: October 62 is a play unlike anything you have ever experienced.
May 10 to 26, 2019
Diefenbunker Museum 3929 Carp Road, Carp
III. Sports & Related Events
vs DC Breeze – Professional Ultimate Frisbee Game
Saturday, May 18 | 7:00 PM
MNP Park, 1125 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa
Ottawa Dressage Festival
International Level Dressage competition featuring Canada’s top riders. CDI 3, CDI1, CDIJ, CDIY, CDIU25 & EC Gold Show. Details
May 16-19, 2019
Wesley Clover Parks, 401 Corkstown Road
FREE/ Please bring your own chairs.
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. Join for the launch of the 49th season of NOKIA Sunday Bikedays during the Cyclofusion bike fair.
Sundays mornings, from May 19 to September 1, 2019, 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.
Launch: Sunday, May 19 | 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Launch: Remic Rapids Parking Lot, Ottawa
Car Free Parkways: Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (9 kilometres)
– Colonel By Drive (8 kilometres)
– Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway (8 kilometres)
-27 kms of various Parkways in Gatineau.
IV. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events
More To Do
- Yoga on Parliament Hill on Wednesdays | May 15 to August 28 | 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Lilac Walk Tour
Take a guided tour of the Central Experimental Farm Lilac Walk with the Friends expert Lilac Team
Visit more than 200 Lilac varieties in the CEF Collection, some dating to the turn of the last century
Some of the original lilacs planted in the Arboretum in 1886 were moved to the Lilac Walk in 1919. Details
You may like: Lilac Festivals & Other Flower Festivals in Ontario
Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 1:00 PM
Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa
Free admission, donations gratefully accepted during the tour
Spring Birding Festival
Take a trip to Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory for the annual birding festival. Join for guided bird walks, Spring-time bird banding demonstrations, and Fall Northern saw-whet owl banding, World Migratory Bird Day celebrations, PEPtBO Photography Contest and more!
May 11 to 20, 2019
Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory, 6056 Long Point Rd, Milford (about 3 hrs from Ottawa)
Brigid’s Well Big Swing Dance Party
Enjoy Swing music and dancing to the nostalgic Big Band sound of The Main & Abbott Dance Band.
All the great songs from the big band era including, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller,
Tommy Dorsey, featuring vocal songs made famous by Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles,
Ella Fitzgerald and many more…
Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick Street, Ottawa
Ottawa Flower Market
Come out and support local flower farmers coming this spring and summer to Somerset Square in Hintonburg. The Ottawa Flower Market brings together local flower growers and the community in a once a month floral event from May to October. The vendors will bring their best, brightest and most fragrant displays of flowers to adorn the stalls.
May 18, 2019 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Somerset Square Park, 2 Spadina Avenue Ottawa
A celebration of cycling in Ottawa-Gatineau! EnviroCentre and MOBI-O are bringing together all bikes and bike lovers for the opening of the Nokia Sunday Bikedays! Over 30 partners and organizations will be onsite with demos, tune-ups, music, information and swag! Details
Sunday, May 19, 2019 | 9 AM – 1 PM
Remic Rapids Parking Lot, Ottawa
Ottawa Consignors will rack/stack and pack 50,000sqf at the EY Centre! Everything your kid’s need this season at a fraction of retail! OGOP will also be bringing in Special Buys on brand new car seats, travel systems, cribs and sooo much more beating ALL online and big box store prices! Details
May 17-19, 2019
EY Centre: Hall 3, 4899 Uplands Dr, Ottawa
$2 PLUS a non-perishable food item for the KANATA Food Bank or $4. per adult.
Pint of Science
Pint of Science is a non-profit organisation that brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with you. This is the perfect opportunity to meet scientists and ask questions. You have no excuse not to come and share a drink with us!
May 20 to 22, 2019
Various Venues, Ottawa
Free, tickets required.
A Noteworthy Woman
This exhibition exploring the theme and imagery on Canada’s new $10 bank note highlights the life and work of Viola Desmond, the first Canadian woman on a regular bank note. Details
Through September 2, 2019
Bank of Canada Museum
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