- Welcome back to the Orléans Market, popping up at the Ray Friel Complex parking lot every Thursday from 11:00am to 4:00pm until October 26. Each week more than 25 producers will present fresh produce, baked goods, and everything you need for a locally supplied pantry.
- Book a table at Whiprsnapr Trivia Thursday. It’s free to play, and you can bring up to five friends. Email to book your spot. [email protected]
- Celebrate the one year anniversary of The Big Steppers tour with a Kendrick Lamar-themed colouring night at Drip House. $39.08. 340B Parkdale Ave.
- It’s Country Night at the Heart & Crown ByWard Market. Expect live music, dancing and $5 beer.
- Pony, Bonobo Backlash, and Organ Eyes play Rainbow Bistro. Doors 8:00pm.
- Evergreen Craft Ales does a tap take over at The Senate Tavern, from 10:00pm til late. Free but it’s best to RSVP as space is limited.
- The Ottawa Music Fusion (Beatmaking + Songwriting) event will connect our city’s songwriters with industry professionals for an evening of workshops, networking, photoshops, and presentations. $10.00 + tax. 5:30pm - 10:00pm at Coworkly, 261 Montréal Road, room 310.
- The Alma Duncan Salon at Ottawa Art Gallery welcomes the European Union Short Film Festival Friday and Saturday. Presented by the Canadian Film Institute and the Delegation of the European Union to Canada, there are three separate programs, 22 new short films made in the EU, and complimentary food and drinks prior to screenings. Admission to the festival is free.
- Disco Inferno at Overflow Brewing Co. $30
- Celebrate 10 years of Studio Sixty Six with a public reception combined with the opening of the Contructed Truths exhibition. Cash bar. 858 Bank St., Suite 101.
- Legendary boundary-pushers Carole Pope and Rough Trade invade Bar Robo. Opening will be the amazing OK Naledi bringing their trademark Afro House music project. 170 Queen St.
- Take in the dancing, drumming, singing, and food at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre’s 44th Traditional Pow Wow (today and Sunday). There’s also a market, where you’ll find traditional items like dreamcatchers, jewellery, art, and clothing. It’s all happening at the Canadian Police College, 1 Sandridge Road.
- Urban Arts Collective’s DISRUPT Street Art Festival gets underway at 2:00pm, bringing more than 20 local artists to 1088 Somerset St. W.
- Wellington West BIA presents a Pop-up Dance & Shop Arts Market in Somerset Square. Area businesses will be taking part from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.
- The Great Glebe Garage Sale is the place to be if you like bargains. We know a couple who, when they visited this garage sale event a few years ago, sourced an antique dining table and eight chairs for an incredible price. In addition to residents selling on their front lawns, you’ll find specials at the merchants around the neighbourhood. The official hours are 8:00am to 2:00pm in the streets bordered by Bronson Avenue, the Queensway (417), and the Canal.
- Visit the Ecology Ottawa booth at the Great Glebe Garage Sale and receive a free native seedling.
- Toronto-based Indigenous Hockey Equipment Drive, together with the Ottawa Girls Hockey Association, visits our city for the first time this Saturday. Since 2015 the organization has collected donations of gently used hockey equipment for Indigenous Youth in Ontario. Bring helmets, skates, gloves, elbow pads, and other equipment to the Sandy Hill Arena, 60 Mann Ave, from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
- OC Transpo is holding a job fair at Greenboro Station from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
- It’s Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. Presented by Run Ottawa, there are runs for every level of fitness, from the Tartan Ottawa International Marathon right down to the Ottawa 2K, presented by ASICS Runkeeper. Online registration is finished but you can do it on the day in person.
➕Related Road closures during race weekend
- Ottawa Street Markets are holding another Sip & Shop event at their 1805 Gaspé Avenue store, from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. There will be live tunes, and plenty of vendors selling food and crafts. Baccanalle will also be open and offering fresh Caribbean food.
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- Learn to make delicious cold coffee drinks with Pot and Pantry. Tuesday May 30. $65 per person. 6:30pm to 8:00pm followed by a Q&A at 254 Elgin St.
- Ottawa Farm Fresh is holding a good old fashioned Barn Warming on Saturday June 24. The Barn, which houses the farm store, was restored from a dilapidated state in partnership with the NCC, but that funding only stretched so far. When you buy a ticket to the event on June 24 you’re contributing to the electricity, flooring, and other internal work and fittings. The day will include Contra Dancing, delicious sausages and kebabs, and a tour of the barn. $25 (or free for CSA members). Ottawa Farm Fresh 2811 Ransayville Road, Gloucester.
- Spend the afternoon of Saturday June 10 in a heritage barn, listening to Juno-award winning Angelique Francis. Presented by Chamberfest and Farmgate Cider, $20 or Pay What You Can. Farmgate Cider, 4547 Mohr's Rd, Arnprior.
- Also on Saturday June 10, Possible Worlds officially opens in their new space at Arts Court.