- Amplified cello and dance combine in ‘Worlds Within’, presented by Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) and choreographed by Yvonne Coutts. Tonight and tomorrow night at the LabO Theatre, 60 Waller St.
- Saunders Farm patio, farm shop, and Ciderhouse are all open today through Sunday. Enjoy food deals (two pizzas for $30), patio games (we’re talking to you, competitive corn holers), and shopping bargains. 7893 Bleeks Rd A
- If you need another reason to visit Biagio’s, take note that the wood fire Pizza Trailer opens for the season tomorrow from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. Just rock up to the parking lot at 1394 Richmond Road to buy your little taste of heaven. On today's menu: Margherita, Pepperoni, Vegetarian, and Scaldarsi. $16 each.
- Barrhaven Ribfest and Poutine takes over Clark Fields Park, 93 Houlahan St. May 19-22. Aside from big sticky ribs, you’ll find live music, ice cream, and a beer garden.
- Enjoy free music in Centretown’s Dundonald Park each Friday this summer. Bring your own food or nip over to Art House Café to purchase nibbles and drinks for takeout. Somerset and Lyon Streets.
- Grab a mic and sing your heart out at Bar Robo’s Karaoke Night. 170 Queen St.
- Westboro Farmers Market is open for the season, with food, crafts, live entertainment, and fun for the kids. The first 50 families/customers to arrive Saturday will receive a free veggie or herb seedling. The Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton will also be on hand to answer your gardening questions. Byron Linear Park (579 Byron Ave) 9:00am to 3:00pm.
- There’s a lot for the whole family to do at the Log Farm on Saturdays. Kids of all ages can interact with farm animals, explore sensory tables and experience play areas like the hay structures. 9:00am to 4:00pm Saturday through Monday. $12.50 per person (those under one year old get in free). 670 Cedarview Road.
- Kemptville Buskerfest returns to Prescott St. in Kemptville for live juggling, musical, fire eating, circus, illusionist, and aerial performances. If you get hungry watching the acts, there will be food vendors on site. Area restaurants and cafés will also be open during the festival.
- Montgomery Scotch Lounge has your evening planned: enjoy drinks, dinner, and live jazz every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:00pm to 10:30pm. 750 Gladstone Ave.
- Free screening of Passage To Freedom at the Mayfair Theatre. ‘Unforgettable stories of terror, escape, courage, and resilience are captured in this new documentary film about refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos who found a new home in Canada in the aftermath of the Vietnam war. The director will be present to take questions after the screening.’ 2:30pm.
- Hintonburg Public House welcomes trivia lovers to Long Weekend Trivia, $5 per person (which will be going to Parkdale Food Centre). Book now or walk in. 1020 Wellington St. West.
- Bring your own picnic or bento box to the JETAA Ottawa Hanami, for those who have lived and/or worked in Japan. Free but registration is required. From 1:00pm onwards at the Dominion Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm
- Get some stretching in then follow it up with a brew. It’s Spark Beer’s Sip ’n’ Stretch Yoga. From $11:00am at 702 Somerset Street West. $15.00
- Four Ottawa Asian dance artists take to the Arts Court Theatre stage at CelebrAsian Dance 2023. See performances in Chinese Opera dance, Thai dance, Korean dance, and Indonesian dance. 2:00pm to 5:00pm at 2 Daly Ave, 3rd floor.
- As a rather bookish pair, we love the extra reading hours of a long weekend. Local author (and musician, artist, and scientist) Jeff Wiley has published his speculative fiction novel, The Borderlands of Forever and it's piqued our interest. ‘The Borderlands of Forever is a neo-mythic exploration of time and consciousness, belief and reality, and what it means to be human—and inhuman.’
Just Announced / Now Booking
- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band come to Ottawa for the first time in 11 years. They will be at the Canadian Tire Centre November 18. Ticketmaster.
- There are only a few tickets remaining for Helping with Furniture’s 15th Annual Gala next Friday May 26 at St. Elias Centre (750 Ridgewood Ave). This year’s theme - “Begin Again” references our emergence from pandemic hibernation. Single tickets $95, tables of eight $720.00.
- Get pickled: Book a spot at the BGC Kitchen Party Charity Pickleball event next Thursday May 25. You’ll be matched randomly with another player for one hour of recreational pickleball play plus a 30 minute lesson, nibbles from Gabriel Pizza ( and a cash bar), door prizes, and the chance to bid on an incredible auction prize: Dinner for 10 catered by none other than Joe Thottingal. The event will raise funds for the BGC’s Walk This Way. Arrive at 3:30pm for the optional 30 minute lesson. $100 per person; BYOP (bring your own paddle).
- Registration is open for TWIST fibre festival, Canada’s biggest textile event, happening August 11-13 in Saint-André-Avellin, Québec. Day passes are available for adults, and kids under 12 get in for free. Even better, when you register for a workshop (some of which happen the day before the festival begins) you’ll receive free entry to TWIST.
- The Ottawa Music Fusion (Beatmaking + Songwriting) event will connect our city’s songwriters with industry professionals for an evening of workshops, networking, photo shoots, and presentations. Thursday May 25. $10.00 + tax. 5:30pm - 10:00pm at Coworkly, 261 Montréal Road, room 310.
- Applications are being taken for the next instalment of the FRMULA development program, which is a six month semester guiding emerging Ottawa talent through the branding, marketing, and PR that their careers will require. The deadline to apply for a spot is June 2.
- Meatings BBQ and Broadhead Brewery are throwing a Barbecue Patio Party on May 31. $50 per person. 1680 Vimont Cr. Unit 106, Orléans.