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What’s happening in Ottawa this weekend: March 29-April 1

Must read looks at things to do in Ottawa during the Easter weekend.


Easter activities

The following locations are hosting Easter activities this weekend:

Easter at the Farm

Celebrate Easter at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum this weekend.

Meet the chicks, ducklings and rabbits, visit the egg station and more.

Advance tickets are required for Easter at the Farm. For more information, visit

“It’s our biggest event of the year,” said museum marketing director Sonia Mendes. “We’re so excited to share the birth of baby animals, eat chocolate, view some beautiful Easter eggs and have all sorts of family activities.”

“We have family movies available, there’s an Easter craft, you can learn about the transformation of cocoa beans into chocolate, and, of course, you can meet the baby animals in our barns.” 

Carp Farmers Market

The Carp Farmers Market Easter Market is Saturday at the Carp Fairgrounds.

Over 40 vendors will be on display in two buildings.

The market is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lansdowne Farmers’ Market

The Lansdowne Farmers’ Market is open on Easter Sunday.

Visit the vendors at the Aberdeen Pavilion on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Metcalfe Easter Farmers Market

Checkout over 30 vendors this weekend at the Easter Farmers’ Market at the Metcalfe Farmers Market.

The market is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, visit

Hop into Spring

Hop into spring at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum.

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For tickets, visit

Maple Syrup Season

Sugar bush season is underway in Ottawa and eastern Ontario.

“This is the first crop of the spring in Canada, so there’s always excitement,” said farm owner Shirley Fulton Deugo. “After a long winter, who doesn’t want to get out of the out of the house, out of the city, and be in a beautiful forest like this?”

“Saturday and Sunday we have our Easter egg hunts and the bunnies is going to be here at the forest nook for all kids of all ages,” she said.

“We’ve been here since 1840, so we’ve been practicing how to make maple syrup for a long time!”

AnimeFest Ottawa

The first edition of Anime Ottawa is set for this weekend.

“It’s a pop-culture fan convention that celebrates and showcases anime, manga and Asian culture.”

The festival runs Friday to Sunday at the EY Centre.

For more information, visit

National Arts Centre

The following events will be at the National Arts Centre over the Easter weekend:

  • Thursday to Saturday: Canada Improv Games – Babs Asper Theatre

  • Saturday – The official Canada Drag Race Tour 2024 in the NAC Southam Hall

  • Friday to Tuesday: The NAC Indigenous Theatre’s Speaking the Inuit Way Pop-up Exhibition

For more information, visit the NAC website


Here is a look at the schedule for museums in Ottawa and Gatineau over the Easter weekend:

Downhill skiing

There are several ski resorts near Ottawa. Visit each hill’s website for ski conditions.


You can skate for free on Ottawa’s outdoor refrigerated rinks, weather permitting.

Here is a list of locations in Ottawa. For more information, visit the city of Ottawa’s website.

  • Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall

  • Lansdowne Park skating court

  • Ben Franklin Place skating rink

  • Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink (Canterbury)

Parliament of Canada Tours

Enjoy a free, guided tour of the Senate at the Senate of Canada Building the House of Commons in the West Block and the East Block.

For tickets and tour times, visit

Parliament: The Immersive Experience

Explore the main Parliament Building, also called Centre Block, in this new innovative experience.

Parliament: The Immersive Experience at 211 Sparks Street includes an exhibition and a 360-degree multimedia show that takes you on a tour through Centre Block, which has been closed since 2019.

The self-guided tour is 45 minutes.

Tickets are available at no cost at visit

Ottawa 67’s

The Ottawa 67’s face the Brantford Bulldogs in the first round of the OHL playoffs.

The 67’s host Game 3 on Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. at TD Place.

For tickets, visit

Kingston Frontenacs

The Kingston Frontenacs face the North Bay Battalion in the first round of the OHL playoffs.

The Frontenacs host the Battalion for Game 3 on Monday night at Slush Puppie Place.

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