Friday, June 14, 2024

What’s happening in Ottawa this weekend: May 31-June 2

Must read looks at things happening in Ottawa and eastern Ontario during the first weekend of June.

Doors Open Ottawa

It is your chance to look behind the doors of several buildings and institutions in Ottawa.

Doors Open Ottawa is Saturday and Sunday, with over 80 buildings offering in-person and virtual tours behind the doors. 

Participating buildings include the Supreme Court of Canada, Chaudiere Falls, the cancer research lab at the Ottawa Hospital and the Ottawa Jail Hostel.

Visit to see the full list of participating buildings, schedule of music activities, and download the printable guide.

Ottawa Redblacks

Friday night is your first chance to see the 2024 Ottawa Redblacks.

The Redblacks host Montreal in CFL pre-season action at TD Place.

For tickets, visit

Ottawa Titans

The Ottawa Titans host Windy City for a three-game series this weekend at the Ottawa Baseball Stadium.

Game times are 6:30 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Friday night’s game is Bark in the Park, with fans invited to bring your fluffy plus one. Saturday is Pride Night at the Titans game.

For tickets and information, visit

Atletico Ottawa

Atletico Ottawa hosts the Halifax Wanderers Sunday afternoon at TD Place. 

Game time is 2 p.m.

Sunday’s game is the Soccer for Everyone Match, supporting initiatives like Capital Pride and MAX Ottawa.

For tickets and information, click here.

Ottawa Ribfest on Sparks Street

The smell of barbecue ribs will fill the air around Sparks Street this weekend for Ottawa Ribfest.

Nine ribbers from all over North America will be on display until Sunday.

For more information, visit

Ottawa Chinatown Night Market

Step into the world of vibrant colours, tantalizing aromas and lively festivities this weekend at the Ottawa Chinatown Night Market.

The Ottawa Chinatown Night Market runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Somerset Street West in Chinatown.

Festivities include culinary offerings, stunning performances by traditional lion dances, graceful martial arts demonstrations and musical performances and shop from local artisans and craftsmen.

For a list of events, visit

Ottawa Asian Festival Night Market

Don’t miss K-pop dancers, musicians, street food chefs and more this weekend at the Ottawa Asian Festival Night Market.

The event runs Friday to Sunday at Tanger Outlets on Campeau Drive.

For more information, visit

Firefighter Day

The Ottawa Fire Service and Cumberland Heritage Village Museum are hosting Firefighter Day on Saturday.

You can check out the museum’s newly reopened Fire Hall exhibition, featuring a 1927 fire truck!

Admission is free to the museum all weekend.

City of Om

City of Om is a yoga and wellness festival.

The event runs Friday and Saturday at Lansdowne Park.

Dickinson Days Festival

Celebrate the birthday of Manotick’s founder Moss Kent Dickinson this weekend at the Dickinson Days Festival.

Enjoy a parade, street market, old fashioned games, fireworks and more. The fireworks are set for 9:30 p.m. on Friday at Centennial Park.

For more information, visit

Le Grand Poutinefest

Attention poutine lovers, Le Grand Poutinefest is this weekend in Gatineau.

Don’t miss the poutine, musical performers and more at 1100 Maloney Boulevard.

Blackburn Fun Fair

The Blackburn Fun Fair is this weekend in Blackburn Hamlet.

Events include a craft beer night, dog show, fun run, movie night, merchants on display, a parade and fireworks.

The parade is Saturday at 10 a.m., while the fireworks will be at the Blackburn Park Ball Diamond on Saturday at 10 p.m.

For more information, visit

National Arts Centre

Here is a list of events at the NAC this weekend:

  • Friday: Bruce Cockburn

  • Saturday-Sunday: NAC French Theatre presents Scoooootch!

  • Saturday: Classic Albums Live: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

  • Saturday :Toronto Comedy All-Stars

  • Sunday: Music for a Sunday Afternoon at Dominion Chalmers

For tickets, visit

Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe

Here is a look at the events at the Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe this weekend.

  • May 31 to June 9 – Orpheus Musical Theatre presents The Wizard of Oz

NCC Bikedays

The National Capital Commission’s Weekend Bikedays continue all weekend.

Roads will be closed to vehicles along the Ottawa River and Rideau Canal for active transportation. Here is a look at the schedule for Saturday and Sunday.

  • Queen Elizabeth Driveway, between Fifth Avenue and Somerset Street – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Kichi Zībī Mīkan, westbound lanes between Vimy Place and Carling Avenue – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway, between Aviation Parkway and St. Joseph Boulevard –  8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lansdowne Farmers’ Market

The Lansdowne Farmers’ Market is open this weekend.

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

Farmers Markets in Ottawa

  • The Parkdale Market is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • The Beechwood Market is every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • The Westboro Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • The Barrhaven Market is open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • The Kanata Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Visit the Barrhaven Farmers Market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Check out the Metcalife Farmers Market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • The Carp Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Click on the links for the schedule at museums in Ottawa and eastern Ontario:

Oh Crap! Rethinking Human Waste

The Canada Science and Technology Museum invites you to explore human waste.

The ‘Oh Crap! Rethinking Human Waste’ exhibit runs until Jan 5, 2025, taking visitors on a journey into the environmental and social issues surrounding human waste.

You can even leave a souvenir of your visit in the “far room.”

The Canadian Forces Artists Program

The Canadian War Museum hosts the Canadian Forces Artists Program – Group 9 until Sept. 2.

Experience the creative reflections on war and conflict of four civilian artists chosen to deploy with the Canadian Forces during 2018 and 2019.

Bug Adventure

The Canadian Museum of Nature presents Bug Adventure until Oct. 14.

This larger-than-life exhibition is from the design team behind The Lord of the Rings and Avatar.

You must get a ticket combo to visit the exhibition.

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

Kingston Farmers’ Market

The Kingston Memorial Centre Farmers Market is every Sunday.

The market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memorial Centre.

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