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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Hannah Manning on May 16, 2019


Welcome to your May long weekend, Ottawa! The weather may be questionable, but the number of awesome events is not. Read on for some of our top picks.

All Weekend

The annual Canadian Tulip Festival may have gotten off to a slower start, but tulips are popping up around town. While the majority can be found at Commissioner’s Park at Dow’s Lake, there are other spots around town worth a visit.

Apt613’s theatre reviewers have been hard at work and this weekend is your last chance to catch a few shows: Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) is at the Great Canadian Theatre Company until Friday May 17, Lysistrata is at The Gladstone until Saturday May 18, and Between Breaths is at the National Arts Centre until Saturday May 18.

Looking to sing along? Ottawa Pops Orchestra brings your favourite Disney classics to life Friday and Saturday at Meridian Centrepointe Theatres.

Visit the Bytown Museum Saturday through Monday for the opening of the Rideau Canal. Learn all about How a Boat Floats, in an interactive activity designed by museum staff to explain the science behind buoyancy and its importance to the functioning of the Rideau Canal. Free 30 minute Lock Talk tours will be offered between 11am and 4pm.

The Canadian Museum of History’s latest exhibition, Neanderthal, opens Thursday night and there are special events all weekend to enjoy. On Saturday, enjoy a lecture by Neanderthal experts Marylène Patou-Mathis and Pascal Depaepe at noon, and curatorial tours from 11-11:30am in French and from 11:30am-to 12pm in English.


BEING Studio supports artists with developmental disabilities who are working in visual art and creative writing. Recently, five local artists came into the studio as part of a workshop series. The result is In The Making, an interdisciplinary exhibition featuring the work of ten BEING Studio’s artists. The opening reception is this Thursday from 5:30-8:30pm at the Galerie Annexe at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Learn more about the exhibit, and the collaborating artists, here.

Throughout the year, United Way Ottawa recognizes Community Builders from across our city. These local volunteers are actively making Ottawa a better place by giving their time and enthusiasm to local causes. But once a year, United Way debuts their list of the Community Builders of the Year. These are organizations, agencies, individuals, and groups who have made a lasting impact on our community. Nominated by our community in seven different categories, the 2019 winners take exceptional strides to improve lives, break down barriers, and create opportunities for people in Ottawa.


Baseball fans rejoice – the Ottawa Champions are back! There are a few changes to look forward to: this winter, OSEG and the Champions announced a strategic partnership, and Friday will be Sebastien Boucher‘s first game as manager. The Champions have also teamed up with Big Rig Brewery to serve a variety of their award winning local craft beer at all home games. The game starts at 7:05pm and tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for students/seniors, and $5 for kids.


The Ottawa Flower Market will bring together local flower growers and the community in a once a month floral event from May to October. The first event is this Saturday in Hintonburg’s Somerset Square Park (just across from Suzy Q doughnuts) from 10am to 2pm. Check out their Instagram @ottawaflowermarket to get inspired.


The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is hosting their annual Street Food Social, bringing together some of Ottawa’s favourite food trucks to raise funds to support local cancer care. From 11am-7pm, bring family, friends, pets, and a blanket to picnic in the park!

The 49th season of Sunday Bikedays launches this weekend, closing roads in Ottawa and Gatineau Park to cars and opening them up to cyclists. Got a need for speed? Starting June 2, cyclists who would like to ride faster will be able to do so on the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (9 kilometers) and along the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier Parkway (8 kilometers) between 7am and 9am.

Note that Sunday Bikedays will not be held in Ottawa next weekend (Sunday May 26) because of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.

Head to Dow’s Lake Sunday night for the Canadian Tulip Festival’s Victoria Day fireworks. The free show starts around 10pm but arrive early to snag a spot in Commission’s Park.

For more of what’s happening in Ottawa, check out our events calendar. Out snapping photos? Tag us on Instagram @apt613 for a chance to be featured on our feed. Be sure to use the hashtag #APT613 so we can share your photos!