Welcome to the weekend! It is looking to be a bit cooler than we are used to, with this balmy winter weather we’ve been having, but the sun will be shining and there is so much to do! So grab those hats and mitts and hit the town for some great winter fun.
Winterlude is ramping up for another exciting weekend in the Capital. Try some tubing or ziplining at the Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park; check out the beautiful ice sculptures and interactive light installations on Sparks Street; take a tour of the incredible snow sculptures throughout the Glebe, head to the canal, or check out the wealth of other great events happening all around the downtown area during this fabulous winter festival. If you’re looking for a convenient way to take in all the sites, check out the free Sno-Bus schedule here.
In part with Winterlude, Byward Blizzard takes over the Market this weekend with all kinds of fun activities. There will be Metis beadwork at the National Gallery; Copper on Ice, a rooftop ice bar at Andaz Ottawa Byward Market; Creos Interactive Light and Sound Installation in William Square; free wagon rides, and a petting zoo.
Of noteworthy mention and part of Byward Blizzard is The Grand Ice Bar on George Street in the Byward Market. Come have a drink at this unique ice bar. There are drinks by Kichesippi beer, Stoli Vodka, and Bearface Whiskey. There will also be live music by Ryan MacIntyre on Saturday evening, beer sampling on Friday night and cocktail sampling on Saturday.
The Fire and Ice Festival is being held on Bank Street, between Wellington and Catherine, this weekend. There will be a silent disco, glow yoga, acrobats, fire juggling, art, ice sculptures, and more.
Dow’s Lake will showcase the Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival this weekend. Practice races – including a special after dark race – will take place on Friday and the World Ice Dragon Boat Championships begins on Saturday, with over 100 teams from across the globe competing for number one.
If you are looking for a unique way to show your love this Valentine’s Day, check out the Love Token Workshop at the Bank of Canada Museum. There you can create a beautiful coin love token, inscribed with your own personal message for your love. Best of all, it won’t cost you a dime!
Kicking off this week is Undercurrents, a contemporary theatre festival by Ottawa Fringe, held at Arts Court. There are nine shows being shown over the course of the festival, with 6 being shown this weekend, 5 of which feature a talk-back after the performance. For a preview of what you can expect, check out the line up here.
Art House Café turns three this weekend and they’re celebrating with great events all weekend long! There will be Afro-jazz on Friday, hot jazz on Saturday, and February’s vernissage on Sunday. Come grab a drink, check out the gallery, and celebrate three years of great local art and events at Art House.
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Did you hear? It’s our birthday!! 🎉 Art House Turns 3 next weekend and we want y’all to celebrate with us. Here’s the drill… FRI: Kivu Afro-Jazz || SAT: Fever Pitch Hot-Jazz || SUN: Art Exhibition Vernissage @shawnhunsdale || ALL WKD: our fave local pianists on the House keys. More info on facebook!
For those who love great beats and a good board game, you will want to check out Beats and Boards at Art House Cafe this Thursday night. You can bring your own games, or choose from the wide selection available, which Rob and Ashley will be more than happy to give you the low-down on how to play. Can’t find a friend to join you? Don’t sweat; there are always people looking to have new friends join in. Bringing the beats this time ‘round is DJ Jacek Rothbard.
The Urban Botanist is hosting a Moss Frames Workshop at Manor Park Community Centre this Thursday. Part education session, part crafting night, this 1.5 hour workshop will teach you all about Scandanavian reindeer moss and how to make an awesome moss frame to bring home.
Worth the drive out to Orleans, bilingual Canadian singer-songwriter Ariane Moffatt is playing at the Shenkman Arts Centre this Thursday. Opening for her is Ottawa’s Marie-Clo.
Friday night is a great night to get out on Snowshoes Under the Stars. Held at Gatineau Park, you can learn about how animals adapt to survive the winter while you snowshoe. No snowshoes? No problem! You can rent a pair for the event and pick them up at the Visitor Centre when you arrive. Bring the whole family and get a discounted rate. There will also be hot chocolate to warm you up!
The Sadies and Keturah are playing at the 27 Club on Friday. The Sadies are bringing their Toronto acid-folk-country-punk to the stage for what is guaranteed to be an incredible live show, alongside Ottawa’s own Keturah. There are a very limited number of door tickets available for this sold out show, so be sure to arrive early to have the best chance of snagging one.
Jasmine Trails is performing at Club SAW on Saturday night. She will be joined by Isaac Vallentin and mal/aimé aka Yolande Laroche.
If you are looking for that perfect Valentine’s gift for your gal pal or special someone, head to House of Targ this Saturday for Get Your Heart On, a Valentine’s Market. With an eclectic mix of vendors, like Blood, Milk, and Honey; the Odd Stop; Downtown Underground; Northern Gothic; Friendly Neighbourhood Flower Boy, and more you are sure to find something suiting and just in time to show your love this holiday.
Momo Spot and Mini Cheesecakes is hosting another Pop-Up Saturday at Good Eats. If you have missed the past few Saturdays, or even if you haven’t, here is your chance to savour these delicious momo dumplings done so many ways. Mini Cheesecakes will also be on site with their special convesation heart cheesecakes, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
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This is our third year in business and it is all because of you all! Thank you for the love and support since day one! Swipe 👈 to see our on going support from the first pop up at old @goodeats_ottawa location to our latest pop up at the new location! We cannot thank you all enough for the support! More delicious momos to come your way this year 🙏 🥟
Sunday looks quiet, but all you need to do is scroll up to the plethora of all weekend events and you’ll find that there is plenty to do out and about in Ottawa this Sunday and all weekend long. If you’ve already had your fill, why not grab your skates, snowshoes, or skis and head out to one of the many rinks, ski, or hiking trails in and around the city? For those who love to skate, sections of the Rideau Canal are open, and there is the Rink of Dreams at City Hall, and the Lansdowne Skating Court. For those who cross-country ski, there are a number of beautiful NCC trails, the SJAM Winter Trail, and Gatineau Park. Snowshoers and winter hike enthusiasts can also check out many beautiful NCC trails around town, or Gatineau Park just across the river.
There you have it, folks! Yet another fine winter weekend in Ottawa, filled to the brim with fun, so bundle up and get out there! Take lots of photos and be sure to tag them with #apt613. We will post some of our favourites on our feed, for all to see.
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