It’s the first weekend of 2019, so Happy New Year friends! I hope your holidays were fulfilling and peaceful, however you chose to spend them. For many of us, getting back into the Monday to Friday grind is a struggle, so have no fear – the weekend is already here! Whether you are taking on the fresh year with gusto and looking to jam pack your weekend with cool things, or just needing to get out of the house between naps and laundry, we’ve got you covered.
This is the last weekend for the Christmas Lights Across Canada on Parliament Hill, and The Magic of Lights at Wesley Clover Park so if you haven’t seen them yet, or want to get in one more viewing, this is your chance! Bundle up and bring the hot chocolate for this last taste of the holidays until next winter.
Maybe you aren’t sure if your New Year’s resolutions are doable, or if this is really the year to take up skydiving or at-home haircuts. Why not ask a psychic? The Ottawa Psychic Fair is happening from Friday to Sunday at the RA Centre. Admission is $5 and there will be over 20 psychics, mediums, healers and clairvoyants on hand to answer your most pressing questions.
Elgin Street construction has been looming for months, and it will finally be closed to traffic on Monday morning. Consider taking some time to explore the local businesses on Elgin and show them some love. If your daily commute typically involves Elgin in some way, look into the detours that will be in place, and the alternate biking, walking, and parking options that the city has outlined. Sidewalks will remain open for pedestrians who will be able to access businesses on both sides of Elgin Street at all times.
The Rideau Canal is open, and the National Capital Commission has an interactive map online to help you track where the ice is the best on any given day. Check it out here. Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5pm you can also skate at Rideau Hall, on the historic Rideau Hall Skating Rink. Enjoy the tree lined rink with traditional music as a change of pace from the busy canal!
Bar Robo on Somerset is hosting their wildly popular Tribute to John Coltrane Friday night starting at 8pm. Local live musicians will play a retelling of Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” followed by a set of some of his best tunes. There are still a limited number of tickets available at the door, so get there early!
Every Friday night until March, the Friends of Gatineau Park will be hosting Snowshoes Under The Stars tours through the park. This 3km interpretive hike includes hot chocolate and is open to people of all ages! Registration in necessary beforehand, and snowshoes are available to rent for those of us who are new to the sport. Tickets start at $13 for students and $16 for adults.
Improv Embassy is holding a special event Saturday night to celebrate rising local talents, and raise funds for their Improv Embassy Inclusion Scholarship. Ring in the New! A Comedy Fundraiser will feature sketch and improv groups, as well as standup comedy. Tickets are Pay What You Can, so round up the gang for some serious laughs that will benefit funny people in our community.
The Justin Duhaime Quartet featuring Jason Anick will be filling Irene’s Pub Saturday night with their take on music “ à la Django & Grappelli”. Which is essentially an acoustic night of what has been described as “gypsy jazz” with improvisational guitar, layered sounds, and a mixture of new and old. Check out their description on our events page, and I dare you not to be intrigued. Tickets are $20 and are selling quickly!
Fancy a wander through the forest? Saturday and Sunday this weekend you can forage for mushrooms 15 minutes from downtown. You will learn identification basics from an expert, and learn how to find edible and poisonous local mushrooms this time of year! Tickets for the hike can be purchased online and are $25 each.
After strolling the first Winter Farmer’s Market of 2019 at Lansdowne (and picking up some corn salsa for myself, thankyouverymuch), why not embrace your essential Canadian-ness and check out a hockey game? The Ottawa 67s are taking on the Oshawa Generals at 2pm, which leaves lots of time to make a nice farm fresh dinner at home to start the week off right!
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!