Out & About OldOut & About: May 11 - May 17, 2018

Out & About: May 11 - May 17, 2018

Out & About: May 11 - May 17, 2018

Canadian Tulip Festival at Commissioners Park and Aberdeen Pavilion, May 11-21

Ottawa is in bloom this month — that’s right, it’s the Tulip Fest once more, and spring is finally underway! This wold-famous festival is of spectacular proportion with a million flowers just waiting for you and your family. Commissioners Park alone has 250,000!

Ottawa ComicCon at EY Centre, May 11-13

Get funky, get wacky, get dressed up, ‘cause it’s ComicCon! Friday to Sunday at the EY Centre, celebrate pop culture from comic books to gaming, toys, movies, and anime. Go for the celebrities, panels, photo ops and collectables! This is the fandom event of the year so don’t miss it!

Art in the Attic at 14 Bridge Street, May 11-13

Looking for something to hang in your home? Now’s your chance to pick up some great art and support local artists! The Almonte and Area Artists Association (AAAA) is holding their annual show at the Almonte Old Town Hall this weekend, from Friday to Sunday. Stop by to see the wonderful artwork from local creatives and pick one up for yourself while you’re at it.

2018 Ontario Basketball Ontario Cup U16 Boys at various locations, May 11-13

It’s the big one — the Ontario Boys Basketball Cup is coming to Ottawa! 80 U16 Boys Division teams from across the province are battling for the cup in a series of epic games. Check out the games closest to you!

Ottawa Children’s Festival at LeBreton Flats, May 11-15

Lets teach our kids creativity and courage! The Ottawa Children’s Festival has been promoting the arts in young education for 30 years, and they’re back with another year of fun! Come see the finest in theatre, dance, arts, and music from both local and international artists! The festival is a Friday-Tuesday extravaganza; take your whole family and enjoy!

Mozart à la Haydn at National Arts Centre - Southam Hall, until May 11

The NAC is giving classics a fresh face tonight — come see Mozart made new in the hands of the amazing Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh! The brilliant guest conductor will show you why classics are so timeless. The show starts at 7pm so get your tickets now!

Air Guitar Ottawa Championships at House of Targ, May 12

It’s that time again… time to name a new air guitar champion to reign over us! Check out House of Targ this Saturday and be ready to blown away. The winner will compete for the national title — this is big people!

Fendre les lacs at National Art Centre, until May 12

Skip the cinema this Saturday — the National Arts Centre’s got a play that’ll have you on the edge of your seat! Fendre les lacs is an intense psychological drama about an isolated community in a forrest; savage women and child-men live festering, tenuous lives in this theatrical masterpiece. Saturday is the last showing so get your tickets while you can!

Peter Pan at Centrepointe Theatre, May 12

Ottawa's Performing Ballet School, Les Petits Ballets, is putting a classic on the stage at Centrepointe Theatre this Saturday. Peter Pan is an enchanting story no matter how it’s staged, but Les Petits Ballets is making the tale as vibrant as it’s ever been! With professional guest dancers, colourful costumes, and spectacular stage design, it’ll feel like you’re seeing the story for the very first time. Shows are at 1pm and 7pm, and tickets are $23 for adults and $17 for children — take your whole family!

Mother’s Day Brunch at Museum of Nature, May 13

Many mothers are amazing, and it’s easy to take that for granted. This year, the Museum of Nature has the perfect way for you to show your mom just how much you love her — this Sunday, treat her to the brunch of her dreams in the spectacular setting of the newly-renovated museum!

Sher-Wood Bryan Murray Memorial Cup at the Richcraft Sensplex East, until May 13

This weekend is the second week of the Sher-Wood Bryan Murray Memorial Cup, and you don’t want to miss out on the action. All games will be happening under the same roof at the Richcraft Sensplex East, so get ready for an action-packed weekend!

Sporting Life 10K Runs for Ooch at Lansdowne, May 13

This Sunday, join 2,000 people and run or walk the Rideau Canal for a great cause! Sporting Life’s 10K Run for Camp Oochigeas raises money to send kids with cancer to camp. The run goes from 8am to 12 noon. Join in for the fun and make a difference!

Crossing Borders at Glebe St. James United Church, May 13

Get the widest scope of classical music this Sunday at Glebe St. James United Church. The illustrious pianist, Luke Welch, will be taking audiences through Europe and Canada from the Baroque period to present day. If you’re looking for an eye opening musical education, then this concert might just be perfect for you. Adult tickets are $15, and students and seniors pay only $10. Tickets are available at the door and the show starts at 2:30pm.

Psychology for Digital Behaviour Change at University of Ottawa - Alumni Auditorium, May 14

This Monday, learn about one of the most interesting and useful subjects at the University of Ottawa. The seminar (held in the Alumni Auditorium) will teach you the essentials of using psychology and behavioural science to make the most of the digital world — learn how to build engaging websites, apps, and campaigns! Calling all entrepreneurs and business-minded high achievers — get all the knowledge you need to build a digital platform that’ll get you where you want to go. It starts at 9am; don’t forget to buy a ticket ahead of time!

Canada Wide Science Fair at Carleton University - Fieldhouse, May 16-18

From May 16th to 18th, the top 500 students from the Canada Wide Science Fair will be competing for the grand prize right here in the National Capital! Hosted at the beautiful Fieldhouse at Carleton University, the finalists will all have their projects on display for the public and professional judges to observe. Participating students have a chance to win medals, cash prizes, scholarships and other exciting science-related opportunities and placements. This exhibition is truly a must-see for all you STEM geeks out there! Admission is free.

Emotional Design Psychology & Neuroscience at University of Ottawa - Alumni Auditorium, May 17

Are you an aspiring web or app developer? This is the event for you. Psychology and neuroscience experts will hold a  workshop about “emotional design”–incorporating knowledge about the human psyche and brain function into the design of websites, apps and digital advertising to make them more user-friendly and effective. This is sure to be a fascinating and insightful discussion, so don’t miss it! The event is at 9 AM on Thursday, May 17 and tickets are on sale now.

Ottawa Dressage Festival at Wesley Clover Parks, May 17-20

Up for watching some classy and fancy horse riding this week? Drop by the Ottawa Dressage Festival! Dressage is a highly skilled form of horse riding that is absolutely beautiful to watch. This annual competition brings together the best riders from all over Eastern Canada for a chance to win the grand prize. The competition takes place on the grounds of the beautiful Wesley Clover Parks in Nepean and is free to attend.

Let’s Dance at National Arts Centre - Southam Hall, May 17-19

Let’s dance the weekend away at the NAC! This electrifying, three-day showcase includes swing, jazz, 1950s bop, ‘Dirty Dancing,’ the waltz, cha-cha, tango, and much much more. This show is a one-of-a-kind display of spectacular choreography and the always impressive and exciting NAC Orchestra. An event that is sure to have you up and out of your seat. The show runs from May 17th to 19th and begins at 8 PM each night. Tickets are available now through the NAC box office and online.

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily at Ottawa Little Theater, until May 19

Sherlock Holmes fans, get excited! The literary classic will come alive on stage in a new way at the Ottawa Little Theatre next weekend! Written by Katie Forgette, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily brings everyone’s favourite detective Holmes and prolific 19th century poet Oscar Wilde together for a witty, fun and suspenseful mystery adventure. You’re not gonna want to miss what is sure to be an entertaining show! The play starts at 7:30 PM on Saturday, May 19th and tickets are on sale now – $14 for students, $26 for seniors and $29 for adults.

Latin American Film Festival at Ottawa Art Gallery, until May 26

Take a tropical getaway right here in Ottawa by checking out the Latin American Film Festival (LAFF)! Presented in collaboration by the Canadian Film Institute and Group of Latin American Ambassadors, LAFF showcases the very best in documentaries and short films from down south making their Ottawa premieres. Hosted at the newly-renovated Ottawa Art Gallery, there is sure to be much to do and see. Along with film screenings, various Q&As with filmmakers and a food and culture fair will also be a part of the festivities. Don’t miss out on this! Tickets are available now.

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