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Out & AboutOut & About May 12 – May 18

Out & About May 12 – May 18

Out & About May 12 – May 18

Get Out&About all week long with events like the Ottawa Children's Festival, Mother's Day at House of Targ, ComicCon, Tulip Fest, the National Science and Innovation Gala and more!


Ottawa Children's Festival, LeBreton Flats, May 10 - 14

Since 1985, the Ottawa Children’s Festival (OCF) has hosted an annual celebration of the best in live performing arts for children ages 2 – 15. Every day you can buy tickets to enjoy crazy acrobatic stunts, playful theatre, unbelievable dance routines, foot tapping/hand clapping music and more! Or take in the Festival grounds before and after performances for a variety of fun and interactive activities. Roving entertainers, hands-on explorations, activity zones and arts activities will let you unleash your creative side! Tickets start at $15.


Worship Concert Ottawa, Dunamis Festival, May 12

This concert brings a team of professional musicians and experienced worshipers who share a passion of worship that brings love and healing, as part of the Dunamis Festival – an event that seeks to bring positive change to the world. This concert takes place at 1123 Old Montreal Rd in Orléans. Gates open at 7:00pm and tickets cost $5 in advance and $10 at the gate.


Ottawa Comiccon, EY Centre, May 12-14

This year’s Ottawa Comiccon will mark the sixth edition of an epic pop culture convention that has flooded the nation’s capital every year with hordes of the most devoted sci-fi, horror, anime, video games, tabletop games and comic book fans in Canada. Today through Sunday, thousands of visitors are expected to fill the EY Centre for what promises to be a record-breaking event, both in terms of attendance and fun. The weekemd will feature celebrities, personalities, fans and exhibitors from the worlds of comic books, sci-fi, fantasy, movies, TV, toys, anime, gaming and much more. Tickets start at $25 for a one-day pass – check website for details!


Canadian Tulip Festival, throughout Ottawa, May 12-22

Today marks the beginning of the 65th Tulip Festival. This flagship festival showcases the Capital’s official flower as a symbol of international friendship with millions of tulips! This year’s program offers activities at four official sites across the city as well as breathtaking Tulipmania Fireworks set to music, guided tours, vintage military displays paying tribute to our veterans, and the WWII liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian troops; and restaurant and hotel special offers. Check out the 250,000 blooms in Commissioners Park near Dows Lake for a special treat!


Afropolitan, Dj. Don Barbarino and Aka Godfather D. at Mercury Lounge, May 13

A celebration of Afro-House. Mercury Lounge together with Tribal Threat presents Afropolitan featuring DJ Godfather D, Montreal. Curated by Tribal Threat DJs and Trevor Walker Matt Camreon on Visuals. Doors are at 10:00pm and tickets are $9 online.


Flower Crown Tea Party, Vanitea Room, May 14

This Mother’s Day bring the ‘queen’ in your life to a Flower Crown Tea Party from 4:30pm – 6:30pm at The Vanitea Room (551 Somerset St. West.) For $50 all your supplies are included and of course, you walk away with a beautiful crown. After all, who deserves a crown more than your own mother?


Mother’s Day Free-Play Brunch Buffet, House of TARG, May 14

Bring mom to House of TARG this Sunday for a special Mother’s Day Free-Play Brunch Buffet! This family friendly event will feature an all you can eat buffet - featuring eggs, handmade traditional perogies, Ukrainian kolbassa sausage, bacon, breakfast sausage, macaroni salad, fruit salad & our magical bottomless cup of Cloud Forest Organic Coffee, juice or tea – as well as free play on 26 video game cabinets. Brunch runs from 11am – 2pm and is $20 per adult and $15 for kids under 12. This event is first come, first serve!


Sip, Axe & Relax, Brew Donkey, May 14

Well, this is different! Join the folks at Brew Donkey for a tour that will feature two behind the scenes tour at local Ottawa breweries, and on bus education session on craft beer and the Ottawa scene, as well as a private experience at the BATL! Stops include Bicycle Craft Brewery, Backyard Axe Throwing League, and Dominion City Brewing Co. Tickets are $98 and includes all sampling and tour fees, game fees for AXE THROWING, lunch and a SuzyQ Doughnuts! The tour kicks off at 12:15 pm.


Tara Shannon Mother’s Evening, The Savoy, May 14

Join the amazing Tara Shannon for a musical Mother’s Day evening at The Savoy (334 Richmond Rd.) Tara is an Ottawa country soul recording artist, songwriter, entrepreneur and mother whose music cuts right to the heart of life and love. While you enjoy a special a la carte Mother’s Day menu you will experience songs and stories celebrating moms - having one, knowing one or being one. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 6pm and the show begins at 8pm.


Mother’s Day in the Market, ByWard Market, May 14

Just want to get out and about this Mother’s Day?  Bring Mom to the ByWard Market! Mom deserves the very best, and that’s exactly what you can expect when discovering the perfect gift in the ByWard Market for your favourite lady. Whether it’s brunch reservations, a stunning bouquet, statement jewellery, or a new addition to her wardrobe, the ByWard Market has hundreds of ways to say “I love you, Mom!” Show up on Sunday from 12:00pm – 4:00pm for complimentary wagon rides at William Square.


National Science and Innovation Gala, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, May 17

This Wednesday, the National Science and Innovation Gala: A Steampunk Evening will be honouring the achievements of young Canadian innovators in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Explore a unique scene where 19th century steam powered objects are featured alongside modern 21st century technology in a creative laboratory of motion and sound. You can also interact with young innovators and STEAM personalities to experience new technologies, including autonomous vehicles, robotics, virtual reality and wearables. Tickets are $150 a person and include gourmet food, one drink ticket, entertainment, music performed by a Steampunk DJ, coat check and parking.


Restorying Canada, University of Ottawa, May 18 – 20

Restorying Canada: Reconsidering Religion and Public Memory in 2017, is a three-day conference and public art event held at the University of Ottawa, bringing together artists, poets, novelists, and scholars in the year of Canada’s sesquicentennial. Asking how religion—and the ways it is remembered—has shaped the formation of Canada as a colonial, multicultural nation, the participants will address both forces of exclusion and rituals of conviviality. With public plenary events featuring speakers such as Kent Monkman, Margaret Atwood, and Zarqa Nawaz, Restorying Canada will be an unprecedented occasion that sparks new stories of past, present, and future. Programming runs throughout the day with keynotes in the evening. Tickets start at $12.

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