• By: OLM Staff

10 things to do in Ottawa this weekend – August 19-21, 2022

Shannon Laverty at Yuk Yuks

When: August 18-20, 2022
Where: Yuk Yuks Ottawa, Inside the Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent Street
What time: Thursday 8 pm, Friday and Saturday 9 pm
Admission: From $15 • Click here for tickets

Since entering the Yuk Yuks Search for Canada’s Funniest New Comic years ago, Laverty has been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award four times. In December 2014, Shannon was named a top host of the year in Now Magazine. She has traveled from Vancouver to St. John’s and toured Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town, South Africa.

Photo: Yuk Yuks

Afrobeat Music Festival

When: August 20, 022
Where: Ottawa Titan’s Stadium, 300 Coventry Road
What time: 1 pm – 10:30 pm
Admission: From $70 • via Eventbrite

Canada is finally getting an Afrobeats festival! The inaugural Afrobeat Music Festival takes place at the Ottawa Titans Baseball Club and will feature over 20 different performers and DJs representing the diversity and beauty of the Afrobeat genre. Don’t miss out!

Photo: Afrobeat Music Festival

National Capital Hockey Show

When: Aug 20 – 21, 2022
Where: EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive
What time: Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm
Admission: $20 for Adults, $10 for Youth, or $45 for a family of four. Tickets are available at the door or online D.E. Systems – Registration | MyConference Suite

The National Capital Hockey Show, billed as the world’s largest hockey show, glides into town for the weekend. Meet the Senator’s newest member Claude Giroux, check out the exhibits, see artifacts from the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the USSR, taste food from legendary arenas like Detroit's steak and cheeseburger or Bruins' pork nachos, meet the personalities, hear the music, learn the hockey history, and have lots of hockey fun!

Photo: ottawahockeyshow.com

Ottawa Coffee Fest

When: August 20, 2022
Where: Dominion City Brewing Co., 5510 Canotek Rd, Unit 15
What time: 9 am – 4 pm
Admission: via Eventbrite

Have you ever wanted to try 10 types of coffee in one day? You can do just that at Ottawa Coffee Fest! Join your fellow coffee lovers at Dominion City Brewing Co. to sample some of the best coffee from around the National Capital Region.

Photo: Ottawa Coffee Fest

Capital Fair

When: August 12 – 21, 2022
What time: Click here to see the complete fair schedule
Where: Rideau Carleton Casino, 4837 Albion Rd
Tickets: Click here for tickets

Nothing screams midsummer in Ottawa more than the beloved Capital Fair. It is the last weekend to catch the midway rides, cotton candy, funnel cake, festival games, live music, and more, all taking place at the beautiful Rideau Carleton Casino grounds.

Photo: Capital Fair

Les Grands Feux du Casino Lac Leamy

When: August 20, 2022
Where: Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street
What time: The site opens at 6 pm
Admission: From $14 Click here for tickets

On Saturday, August 20th, don't miss the grand finale of Les Grands Feux. Take advantage of the free bicycle parking in front of the Maison du Citoyen, and then use one of the two new entrances (Laurier-Victoria Entrance or Laurier-Alexandra Bridge Entrance) to let the immersive light pathway lead you to the event space behind the Canadian Museum of History.

Photo: Les Grand Feux

Imagine Monet: The Immersive Exhibition

When: Until August 14, 2022
Where: EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive
What time: Timed entranced
Admission: From $31 • Click here for tickets

Get completely enveloped in the Impressionist paintings of Claude Monet, the father of Impressionism: a modern style of painting that celebrated nature and the outdoors, not simply as a backdrop but often as the subject itself. William Seitz, the curator at MoMA and curator of the Monet exhibition, has removed the frames from the paintings and invites the viewers to enter into the paintings.

Photo: Imagine Monet

The 178th Vankleek Hill Fair

When: Thursday, August 18 to Sunday, August 21, 2022
Where: Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds, 92 Main Street West, Vankleek Hill
What time: Click here to see the complete festival schedule
Admission: From $20, available at the gate or click here for advance tickets 

The Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society is proud to host this year’s edition of the Vankleek Hill Fair, one of the oldest agricultural fairs in the province. See Animal exhibitors, home crafts, fair parade, demolition derby, tractor pull, pony rides, midway, live music, and more!


Ottawa REDBLACKS vs. Edmonton Elks

When: August 21, 2022
Where: The Stadium at TD Place, 1015 Bank Street
What time: 7 pm
Admission: From $25  •  Click here for tickets

Catch the End of Summer Bash as the REBLACKS take on Edmonton. Before kick-off, play classic summer games on Exhibition Way, catch some live music at Gate 1, and grab a $5 Budweisers. It’s also Pride Night, so Drag queens will get the pre-game party started.

Photo: Ottawa Reblacks

Capital Pride

When: August 21 – 28, 2022
Where: Various locations across the city
What time: N/A
Admission: N/A, Click here for the full schedule

After three years, Capital Pride is back for in-person fun! Celebrate equality, diversity, and inclusivity for all with drag shows, live concerts, a street market, and the big Pride parade along Bank Street. Canadian pop-rock sensation Fefe Dobson headlines this year’s concert series, so don’t miss out!

Photo: Aaron Hemens (OLM Staff)