• By: OLM Staff

10 things to do in Ottawa this weekend – July 29-31, 2022


When: July 29 to August 1, 2022
Where: Sparks Street
What time: Starting at 10:30 am
Admission: Free, but the Buskers appreciate donations

Ottawa Buskerfest is four days of unforgettable performances by clowns, jugglers, face-painters, stilt-walkers, and other fantastic street performers. You won't want to miss the excitement on Sparks Street this weekend. 

Photo: Buskerfest

The Sweet Caroline Tour: A Tribute to Neil Diamond

When: July 30, 2022
Where: Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd, Orleans
What time: 8 pm
Admission: $36.25 to $65.25 • Click here for tickets

The timeless music of award-winning American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond hits the stage this weekend with The Sweet Caroline Tour tribute concert. See your favourite Neil Diamond timeless tunes performed live—Sweet Caroline, Cherry Cherry, Red Red Wine, Crunchy Granola Suite, Shilo, Cracklin’ Rosie, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Holly Holy, Desiree, Forever in Blue Jeans, and more. 

Photo: Shenkman Centre

Atletico Ottawa vs. Forge FC

When: July 31, 2022
Where: TD Place at Lansdowne
What time: 7 pm
Admission: From USD $58 • Click here for tickets

Catch Atletico Ottawa defending their 1st place spot in the Canadian Premier League and take in the halftime show. Atletico has teamed up with Eastern Ontario Potcake Rescue for Shadow’s Big Night. Meet Shadow and other rescues looking for homes and play dog trivia at halftime for a chance to win $1000.

Photo: Atletico Ottawa


When: Until October 31, 2022
Where: Smiths Falls Station Theatre, 53 Victoria Ave
What time: Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Admission: From $34.95  •  Ted & Marion Outerbridge Events | Eventbrite

Famous magical arts performing couple Ted and Marion Outerbridge will perform their world-renowned show Clockwork Mysteries this summer in Smiths Falls, a short drive from Ottawa. The 2011 Ontario Contact award-winning show is a spectacle combining magic, theatre, and dance into one outstanding performance centred around a mysterious clock tower with other-worldly devices, including a Victorian time machine.

Photo: tedouterbridge.com

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's modern painting style celebrates nature and the outdoors, not simply as a backdrop but often as the subject itself. Imagine Monet curator William Seitz has removed the frames and invites the viewers to enter into the paintings.

Photo: Imagine Monet


When: Until July 31, 2022
Where: NAC,
What time: various times
Admission: From $160 Click here for tickets

Hamilton, the show wowing audiences across North America, is at the National Arts Centre until the end of the month. The Tony Award-winning musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States, using rap, hip hop, as well as R&B, pop, soul, and traditional-style show tunes.

Photo: NAC

Rob Ross at Yuk Yuks

When: July 21 to 23, 2022
Where: Yuk Yuks Ottawa, 100 Kent Street. Inside the Marriott Hotel
What time: Thursday at 8 pm, Friday at 9 pm, Saturday at 8 pm
Admission: From $15-$20 • Click here for tickets

Rob Ross is a sought-after Canadian headlining stand-up comic and accomplished award-winning television writer based in Toronto. Original, energetic, fast-paced, and engaging, Ross involves his audiences in laugh-packed performances from start to finish.
Photo: Yuk Yuks

Banksy 360°

When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays until October 7, 2022
Where: The Aberdeen Pavilion, 1000 Exhibition Way
What time: 10 am – 8 pm (Timed entrance)
Admission: $23-$46 • Click here for tickets

The Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne is home to the latest immersive art experience: Banksy 360°. Using cutting-edge projection technology crafted by renowned audiovisual designers, Banksy 360° creates an engaging journey into the work of one of the world’s most notorious graffiti artists.

Photo: Banksy 360°

A Company of Fools

When: Nightly until August 13, 2022 (except Sundays)
Where: Thursday, July 28th – Centennial Park (Manotick); Friday, July 29th – Alexander Grove (Stittsville); Saturday, July 30th – Fairmont Park (Civic Hospital)
What time: Arrive by 6:30 pm to get a good spot
Admission: Pay what you can

A Company of Fools is happy to return to what it does so well: performing Shakespeare in the park. This summer, grab the family, pack a picnic, and head to your local park to catch a performance of The Tempest. If the cast’s enthusiasm means anything, you won't be disappointed.

Photo: Justin Van Leeuwen

Ottawa Chamberfest 2022

When: Until August 4, 2022
Where: Various locations
What time: Various times
Admission: From $35 to $595 for a full festival pass • Click here for tickets

It's the last weekend to take in the Ottawa Chamberfest 2022. The festival has something for everyone from midday matinees, bring the kids events, and late-night ‘Chamberfringe’ concerts. The city’s most beautiful churches, museums, galleries, theatres, and heritage sites host indoor and outdoor performances by artists from around the world. Click here to view the full schedule.

Photo: Chamberfest