10 things to do in Ottawa this weekend – June 3 to 5, 2022
2022 Ottawa Ribfest
When: June 1st-5th
Where: Sparks Street
What time: 11 am – 10 pm daily — Sunday 11 pm -7 pm
Head to Sparks Street to taste ribs from eight incredible “ribbers” who live, eat, sleep and breathe BBQ. Three blocks of BBQ'ers will be competing for Ottawa’s coveted “Champion Belt” in Best Rib, Best Chicken, Best Sauce, and Best Team/In Show! Stroll, sit, eat, and enjoy live entertainment.
Ottawa Inclusive and Para Sport Expo
When: Saturday, June 4th
Where: Carleton University Raven’s Nest
What time: 11 am – 3 pm
The Ottawa Inclusive & Para Sport Expo will be the first of its kind in the National Capital Region. The free event will showcase and demonstrate adaptive and inclusive sports programs for athletes with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. Free for all ages and abilities!
Atlético Ottawa’s Boots & Goals and Catalina Wine Mixer Match
When: Sunday, June 5th
Where: The Stadium at TD Place
What time: 1 pm
Admission: From $14.88 (Adults) Click here for tickets
Atlético Ottawa are in town to take on Pacific FC in Canadian Premier League soccer. Fans are being asked to bring gently used soccer kids’ soccer cleats, shin pads, and socks for the Boots & Goals initiative that aims to remove barriers and make playing soccer accessible to all kids. INDIE 88 will be at the game to host the Catalina Wine Mixer. There will be music, drinks, trivia, and of course, soccer.
Photo: Atlético Ottawa (canpl.ca)
Motorcycle Ride for Dad
When: Saturday, June 4th
Where: Starting location: 373 Legget Drive, Kanata
What time: Registration: 8:30-9:30 am • Kickstand up: Leave at 10 am
Admission: $40 before Ride Day, $50 on Ride Day, or FREE with $100.00 collected in pledges.
Established in 2000, the Ottawa Motorcycle Ride for Dad has raised over $7 million for the fight against prostate cancer. The proceeds from the annual event stay in the communities where it is raised to help fight prostate cancer through research and public awareness. Prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among Canadian men. If you can't ride but want to donate, visit RideForDad.ca/Ottawa
Photo: Motorcycle Ride for Dad
Glen Foster’s “This Ain't the CBC”
When: Sunday, June 5th
Where: Yuk Yuks Ottawa, 100 Kent Street. Inside the Marriott Hotel – Lower Level
What time: 8 pm
Admission: $15 Click here for tickets
“That Canadian Guy,” Glen Foster, who has appeared on CBC television and radio many times, headlines an evening of politically incorrect, provocative, dark, and possibly disturbing comedy and social commentary — CBC wouldn't touch this show with a ten metre pole! Foster jokes, “At this point if you buy a ticket and have any complaints about the material or are offended in any way, I should legally be allowed to shoot you. That's right. I am pro-gun too.” Joining Glen will be comedians Miller Crosby, George Assily, Kyle Mesdag, and Samson Manirambona.
City of Om Yoga and Wellness Festival
City of Om has grown to be a yoga, fitness, and wellness festival. This Friday and Saturday, the festival offers over 45 classes and workshops for ticket and pass holders 45 classes and workshops for ticket and pass holders this Friday and Saturday. The event includes yoga classes, rock climbing, cooking workshops, and even a 5K run. In addition, shop for apparel and food from the 60+ vendors. Your event ticket allows you to ride OC Transpo for free.
Photo: City of OM
Doors Open Ottawa
When: June 4th & 5th
Where: Various locations
What time: Various times
Admission: Free • Click here to access a list of participating buildings
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Doors Open Ottawa offers the public free access to over 100 buildings across Ottawa—including many that usually charge admission or are closed to the public. The featured properties are valued for their historical, cultural, functional, or architectural significance. This year's event is offered online and in-person, with some buildings only offering virtual tours.
West End Studio Tour
When: June 4th & June 5th
Where: Wellington West and Westboro neighbourhoods. Click here to see the map.
What time: 11 am – 5 pm
Celebrating its twenty-seventh year delighting Ottawans, the West End Studio presents a special Spring outdoor edition of the annual tour where the artists will exhibit their works on porches and in yards.
Ottawa Pops Orchestra presents Video Game Symphony
When: June 3rd & 4th
Where: Meridian @ Centrepointe Theatres, 101 Centrepointe Drive
What time: 7:30 pm
Admission: From $30.75 (Adults) Click here for tickets
Calling all mages and warriors: the chance to step into your favourite realm has arrived. Rescheduled from May 13-14, 2022, the Video Game Symphony will have you reliving the thrill of some of the best video games of all time! Experience the magnificence of a live orchestra accompanied by a cinematic video projection.
* The Ottawa Pops Orchestra will require patrons to wear a mask in its venues and while seated in the performance halls.
The Middle Night exhibition and sale
When: Until June 5th
Where: Possible Worlds, 1165 Wellington Street West
What time: Friday 1 pm – 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm
Since 2002, local organization BEING Studio has provided a space for artists with developmental disabilities to create visual art pieces and creative writing. The Middle Night is an exhibition featuring the creations of BEING artists Ashley Hiscott, Marika Smart, Julie Fletcher, Jenny Frances, JGW, Naomi Morin, Suzan Ozkul, and Monica Roots. All of the works are available for sale.
*Please note that Possible Worlds is at street level and is wheelchair accessible. All patrons are required to wear a mask.