10 things to do in Ottawa this weekend – May 20-23, 2022
When: Until May 28, 2022
Where: Diefenbunker, 3929 Carp Road
What time: Wednesday to Friday: 10am – 4:00pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 3pm
Admission: Adults $17.50 Click here for tickets
Drawing on collective memory and immigration themes, this exhibition showcases artwork by 28 Canadian-Hungarian artists. Through their works and in various mediums, the artists explore their diverse responses and reactions to the Cold War, the Diefenbunker site, and their connections to our current times. Entrance to the exhibit is in included in the price of general admission to the Diefenbunker
Victoria Day Corgi Parade for the Queen
When: May 22, 2022
Where: Meet at the Bear statue on Sparks Street
What time: The walk starts at 2:15 pm
Admission: Free (Free parking at World Exchange and Ottawa City Hall)
Head to Sparks Street to celebrate Victoria Day with a parade of the Queen's favourite breed of dogs, the Corgi. Be sure to catch this grand march of cuteness that will be videotaped and sent to Buckingham Palace. Organizers hope for 70 Corgis, one for each year of the Queens’ rule. For more information, visit www.championbagpipes.com
Canadian Tulip Festival
When: May 13 – 23, 2022
Where: Commissioners Park
What time: Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 10 am- 4 pm
Catch the final weekend of the 70th edition of the Canadian Tulip Festival. Originally a celebration of the historical friendship between Canada and the Netherlands, the festival has become a multicultural celebration of springtime and the beauty of the tulip flower. Head to Commissioners Park, near Dow’s Lake, to admire the over one million tulips and take in the live entertainment, food trucks, outdoor movie screenings, fireworks, and more.
Photo: Kat Walcott
Comedian Jon Steinberg
When: May 19-21, 2022
Where: Yuk Yuks Ottawa, 100 Kent Street. Inside the Marriott Hotel – Lower Level
What time: 8 pm
Admission: $20 Click here for tickets
This weekend, Ottawa’s Jesse Reynolds is your MC as funny man Jon Steinberg headlines at Yuk Yuks. Steinberg has been flooring audiences across North America for over a decade with his unique and twisted view of the world. He has appeared at major festivals, including the Halifax and Winnipeg Comedy Festival and the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival.
Photo: Yuk Yuks
Soapladz Craft Market
When: May 21
Where: Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Entrance 4
What time: 9 am – 4 pm
Admission: Free parking and admission
Canadian makers of handcraft Body butter and Scrubs, Zero Waste Shampoos, and everything soap, Soapladz is hosting a craft market. Head to the Nepean Sportsplex on Saturday to check out 167 vendors across multiple niches.
Special Screening of the film Free Trip to Egypt
When: May 21, 2022
Where: Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street
What time: 4: 45 pm
Admission: $5 in advance, $8 at the door. Click here for tickets
A special screening of the award-winning documentary Free Trip to Egypt takes audiences on a remarkable journey, where an unlikely group of travellers to the Middle East find themselves transformed by the power of human connection. A live Q&A will follow the film with the creator and producer, Tarek Mounib.
Photo: Kindness Films
Outdoor K-Music & K-Cinema
When: May 21, 2022
Where: Great Lawn, Lansdowne – 1525 Princess Patricia Way
What time: 7:30 pm
Head to Lansdowne for an evening of activities to celebrate 2022 Korea Week. The Korean Cultural Centre Ottawa hosts a K-music performance followed by an outdoor screening of the film Moving On by YOON, Dan-bi. Korean food vendors will be selling K-treats, including Korean-style corn dogs, hot dogs, and fried chicken.
The Libravian | Ottawa Children's Festival
When: May 19-23, 2022
Where: Arts Courts, 2 Daly Avenue
What time: Multiple showings
Admission: Family rates available Click here for times and tickets
The Ottawa Children's Festival features The Libravian, which premiered at Baboró Festival 2021 in Galway, Ireland. The 40-minute show explores themes of courage and identity, celebrating brilliant books and diverse stories through big-hearted physical comedy. Audiences are invited on a journey through literature led by Lynn, a lovable ‘libravian’. Lynn chats with audiences and lip-syncs to original audiobook soundscapes that immerse the audiences in the world of each book, all written by Irish authors around the theme of bravery.
When: May 21, 2022
Where: Raven's Nest, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
What time: 7 pm
Admission: From $10.95, click here for tickets
Catch the Ottawa Outlaws in action against the Philadelphia Pheonix on the pitch at Carleton University. This is the second game of the season for Ottawa's pro Ultimate team, part of the East Division of the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL).
Ontario Festival of Small Halls
When: May 13-29, 2022
Where: Small halls across Eastern Ontario
What time: Various
Admission: Visit ontariosmallhalls.com for details and tickets
If you like big music in an intimate setting, check out The Ontario Festival of Small Halls. The beloved two-week festival takes place in small communities across Eastern Ontario and presents some of Canada’s best musicians, including Basia Bulat, Great Lake Swimmers, Skydiggers, Hawksley Workman, and more.
Photo: Ontario Festival of Small Halls