• By: OLM Staff

Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend — April 28-30, 2023

TACTICS presents Exciting Cause

When: Friday, April 21- May 5, 2023
Where: Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue 
What time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Admission: From $17 • Click here to purchase tickets 

Stealing into the abandoned Rockwood Asylum, Sarah is determined to unravel the mystery surrounding her great-great grandmother’s incarceration in 1899. Once inside the labyrinth of Rockwood’s endless corridors, she stumbles upon ghosts and experiences strange visions, a phantasia of things not quite real. What are the women of Rockwood’s past trying to tell her, and what secrets will she finally uncover? Exciting Cause is based on the true stories of the women of Kingston's Rockwood Asylum.

EXCITING CAUSE is written by Laurie Fyffe with choreography by Allison Burns
Directed by Patrick Gauthier, with Michelle LeBlanc, Julie LeGal, Chelsea Passmore & Angelina Wehbe
Costumes by Hannah Ferguson, lighting design by Emilio Sebastiao, and sound design by Nick Di Gaetano. Stage Manager: Quinn Melenchuk

Evil Creek & the Moonlight Motels

When: Friday, April 28, 2023
Where: The Brass Monkey, 250 A Greenbank Road
What time: 8 pm
Admission: $10 at the door

Voted Music Group of the Year for the second year in the 2023, Evil Creek is a rock band that forges music honouring multiple musical traditions and appealing to a wide audience. The night also features the rockabilly tunes of Ottawa's Moonlight Motels, plus a performance by recording artist Robb Kerr.

Photo: The Midnight Motels

Atletico Ottawa

When: Saturday, April 29, 2023
Where: TD Place, 1015 Bank Street
What time: 5 pm kickoff
Admission: From $20 • Click here to purchase tickets 

Atletico Ottawa wants everyone to come cheer "Vamossss" as they take on Ontario rivals York United this Saturday. 

Photo: Courtesy Atletico

55+ Lifestyle Show

When: Friday, April 28 – Saturday, April 29, 2023
Where: EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive
What time: 10 am – 4 pm on both days
Admission: Free • Parking $10

The popular, long-running 55+ Lifestyle Show at the EY Centre is better than ever—with an outstanding range of exhibitors and experts on hand to provide you with the options, opportunities, services, and products you want to make the very most of your future. You’ll also love the entertainment, samples, contests, and other perks at this upbeat, inspiring event that celebrates the best of life in your later years.

Beyond the Pale’s R&B BBQ Brunch

When: Sunday, April 30, 2023
Where: Beyond the Pale Brewing Co., 250 City Centre Ave, Unit 180
What time: 11 am- 5 pm
Admission: Free but reservations are a must • Click here to reserve a spot 

BBQ season is back, and Beyond the Pale Brewing Company is launching its monthly Sunday Brunch block party. Experience R&B music and mouth-watering BBQ food with DJ So Nice, DJ Greeze, Beyond the Pale Brewing Company, and The Smoque Shack at R&B BBQ. Ottawa's hottest Sunday monthly brunch party takes place outdoors but heads inside to the taproom in case of bad weather.

Photo: Beyond the Pale Brewing Company

Stars on Ice with Patrick Chan, Kurt Browning, and Elvis Stojko

When: Sunday, April 30, 2023
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Drive
What time: 4 pm
Admission: From $24 • Click here to purchase tickets 

The 2023 Stars on Ice tour boasts the three greatest male figure skaters Canada has ever produced: Patrick Chan, Kurt Browning, and Elvis Stojko. These three legends will headline one of the most international and talented casts Stars on Ice has presented in years. 

Photo: Stars on ice

613 Flea

When: Saturday, April 29, 2023
Where: Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank Street 
What time: 10 am – 4 pm
Admission: Free 

It's time for the monthly not-for-profit 613 Flea at Lansdowne. There are always new and exciting vendors selling everything from antiques to hand-dyed wools, even gourmet salsa. Don’t miss your opportunity to shop the 140-ish unique vendors.

Photo: Courtesy 613 Flea

Comedian Jeff McEnery

When: Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 15, 2023
Where: Yuk Yuks Ottawa West, 1394 Richmond Rd, inside Bellagio's Italian Kitchen 
What time: 7:30 pm
Admission: $22.13 • Click here to purchase tickets

Multi-award-winning comedian and Yuk Yuk's headliner, Jeff McEnery, has made multiple appearances at every major Canadian comedy festival, including the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and Halifax Comedy Festival. As an actor, Jeff had a lead role in Dog Pound, appeared on the Comedy Network’s sketch series Hotbox, and guest appeared on Letterkenny, Covert Affairs, The Jon Dore Television Show, and Naturally Sadie. Jeff is currently a writer for the CBC's hit show Still Standing.

Miss Emily Concert

When: Saturday, April 29, 2023
Where: The Joint @ Rideau Carleton Casino (2nd Floor) – 4837 Albion Road S.
What time: 9 pm
Admission: $25+ taxes and admin fees • Click here to purchase tickets.

Experience the Soulful Sounds of Miss Emily Live in Concert

Get ready to soar to new heights with Canadian Blues singer-songwriter Miss Emily. Known for her angelic voice and sweet yet sultry vocals, Miss Emily brings her electric performance to The Joint, including the top song off her latest album, ‘Defined by Love’, plus more.

Don't miss your chance to witness the soul-blues dynamo in action at The Joint on April 29th! Plus, enjoy the very best variety of slots, table games and exceptional dining, all under one roof.

  • Doors open at 8:00 PM
  • Food and Beverage available for purchase
  • Free Parking
  • Must be 19+

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For more information including the ticket purchase policy visit https://www.rideaucarletoncasino.com/events.

Live Harness Racing

When: Sunday, April 30, 2023
Where: Rideau Carleton Raceway – 4837 Albion Road S.
What time: 6:30 pm post time
Admission: N/A

Join us for Sunday Funday Live Racing & Dining Specials!

Experience exhilarating live standardbred harness racing in Ottawa! Join us this coming Sunday for an evening at the track, while also indulging in our limited-time offer Snow Crab Dinner Special for $39.95, available Friday to Sunday from 5:00-10:00 PM in Mr. Lucky’s Restaurant.

Enjoy one-of-a-kind harness racing events that you can't find anywhere else in the city. Rideau Carleton Raceway also offers off track wagering and simulcast racing from Canada and across the world. After the race, the fun continues in the casino with gaming, live entertainment and exceptional dining, all under one roof. See you at the track!

  • Free Parking
  • Must be 19+