• By: OLM Staff

Things to do in Ottawa this weekend — April 7-9, 2023

The Barrow Gang Buskers

When: April 7, 2023
Where: Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street
What time: 7 pm
Admission: No cover

Ottawalife's favourite buskers, The Barrow Gang Buskers, are taking their rockabilly and classic rock show to the stage at the Atomic Rooster. The gang got together—physically distanced, of course!—during the first round of Covid lockdowns and took to the city's parks to spread some cheer. Along the way, they collected tips that they continue to donate to charities across the city. 

Image: Courtesy Barrow Gang Buskers

Easter at the Farm

When: April 7-10, 2023
Where: Canadian Food and Agriculture Museum, 901 Prince of Whales Drive
What time: 9 am- 4 pm 
Admission: $42.38 for families • Advanced tickets are required  • Click here to purchase tickets 

After a long winter, the Canadian Food and Agriculture Museum barns have come alive with the arrival of newborn animals. Welcome the soft, little lambs, marvel at the rabbits’ silky fur, and observe the fluffy, newly-hatched chicks up close. Learn about the transformation of cacao beans into chocolate — while tasting a yummy sample! Stop by the egg station to admire the beautiful eggs on display. Kids of all ages can also make a springtime craft to take home.  

Photo: ingeniumcanada.org

Cedric Newman

When: Friday, April 7 & Saturday, April 8, 2023
Where: Yuk Yuk's Ottawa West
What time: 7:30 pm on both nights
Admission: $22.13 • Click here to purchase tickets 

Cedric was born in Jamaica, raised in Montreal, and now calls Toronto home. A long-serving professional who’s graced stages across Canada and throughout Europe. He doesn’t stop there…he’s participated in radio shows, festivals, fundraisers, and corporate events, to name a few. He’s had the pleasure of working with some of the industry's big names, such as Russel Peters, Shaun Majunder, and Gerry Dee.

Photo: Yuk Yuk's

Ottawa Senators 

When: April 8 & April 10, 2023
Where: Canadian Tire Centre
What time: 7 pm for both games 
Admission: From $49  • Click here to purchase tickets 

It's the last weekend to take in Ottawa Senators' regular season home games. Head to the Canadian Tire Centre on Friday to watch the Sens face off against Tampa Bay. On Monday, they take on Carolina before their regular season wraps up in Buffalo next week. 

Photo: Courtesy NHL.com

Hop Into Spring

When: Saturday, April 8, 2023
Where: Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, 2940 Old Montreal Road
What time: 10 am – 4 pm
Admission: $25 per group of 6  • Click here for advance registration 

The Easter Bunny has been spotted at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, and they’re hosting a day of fun, family activities inspired by the season! Say hi to furry and feathered visitors from the Heritage Livestock Club of Eastern Ontario; see how wool is transformed into thread with the Ottawa Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild; help us craft some beautiful flower decorations to prepare the village for Easter; test your skills with the obstacle course; plant your own Morning Glory seeds; spot Farmer Joe’s lost lambs in a scavenger hunt, and more! 

Proulx Maple and Berry Farm

When: April 7-10, 2023
Where: Ferme Proulx et Érablière, 1865 Chemin O'Toole
What time: 9 am- 5 pm • Pancake House open until 3 pm (last sitting 2 pm)
Admission: $7.25 • Click here to purchase tickets • Pancake breakfast is run separately and does not require a general admission ticket

Proulx Sugar Bush has been operating since 1920. Visit the maple shack to see how the syrup is made, and enjoy the trails and fire pits. Kids will have fun on the outdoor play structures. Afterward, head to the pancake house to enjoy a breakfast you can smother with syrup — no reservation is required for pancake breakfast.

Photo: Proulx Maple & Berry Farm

July Talk: Remember Never Before

When: April 10, 2023
Where: National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street
What time: 8 pm
Admission: From $40  • Click here to purchase tickets 

Juno-award-winning Toronto band July Talk hits the stage at the National Arts Centre on Easter Monday. The band has always been a work in progress. More accurately, it’s a work of progress, a communal pursuit of limitlessness as a mode of being. For a decade, July Talk has continued its relentless project to know itself, a fundamental baseline from which to access raw ecstasy and agony. With Remember Never Before, the most potently yet inventively “July Talk” album yet, the band returns – changed – to where they began.

Photo: Colin Medley

Wolves! Shapeshifters in a Changing World 

When: Until April 2024
Where: Canadian Museum of Nature
What time: 9:30 am – 4 pm
Admission: Adults $17.50, Children $13.50  • Click here to purchase tickets 

Wolves!—a new exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of Nature—explores the evolution and adaptations of these charismatic animals through specimens, cultural stories, video, and scientific research that highlights studies by museum experts Kamal Khidas, Ph.D., and Danielle Fraser, Ph.D. Also featured are stunning images by the renowned photographer Michelle Valberg.

Photo: Michelle Valberg

The Lucky Ron Show @ The Chateau Lafayette

When: Every Saturday
Where: The Chateau Lafayette, 42 York Street
What time: Now from 4 pm – 8 pm!
Admission: Free 

A true legend in the Ottawa Valley. The Lucky Ron Show has been a mainstay at The Laff  since 1999; he performs every single Saturday from 4-8pm. In March 2023, the Lucky Ron Show was expanded to include local country solos and duos to open the show. Opening for Lucky Ron this weekend is Ray Harris with Stuart Rutherford. So saddle up, grab a drink, and get ready to stomp, shout, hoot and holler your way through the most fun you’ll have on a Saturday afternoon in Ottawa. No cover, no reservations, no tickets required!

Photo: Jean Lapointe

Hot Tub & Swim Spa Blowout

When: April 7-10, 2023
Where: EY Centre, Hall 1, 4899 Uplands Drive
What time: Friday 2 pm-8 pm, Saturday 10 am-8 pm, Sunday 10 am-6 pm, Monday 10 am-5 pm
Admission: Free and Free Parking

As the largest Canadian wholesale dealer for Master Spas, Premium Wholesale Home & Leisure offers a wide selection of spas, from entry-level plug-and-play spas to award-winning premium hardwired hot tubs, they have anything and everything in-between. Over 40 hot tubs and swim spas will be on display from five major brands at huge discounts.

Spring Refresh Promotion

When: Until April 29, 2023
Where: Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock – 4837 Albion Rd S, Gloucester
What time: Open 24/7
Admission: N/A

$15,000 in Cash Prizes to be Won Every Weekend

Swing into Spring with Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock’s, ultimate Spring Refresh promotion with over $75,000 in cash prizes to be won!

Join us at Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock, now through April 30th for a chance to win $15,000 in total cash prizes every weekend. Three cash prize draws of $2,500 every Friday and Saturday evening all month long. Every $20 wagered earns you a ballot for a chance to win.

Free Parking

  • Play Smart. Must be 19+.

Click HERE to view full promotional details.

*Signing up for a Rock Star Rewards card is easy and free, visit our Rock Star Rewards Desk for details.

The chips are back in town! | Table Games Now Open

The wait is over! The chips are back in town with live table games now open daily from 12:00 p.m. (noon) – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and open 24/7 Friday through Sunday.

Get ready to experience the thrill of action-packed tables including live Blackjack, Roulette and Baccarat, now available. Pull up a seat and get into the action, plus enjoy the very best variety of slots, entertainment, live horse racing and exceptional dining, all under one roof.

Snow Crab Dinner Special

When: Friday, April 7th – Sunday, April 9th, 2023
Where: Mr Lucky’s @ Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock – 4837 Albion Rd S, Gloucester
What time: 11 am – 11 pm
Admission/Cost: $39.95 + taxes

Available for a Limited Time | $39.95 Snow Crab Dinner Special | Mr Lucky’s

Feed your cravings with thoughtfully sourced, made fresh comfort food, available at Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock. For a limited time, stop by My. Lucky’s and try our new snow crab dinner special, available weekly Friday through Sunday. Served with garlic-butter potatoes, grilled corn on a cob, seafood fried rice, homemade cornbread and delicious cajun garlic bread, our East Coast snow crab will taste like anything but winter.

Plus, drop in for a spin and enjoy the hottest casino games and live entertainment, all in one place.

Free Parking

  • Must be 19+
  • Access through the main entrance of casino and wheelchair accessible

Visit rideaucarletoncasino.com/mr-luckys for details.