• By: OLM Staff

Things to do in Ottawa this weekend – February 10-12, 2023

45th annual Winterlude

When: Until February 20, 2023
Where: Various downtown Ottawa locations and Gatineau
What time: Various times
Admission: Free • Click here to see the full schedule

Skating on the canal will have to wait to next year but many other activities are taking place in Ottawa and Gatineau for Winterlude. Check out the calendar of events to find out more. Enjoy a free shuttle ride to Winterlude activities. View the schedule and hop on!

Capital Bachata Festival

When: Thursday, February 9 – Sunday, February 12, 2023
Where: Various locations
What time: Various times • Click here for the full schedule
Admission: Various prices for individual tickets, day, passes, and full festival passes • Click here to purchase tickets

Dance away the winter blues at The Capital Bachata Festival. It's four days of Latin dance workshops, social dancing, performances, and competition with something for every level. Beginners can take a two-hour Bachata Dance Crash Course, while experienced dancers can opt for the special Bachata Intensive class with Tina Cavicchio. After being inspired by some incredible shows from local, national, and international performers, spend the evening taking what you learned out on the dance floor until 3 am!

Jersey Nights

When: Friday, February 10, 2023
Where: Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard
What time: 8 pm
Admission: $62.50 • Click here to purchase tickets

Don’t miss this special Valentine's Day presentation! Jersey Nights is four superb vocalists backed with a live band to celebrate the legendary music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Sherry, Walk Like A Man, Let’s Hang On, Working My Way Back to You, Oh What a Night, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Rag Doll (to mention just a few) … and Jersey Nights includes a mix of nostalgic vocal hits by other artists that shaped a magical era of music.

Derek Seguin Comedy Show at Yuk Yuk's

When: Friday, February 10 & Saturday, February 11, 2023
Where: Richmond Road, Inside Biagio's Italian Kitchen
What time: Both nights, 7 pm & 10 pm 
Admission: $25 • Click here to purchase tickets

Montreal-based Derek Seguin is one of the most sought-after stand-up comedians on the international circuit. He has performed at the prestigious invitation-only Just For Laughs festival an impressive ten times, as well as appearing numerous times at every other major festival in the country, making several television appearances along the way.

Winter Celebration at Rideau Hall

When: Saturday, February 11, 2023
Where: 1 Sussex Drive 
What time: 12:30 pm & 4:30 pm 
Admission: Free • Click here to see the complete list of activities

Young and old alike will have fun outside while participating in winter sports and activities on the grounds of the official residence of the governor general. Discover Rideau Hall’s beautiful winter grounds. Lace up your skates and skate on the outdoor rink; stop at the residence to visit the State rooms; bring gently used winter outerwear for the Snowsuit Fund — donation bins will be available at each entrance.

NOTE: A free Winterlude shuttle bus will run in a loop from downtown (Metcalfe Street) to Rideau Hall every hour between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., with the last bus departing Rideau Hall at 4:30 p.m. Limited parking for persons with mobility restrictions will be available on the Rideau Hall grounds via the Princess Gate on a first come, first served basis (accessible parking permit required).

Ben and Jonah's Magic Road Trip

When: Saturday, February 11, 2023
Where: Meridian Theatre @ Centrepointe, 101 Centrepointe Drive
What time: 7:30 pm
Admission: From $23.50 • Click here to purchase tickets

Ben and Jonah are two of Toronto’s busiest magicians. They’ve sold out shows at comedy clubs and theaters across Canada, amazed Penn and Teller on their hit tv show, Fool Us, and created mind-blowing magic that magicians use all over the world. Now they’re bringing the magic and fun to Ottawa. This show is jam-packed with laughs and audience interaction and is perfect for families and adults alike. 

Disco Inferno

When: Saturday, February 11, 2023
Where: Overflow Brewing Company, 2477 Kaladar Avenue
What time: Doors, 7 pm
Admission: $30 • Click here to purchase tickets

Ottawa’s Disco Inferno is composed of ten highly seasoned musicians who capture the unmistakable and contagious sound and rhythm of the 70’s disco era. Whether they’re revisiting the funky sounds of Earth Wind and Fire, the smooth harmonies of the Bee Gees, or the undeniable iconic hits of Donna Summer, to mention a few, you won’t find yourself sitting down when you witness a Disco Inferno performance. 19+

Toronto Symphony Orchestra & Gimeno

When: Saturday, February 11, 2023
Where: National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street
What time: 8 pm
Admission: $29 • Click here to purchase tickets

Acclaimed for his artistic dexterity and for the enormous energy he brings to the podium and draws from the orchestra, TSO conductor Gustavo Gimeno is rightly one of the most sought-after conductors working today. The orchestra will be performing a special TSO Commission by Samy Moussa, LALO Symphonie Espagnole, and Prokofiev (compiled G. Gimeno) Suite from Romeo and Juliet with guest accompanist, Spanish violinist María Dueñas.

Just Heart – Heart Tribute Band

When: Saturday, February 11, 2023
Where: The Joint @ Rideau Carleton Casino (2nd Floor) – 4837 Albion Rd S, Gloucester
What time: Doors Open at 8 pm, Concert Starts at9 pm
Admission: $20+ taxes and admin fees • Click here to purchase tickets.

Are you looking for a little more Heart in time for Valentine’s Day?

Get Ready! Grab your valentine and rock out with JUST HEART, a HEART tribute band. Just Heart is a fully costumed and choreographed tribute to the amazing song by Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. Hear your favourite original tracks, including Barracuda, Magic Man, Alone, Dreamboat Annie, and all the rest.

Grab someone ‘crazy on you’ and join us as Just Heart brings Hearts classic and #1 hits to life with their dynamic look alike, sound alike, and one-of-a-kind tribute experience.

  • $10 Free Play Vouchers to all Ticket Holders
  • Food and Beverages available for purchase
  • Free Parking
  • Must be 19+

To view the entire entertainment lineup, visit https://www.rideaucarletoncasino.com/events.htm
For more information, including the ticket purchase policy, visit https://www.rideaucarletoncasino.com/events.htm

Food, Fuel & Fun Casino Promotion

When: February 3-25, 2023
Where: Rideau Carleton Casino – 4837 Albion Rd S, Gloucester
What time: Open 24/7
Admission: N/A

Over $50,000 in Prizes to be Won. Fill your cart with Rideau Carleton Casino’s Food, Fuel & Fun giveaway.

Join us at Rideau Carleton Casino every Friday and Saturday from February 3rd to 25th for a chance to be 1 of the (27) total daily winners to get $50 in gift cards and 10 even luckier winners who will receive $500 in gift cards.

Hourly draw selections between 12-8 pm and $500 bonus draws at 8:15 pm and 10:15 pm each Friday and Saturday night. Every $20 wagered earns you a ballot while using your ‘Rock Star Rewards’ card.

  • 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.

Be my Valentine? Grab your sweetheart and join us for Valentine’s Day at the casino on February 14th.

Whether you are seeking or have found love, make Rideau Carleton Casino your destination this Valentine’s Day. Featuring an exclusive 4-course Valentine's Day menu, Live show, and 1,200+ interactive slot machines, the casino is your home for fun and excitement on February 14th.

Dining: Valentine's Day Feature Menu @ Caffe Italiano

Indulge in our exclusive 4-course couples Valentine’s Day menu, including entrees, starters, mains and a ‘love trio’ dessert including chocolate dipped strawberries, French macarons & handmade truffle.

  • Tuesday February 14th
  • Open from 5-9pm
  • Free Parking
  • Must be 19+

            Click HERE to view the full menu and book reservations. Entertainment: Great Gatby! It’s Murder – Valentine Edition @ The Joint

“Did you see who shot him”?

Featuring an exclusive Valentine edition, Rachel Paul’s Great Gatsby! It’s Muder comedic play returns to The Joint for Valentine’s Day. Set in a fantasy flapper era, filled with glitz, glamour, and murder, this absurd whodunnit theatrical show will have you roaring in your seats and accusing your favourite characters of crime.

Grab your Valentine and come live a night of scandals, mystery and Charleston with us!

  • Show runs from 7:30-10:00pm
  • Food & Beverages available for purchase
  • Free Parking
  • Must be 19+

Click HERE to secure your tickets.

PLUS, the first 1,000 ‘Rock Star Reward’ members to visit the casino on February 14th will receive complimentary Purdy’s chocolates!

The Lucky Ron Show @ The Chateau Lafayette

When: Every Saturday
Where: The Chateau Lafayette, 42 York Street
What time: 5 pm – 7 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 showing up around 4 pm. It's a must-see when you're in town. So saddle up, grab a quart, and get ready to stomp, shout, hoot, and holler your way through the most fun you'll have on a Saturday afternoon in Ottawa and, arguably, the world! No cover, no reservations, and no tickets required!