• By: OLM Staff

Things to do in Ottawa This Weekend – July 7-9, 2023


When: Saturday, July 8, 2023
Where: Carlington Park, 941 Clyde Avenue
What time: 10 am – 3 pm
Admission: Free

Join the Canadian Dachshund Rescue, Ontario, for their annual picnic in the park. Enjoy games, a costume contest, Weiner races, vendors, and BBQ goodies while you show off your pup.

RBC Bluesfest

When: July 6-16, 2023
Where: Le Breton Flats
What time: Nightly at 6 pm • Gates open at 5 pm
Admission: General Admission from $50-$125 • Click here to purchase tickets.

The incredible RBC Bluesfest returns to Ottawa with headliners that include Shania Twain, Weezer, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Death Cab for Cutie, Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons, Charlotte Cardin, Pitbull and The Smile. Multi-day passes, and single-event tickets are still available for some shows.

The Mysteries of the Keyhole House

When: Until July 22, 2023
Where: The Station Theatre in Smiths Falls, 53 Victoria Ave
What time: Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Admission: $41.20 • Click here to purchase tickets

Based on a true story of the once dilapidated historic home they now happily share with spirits of yesteryear, which they lovingly call the Keyhole House, Ted and Marion Outerbridge are touring a new show, Mysteries of the Keyhole House. After its run in Smiths Falls, the illusionists will perform in Perth, Carleton Place, and Gananoque.

Photo: Courtesy Ted Outerbridge

A Company of Fools

When: Until August 26, 2023
Where: Ottawa parks • Click here for the summer schedule
What time: 7 pm
Admission: Pay what you can (Suggested donation $20)

Ottawa’s longest-running Shakespeare company is bringing its version of Hamlet to a park near you. Join the Fools this summer as they delve into the depths of the human experience and have a few laughs along the way. Whether you’re a Shakespeare nerd or this is your first foray with the Bard since high school, their Foolish take on Hamlet has something for everyone.

Photo: Justin Van Leeuwen

Atletico Ottawa vs. Valour FC

When: Sunday, July 9, 2023
Where: The Stadium at TD Place
What time: 3 pm
Admission: From $25 • Click here to purchase your ticket

Buy a ticket to section L (the dog area) and join Atletico Ottawa in celebrating ‘Bring your dog to the match’ this weekend. Take advantage of Toonie hot dogs and a half-time performance by the high-flying Sunshine Disc Dogs.

Music and Beyond

When: July 4-17, 2023
Where: Various
What time: Various
Admission: From • Click here for the full schedule

Every July, Music and Beyond presents two weeks full of concerts in venues across the National Capital featuring orchestras, wind ensembles, choirs, bands and individual performers. Each show is linked to art, drama, poetry, science, and even acrobatics, in an effort to make classical music accessible to all.

Chris Borris at Yuk Yuks

When: July 7-8, 2023
Where: Yuk Yuks Ottawa West, 1374 Richmond Road
What time: Friday, 8 pm; Saturday, 7: 30 pm
Admission: From $22.13 • Click here to purchase tickets

Chris Borris started performing stand-up comedy in 2013.  A few years in, he won the first-ever Alterna Crackup Comedy Competition, and since then has worked with some of the best comics in the business.  These include Gilbert Gottfried, Mike Ward and Derek Seguin, to name a few. Melanie from Facebook described Chris as “Sorta the best, lol”.

Canada vs. New Zealand – Pacific Four Rugby Series

When: Saturday July 8, 2023
Where: The Stadium, TD Place
What time: 7 pm
Admission: From $31.20 • Click here to purchase tickets

The Pacific Four Rugby Series is an exciting opportunity to witness the world’s best women’s rugby teams.  The tournament is the first major women’s rugby tournament held in the city in eight years. This Saturday, the Canadian women take on the number one team, New Zealand, and on July 14th they play Australia.

Photo: Rugby Canada

Cars & Coffee Ottawa

When: Sunday, July 9, 2023
Where: Lansdowne, 1015 Bank Street
What time: 9 am – 4 pm
Admission: Free, but donations are being accepted in support of the OSEG foundation.

It’s the 5th edition of Cars & Coffee Ottawa, where machines brought to life from passion and a sense of advancement convene in one great location.

Image: Cars and  Coffee Ottawa

Summer Cruisin’ On The Road Promotion  

When: July 1-29, 2023
Where: Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock –  4837 Albion Rd S, Gloucester, ON K1X 1A3
What time: 24/7
Admission: N/A 

Rev Up Excitement: Win a Jaguar or two E-Bikes this July. 

Hit the open road and rev up excitement with our Summer Crusin’ on the road promotion, now on!  Cruise into the casino all month for your chance to win BIG, including two Gazelle E-Bikes and a 2023 Jaguar F-Pace crossover SUV. 

Every $20 wagered while using your Rock Star Rewards card on slots or table games earns you an entry into the grand prize draws. 

  • July 15th Draw (Two Gazelle E-Bikes) → 9:00 pm @ RCC 
  • July 29th Draw (2023 Jaguar F-Pace SUV) → 9:00 pm @ RCC 
  • Free Parking
  • PlaySmart. 
  • 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. 


Sunday Funday: Horse Racing & Dining Specials  

When: Sunday, July 9, 2023
Where: Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock –  4837 Albion Rd South
What time: 6:30 pm post time
Admission/Cost:  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 of live harness racing at the track. Treat yourself to Chef’s weekly $19.95 special in Caffé Italiano, featuring fresh and homemade Rigatoni Al Segreto, all while enjoying thrilling track-side views of live horse racing. Available for dining Thursday through Sunday evening from 5:30-10:00 pm. 

Craving something Sweet?  

Visit our Ice Cream Bar in Mr. Lucky’s Restaurant Wednesday through Sunday from 2 pm-10 pm weekly to satisfy your craving and beat the heat! 

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!  

2023 Racing Season Schedule 

  • Free Parking
  • Must be 19+