• By: OLM Staff

Things to do in Ottawa this weekend – June 16-18, 2023

Vegan Who Snack Food & Art Festival

When: Friday, June 16, 2023
Where: Parkdale Market, 366 Parkdale Avenue
What time: 5 pm – 9 pm
Admission: Free

The all-out vegan extravaganza is back at the Parkdale Market! Vegans Who Snack Food & Art Festival will host over 50 local restaurants, food businesses, makers, artists and more, making your favourite vegan products! Homo Phono, a facilitator of queer connections, will bring the vibes with a full line-up of local DJs and performers!

Image: Vegan Who Snack

The Ottawa Small Press book fair

When: Saturday, June 17, 2023
Where: Jack Purcell Community Centre, Elgin Street at 320 Jack Purcell Lane
What time: 12 pm – 5 pm 
Admission: Free 

It’s time for the bi-annual Ottawa Small Press book fair. Check out some of the best from Ottawa small presses and beyond.

Photo: iStock

Italian Week

When: Until June 18, 2023
Where: Preston Street
What time: Various • Click here for the events calendar
Admission: Free

Italian Week continues with a weekend full of family-friendly events. Head to Preston Street to take in all the action, including the bike race and the Rome and Florence-inspired Mercato di Preston, featuring local Ottawa artisans. There is something for everyone!

Photo: Italian Week Ottawa

Atlético Ottawa vs. Vancouver FC

When: Saturday, June 17, 2023
Where: The Stadium at TD Place, 1015 Bank Street
What time: 2 pm
Admission: From $20 • Click here to purchase tickets

Join Atlético Ottawa as they take on Vancouver FC – the newest member of the CPL. It’s also Bruce’s Big Night as Atlético supports the Eastern Ontario Potcake Rescue and try to find Bruce his FURever home.

Photo: Atletico Ottawa

SOS – The ABBA Experience

When: Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18, 2023
Where: The Gladstone Theatre, 910 Gladstone Ave
What time: June 17, at 7:30 pm, June 18, at 2:00 pm
Admission: $45 • Click here to purchase tickets

Through years of professional experience touring with world-renowned artists, the ABBA Experience musicians have come together to create one of the most authentic and entertaining ABBA shows today. With powerful lead vocals and harmonies, elaborate costumes, and rich instrumental backing layers, this sensational 10-piece band delivers a genuine ABBA experience like no other!

Photo: via Gladstone Theatre

Orleans Comic Book and Novelty Show

When: Sunday, June 18, 2023
Where: Place d’Orleans Shopping Centre, 110 Place d’Orleans Drive
What time: 11 am – 5 pm
Admission: Free

Head to Place d’Orleans for local comic vendors, novelty/toy vendors, craft vendors, as well as artists/writers. The general public is encouraged to dress up and Cosplay.

Photo: Entertainment Ink

Take Your Seat Together: Korea

When: Until July 12, 2023
Where: The Korean Cultural Centre, 150 Elgin Street, Unit 101
What time: Gallery hours: 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday
Admission: Free

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic friendship between Canada and Korea, thousands of photographs and countless hikes, flights, and drives later, Take Your Seat, Together explores the incredible beauty of Canada and Korea and connects them in sometimes unexpected ways. A red and white director’s chair serves as a symbol of both our joy and responsibility to take care of our planet, ourselves, and each other.

Photo: Randy VanDerStarren

Ottawa Fringe Festival

When: Thursday, June 15- Sunday, June 25, 2023
Where: Arts Court Theatre & Studio, Fringe Courtyard, Club SAW, Atelier, LabO, Studio 1201
What time: Various • Click to see the full schedule
Admission: All show $14 plus a one-time Fringe Pin purchase of $3 • passes also available • Click here to purchase tickets

The Ottawa Fringe has been a hub of creativity and expression for over two decades, showcasing art that pushes traditional theatre’s boundaries. Ottawa Fringe is dedicated to providing emerging and established artists a platform to showcase their talents and connect with audiences.

Image: Ottawa Fringe Festival

Summer Cruisin’ Promotion

When: June 1-June 30, 2023 
Where: Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock –  4837 Albion Rd S, Gloucester, ON K1X 1A3 
What time: Open 24/7
Admission: N/A 

Yamaha WaveRunner Grand Prize Draw this Saturday, June 17th, @ 8:30 pm 

Win a Boat! Or Two Yamaha Waverunners in time for Summer|

There is still time to jet into summer and catch waves with our ‘Summer Crusin’ promotion!  The mid-month grand prize draw to win (2) Yamaha Waverunners + trailer happens this Saturday. 

Visit the casino all month long for your shot to win the ultimate water toys of summer. Every $20 wagered while using your Rock Star Rewards card on slots or tables games earns you an entry into the grand prize draws.

  • Draw #1 (Two Yamaha WaveRunners & Trailer) → June 17th, 8:30pm 
  • Draw #2 (Hurricane Boat & Trailer) → June 30th, 9:00pm
  • 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. 

Father’s Day at the Casino

When: Sunday, June 18, 2023 
Where: Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock –  4837 Albion Rd S, 1A3 
What time: 

  • Casino open 24/7
  • Caffé Italiano Father Day Brunch (June 18th, 11:00am – 2:00pm) 
  • Caffé Italiano Father Day Dinner  (June 15-18th, 5:30pm -9:30pm) 
  • Live Harness Racing (June 18th, 6:30pm post time) 


  • Caffé Italiano Father’s Day Brunch ($55/person + taxes)
  • Caffé Italiano Father Day Dinner ($85/person + taxes) 

Father’s Day Dining Specials & Live Harness Racing 

Celebrate Dad with fun and excitement this Father’s Day!

In honor of Father’s Day, we are giving away FREE BBQ accessories to all Rock Star Reward members who visit the casino between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm this coming Sunday, June 18th (while supplies last). 

Treat Dad with a bite to eat and indulge at Caffé Italiano with our limited-time Father’s Day menus, available for a limited time and while quantities last. Experience one-of-a-kind standardbred harness racing and trackside views from your table while Dad feasts on a lavish 4-course meal.  After dinner, the fun continues on the casino floor with gaming, including the very best selection of slots and live-action table games.

  • Free Parking
  • Must be 19+