• By: OLM Staff

Things to do in Ottawa this weekend – March 17-19, 2023

Chamberfest Concert Series presents Leila Josefowicz and John Novacek

When:  Friday, March 17, 2023
Where: Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, 355 Cooper Street
What time: 7 pm
Admission: From $35 • Click here to purchase tickets

Two powerhouses in the classical music scene, American-Canadian violinist Leila Josefowicz and American pianist John Novacek come together for a program of Debussy, Stravinsky, and more. You don’t want to miss this dynamic duo!

Memphis the Musical

When: Until March 19, 2023
Where: Meridian Theatre @ Centrepointe, 101 Centrepointe Drive
What time: Fri 7:30 pm, Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm
Admission: $32 to $57  • Click here to purchase tickets

Orpheus Musical Theatre presents Memphis, the multi-Tony Award-winning musical loosely based on the story of a Memphis disk jockey in the 1950s with a passion for Black music. A bi-racial couple connect over their shared love of music, but their dreams and ambitions are faced with objections from not only their families but the world around them.


When:  Until March 19, 2023
Where: Various theatres, including the Bytown Cinema, OAG, Saw, Mayfair Theatre
What time:  •
Admission:  $15  per film (Festival passes available) • Click here for more information

If you love movies, don't miss this chance to see 250 of the best feature-length and short films from Canada and 26 countries worldwide. IFFO will also link Ottawa's emerging production community to the world and the world to Ottawa.

Remi's Dance Floor Time Machine – A 50s, 60s 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s Dance Party

When:  March 17, 2023
Where: House of TARG, 1077 Bank Street Ottawa
What time:  9 pm / 19+ 
Admission: Cover $5 

DJ Remi Royal presents a dance party thru the ages for the ages; everyone’s invited to dance the night away to all the greatest hits. Take a break from the dance floor and play one of the 30+ pinball machines and video cabinets, and if hunger strikes, order some perogies or maybe a perogi poutine! 

Mādahòkì’s Sigwan Family Festival​

When:  March 18-19, 2023
Where: Mādahòkì Farm, 4420 West Hunt Club Road
What time: 10 am to 5 pm  • Click here for more details
Admission: Free 

Everyone is invited to reconnect with the land while learning about Indigenous traditions during this beautiful change of season. Enjoy authentic Indigenous programming, including snowshoeing on the Legacy Trail, horse-drawn wagon rides, storytelling, dance performance, the Indigenous Maker’s Market, workshops, performances, culinary experiences, and more!

Photo: madahoki.ca 

Eyal Vilner & his Swing Band

When: Saturday, March 18, 2023
Where: Salo San Marco, 215 Preston Street
What time: 8 pm 
Admission: $30  • Click here to purchase tickets

Dance the night away or sit back and enjoy the music and dancing as Eyal Vilner and his big band, one of the leading new voices in the New York swing and big band scene, get the hall swinging during the Vintage Vibe Swing Camp's Saturday Night Swing. Everyone is welcome; no experience or partner is needed!

Fire & Ice Winter Festival 2023

When:  March 17-19, 2023
Where: Bank Street, from Lisgar to Slater 
What time: Fri 7:30 pm – 12 am, Sat 11 am – 12 am, Sun 11 am – 10:30 pm Click for the full schedule
Admission: Free 

Centretown is once again transforming into a magical street with stunning illuminations, captivating lights, and sound installations for you to interact with. Expect the unexpected as you wander from Slater down to Lisgar Street, passing performers, a silent disco, DJs, and munching on specialty menu items from local food merchants, like Moo Shu Ice Cream's Fire & Ice Bubble Waffle. Visit the Fire and Ice website for all of the activities.

Dylan Rhymer at Absolute Comedy — MC Clifford Myers & Featuring Glen Foster

When: March 14-19, 2023
Where: Absolute Comedy,  412 Preston Street
What time: Various
Admission: From $15  • Click here to purchase tickets

Edgy, charming, and hilarious Dylan Rhymer is headlining all week at Absolute Comedy. Clifford Myers will be the MC for the weekend, and "That Canadian Guy" Glen Foster will be doing guest sets Thursday through Sunday, working out material for his next album. 

Hard Rock Hotel Dublin Giveaways

When: March 1-31, 2023
Where: Rideau Carleton Casino – 4837 Albion Rd S, Gloucester
What time: Open 24/7
Admission: N/A

Win a trip for two to Ireland! Six total trip packages to be won.

May the luck of the Irish be with you! Join us at Rideau Carleton Casino now through March 31st to start earning entries into our Hard Rock Hotel Dublin promotion. Six total winners will win a trip for two to Dublin with a 7-night stay, cash, and more!

One weekly draw every Saturday in March at 9 pm plus two additional bonus draws on March 31 at 9 pm, exclusive to Icon and All Access reward members. 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.

Caffe Italiano Brunch

When: Sunday, March 5, 2023
Where: Caffe Italiano @ Rideau Carleton Casino (Enter through the gaming floor) – 4837 Albion Rd S
What time: 11:30 AM – 2 PM
Admission/Cost: Brunch Prix Fixe Menu $45 // A La Carte options starting from $18

Thoughtful Italian Fare starting from $18.

On Sundays, We Brunch.

Awarded a 2023 ‘Diners Choice Award Winner’ as one of the best restaurants, Caffé Italiano offers a unique casual dining experience, staying true to Italian cuisine. Go all-in on Sundays and join us for brunch with a newly expanded five-course prix fixe featuring bottomless mimosas or caesars or feed your craving with our a la carte options starting from $18.

Indulge in a culinary experience like no other!

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

Click HERE to view the full brunch menu and reserve a table.