• By: OLM Staff

Things to do in Ottawa this weekend — March 24-26, 2023

Ottawa Home & Garden Show

When:  Thursday, March 23 – Sunday, March 26, 2023
Where: EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive
What time: Various time
Admission: From $11 (online) or $13 (door price). Free for children 12 and under • Click here to purchase tickets

Shop for home-related goods and services, take in magnificent exhibits to get ideas for your next home improvement project, network with business leaders, and listen to educational sessions from famous national and worldwide experts in the field at the Ottawa Home & Garden Show 2023

Crackup Comedy Festival

When: March 23 – March 25, 2023
Where: Algonquin Commons Theatre, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue
What time: March 23, 24: 8 pm – 10 pm | March 25: 8 pm- 11:00 pm
Admission: From $35.95 • Click here to purchase tickets

Three nights of comedy in the capital this weekend with the Cracked Up Comedy Festival

March 23: Got Land? Indigenous Comedy Show
Got Land? Comedy is a stand-up comedy variety show where First Nation, Inuk, and Metis entertainers tell jokes and share individual life stories. Got Land? will feature performances by Patrick Cheechoo, Janelle Niles, Lena Recollet, Sean Morriseau, David Ohokannoak, Nicole Etitiq and hosted by Don Kelly.

March 24: An Evening with Mary Walsh
Join Canadian cultural icon, comedian, and social activist, Mary Walsh as she performs some of the best comedic bits and most popular characters from Dancing With Rage, CODCO, and This Hour Has 22 Minutes, along with up-to-the-minute local political satire. In addition to reuniting with some of Walsh’s beloved characters, you can expect to enjoy some films as well as an exclusive preview of Mary’s new novel.

March 25: Comedy Night in Ottawa featuring the Candy Awards 
Some of Canada's best comedians honour outstanding Canadian comedians with The Candy Awards. The night will also feature performances by David Brennan, Big Daddy Tazz, Kyle Brownrigg, Lisa Baker, Derek Seguin, and Fiona O’Brien.

Disney’s Alladin

When:  March 21 – March 26, 2023
Where: National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 1 Elgin Street
What time: Various time
Admission: From $79.35 • Click here to purchase tickets

From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new Broadway Across Canada production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.

Photo: Courtesy Broadway Across Canada

Ottawa 67s vs. Peterborough Petes & Ottawa 67s vs. Barrie Colts

When: Friday, March 24 & Saturday, March 25, 2023
Where: TD Place, 1015 Bank Street
What time: Fri 7 pm, Sat 2 pm
Admission: From $22 • Click here to purchase tickets

Our Ottawa 67s clinched the Ontario Hockey League regular season champions for the third time in the last four seasons. Take in one of their two home games this weekend as they take on the Peterborough Petes and the Barrie Colts. 

Photo: Courtesy Ottawa 67's

Ben Nasralla at Yuks Yuks West

When: Friday, March 24 & Saturday, March 25, 2023
Where: Yuk Yuk's Ottawa West, In Biagio's Italian Kitchen, 1394 Richmond Road
What time: Fri & Sat 7:30 pm
Admission: From $20 • Click here to purchase tickets

One of the most likable comedians on the circuit, Ben Naralla's broad-based comedy has a universal appeal. Whether on a dark and dirty show or a children's fundraiser, his comedy is unique and accessible.

Photo: Courtesy Yuk Yuk's 

Special Exhibition: A Community at War

When: October 10, 2022 – March 31, 2023
Where: Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place
What time: Friday – Sunday: 9 am – 4 pm • Click here to see the full schedule
Admission: From $12 (Free for children under 2) • Click here to purchase tickets

Black Canadians have served their country in times of war and peace, at home and overseas. They have fought for freedom abroad despite struggling against systemic racial barriers denying them equality in their own country.

Presented in partnership with the Niagara Military Museum, this panel exhibition highlights the experiences of 22 Black men and women from the Niagara region and Southwestern Ontario who served their country in uniform from the American Revolution to the present day. Their experiences offer insight into the broader experience of Black Canadians and the country’s military history.

613 Flea

When: Saturday, March 25, 2022
Where: Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank Street 
What time: 10 am – 4 pm
Admission: Free 

It's time for the monthly not-for-profit 613 Flea at Lansdowne. There are always new and exciting vendors selling everything from antiques to hand-dyed wools, even gourmet salsa. Don’t miss your opportunity to shop the 140-ish unique vendors.

Photo: 613 Flea

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 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!

Hard Rock Hotel Dublin Giveaways

When: Until March 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 26, 2023
Where: Caffe Italiano @ Rideau Carleton Casino (Enter through the gaming floor) – 4837 Albion Rd S
What time: 11:30 pm – 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.