• By: OLM Staff

Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend — May 5-7, 2023

Studio Space Ottawa’s Warehouse Art Party

When: Friday, May 5, 2023
Where: Studio Space Ottawa, 2477-A Kaladar
What time: 6 pm – 10 pm
Admission: From $25 • Click here to purchase tickets

Studio Space Ottawa is hosting a fundraiser to build more studios for fellow artists. The night will include opportunities to engage, create, purchase, along with live vocal performances, music from DJ Fabien Pleur, and a cash bar. Don't miss this chance to get interactive while supporting the arts in Ottawa.

Image: Studio Space Ottawa

The Elvis Concert Featuring Pete Paquette

When: May 6, 2023
Where: Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard
What time: 7 pm
Admission: $59 • Click here to purchase tickets

The Elvis Concert is an exciting new show celebrating the legacy of music from the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Pete Paquette delivers an unforgettable live concert experience showcasing the king's music from the 1950s, the 1968 Comeback Special in Leather, and the explosive Vegas years.

Image: Shenkman Arts Centre

Atletico Mother’s Day Match

When: Saturday, May 6, 2023
Where: TD Place Stadium, 1015 Bank Street
What time: 7 pm
Admission: From $20 • Click here to purchase tickets

Join the crowds at TD Place as Atletico take on Pacific FC. Pick up one of Atletico's brand new Making It To Safety Jerseys in support of Shelter Movers Ottawa (who provide free moving and storage services for families fleeing Intimate Partner Violence) — a pretty decent Mother’s Day experience!

Image: Atletico Ottawa

Ottawa Bach Choir

When: Saturday, May 6, 2023
Where: Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar Street
What time: 8 pm
Admission: From $20 • Click here to purchase tickets

The final concert of the award-winning Ottawa Bach Choir’s season features gorgeous music for spring, including Haydn’s exquisite Mehrstimmige Gesänge (13 Partsongs), as well as chansons and partsongs by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Clara Schumann, Ottawa native Nicholas Piper, and more. Canadian pianist extraordinaire Elaine Keillor joins the choir for this magnificent concert!

Image: Ottawa Bach Choir

Celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III at Rideau Hall

When: Saturday, May 6 and Sunday May7, 2023
Where: Rideau Hall, 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
What time: 1 pm – 5 pm
Admission: Free • Click here for more information

Everyone is invited to take part in free activities at Rideau Hall this weekend to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III. Tour the residence, the grounds and the greenhouses; listen to musical performances by members of the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces; watch the Governor General’s Foot Guards perform the Relief of the Sentries (every hour, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.); and learn more about the role and history of the Crown in Canada.

Photo: NCC

Being Studio’s Spring Pop-Up Shop

When: Sunday, May 7, 2023
Where: Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave, Room 304
What time: 10 am- 3 pm
Admission: Free

Since 2002, BEING Studio has provided a space for artists with developmental disabilities to create visual art pieces and creative writing. Through BEING, artists are given the tools, the space, and the proper support needed to create their art. The Spring Pop-Up Shop is a free event featuring art from over 50 local BEING Studio artists who offer paintings, prints, sweatshirts, tote bags, brooches, and more. Find something truly special just in time for Mother's Day!

Image: Beign Studio

Jane’s Walk 2023 Launch event

When: Friday, May 5, 2023
Where: Booth Street bridge, Lebreton Flats, underground passage
What time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Admission: Free, but registration is required • Click here for a link to register

Janes Walk, the annual festival of free, community-led neighbourhood walks in honour of the late urban activist Jane Jacobs, is hosting its first-ever Jane’s Walk Festival Preview & Picnic. Find out more about their most interesting walks, meet other festival-related community members, ask questions to the organizers, and bring a picnic to enjoy under an iconic Ottawa bridge. 

Image: Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau


When: Saturday, May 6 & Sunday, May 7, 2023
Where: Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Wooddroffe Ave
What time: Sat 10 am- 6 pm; Sun 10 am- 4 pm
Admission: Free

In its 60th year, OPAPEX is the national show celebrating all things philatelic (stamps).  ORAPEX is one of only a few national-level stamp shows held annually in Canada and is part of the American Philatelic Society's "World Series of Philately."

Photo: Ali Express

CN Cycle for CHEO

When: Sunday, May 7, 2023
Where: Starting from LeBreton Flats
What time: 8:30 am – 12 pm
Admission: Registration closes May 7 •  Click here to register or to donate to CHEO

The CN Cycle for CHEO is a fun, non-competitive cycling (70K, 35K, 15K) and walking (5K and 2K) event for people of all ages and abilities. Money raised through this event helps to fund programs and research for oncology patients and their families at CHEO. 


Photo: CN Cycle for CHEO


When: Until May 13, 2023 (except May 7 & 8)
Where: LabO Theatre, 60 Waller Street Ottawa
What time: 7:30 pm (Matinee shows at 2 pm on Sat May 6 & Sat May 13)
Admission: $17.31 • Click to purchase tickets

Debuting in LabO, TACTICS proudly presents Shorelines: a Mainstage World-Premiere of Governor General award-winner Mishka Lavigne's new play. Shorelines speaks to the importance of family and community in a world ravaged by the climate crisis. Recommended for General audiences 15 +

Directed by: Nicholas Leno
Featuring: Jacqui Du Toit, Letréal Farquharson, Vanessa Onukagha & Cara Pantalone
Set Design: Brian Smith | Costume Design: Hannah Ferguson
Sound Design: Ali Berkok | Lighting Design: Tristan-Olivier Breiding


Harley Giveaway Promotion

When: Until May 27, 2023
Where: Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock – 4837 Albion Rd S
What time: Open 24/7
Admission: N/A

Ride Away a Winner | Win a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

Explore the open road and seek thrilling adventures this summer with our Harley-Davidson promotion! Two total Harley-Davidson motorcycles available to be won.

Join us at Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock, now through May 27th for a chance to win one of two Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Use your Rock Star Reward card* and every $20 wagered earns you an entry into the grand prize draws on May 13th and May 27th. Plus, visit us weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays to earn two times the entries 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.

Live Harness Racing

When: Sunday, May 7, 2023
Where: Rideau Carleton Raceway – 4837 Albion Rd S
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 at the track, while also indulging in our limited-time offer, Snow Crab Dinner Special for $39.95, available Friday to Sunday from 5:00-10:00 PM in Mr. Lucky’s Restaurant.

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!

  • Free Parking
  • Must be 19+