Another weekend is upon us, and the weather has decided to pay us a treat and warm up a bit. If you’re not enjoying outdoor activities this weekend, here are some great events happening around Ottawa which you might enjoy:
Nature Nocturne: Lunar New Year
The Canadian Museum of Nature plays host to Nature Nocturne on Friday night, a fun evening of partying and dancing in one of Ottawa’s most iconic and historic buildings. This month’s theme is a celebration of the Lunar New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Goat. Presented in partnership with Chinatown Remixed, come join the party which will feature a karaoke lounge, ping pong, an interactive drum circle, a life-sized origami art installation, and Kung Fu movie clips playing in the background. These parties are always a hit, and admission is $25 for this adults-only night of entertainment.
Rideau Hall Winter Celebration
Rideau Hall’s annual Winter Celebration on Saturday afternoon is a great time for a fun-filled day with the family. Visit the home of Canada’s Governor General and enjoy skating on the outdoor rink, dog sledding, kick sledding excursions, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. You can also take a tour of the residence, which is a must for every Canadian. The event is hosted in celebration of Canada’s Year of Sport. Though admission is free, visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Ottawa Food Bank.
The Home Renovations Show
If you’re planning on upgrading your home, head down to the EY Centre on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to visit the Home Renovations Show. You get great design ideas and learn about the latest products to make your home renovation easier and increase the value of your home. There will be many designers, renovators, and industry professionals there to serve you and offer expert advice. Admission is $12 and children 17 and under may visit for free.
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is at the National Arts Centre this weekend to perform The Handmaid’s Tale. An adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel, is interpreted by New York choreographer Lila York. This “thrillingly theatrical” contemporary dance drama is performed with the assistance of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. “Powerful and prophetic, its poignant human story is brought vividly to life by the extraordinary Royal Winnipeg dancers, pastiche score, stunning costumes, and transformative, ingenious set design.” Students who participate in the Live Rush program can get tickets for $12.
Enjoy the weekend, UpFront readers!