What to Do in Ottawa: Weekend Preview October 17-19

What to Do in Ottawa: Weekend Preview October 17-19

It was a short workweek thanks to the holiday Monday, and the weekend is here already. Here are some events to look forward to this weekend in Ottawa:

Merrickville Jazz Fest

This jazz festival, which is celebrating its fourth year, runs from Thursday to Sunday. Concerts will take place at 7 different venues in Merrickville over the weekend, and it is a great opportunity to tour a local small-town gem while taking in great music from Canada and around the world. Festival passes are $65 and includes access to shows by artists like Montreal bebop drummer Norman Marshall Villeneuve and Toronto swing/gypsy vocalist Denielle Bassels. Ottawa pianist Brian Browne serves as the first ever Artist-in-Residence. The festival is capped with its closing event, a tribute to Blossom Dearie.

Gluten Free Expo

Whether you suffer from gluten intolerance, desire to switch to a better diet, or simply wish to become educated on the issue while sampling delicious products, Canada’s largest gluten free event is the fit for you. The Gluten Free Expo is coming to the EY Centre on October 19th and features expert speakers and over 100 gluten free products. Admission fees are waived in exchanged for a gluten free donation to the Ottawa Food Bank. Come support a great cause, and discover new ways to be your best, healthiest self. For more information check out our featured post on the event.

The Ottawa Wedding Show

Also at the EY Centre this weekend is the fall edition of the Ottawa Wedding Show. Come support hundreds of local professionals specializing in the wedding industry. Come see thousands of ideas, from the smallest practical detail to the grandest imaginings, to help celebrate your dream wedding. There are also tons of great prizes and opportunities to be awarded. Admission is $13 per adult, while ages 17 and under receive complimentary admission.

Senators versus Blue Jackets

The Senators continue their homestand on Saturday night against the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets. The Senators are hot and enter the game with a 3-game win streak, including an awesome 5-3 comeback win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. Ottawa boasts a 3-1 record on the young season, while Columbus sits at 2-1 so far. The Sens are 7-5-2 all-time against the Blue Jackets, include a 2-1 record last season following Columbus’ move to the Eastern Conference.

Science FunFest 2014

In celebration of National Science and Technology Week, Natural Resources Canada is hosting the FunFest at the Booth Street Complex. This kid-friendly event will feature over 35 different exhibits, workshops, and activities. You can go chocolate chip cookie mining, make your own mood bracelets, bring your own rocks/minerals for identification, pan for gold, and go treasure hunting with a GPS. There are also fun activities like balloons, face painting, and a reptile zoo. The FunFest runs Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

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