What to Do in Ottawa: Weekend Preview January 15-17

What to Do in Ottawa: Weekend Preview January 15-17

We hope everyone had a lovely and relaxing holiday season with family and friends! Now that we’re back in the swing of things and our weekends are no longer chock-full with holiday parties, family dinners, and Frosty marathons, it’s time to take a peek at what’s going on this weekend in Ottawa.

Wedding Palace Bridal Show, Winter Edition

Planning a wedding soon? Then you’ll definitely want to head down to the Shaw Centre on Saturday or Sunday for Ottawa’s premiere bridal show. With bridal fashion, wedding accessories, photographers, wedding planners, fantastic door prizes and more, this is the place to be for all brides-to-be. There will be fashion shows, free food and drink tasting plus special discounts throughout the show. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.

Rideau Hall Winter Celebration

What better way to whet your appetite for the upcoming Winterlude Festival than to visit Rideau Hall this Saturday for the annual Winter Celebration? Fun activities for the whole family include dog sledding, kicksledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and of course skating on Rideau Hall’s famous outdoor skating rink. Visitors are encouraged to bring food items or warm winter clothing in support of the Ottawa Food Bank and Snowsuit Fund. The events take place on Saturday from 12:30 to 4:00pm, rain or shine.

Living Locally Fair

Visit St. Thomas Aquinas High School on Saturday from 9:30 to 4:00 for the 8th annual Living Locally Fair, presented by the Russell & District Horticultural Society. More than 130 local exhibitors will gather to sell produce, baked goods, dairy products, soap, clothing, and artisanal creations. With presentations from local growers, delicious hot lunch, coffee, and tea available the event is great way to spend a Saturday. Admission is completely free, but donations to the Food Bank are welcomed.

Rep Your Flag Festival

Whether you’re supporting your favourite hockey team or native country, now is the time to show your team/country spirit. Saturday night at the EY Centre, DNA Presents Rep Your Flag Fest featuring R3HAB. This hot electronic music show is going to be crazy. Paint your face, dress in the colours of your country/team, bring your biggest flag, and partyAdvanced tickets to this +19 events are $30-40 – tickets are 70% sold out so don’t miss your chance.

The Chris Timms Comedy Cabaret

Taking place on Saturday evening at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage, the Chris Timms Comedy Cabaret promises to be a hilarious evening of comedy, billed as “an old time cabaret with modern swagger.”  Chris Timms, voted Ottawa’s favourite comedian in 2013, hosts a show featuring Lamar Williams, Aaaron Power, Jen Labelle, Mike Beatty, and Greg Stringer. The show is 18+ and tickets are $20 each.

Dinner Theatre

Scarlett’s Dinner Theatre on York Street is host to an entertaining murder mystery performance of Sherlock Holmes and the Curious Case of the Cryptic Compendium. Tickets are $59.95 and include dinner, the show, and after-dinner entertainment.  

Ottawa Big Band Tea Dance

Visit the Glebe Community Centre on Sunday afternoon and travel back to the 1920s to enjoy the lively sounds of Standing Room Only, a 14-piece big band from Almonte. Admission is $15, and light refreshments will be provided by The Pantry Vegetarian Team Room. Period dress from the 1920s-1940s is encouraged, so have some fun with it! Why not visit one of Ottawa’s great vintage stores beforehand to get the perfect costume, or maybe rifle through Grandpa & Grandma’s closet.


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