May 3-28

“Ottawa Welcomes the World” Series

Canada’s diversity is an integral part of its history, its heritage, its pride…its DNA. This is why we are inviting embassies and high commissions to mark their country’s national celebration at the Aberdeen Pavilion and the Horticulture Building in 2017. In May, discover the cultures of Poland, Mexico, Haiti, Cuba, Guyana, Serbia, Ethiopia through fun family activities.

All residents are encouraged to join the festivities and thus, dive into a unique multicultural atmosphere. Indulge yourself in food tasting, musical celebrations, artistic performances and more!

Don’t forget to download your free e-passport on the Ottawa 2017 app here.


May 3-6

The HAPPENING culture festival celebrates the uniqueness of Hintonburg & Wellington Village. Over the 4 day festival we are proud to showcase fashion, local art, live performances, poetry, food, drinks, and SO much more. Come check the art behind the businesses in the neighborhood and support local artists.


May 4-7

Ottawa Poutine Fest

Welcome to the 2nd Annual St. Albert Cheese Brockville PoutineFest & World of Poutine celebrating Canada150 & the Best in the Canadian Salad. Featuring live music, more poutiners, kids funs zone, FREE Admission, NEW Craft Beer Show & more.



May 6 and every Saturday

Cineplex Family Favourites


May 6-7

Jane’s Walk Weekend is a festival of free neighbourhood walking tours that celebrates the work and ideas of Jane Jacobs on the livability and “usability” of cities. Jane’s Walk is a pedestrian-focused event, given by local residents who care passionately about where they live, work and play. Participating in the walks increases urban literacy by offering insights into local history, planning, design and civic engagement through the simple acts of walking, observing, and discussing. By offering people a closer look at their city, Jane’s Walk stimulates fresh thinking about our urban environment and helps us identify and understand our common interests and the common good.

May 7

Cycle or walk for CHEO is a fun, non-competitive event that offers a wide range of cycling (15K, 35K, 70K) and walking (2K, 5K) routes for people of all ages and abilities. Our fully-supported urban cycling routes will be closed to traffic and will offer a unique opportunity for individuals, groups and families to safely cycle along Ottawa’s most scenic corridors, including the scenic Sir John A. Macdonald and Aviation Parkways and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Rideau Canal with its renowned NCC tulip beds.

All events begin and end at the Canadian War Museum. Each registered participant will be issued their own numbered bib which is their ticket to enjoy complimentary food and beverages, children’s activities and entertainment for people of all ages.  



May 10-14

Ottawa Children’s Festival For three decades, the Ottawa Children’s Festival has presented a six-day extravaganza of the finest quality theatre, dance and music for young audiences. We’ve staged an abundance of award-winning artists from around the globe and made wide-eyed children out of attendees of all ages! LeBreton Flats Park & La Nouvelle Scène (Ottawa, ON) / Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau, QC)


May 12-14

With over 42,000 fans in 2016, Ottawa Comiccon is the Capital Region’s biggest pop culture event. From comic books to sci-fi, table top games to anime, video games to horror, it’s an event for everyone with a sense for passion. It’s a great place to discover independent artists and their creations, numerous merchants selling rare comic books, exclusive toys, pop culture-inspired apparel, well-established companies in the industry and other great surprises along the way…. With over 100 activities, including autographs, photo ops, panels, Q&As, workshops, table top gaming and more, Ottawa Comiccon is THE pop culture event that will leaving wanting for more.

May 12-21

Science Odyssey is back! You can now register your events and activities through the online submission form and be part of these 10 days of discovery and innovation across Canada! Stay tuned for the launch of our new website in April! Science Odyssey is a ten-day national campaign of discovery and innovation. It celebrates Canadian achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by bringing together hundreds of events and science outreach leaders to deliver fun, engaging and inspiring activities to Canadians of all ages.

What to expect? Events include science-to-the-street celebrations, labs opening their doors to the public, science fairs, talks and conferences, school field trips, encounters with researchers and scientists, visits to museums and science centres, community organizations hosting scientific events, online activities, and much more. Science Odyssey has activities for all audiences, but is particularly geared towards inspiring and engaging youth—the next generation of science leaders.

May 12-22

“One Tulip ~ One Canada” – Celebrate Canada’s 150th at Ottawa’s multi-award-winning 65th Canadian Tulip Festival.

This flagship festival showcases the Capital’s official flower as a symbol of international friendship with millions of tulips! This year’s special 65th anniversary program offers activities at four official sites as well as breathtaking Tulipmania Fireworks set to music, guided tours, vintage military displays paying tribute to our veterans, and the WWII liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian troops; and restaurant and hotel special offers. Explore four distinct experiences at venues cross the City:

Lansdowne Park Tulip Gallery – Friendship, Floral and Art Tulip Experience featuring floral exhibits and installations from artists across Canada, the Tulip Café in Aberdeen, interactive family programming, arts and crafts.

Commissioners Park – Garden Tulip Experience with show-stopping, mass-planted tulip beds.

ByWard Tulip Park(ing) – Urban Tulip Experience bringing tulips to the downtown market.

Tulips on the Garden Promenade – City Tulip Tour Experience that showcases the best of Ottawa’s public gardens.

May 13

Beauty and the Beast  comes to the main stage at Centrepointe Theatres on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce your family to theatre and dance while providing valued entertainment. Dance is storytelling through movement and music. Colorful scenery, moving sets and lively music are sure to capture the attention of young and old as the performers dance…  Ottawa’s Performing Ballet School, Les Petits Ballets, together with professional guest dancers, is bringing the story of Beauty and the Beast to the stage in its’ unique interpretation of the popular and much loved children’s fairy tale.

May 14

Tendre: Danse, théâtre, art clownesque | 3 ans et + | 45 min

Ils sont deux : un garçon, une fille. Ils sont pris ensemble, liés par un grand élastique rouge. Lui, il s’en réjouit : il tire sur l’élastique pour l’attirer. Elle, ça l’énerve! Qu’est-ce qu’on fait? Parfois contraignant, ce lien offre surtout des possibilités infinies! Il ne représente ni une menace ni un rapport de force, mais une matière avec laquelle on peut créer ensemble. Ce qui nous sépare est cela même qui nous unit! Une réjouissante expérience à la croisée de la danse, du théâtre et de l’art clownesque.
Thèmes abordés : vivre ensemble, les rapprochements et la collaboration.

May 19-20

Spring Craft Market in Manotick

May 20

Peter and the Wolf with Rick Mercer at the NAC

Join the fun with the NAC Orchestra’s Musical Menagerie, including excerpts from Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals and comedian Rick Mercer’s retelling of Prokofiev’s classic tale Peter and the Wolf.

May 24

Africa Day in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, Ottawa celebrates the contribution of 30 African countries’ rich cultural heritage with a showcase of its food, music, dance and more! Free admission. Horticulture Building at Lansdowne, 1525 Princess Patricia Way.



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