May 5


613fleaaberdeen-crowd-logo-sm-rt.jpgArtisans and makers come together with antiques dealers and independent boutiques to create an amazing market that is fun, fabulous and free! 100 vendors featuring a vast array of the coolest stuff in town.
Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank St., Ottawa (10am-4pm).



Superhero Saturday – Free Comic Book Day

Mission card pick up:
BIA Office at 136 Bridge Street, and Total Rhythm Dance Studio at 55 Lansdowne Ave.
(please note: no mission card, no comic book. One mission card per family).

A rain or shine event!

Event day information will be updated on a regular basis. Please continue to watch this page for updates.

The Downtown Carleton Place BIA is pleased to welcome you to the 8th Annual BIA FREE Comic Book Day. For eight years this event has provided an opportunity to showcase the downtown and its family-friendly atmosphere of Carleton Place. This is a chance for everyone to promote their business to the numerous visitors that will be in our community over the day.

The event occurs in the BIA district of the Downtown Carleton Place. It is a business to business event and participants will be able to pick up mission cards that list participating businesses. FREE Comic Book Days as it says. Mission Cards will be distributed which indicate the participating businesses who will have free comic books. Free Comic Books will be distributed while quantities last, one mission card per family and the mission card distributor reserves the right to limit the distribution of mission cards.



May 5-6

Jane’s Walk 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. 


Come join us for stories and a craft that will make you want to soar like a superhero. You are encouraged to come in costume! Public Library, Main Branch.


 May 6

CN Cycle 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 11-13

Ottawa Comiccon 2018

Fans are encouraged (but not obliged) to come dressed as their favorite pop culture characters, be they from movies, TV, video games or comics. It culminates at the Masquerade, the big costuming competition that brings in judges from across the globe, over 40 competitors, and close to 2000 fans to cheer them on when they hit the big stage.

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May 11-15

Ottawa Children’s Festival

A celebration of the performing arts for young audiences and their families, featuring the finest in theatre, dance, arts and music from highly acclaimed international and local artists.




May 11-21

Canadian Tulip Festival

This annual world-famous festival centres around Ottawa’s love affair with the tulip, with a million tulips blooming in public areas, including 250,000 blooms in Commissioners Park near Dows Lake.



May 12

Bird Day

Image of 2016 Bird Day EventCelebrate the return of the migratory birds! Nature Canada is collaborating with the Ottawa Children’s Festival.


 Les Petits Ballets’ Peter Pan

Ottawa’s Performing Ballet School, Les Petits Ballets, together with  professional guest dancers, is bringing its’ enchanting version of the  classic story of Peter Pan to the stage on Saturday, May 12,  2018. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce your family to  theatre and dance while providing valued entertainment. Colorful  costumes, spectacular scenery, and lively music are sure to delight and  engage all members of your family.



Mother’s Day Brunch

Treat Mom to an amazing brunch experience at the Museum! No cooking or dishes to worry about!

26 lettres à danser

Abécédaire dansé interactif et multidisciplinaire, le spectacle 26 lettres à danser propose un voyage au coeur des lettres et des mots. Dans cette création ludique et audacieuse, quatre danseurs dégourdis jouent avec les enfants et vont même jusqu’à tester leurs connaissances. De A à Z, ça bouge!


May 16-Sept 3

The Art of the Brick

Artist Nathan Sawaya presents a critically acclaimed collection of inspiring artworks is made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world: the LEGO® brick. From child’s toy to sophisticated art form and beyond, the world’s largest display of LEGO art ever features original pieces as well as re-imagined versions of the world’s most famous art masterpieces like Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.



May 17-20

Ottawa Dressage Festival

International dressage competition featuring Eastern Canada’s best riders. Free admission.


May 18-19

Harry’s Musical World

Harry's Musical WorldJoin the Ottawa Pops Orchestra on a magical journey through the Musical  World of Harry Potter. This immersive concert and light show features  music from all 8 movies by John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas  Hooper, and Alexandre Desplat. Enjoy two nights of this concert which is  not to be missed by any witch, wizard, or muggle. Come in your finest  dress robes or house colours, and prepare to be spellbound as the music  comes to life. 



May 19-20

Sheep Shearing Festival

It’s time for sheep to be shorn! Highlights include shearing demonstrations, border collies at work, spinning, weaving, felt-making and more.


May 24-27

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach is a musical for the  whole family to enjoy! When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop  down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a  tremendous peach… and launches him into a fantastic journey. James  finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized  insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from  the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and  plenty of disagreements. 


May 25-Jun 2

The Happening 

This year we are excited to collaborate with the Hintonburg Community Association ArtsPark to make one jam-packed family-friendly party at Parkdale Park! Join us to for a variety of performances and activities from morning to night, including live music, artisan crafts, dance performances, tons of interactive kids activities, and an art throw down. Enjoy food by Seed To Sausage, Carleton Tavern, Merry Dairy, and craft beer gardens featuring Beyond The Pale, Vimy Brewing and Tooth & Nail. Check out the full schedule of performances, activities, and participants here. As always, admission is free! We will be collecting donations to fund arts grants for the Wellington West community. Cash only for food and drink. There is something for everyone, so stop by and celebrate what makes Wellington West unique!Enjoy an art, music, fashion and food festival that celebrates what makes the Hintonburg neighbourhood unique.


May 26


Superheroes abound in an afternoon of movie and classical favourites, with a super-sized 140-member orchestra conducted by Alexander Shelley. The NAC Orchestra and Ottawa Youth Orchestra combine forces, performing music celebrating the men and women who’ve inspired historical and fictional legends, from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and to John Williams’s Superman. Costumes encouraged for concertgoers of all ages!



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