Ottawa, we have arrived.The sun is shining, the air is warm and that pesky white substance we refer to as snow is no longer lining our streets, or—more importantly—in our driveways. Spring is here! And, in typical Ottawa fashion, the city has come out of hibernation, filling patios, planting gardens and readying itself for the warmest months of the year. We know you’re in need of very little encouragement to start embracing the outdoors and stock up on your supply of Vitamin D, but we wanted to add to the Spring Fever by listing some of the events we are most looking forward to.
See you in the open air, Ottawans:
The National Capital Region will welcome TimeRaiser back for its 7th edition, and this time, it is being held in the stunning Horticulture building at Lansdowne. On Thursday, April 28, join hundreds of art lovers and bid on the work of up and coming Canadian artists in a silent auction. The catch? Instead of bidding with money, prepare to bid with your time! If you’re the lucky winner, your time is donated to the charity of your choice and you’ll go home with a beautiful piece of artwork. There is a growing culture of supporting the arts in Ottawa, and TimeRaiser is a great example of how our community repeatedly comes together to support each other.
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Discover one of Ottawa’s liveliest neighbourhoods at the Hintonburg Happening festival, taking place from May 6- May 14. The festival celebrates local artists, designers, musicians & businesses to showcase the unique character of the Hintonburg neighbourhood. Over 20 local businesses have banded together to put on unique events like a “beard competition” at Mint Hair Studio, a pottery workshop at LOAM Clay Studio, an inside look at the art of the cocktail at Carben Food + Drink and much, much more!
One of the most popular and renowned events of the year in Ottawa, the Canadian Tulip Festival is hailed as the largest tulip festival in the world and allows locals and tourists alike the opportunity to waltz through a garden of colourful tulips in bloom. This year, the festival takes place between May 12 – May 23, allowing festivalgoers access to outdoor events, art displays, live performances and a licensed area to savor the tastes of international beer, wine, and cuisine. As part of the festival’s custom, fireworks will light up the night sky on
May 12 and May 23rd from 9 – 9:30 p.m!
Relish the opportunity to sample one of Ottawa’s newest craft breweries, Bicycle Brewery, at Spring Bikes & Biergarten on May 14th. To welcome the warm weather the brewery has invited local musicians and food trucks to entertain and feed guests while they partake in carnival games and sip lots and lots of local, craft beer. Couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon! Stay tuned to their event page for location announcement and
New to Ottawa this year, City of Om 2016 will take at Ottawa’s Lansdowne Park on Saturday, June 4. This full-day festival invites yogis to take indoor & outdoor classes accompanied by live music, local artisans and food vendors. A 5K run along the canal is also in the day’s itinerary. The yoga life is all about balance and this community-driven event wraps up with an after party at the new Pure Kitchen location on Elgin St. that promises not to disappoint!