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Highlights of the May long weekend in Ottawa

May 15, 2018
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The Canadian Tulip Festival continues in full bloom this weekend at Lansdowne, Dow’s Lake, Commissioner’s Park, the ByWard Market and in various locations along the Rideau Canal. Visit the tulip festival website for details or read The Canadian Tulip Festival is a feast for the senses at Lansdowne May 11 to 21.


But there’s more than just the tulip festival going on. What’s Happening Ottawa provides the latest on theatre, music and outings for the entire family. Some shows sell out quickly, so be sure to look ahead at what’s happening in the coming weeks and get your tickets early.


OHS Garden Party
Horticulture Building, Lansdowne
Wednesday, May 16

This event is a delight for the senses, featuring tasting dishes, cocktails, fine wines and craft beer. There will also be an opportunity for guests to bid on live and silent auction items, and a chance to mingle with animal volunteers. All funds raised through this event will support the nearly 10,000 animals that the Ottawa Humane Society cares for each year.


Dave Smith’s Wild West Jamboree
Horticulture Building, Lansdowne
Thursday, May 17

Lasso your western spirit and join us for a wild west extravaganza! All proceeds will go to support Lives in the Balance – our campaign to build an all-new, much-needed youth treatment centre in Ottawa.


Harry's Musical World
Centrepointe Theatres
May 18 to 20

Join 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 eight movies. This concert is not to be missed by any witch, wizard, or muggle.


PD Day: Trolleys to Transitways
Nepean Museum
Friday, May 18

A perfect way to spend the day off from school! Journey through the history of transportation in Nepean from electric streetcars to modern buses. Explore our latest exhibit, City in Motion, through activities and games. We’ll build paper trolley cars, use maps to plan our own trip through town, and more.


Orienteering Ottawa Field Day
Pinhey’s Point Historic Site
Sunday, May 19

Hosted by Orienteering Ottawa, club members will be on site to introduce you to the sport of orienteering. Navigate your way through courses designed with all skill levels in mind from beginner to competitive. This is a unique way to learn a new sport and experience the beautiful grounds at Pinhey’s Point.


Lost Diamond
Shenkman Arts Centre
May 19 and 20

Le Jazz Hot Dance Company presents this story about a young princess whose world is turned upside down by rebels and flees for her life. Placed in an orphanage with amnesia her only claim to her past is a bracelet with the inscription ‘D Paris’. Will the lost princess discover her true identity?

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