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Events, gifts and specials

Gift certificates

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Gift certificates are available for purchase at City of Ottawa recreation or culture facilities.

  • Gift certificates can be redeemed at recreation facilities or Client Service Centres to register for the program of your choice.
  • You can also request the value of the gift certificate be credited to your account for later use during online registration.

Big band dances

Swing the night away

 Enjoy the sounds of Ottawa’s best Big Bands at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre (Lakeside Gardens), Britannia Park.

Enjoy the sounds of Ottawa’s best big bands at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, in Britannia Park. No dance experience necessary; singles and couples welcome! Dress is casual, but if you are celebrating a special event, black tie is optional! We have lots of room for dancing plus we are wheel chair accessible.

Doors open at 6:30 pm with the band playing from 7 pm to 10:30 pm.

Reasonably priced alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages by the Newport Restaurant, cash only please. Keep up your energy for dancing with a light buffet of sandwiches, fruit platters, dessert squares, tea and coffee halfway through the evening.

2020 Dances

  • September 17 - cancelled
  • December 3 - cancelled
    • Main and Abbott Dance Band
    • Barcode 1553114


  • $21.75 per person in advance
  • $25.75 per person at the door


Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre

Want to learn or brush up on your ballroom dancing skills? Browse our classes

Sponsored by

Baja Burger Shack, Newport Restaurant, Main and Abbott Dance Band, The Pharaohs, The Starlighters,The Lakeside Players, Ottawa Valley Tours, and Fifty Five Plus Magazine.

Birthday party packages

Skip the work and plan your next birthday party with the City of Ottawa. Our recreation facilities offer a fun, safe and affordable place to party with friends and family. Private rooms, well equipped kitchens, and at some locations, even event coordinators are available. All your birthday parties can be simple and stress free. Contact your neighbourhood recreation centre for more information.

Party in our pool

Splish! Splash! Under the watchful eye of well trained lifeguards, our indoor swimming and wave pools offer group rates for the perfect spot to host a birthday party. Select pools have rooms to rent to complete the party with your snacks and cake. Contact your neighbourhood pool for more information.

Party on the ice

Slip on your skates for a private rental or join a public skating session! After enjoying your ice activity, rent a room at select arenas to serve your hot chocolate and cake. To book ice time contact our City Wide Allocations staff.

Specialized parties

Many recreation facilities offer themed or specialized parties to make your child’s birthday a special one! Qualified staff will customize games, sports and crafts for a perfect celebration! Our Arts Centres offer creative workshops such as multi-media, drama, jazz dance, pottery and even clowning!

Contact the facilities below for more information:

Activities at City Hall

All recreation and cultural facilities, including recreation complexes, community centres, arenas, swimming pools, theatres and museums will be closed, until further notice.

Later this month, the City of Ottawa will begin a phased reopening of services and programs impacted by COVID-19. More details will be provided as services resume. Learn more about Ottawa’s reopening plan and new safety measures.

A people place for all seasons! Ottawa City Hall is home to the Rink of Dreams, the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, Karsh-Masson GalleryCity Hall Art Gallery and Barbara Ann Scott Gallery. It is also a venue for many community events and festivals, regular weekly programs, and special events.

Christmas Craft Show

Find unique one-of-a-kind items at the Christmas Craft Show, featuring over 125 talented artisans, artists and designers and their creations including clothing, jewellery, gourmet food and Christmas decorations.

2020 dates to be announced. 

Free parking
Nepean Sportsplex
1701 Woodroffe Avenue