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Events and specials

Activities at City Hall

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

Chamberfest - Bring the Kids Concerts

Chamberfest’s visiting artists give fun, family-friendly, and interactive performances that teach young people about music-making in small ensembles. Chamberfest is the world’s largest chamber music festival, presenting 15 days of early music, core repertoire, contemporary music and fringe in churches and venues across downtown Ottawa.

Jean Pigott Place

  • July 25
    • 10 am to 11 am
  • August 1 and 3
    • 10 am to 11 am

Listen/Hear

The Listen/Hear live ambient music performance series takes place presented by Debaser in partnership with the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition.

Jean Pigott Place

  • June 24
    • noon to 1 pm
  • July 8, 15, 22 and 29
    • noon to 1 pm
  • August 12, 19 and 26
    • noon to 1 pm
  • September 9
    • noon to 1 pm

Masala Bhangra

Masala Bhangra is a lifestyle program where the Dhol Drum beats meets the glamour of Bollywood. With easy to follow choreography, participants are encouraged to move, touch and inspire! People of all ages are nurtured in changing their lives, empowering their minds and strengthening their bodies through the power of expressing themselves with movement.

Marion Dewar Plaza

  • July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    • noon to 1 pm

Moov Ottawa Dance

Moov Ottawa Dance presents Th3rd Fridays: Street Dance Battles

The only monthly Street Dance Battles in the city. These events are organized by Alea de Castro and Arnaldo Betancourt Silva, but made possible by the city's Street Dance community and Ottawa folk! This all ages and all skill level event is free to attend and open to the public.

Marion Dewar Plaza

  • July 19
    • 7 pm to 9 pm

Move Camp

Free bodyweight workout series providing a lunchtime fitness class to all Ottawa residents of all fitness levels.

Courtyard

  • June 27
    • noon to 1 pm
  • July 4, 11, and 18
    • noon to 1 pm

Musicians’ Association of Ottawa-Gatineau

Program Description: The City of Ottawa, in partnership with the Musicians Association of Ottawa-Gatineau and the Music Performance Trust Fund. This series will feature many of the finest Musicians in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Please come and join us to hear some great relaxing jazz.

City Hall

  • August 9, 16, 23, and 30
    • noon to 1 pm

Nordic Walking

Learn the technique and the benefits of walking with poles. The poles take the pressure off your hips and knees while increasing your heart rate. Please bring a water bottle, sun protection, comfortable walking shoes and a smile. Loaner poles will be provided. Come and enjoy this beautiful part of our great City!

Marion Dewar Plaza

  • July 15, 22, and 29
    • 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Ottawa Dance Directive

Ottawa Dance Directive invites you to join its dancers as they move through the public spaces of City Hall. A sound and dance collaboration, this improvised performance will surprise, connect, and delight the audience at every turn. Join us for some summertime contemporary dance antics.

City Hall

  • July 22 and 29
    • noon to 1 pm
  • August 12, 2019
    • noon to 1 pm

Salsa at City Hall

Salsa at City Hall is a free weekly Latin social dance event. With these events, we aim to bring the joy of Latin dancing (salsa, bachata, cha-cha, merengue) to people who have yet to discover it, as well as to those who already live it. Each party starts with a one-hour dance lesson, followed by social dancing and performances throughout the evening with some of the best Latin DJ’s the city has to offer.

Rink of Dreams (in case of rain: Jean-Pigott Place)

  • July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31
    • 6 pm to 11 pm
  • August 7, 14, 21, and 28
    • 6 pm to 11 pm

Salsa Babies

Join Salsa Babies Ottawa for free Salsa Babies classes this summer! With little ones snuggled in to baby carriers, Salsa Babies™ offers a great workout, a chance to socialize and an opportunity to introduce one’s child to music and movement.

Jean Pigott Place

  • August 8, 15, 22, and 29
    • noon to 1 pm

Salsa Tots

Salsa Babies Ottawa is the original provider of Latin dance and fitness classes for families in the Ottawa area. Our Salsa Bellies™ and Salsa Babies™ programs are perfect for expecting and new parents. While our Salsa Tots™ and Salsa Kids™ classes will get older kids moving to our unique Latin Beat!

Jean Pigott Place

  • August 8, 15, 22, and 29
    • 10 am to 11 am

Tai Chi

The regular practice of the Taoist Tai Chi® arts promotes health and relieves stress. Try the Taoist Tai Chi® set.

Marion Dewar Plaza

  • August 7, 14, 21, and 28
    • noon to 1 pm

Yoga

Working to support you in finding peace within, while developing and maintaining a strong and flexible body and mind. Some yoga mats will be available, bring your own if possible. Suitable for all levels.

Lisgar Field

  • July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30
    • noon to 1 pm
  • August 6, 13, 20, and 27
    • noon to 1 pm

Big band dances

Swing the night away

Big Band Dances

 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 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.

2019 Dances

  • June 6
  • September 19
    • Main & Abbott Dance Band
    • Barcode 1483845
  • December 5
    • ​​​​​​​The Starlighters
    • Barcode 1503163

Admission

  • $21 per person in advance
  • $25 per person at the door

Location

Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre

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Sponsored by

The Wellings of Stittsville, Baja Burger Shack, Newport Restaurant, The Musicians' Association of Ottawa-Gatineau, Big Band Ottawa, Main & Abbott Dance Band, 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:

Christmas craft show

Find unique one-of-a-kind items at the Christmas Craft Show, featuring over 140 talented artisans, artists and designers and their creations including clothing, jewellery, gourmet food and Christmas decorations. 

October 24 to 27, 2019

Hours

  • Thursday: 10 am to 8 pm
  • Friday: 10 am to 9 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm

Admission:

  • Adults: $6
  • Seniors/Youth: $4
  • Children (under 12) Free
  • 2 for 1 Admission: Thursday All Day

Free Parking
Nepean Sportsplex
1701 Woodroffe Avenue

Information: sportsplexchristmascraftshow@ottawa.ca
613-580-2424 ext. 41238

Trick or Swim or Skate

Trick treat or swim tickets are no longer available. They will be back on sale October 2019.

Be sure to use your 2018 tickets before January 31, 2019. Kids ages three to 15 can redeem their tickets from November 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019 during regularly scheduled public or family swims and skates at City pools and select arenas.

Tickets are not valid for wave swims or specialty skating sessions.