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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.

2018 Dances

  • February 8 - Love is in the Air featuring, The Starlighters (Barcode: 1127904)
  • June 14 - Summer Breeze featuring, The Pharaohs (Barcode 1158430)
  • July 12 - Red and White Ball featuring, The Starlighters (Barcode 1158435)
  • December 6 - Winter Ball featuring, The Pharaohs (Barcode 1399977)


  • $20.50 per person in advance
  • $24.50 per person at the door


Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre 

Want to learn or brush up on your ballroom dancing skills or purchase tickets online? Recreation Guide.

Sponsored by

The Wellings of Stittsville, Baja Burger Shack, Newport Restaurant, The Musicians' Association of Ottawa-Gatineau, 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.

Fisher Park Community Centre

Goulbourn Recreation Complex

Nepean Sportsplex

Ray Friel Recreation Complex

Walter Baker Sports Centre

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. 

613-580-2424 ext. 41238
Nepean Sportsplex
1701 Woodroffe Avenue

New applicants

Application forms for the 2018 Christmas Craft Show are due March 31, 2018.

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'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.

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Jean Pigott Place

  • August 1, 3, 7 and 9 at 10 am

Indigenous Walks

Join us for a free guided walk and talk through the Nation's Capital as we explore social, political, cultural, and artistic spaces from an indigenous perspective!

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Starting at Marion Dewar Plaza

  • July 5, August 9, and September 6, noon to 1 pm

Japanese Cultural Day Event

The 14th Annual Natsu Matsuri will bring together Japanese performers and booths for a celebration of Japanese culture and community. This event is organized by the Jet Alumni Association of Ottawa (JETAA Ottawa) with the support of local Japan-related associations and businesses.

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Marion Dewar Plaza

  • July 22, 11 am to 4 pm

Masala Bhangra

Masala Bhangra is a cardio/dance workout for all fitness levels with Bhangra and Bollywood music and moves. Dance to the beat of the dhol and burn 500 calories an hour during your lunch break.

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Lisgar Field

  • Wednesdays, July 4 to August 29, noon to 1 pm


We do so much to take care of our body but do we apply the same attention to our minds? Join us for a fulfilling dose of guided meditation, helping us to achieve increased levels of stillness, peace, clarity and most of all happiness. Participants will learn a variety of meditation-related topics such as: the benefits of meditation, proper posture, obstacles and anitdotes, breath work, and how to start a daily practice.

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Councillor’s Lounge

  • Thursdays, July 12 and 19, noon to 1 pm
  • Monday, July 23, noon to 1 pm
  • Thursdays, August 2 to 16, noon to 1 pm
  • Thursday, August 30, noon to 1 pm

Nordic Walk Workshop

Come and learn the basics, or improve upon your technique. Nina LePage, a master Urban Poling Instructor, will show you how to use Nordic Walking poles. If you want to get a good, all round workout then come and give Nordic walking a try. You burn up to 40% more calories and you strengthen not only the upper body and core but your posture and balance will improve. If you love the outdoors, this is the sport for you!

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Marion Dewar Plaza

  • July 10, August 7, and September 11, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Rama Lotus Yoga

Instructors from Rama Lotus Yoga Centre will lead an all-levels yoga class through the summer. These classes will give you an opportunity to find peace in the middle of your day, while developing a balance of strength and flexibility through body and mind. Some yoga mats will be available for use, but please bring your own if possible.

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Rama Lotus Yoga will also be at Lansdowne.

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Marion Dewar Plaza

  • Tuesdays, July 24 to August 28, noon to 1 pm

Salsa at City Hall

Hosted by both Azucar! Latin Dance Company and Jose Sandoval Dance, Salsa at City Hall is a weekly Latin dance social. This event is for people of all ages and includes an introductory class each week into one of the many forms of Latin Dance. Whether you are a seasoned dancer, novice or never stepped on the dance floor, come and join us this summer and be welcomed to the Ottawa salsa scene!

Salsa at City Hall

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Marion Dewar Plaza

  • Wednesdays, July 4 to August 29, 6 pm to 11 pm

Dance classes by Salsa Babies Ottawa

Salsa Tots

Designed for children 18 months to 5 years, who have outgrown the carrier and are ready to dance on their own two feet! Featuring original latin music, Salsa Tots™ combines movement and play with lively rhythms that parents and kids can both enjoy! You’ll find keeping up with your little one in our 45 min class will get your heart rate up and you will be a great role model for your child. Music, dance and play are important at any age! By fully engaging in the program along with your child, not only will you be reinforcing their experience but you will find you are enjoying yourself and feeling like a kid again.

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Jean Pigott Place

  • Mondays, July 9 to August 27, 10 am to 11 am
  • No class August 6

Salsa Babies

Dance and move with the best little partner of all – your baby! With little ones snuggled in to baby carriers, Salsa Babies™ offers a great workout, a chance to socialize with other parents and an opportunity to introduce one’s child to music and movement. Not to mention, it’s perfect for people who have always wanted to learn to dance, but could never convince their partner to take lessons! Classes are appropriate for babies 6 to 8 weeks of age and up and for parents with any fitness level and dance experience.

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Jean Pigott Place

  • Mondays, July 9 to August 27, 11 am to noon
  • No class August 6

Latin Dance

Get moving and dancing to the hottest new and old Latin hits. Learn the basic steps for salsa, merengue and bachata in a group setting and relaxed atmosphere. Any level of fitness and dance experience is welcome!

Jean Pigott Place

  • Mondays, July 9 to August 27, noon to 1 pm
  • No class August 6

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Taoist Tai Chi ®

The regular practice of the Taoist Tai Chi ® arts promotes health and relieves stress. Join us for free beginner classes.

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Marion Dewar Plaza

  • Wednesdays, July 4 to August 29noon to 1 pm