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.


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 antidotes, breath work, and how to start a daily practice.

Some yoga mats are available for use but please bring a cushion if possible.

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Councillor’s Lounge

  • Wednesday, September 12 and 19, noon to 1 pm
  • Friday, September 28, noon to 1 pm
  • Tuesday, October 2, noon to 1 pm
  • Wednesdays, October 10 to 31, noon to 1 pm
  • Wednesday, November 7, 14 and 21, noon to 1 pm
  • Thursday, November 29, noon to 1 pm
  • Wednesday, December 5, 12 and 19, 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.

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:

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. 

November 1 to 4, 2018
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

613-580-2424 ext. 41238

Vendor List

  • 5 Canucks
  • AEA Originals by Andrea
  • All About Your Birthday
  • All Through the House
  • Amber Goes Violet
  • Aromas Naturales Inc.
  • Arpents Vert Alpaca
  • Arrowsmith Leather
  • Bailey Brown Pottery
  • Bee by the Sea Natural Products Inc.
  • Bee Savvy
  • Bombshell Revival Designs
  • Bruce County Nut & Fudge Co.
  • Calico Black Studio
  • Carmichael Meats
  • Catharine's Heritage Santa Dolls
  • Christy's Gourmet Gifts
  • Cindy Laneville
  • Comfee Living
  • Cooks Gourmet
  • Cori Lee Marvin - Marvindale
  • Créations Grande Ourse
  • Creations Lise
  • Cross Wind Farm
  • D W Art Studio
  • DaBABY
  • D'aku Designs
  • Danny Pollak Accessories
  • De l'arbre à votre table
  • Devine Fine Jewellery
  • Earth to Body
  • Ed Ambros Art
  • Eklektika
  • EMA Design Treasures
  • Everything Nice
  • Fine Wood Ornaments
  • Frank's Catering & Baked Goods
  • Funk Your Junk
  • Fusion Art
  • Gourmet Pleasures
  • Grazyna Jankowska
  • Green Stone Granite
  • GÜ Krea..Shun
  • Hard Cider Kitchen
  • Henderson Farms
  • In a Box Creations
  • Jaboli II
  • Jane Snider Pottery
  • Joseph Henri
  • Joshua Tree Jewellery
  • Judi Myers Studio
  • Judy Joannou Designs
  • julie thibault
  • Just Because
  • Just Me
  • Kinderhook Crafts
  • Krazy Kitty
  • Kricklewood Farm
  • Kül Werks
  • La Confiserie Wakefield
  • La Glasserie
  • La Petite Paysanne
  • Lanark Sheepskin
  • Le Saladier
  • Levair's Woodworking
  • Live Edge Creations
  • Lobel Creations
  • Log House Cottage
  • Lynn's Aprons & Crafts
  • Mad Cap Hats
  • Manitoulin Crafts / Hawberry Farms
  • MGC Glassworks
  • Mic's Woodland Creations
  • Moose Creek Co
  • Muskoka Pewter
  • Myrosia Humeniuk
  • Nautilos
  • Northern Smittens
  • Of Stone and Metal
  • Pargem Designs
  • Parqizrs
  • Pat's Baby Corner
  • Peggy's Passions
  • Pet Creations
  • Pine Lodge
  • Pure Heart Essentials
  • Quilts and Creations
  • Rebecca Menard
  • Riverlights Stained Glassworks
  • Rocks Afire
  • Rue Royale Stone
  • S. Cross Creations
  • ScarfLady
  • Sew KOOL
  • Shoes and Champagne
  • Simply Devine Paverpol
  • Skinlicious Soaps
  • Smocking by Jan
  • Solar Woodcuts
  • Spoon Art
  • Sprague Woodturning
  • Sprucewood Handmade Cookie Co.
  • Sticklings Bakery
  • Stone Era \ Ere de Pierre
  • Stony Lake Bear Co.
  • Sun Sweet Catering
  • Syb Collection
  • The Bean Ladies Inc
  • The Candle Lamp Shop
  • The French Laundry
  • The Little Russia
  • The Living Canvas
  • The Sun Works
  • The Whimsical Geek
  • The Wild Wood
  • Tivoli Quilt Creation
  • Tom Evans Woodcrafts
  • Tracy's Wine Jellies
  • Tuscany Concrete
  • Two Bite Sweets
  • Uptown Sox
  • VC Jewellery
  • Victorian Essence
  • Village Treats
  • Wander with Wool
  • Wicked Gourmet
  • Woodline Creations
  • Woolens for Ewe

Trick or Swim or Skate

This Halloween, give the ghosts and goblins at your door a treat that they’re sure to love!

During the month of October, the City of Ottawa is offering Trick or Swim or Skate tickets as a healthy and fun alternative to the traditional candy overload. Kids ages three to 15 can redeem their ticket from November 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019 during regular scheduled public and family swims and skates at City pools and select arenas.

Tickets are affordably priced at only $10 for 10 tickets, and are available at the following locations:

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