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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.


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 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. 

2019 dates to be announced


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


  • 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

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.