What's Happening This Weekend in Ottawa and Area

Winterlude continues! There are dozens of events on every day until February 20, with a majority taking place on weekends.

You can find events all over the National Capital Region. There are festivities at Lansdowne Park, Confederation Park and Jacques-Cartier Park, as well as the ByWard Market, Marion Dewar Plaza and the Canadian Museum of History.

You can view a list of all Winterlude events at http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1416604337784/

The Rideau Canal Skateway is fully open. You can skate on all 7.8km of the World’s Largest Skateway this weekend. Check ice conditions anytime at http://rcs.ncc-ccn.ca/

You can also check out Animal tracking on snowshoes at Gatineau Park. Every weekend until March 12. In English: Saturday at 1:30 pm; Sunday at 10:30 am In French: Saturday at 10:30 am; Sunday at 1:30 pm. What animal made these tracks in the snow? How do animals survive in the winter? Take a free guided snowshoe hike with a nature interpreter, and find out. Snowshoes are provided for this free, two-hour activity.

For those who love to LOL IRL, the Alterna Savings Crack-Up is hosting events at various locations around the city. On Saturday at TD Place Stadium, the comedy festival is holding its yearly Snowmania Challenge, aiming to set a Guinness World Record by building 3000 snowmen in one hour. You’re asked to be there at 11:00 a.m. Snowman building starts at 12:00 p.m. sharp.

From 8:00PM to 10:30PM, watch the Second City All Stars at the Algonquin Commons Theatre (1385 Woodroffe Ave. Building E.) featuring Neil Crone, Katherine Greenwood, Lisa Merchant and Ed Sahely, emceed by Patrick McKenna.

On Sunday, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., it’s the Crackup Comedy Gala, with Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau and Mary Walsh, at the Infinity Convention Centre (2901 Gibford Drive). The Gala will feature a special tribute to comedy legend John Candy. You can find all event details here: http://www.crackup.ca/events/

If you have an event coming up, email details to community@cfra.com