What's Happening This Weekend in Ottawa and Area

It’s the wearin’ o’ the green this weekend in Ottawa! St. Patrick’s Day events are on all day Saturday, March 11, starting with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade starts at City Hall at 11:00 a.m. and makes its way to Lansdowne.

The following roads will be closed:

  • Westbound lanes on Laurier Avenue between Nicholas Street and Elgin Street (7:30 a.m. to noon)
  • Laurier Avenue from City Hall to Bank Street
  • Bank Street from Laurier Avenue to Marché Way (Lansdowne Park)

OC Transpo routes 1, 2, 5, 7 and 14 will be on detour during the road closures. Customers can catch the affected routes along adjacent corridors at temporary bus stops. Please visit octranspo.com for more information and to plan your transit trip.

Roads will reopen and bus routes will go back to normal as the parade passes.

Immediately following the parade, enjoy Beau’s St. Patrick’s Party at the Aberdeen Pavilion. This event runs until 11:00 p.m. with live music from The Peelers, Bodh'aktan, and BLAKDENIM, 12+ Beau’s Beers on Tap, Guest taps from across Ontario, Irish-inspired cuisine, and traditional entertainment, activities, and more. http://www.stpatricksparty.ca/about/

You can find many more St. Patrick’s Day events throughout the next week, by visiting the Irish Society of the National Capital Region here: http://www.irishsocietyncr.com/eventsUpcoming.html

The Canadian Museum of History is launching its latest exhibit Hockey in Canada: More than just a game! on Friday March 10. It runs until October 8. Trace the sport’s evolution through historic highlight reels, interactive components and one-of-a-kind artifacts. Explore the places where Canadians live and breathe hockey: from dressing room to press-box, rink to corporate boardroom, players’ bench to the backyard game. Find out why hockey holds pride of place in the hearts of Canadians.


The Canadian Museum of History also presents all-ages March Break activities, exploring the evolution of play, inspired by the future Canadian History Hall’s three signature galleries: Early Canada (up to 1763), Colonial Canada (1763–1914) and Modern Canada (1914 to present day). Discover traditional First Peoples games such as ring-and-pin, string games, lahal, and hand-shadow puppets. Try skittles, and see how the game has changed from the version popular in New France. Help decorate a large, Victorian-style dollhouse, make your own doll to take home, and try colonial toys such as a Jacob’s ladder, jacks, and spin-tops. Events are available in English and French, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


The Youth Sport Expo takes place this weekend at the Bell Sensplex in Kanata. Explore a wide range of exhibitors that you can talk to about their sport and products. Hear first hand from world class athletes about their journeys, learn about proper nutrition, the science behind concussions, and so much more.

March 11 and 12. https://youthsportexpo.ca/

The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is proud to announce Maple Month, a new suite of programming during the month of March. Activities for children, families, and food lovers will tap into Canada’s iconic sweet treat, maple syrup. Visitors will explore Canadian traditions associated with this emblematic ingredient, savour maple feasts, and of course, celebrate with pancakes and maple taffy on snow.



The Mayfair Theatre presents the Ottawa Premiere of Hello Destroyer, a critically acclaimed Canadian film about the dark side of our national pastime: hockey. Plus, Hidden Figures, the true story about three African American women who were instrumental in NASA's original space program. Also, March Break matinees of the animated musical Sing, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as well as encores of the Oscar winning films Moonlight and The Salesman, AND the return of Tommy Wiseau's cult classic The Room!


And don't forget to March forward for Daylight Saving Time this weekend. Clocks move forward one hour at 2:00 a.m. Sunday. It's also advised you replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure they're working properly.

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