Over the last weekend of May each year, Canada’s Capital buzzes with excitement as thousands of participants and spectators take part in the popular Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. In addition to the race festivities, there are many other events and activities to choose from between May 26 to May 28, 2017—including special celebrations in honour of Canada 150th anniversary of Confederation! Here are just a few highlights:
Ottawa Race Weekend Celebration Stage (May 26-May 28)
Enjoy free live entertainment as well as delicious local craft beer from Beau’s All Natural at the Celebration Stage at Ottawa City Hall’s Festival Plaza. Canadian musical acts include The Split, Medhi Cayenne and Whitehorse.
Nature Nocturne (May 26)
Dance the night away in the historic and castle-like Canadian Museum of Nature during this month’s Nature Nocturne! Enjoy multiple dance floors with live music and DJs, interactive activities (with many fun photo opportunities), as well as food and beverage options spread out over four floors of world-class museum exhibitions.
Inspiration Village (May 20-September 4)
Check out special exhibits and performances celebrating all things Canadian at Inspiration Village in the historic ByWard Market neighbourhood. This new and edgy installation of transformed sea shipping containers is open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. While you’re there, take a selfie at the huge OTTAWA sign and share it with us on social media using the hashtag #MyOttawa!
Ottawa Welcomes the World—Ethiopia (May 28)
Experience Ethiopia’s rich cultural heritage through its food, music, dance and more at the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne. Ethiopia is one of more than 75 countries being featured throughout 2017 during the Ottawa Welcomes the World series of events. Admission is free!
Odawa Pow Wow (May 27-28)
Connect with Canada’s aboriginal culture at the annual Odawa Pow Wow. This free event features competition pow wow dancing and singing, an Aboriginal arts and craft market, as well as Aboriginal cuisine like moose and cariboo.
Home to seven national museums as well as several local institutions, Canada’s Capital is a culture lover’s paradise! Explore Ottawa’s past at the Bytown Museum; catch the Hockey exhibit at the Canadian Museum of History; commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge at the Canadian War Museum; and explore Canadian and Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada.