What to Do in Ottawa this Weekend, Jan 31 – Feb 2


Dates: Jan 31 – Feb 17

This annual event, in and near the capital, is sure to get you out of any winter blues! From January 31 – February 17, 2020 experience festive programming and seasonal events around the downtown area and into Quebec. It is one of our top five reasons to visit Ottawa in the winter season; read more of that blog here.

The Rideau Canal is open daily (weather pending), as of January 17, 2020, yet is also included as a Winterlude experience. During this event, there is more to do than simply skating on the largest outdoor ice rink in the world and eating Beavertails (which in itself is a bucket list event). The most noteworthy events include the Triathlon on Dow’s lake, taking place February 1, and the Ice Dragon Boat Festival on February 7 and 8.

Head over to Sparks street, downtown Ottawa, for three ice carving competitions this year, the Winterlude kickoff party, interactive light displays and live outdoor performances.

Jacques Cartier Park in Quebec hosts many ‘Bal De Neige’ events, including all the snowy fun you could dream of! Skiing, zip lining, sledding, snow sculptures… and the Snowflake Kingdom which will be open Thursdays – Sundays.

There will be various competitions, events and activities in different Ottawa neighbourhoods. Click here for a calendar of the specific events. There will be an information kiosk at 90 Wellington Street, if you have questions once downtown. Click here for the free shuttle bus schedule, that transports between official sites.

If you notice one of the Ice Hog mascots, make sure to give them a friendly hug!


Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival

Dates: Jan 30 – Feb 1

What began as a weekend of simple outdoor Jazz in 1980, became a highly anticipated annual event both in the summer, and now winter seasons.

Performances are held in the evenings, at a few key locations from January 30 – February 1. There are several types of tickets that can be purchased for this event; a full festival pass, one specific day pass, or a single ticket for a certain event. Pricing for a single ticket depends on the select event. You may purchase tickets here.

Click here for a list of artists/shows.


The Lucky Ron Anniversary Show (Chateau Lafayette)

Date: Feb 1

Lucky Ron, an Ottawa country star and local legend, performs every Saturday at The Laff; Ottawa’s oldest bar. He has only missed ONE Saturday performance since 1999, due to a flight delay. He has a loyal following, who go to watch him every Saturday at 4:00pm. Get there early any Saturday to ensure you have a seat. Plan to spend some time enjoying a drink before the show as the show starts on Lucky Ron time, meaning it’s typically after 4:00pm.

Be prepared to hear random shouting, catch phrases and see some cigarettes being thrown (don’t worry, they do this every week). Stick with the regulars if you want to follow along. If you are an Ottawa local and have never seen Lucky Ron, you’ll be surprised at how busy the bar is on Saturday before dinner time.

February 1 is a special event! Each year Ron performs his anniversary show on this date, regardless of which day of the week it falls on. It just so happens it falls on his regular Saturday gig in 2020! Special guest John Carroll is starting off the show around noon. Lucky Ron will go on at his regular 4:00ish time.


Bells Corners Rocks! Australia Bushfire Fundraiser at Kichesippi

Date: Feb 1

As you should be aware, bushfires have been recently devastating the country of Australia. If you have not donated yet, this event at Kichesippi Beer Co is a fun chance to do so and come together as a community.

On Saturday, February 1, doors open at 7pm for the event. There is $5 cover which will be donated to the Bushfire relief. The brewery will be donating $1 of every 18oz sold, to the relief.

There will be live music from local bands, from 8pm-11pm, a silent auction, door prizes, and a 50/50 raffle.



Date: Feb 2


Superbowl Tailgate Party at Beyond the Pale

Beyond the Pale Brewery is hosting an indoor tailgate and Superbowl viewing event. The party will be going on all afternoon, from noon until after the game, about 11:30pm.

Space is limited, get there early or reserve a space on their website here! There will be games as well as food and beer specials. Entrance to the event itself is free, but you can purchase a ticket for discounted food on the day. The $30 ticket includes smoQued chili, 4 cheese brisket dip with nachos, double dusted wings, and an all dressed sausage dog. Click here if you wish to purchase a food ticket ahead of time.


That Big Football Game (Craft Beer Market)

Game day menu and all day happy hour at Craft Beer Market for the Superbowl! Food starting at just $4 and drinks at $3.50. There will also be entertainment before and after the game. Every TV will be showing the game.

A reservation is highly recommended, otherwise it is not guaranteed you will get a seat. Book a reservation, here.


Superbowl LIV at 3 Brewers (Sparks & Kanata)

Watch the game on their giant screen, and take advantage of their game day promotion; 3L Triton + ½ metre of Flamm for only $42.

You are able to make a reservation through Open Table.


The Big Game at Big Rig

The game will be on at both Big Rig locations from 6:30pm. There will be a special menu during the football game and $2 off beer pitchers!

Make a reservation through their website, here.


 *You can also watch the Superbowl at Oliver’s Pub and Patio, Room 104, Mulligans Golf Bar, Taproom 260, Orleans Brewing Co among others*


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  • Hey Ottawariverlifestyle !

    Thank you so much for these recommendations!


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