Friday, April 27
The biannual Ottawa International Writers Festival takes place this weekend and will feature world-renowned writers speaking about their experiences in the field of history, science, fiction, poetry, and more. Some of the big-name draws include Giller Prize-winning author Vincent Lam and CBC correspondent Nahlah Ayed.
In an event that will showcase young Canadian performers, Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare tells the story of seduction and politics. The semi-staged production, put on by Thirteen Strings, is the highlight of the orchestra’s season.
Saturday, April 28
Folk music takes centre stage at the first-ever Ottawa Grassroots Festival. The event features local talent and includes Ottawa artists such as The Bytown Ukulele Group and Ana Miura.
Appropriate for all ages, Emily Saves the Orchestra follows the musical journey of a 10-year-old girl who finds herself face-to-face with a monster named Cacopholous, who she must battle to save the music.
Bring the kids to International Astronomy Day at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. The event features a variety of activities throughout the day, including stargazing at the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory. Outdoor events are weather permitting.
Sunday, April 29
The Stars on Ice “Love ‘n’ Life” tour is in town this weekend, and showcases some of skating’s biggest stars. The show will include both single and ensemble figure skating routines, and features celebrated athletes such as Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, and Kurt Browning.
If you’ve ever been curious about vegan food — or if you already know and love the cuisine — make sure to attend Ottawa Veg Fest. This year’s expanded event features free food-sampling vendors, mascots, and a silent auction to raise money for the National Capital Vegetarian Association.