Thursday, May 17, 2012

Weekend Fun in Ottawa - May 18 - 21 The Long Weekend

It's the Victoria Long Weekend aka - May 2-4 Weekend.  Here is a quick list of what's open / closed for the Statutory Holiday and here's what's happening in Ottawa!

The Tulip Festival if wrapping up with a Fireworks Display at Dows Lake on Sunday.

The Victoria Day Festival fireworks at Queen Juliana Park (Next to Dows Lake) on Monday.

The Rideau Canal Waterway and Locks open this weekend, which links the lakes and rivers between Ottawa and Kingston.  It's always nice to visit the locks and see how the work, and the parade of boats passing through.

The Museum of Nature is offering Free Admission on Friday for International Museum Day.
The National Gallery of Canada is offering Free Admission on Sunday for international Museum Day.

The Library has lots of fun things happening - as always!  Reading Buddies, Story Time, Crazy Science Experiments, French Clubs.  It looks like they are open on Monday too!

Sunday kicks off the Parkway Bike Days - where the parkways are blocked off for portions of the day and open just to cyclists.

Why not pack up some lunch and visit one of Ottawa's Amazing Picnic Sites?

The Currency Museum has a new exhibit this weekend - ComODDITY.  Learn about different and unusual currencies and times past, and how they were once used to pay for the most surprising things.  Its also wrapping up the exhibit to the credit card. À La Carte on May 27.  It is an exhibition that explores the evolution of credit as currency

Lilac Walking Tours at the Experimental Farm - Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m. - Take part in a guided tour along the Central Experimental Farm Lilac Walk with the Friends of the Farm Lilac Team. - No registration required. - Meet at the Ornamental Gardens - Free parking at the Canadian Agriculture Museum, south of the Prince of Wales roundabout.

On Sunday, the Church of the Ascension (253 Echo Drive) will be doing a Blessings of the Bikes at 12 noon.  Bring your bike to church!  All are welcome to join earlier and join for worship at 10:00 am and stay on for the blessing of your bike(s) at noon - or come a little later at 11:30 and enjoy some fair-trade coffee and soulful jazz. And come as you are; the dress code is your regular bike gear.

The Carlington Community Association is having a free community BBQ - with family games, crafts and much more.  Lots of local vendors / booths as well.

Almost Free:
ByTowne Cinema is playing Damsels in Distress.  Admission $7 - $10.

The Nepean Museum is hosting a Fairfields Victoria Day Jubilee Tea.  Cost is by donation.  Enjoy tours, music, light refreshments and of course period games and activities for the entire family.

If you're looking for perhaps a different take on flea markets you may want to check out the Spring Flea Market this Saturday from 11 - 5 p.m. in Mac Hall at the Bronson Centre. Admission is by donation and you can check out new and gently-used records, clothing, snacks, toys, comic books, collectibles, artwork, jewelry, books, health/beauty products, movies, handmade crafts and much more!

Not Free:
The Agriculture Museum is having a Sheep Sheering Festival!  Learn all about sheep, sheering, herding, wool making and more

Karters Korners has reduced their prices for the 2012 season - and they now have paint ball!  Be sure to check them out if you're looking for a nice all day excursion to tucker the kids out!

There is another Sky-High Magic Show at the Aviation & Space Museum.  People defying gravity, flying umbrellas, paper airplanes that come to life - and more amazing feats!

Valley View Little Animal Farm is open this weekend - including Monday.  They will have Sheep Sheering Demos, as well as Puppet Shows and Train Rides!

The Science & Tech Museum has opened a new exhibit 'Sex: A Tell-All Exhibition'.  If you haven't already heard about it, be sure to visit the Museum's site to fully understand the exhibit.

It the last weekend for the Victoria Day Festival!  Be sure to check them out!

Friday is International Museum Day, and Diefenbunker is celebrating by offering 2 special activities - Bunker Artifact Show-and-Tell: Unique and rarely seen Cold War artifacts and Under a "Nuclear Roof", You Are: An ode to the pre-museum bunker, they are screening the documentary "Nuclear Roof" illustrating the construction of this emergency government facility and explaining what makes this fortress an engineering marvel against nuclear attacks.