2016 Ottawa Spring Events Roundup


Spring is in full bloom and the city of Ottawa is starting to come alive. We’ve rounded up some of the most anticipated events of the season for you to enjoy. From car shows to poutine, here’s what to look forward to in Ottawa this spring season from March to May 2016.

Events In March

Maple Sugar Festival – March 29 to April 3
There’s nothing more Canadian than enjoying some fresh maple syrup in the month of March. The Maple Sugar Festival, hosted by the Vanier Museopark, promises a good time for family and friends with tasty treats, rides in horse-drawn carriages and more.

Originals Ottawa Spring Craft Sale – March 31 to April 3
If you need an excuse to get out of the house, the Originals Ottawa Spring Craft Sale is the perfect destination to find unique treasures created by local artisans. Hosted at the EY Centre, this event is packed with something for everyone from home décor to handmade jewellery and fashion.

Events In April

Cottage and Backyard Show – April 8 to 10
What better way to welcome the spring season than to get inspired by leading outdoor living specialists. From docks and decks to kayaks and patio furniture, this show is perfect to kick start your spring and summer backyard love affair.

Ottawa Parent and Child Expo – April 16 to 17
Spend the day with the family at this fun and affordable event. All ages are welcome, from toddler to teens, to enjoy over 100 exhibitors  including shopping, fitness, meet and greets with your kid’s favourite characters and more.

Ottawa AutoRama 2016 – April 23 and 24
From classic cars to the new and exciting, the Ottawa AutoRama show is packed with everything the automotive lover has ever dreamed of. The indoor car show features thousands of classic and custom car enthusiasts and top automotive brands.

Annual Festival of the Maples Car Show – April 30 
Head over to Perth for a day of celebration. Every year  the locally anticipated event features a classic car show with a collection of sweet rides for all to enjoy. In addition to the show, enjoy snacks and events the whole family will love.

Events In May

Ottawa Poutine Fest – May 5 to 8
We wouldn’t be the nation’s capital without showing our love for poutine. Of course it’s only natural to have a festival dedicated to the French-Canadian delicacy. Join your fellow french fry lovers on at Ottawa City Hall and indulge in all things poutine for three days straight. Stretchy pants and napkins are strongly recommended.

Ottawa International Children’s Festival – May 10 to 15
The whole family will enjoy this fun-packed show dedicated to the little ones who make our hearts sing. This exciting event features world-class theatre, music and dance among many other family-friendly things to see and do.

Canadian Tulip Festival – May 12 to 23
Over 70 years ago, 100,000 tulip bulbs were gifted to Canada by the Dutch royal Princess Juliana for her gratitude towards the kindness and bravery Canada demonstrated towards her family during the war. Today, we celebrate the beauty of one of spring’s most symbolic flowers. Enjoy colourful blooms around the entire city and other fun events too.

Ottawa ComicCon –  May 13 to 15
Share your love of comics, sci-fi, horror and more at the Ottawa ComicCon. Dress up as your favourite character or come to meet your favourite comic celeb. Tickets are selling out fast for this highly anticipated fan convention so act fast!

Monkey Joe’s Car Show – May 28 4:30 am to 8 pm
Located at the Westgate Mall on Carling Avenue, this car show features classic rides and vintage hot rods. There will be prizes and awards for different vehicles, and the host, Monkey Joes Restaurant, will be offering discounted meals as well. Previous years have had a large turn out, so get there early.

Great Glebe Garage Sale – May 28
If you’re an Ottawa native you’ve most likely been to this incredible community event. Neighbours and friends galore take over the Glebe to sell their nick knacks and treasures and local shops showcase their goods with side walks sales and deals. If you’ve never been, save your pennies and head over to this friendly neighbourhood event for a day of shopping and socializing.


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