Our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.
You can find even more events on our Ottawa Event Calendar.
Thursday, July 16: 2015 Art Battle National Championship
18 Champion artists from across the country will paint live for the title of 2015 Art Battle National Champion, cash prize and a spot representing Canada in the International Live Painting Championships at the Pan-Am Games.
– Laura Gauthier
Saturday, July 18: Eel Celebration at Rideau Locks
You might not think of the words “eel” and “celebration” together—but Ottawa Riverkeeper and Canadian Wildlife Federation are hosting this celebration of the endangered American eel. It’s an important species that lives in the Ottawa River after migrating all the way from near Bermuda. The event includes displays, crafts and games.
– Denise Deby, Green Living Ottawa
Saturday, July 18: All British Car Day (ABCD) Show
This unique event is dedicated to showcasing the legendary classic cars from Great Britain including Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, MG, Austin-Healey, Triumph, Lotus, Land Rover, Mini and others, presenting them in one of Ottawa’s most beautiful settings at Britannia Beach Park-Lakeside Gardens.
Saturday, July 18: Dancing Chinatown
The Chinatown Multicultural Corner will host free outdoor dancing classes on Saturdays in July and August. The classes will be led by experienced instructors. No registration is required, and it is free to all. Have fun while learning various dances before a cup of tea and some plates of dim sum!
Saturday, July 18: 2015 K-Pop World Festival Preliminaries
The Embassy of The Republic of Korea in partnership with the Hallyu Association of Canada, is hosting the 2015 K-Pop World Festival, where participants can win cash prizes and the chance share the stage with some of the biggest names in K-pop while representing Canada at the festival finals in Changwon, South Korea.
Saturday, July 18: Turbo Street Funk
Playing at the legendary Rainbow Bistro on a hot summer Saturday night. $10 cover.
July 18-19: Madawaska Valley Studio Tour
Visit 15 studios showcasing 31 artists and artisans at the award-winning Madawaska Valley Studio Tour.
Sunday, July 19: Ottawa Fury FC vs Indy Eleven
See the Ottawa Fury FC take on the Indy Eleven Sunday, July 19 at 3 p.m. at TD Place. Tickets start at just $17 for adults and youth 12 and under. OttawaFuryFC.com
Wednesday, July 22: Ottawa Fury FC vs Atlanta Silverbacks
See the Ottawa Fury FC take on the Atlanta Silverbacks Wednesday, July 22 at 7 p.m. at TD Place. Tickets start at just $17 for adults and youth 12 and under. OttawaFuryFC.com
September 12-13: 20th Annual Fibrefest Festival
The two-day festival of textiles and fibre arts will feature 90 vendors, demonstrations, exhibitations, a lamb race, fabric flee market, Alpaca sort-a-thon and tea room. Admission $5. Daily. Whether you are interested in art, history, clothing, or textiles or are just looking for a great day out and about, Fibrefest will have something for you.
Until August 21: Changing of the Guard on Parliament Hill
See a Canadian tradition at its most colourful! The Ceremonial Guard brings stirring military drills and music to Parliament Hill. Come at 9:45 a.m. to learn more about the ceremony. For more information visit theCeremonial Guard.
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM daily.
– Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa
Until August 22: Children’s Activities at Rideau Hall
The grounds of Rideau Hall are open daily from 8 a.m. to one hour before sunset. Special activities include: “Storytime at Rideau Hall,” in collaboration with Frontier College. Fridays and Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., from June 28 to August 23; Learn about heraldry by designing your very own coat of arms. Daily, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Stroll the grounds, bring a picnic and enjoy the children’s play structure; Watch the Relief of the Sentries of the Ceremonial Guard. Daily, every hour on the hour, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 25 to August 22.
– Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa
Until September 7: Alex Colville. A Canadian Icon
At the National Gallery of Canada, Alex Colville offers a fresh perspective on Colville’s work, as he is considered to be one of Canada’s most celebrated artists. Featuring nearly a hundred paintings along with various student works and prints, this exhibition explores the breadth of Colville’s practice.
Until September 13: Chagall: Daphnis & Chloé
Enter into a captivating love story between a goatherd and shepherdess. This tale titled Daphnis & Chloé is narrated visually through a set of colour lithographs by Marc Chagall. These illustrations highlight Chagall’s unique style, setting him apart from the main 20th-century pictorial currents followed by some of his contemporaries. At the National Gallery.
Until December 31: Mary Pratt: This Little Painting
What’s the story behind Red Currant Jelly (1972), which the artist Mary Pratt affectionately calls “this little painting”? See how Pratt developed her technique, which today stands as a defining example of painterly realism in Canada, a style strongly associated with the country’s Atlantic provinces.