Can you believe it? The weekend is almost here yet again, and we’re literally counting down the hours until Friday finally hits. That’s because this weekend is already shaping up to be another fun-filled adventure in the capital. Trust us, you’re going to feel totally spoiled with all of the exciting things to do in Ottawa this weekend. 

From tasty pop-up events to nostalgic '90s dance parties, epic wilderness adventures, and more, there’s truly something for everyone on our list. 

If you’re really looking to let loose, get ready to fist pump all night, because Jersey Shore star DJ Pauly D is headed to the capital.

But, if that’s not really your speed, don’t fret. There’s plenty of low-key fun to be had as well. 

Maybe you’ve been thinking about getting out of the city for a snowy adventure?

If that’s the case, then this new bus trip to Gatineau Park is right up your alley.

Honestly, whatever you decide to get up to this weekend, Ottawa, as always, has you covered.

So, take a peek at the list below. And be sure to hop in that group chat to let all of your besties know what’s good this weekend.

DJ Pauly D

Price: $50

When: Friday, January 24

Address: 1385 Woodroofe Ave., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can fist pump all night while this Jersey Shore DJ beats dat beat. 


Zero-Waste Vegan 

Price: Free

When: Sunday, January 26

Address: 1130 Wellington St. W., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a free vegan food tasting and learn all about how to be a waste-free vegan at one of Ottawa's most adorable zero-waste grocery stores.


Dance Mix '96

Price: $6

When: Friday, January 24

Address: 1077 Bank St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: House of Targ will have a live DJ playing your favourite hits from the Much Dance '96 era. This one is sure to have you feeling nostalgic.  


Chinese New Year Pop-Up

Price: Free cover

When: Saturday, January 25

Address: 15-5510 Canotek Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Moo Shu Ice Cream & Kitchen may be closed for January, but don't worry. You can still get your Moo Shu ice cream and wonton fix at this Chinese New Year pop-up. Yum!


The Wizard of Oz

Price: $31-$131

When: January 23-25

Address: Southam Hall, 1 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can take in a live performance of this classic timeless story to get a little culture in your weekend. 


Bend & Brunch 

Price: $25

When: Saturday, January 25

Address: 975 Bank St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Nothing makes a yoga class more appealing than serving brunch with it. You can enjoy things like avocado and white cheddar farmhouse Bennys, classic breakfasts, vegan raspberry pancakes, and more. 


Taste of Mexico

Price: Prices vary, free samples

When: Saturday, January 25

Address: 6255 Fernbank Rd., Stittsville, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can indulge with authentic empanadas, tacos, and more Mexican classics. There will be free hot chocolate and food samples to enjoy as well. 


Free Public Skate

Price: Free

When: Friday, January 24

Address: 1015 Bank St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you prefer skating indoors to roughing it on the canal, then this free public skate in TD Arena is perfect. 


Gatineau Park Bus Trip

Price: Starting at $28

When: Saturday, January 25

Address: 1 George St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can hop on a bus that will take your straight from Ottawa to the winter wonderland that is Gatineau park this weekend.


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