Another weekend is fast approaching and we honestly couldn’t be more ready for it. Of course, it’s that time of year when there’s a holiday market on seemingly every corner in the capital. But if that’s not exactly your thing, don’t worry. There are so many things to do in Ottawa this weekend that picking just one is going to be tough. 

After a long week of work, nothing sounds better than some indulgent weekend eats, and there’s a plate full of them ready for you in the capital.

Between foodie pop-ups, holiday plays, acting auditions, and more, there’s a little something for everyone to get involved in this weekend.

Whether you want to kick back and relax with a juicy Nashville hot chicken sammie, or are ready to take on a DIY class, Ottawa has you covered.

Whatever plans you decide on, weekends are the best when enjoyed with friends.

So be sure to share this list with your BFF so that the two of you can start mapping out your epic weekend adventures ASAP.

Merry Cheesemas Pop-Up

Price: Menu prices vary from $8-$16

When: Saturday, December 14 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Address: 571 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can stock up on crazy-delicious vegan cheese blocks for the holidays and enjoy a cheesy pop-up menu too. 


Capital Pop-Up Holiday Edition 

Price: $2 entry

When: Sunday, December 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Address: 175 Third Ave., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can browse tons of local vendors and food makers to pick up those last-minute Christmas gifts


Pet Photos With The Grinch

Price: $15

When: Sunday, December 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Address: Pet Value, 665 River Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can make hilarious holiday memories with your furry BFF and an iconic Christmas character. 


Serena Ryder Christmas Kisses Tour

Price: $40-$70

When: Sunday, December 15 at 4 p.m.

Address: National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can take in an incredible holiday concert from one of Ontario's own musical gems. 


Pierogi Dinner

Price: Prices vary

When: Sunday, December 15

Address: 1305 Wellington St. W., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can sample a wide variety of delicious pierogi flavours. If you find one you like, you can take home frozen bags of the same kind. There will also be tasty oat-based milkshakes to sip on. 


Hairspray Auditions 

Price: Free

When: Saturday, December 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: 985 Pinecrest Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you loved singing along with this iconic musical then it might be time to audition for the show. Regular registration is full, but they are still accepting emails for select roles on the website.


DIY Beeswax Wraps

Price: Free

When: Saturday, December 14 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Address: Nu Grocery, 143 Main St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can learn how to make your own eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap, just in time to wrap up some yummy holiday cookies. 


Hot Chicken Pop-Up

Price: Free entry

When: Saturday, December 14 from 11 a.m. until sold out

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

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy delicious Nashville-style hot chicken sammies at this adorable Ottawa brewery.


A Christmas Carol @ The Gladstone 

Price: $24 - $40

When: December 15-22 at 7:30 p.m.

Address: 910 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can see a classic Christmas play performed entirely by one person. 


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