If you’ve got a case of the weekday blues, don’t worry. Friday is almost here (more like FriYAY, am I right?) And as always the capital is full of exciting events to make your weekend the best one yet. So if you’re looking for things to do in Ottawa this weekend, you’ve come to the right place.

Between Winterlude festivities and early Valentine’s Day celebrations, you’re sure to find something that’s absolutely perfect for you and the squad to get into. 

Whether you want to sip cocktails at one of the numerous Ottawa ice bars, or are looking for a chill afternoon of cat cuddling, there’s a little something for everyone on this list. 

If you’re feeling especially hungry, you won’t want to miss the annual chilli cookoff where local restaurants will be going head-to-head for your votes. 

Of course, going out often comes at a cost, so if you’re in need of some budget-friendly fun this February, be sure to check these awesome Groupon deals as well. 

Now all that’s left to do is take a look at the events below and start mapping out those weekend plans ASAP. 

So much to do, so little time.

The Grand Ice Bar

Price: Free cover

When: Select Winterlude weekends

Address: 74 George St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can chill out at the ice bar, stay cozy by the fire, and sip delicious hot chocolate and cocktails. 


Bank Street Fire & Ice Festival

Price: Mix of free and ticketed events

When: Saturday, February 8-9

Address: Bank Street between Wellington & Catherine Streets, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy ice skating, dancing, fire juggling, ice sculptures, an ice bar, and more at this epic festival. 


Valentine's Market — Get Your Heart On

Price: Prices vary

When: Saturday, February 8

Address: 1077 Bank St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Need to do some last-minute V-day gift shopping? You can check out an adorable market at House of Targ and even enjoy some famous perogies after you shop. 


Kitty Con 2

Price: Prices vary

When: Saturday, February 8

Address: 1642 Merrivale Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: A convention with adoptable cats, kittens, crafts, and treats? Now, that's our kind of event. 


Chili Cook-Off Challenge

Price: Prices vary

When: Sunday, February 9

Address: 501 Lacolle Way Unit 4, Orléans, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can taste yummy chili from a number of local restaurants and vote on your favourites at this charming Ottawa brewery.  


Yaymaker Plant Nite

Price: $62

When: Saturday, February 8

Address: The Barley Mow, 399 Richmond Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can make all of your succulent dreams come true at this adorable plant workshop. 


Winterlude Dinner Experience 

Price: $189

When: Sunday, February 9

Address: 170 Queen St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Okay so this one is pricey, but if you want to splurge on a massive 7-course meal, this one looks like it will be worth every cent. 


My Furry Valentine 

Price: Free 

When: Saturday, February 8

Address: 245 W Hunt Club Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can visit with adorable fur babies at the Humane Society and enjoy a photo booth, a craft sale, baked goods, face painting, and more. 


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