As the temperature drops in Ottawa, the temptation to stay inside forever rises, we completely understand. But don't put those hats and mitts away just yet, because you're going to need them. There are so many things to do in Ottawa this weekend that are totally worth leaving the house for.

There are some seriously cool pop-up events mixed in with festive holiday fairs, parades, free skating, and delicious cheap eats coming to the capital this weekend and you won't want to miss out.

With such a jam-packed weekend, it's never too early to start making plans with your besties. Maybe you want to get your holiday shopping all wrapped up, or perhaps it's time to adopt an adorable new fur baby.

Either way, Ottawa has got you covered. So, while it may be cold outside, the festivities are red hot!

We have rounded up some of the most exciting events happening in the capital this weekend so that you don't have to.

Now, all that's left is to try to decide just how many of these fun activities you can squeeze into three days. So bundle up, and get ready for some epic winter fun in Ottawa this weekend.

Mad-Faux Ice Cream Pop-Up

Price: Prices vary

When: Saturday, November 16

Address: 571 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: The temperatures might be chilling in Ottawa, but it's never too cold for some tasty vegan ice cream. Mad Faux Cheese is teaming up with Pascale's All Natural Ice cream to bring you a totally vegan menu for one day only.


Glebe Craft and Artisan Fair

Price: Free entry

When: Friday, November 15 to Saturday, November 17

Address: 175 Third Ave., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: This craft fair has been running in the Glebe for over 35 years, and it's the perfect spot to find that unique holiday gift. With more than 50 local vendors, you'll probably find a gift for everyone on your list.


Pizza + Beer Date Night

Price: $50

When: Saturday, November 16

Address: 4048 Carling Ave., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Pizza and beer, the classic date night combo. You and bae can make your very own custom pizza at Jo Jo's and enjoy some local brewery beers while you're at it. The $50 goes a long way.


Old Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market

Price: Free admission

When: Sunday, November 17

Address: 2064 Huntley Rd., Stittsville, ON

Why You Need To Go: It's that time of year again when there's a Christmas craft market on every corner and we couldn't be more excited. You can roast marshmallows on a cozy fire, sip hot apple cider, see Santa, enjoy festive music, and get a head start on your holiday shopping too.


Coffee With Cats

Price: Free entry

When: Saturday, November 16

Address: 197 Trainyards Dr., Unit #4, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Coffee and cats? Say no more, we're there. You can enjoy a cup o' joe and some tasty muffins at this adorable cat adoption event. And, if you're lucky, you can take home your furry new BFF as well.


Vintage Clothing Pop-Up @ Bad Dog

Price: Prices vary

When: Saturday, November 16

Address: 889 Bank St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you've been on the hunt for that perfect pair of vintage jeans, or are dying for an iconic vintage Nike jacket, then you need to check out this pop-up. With clothes from Spinoff Vintage, Thrifting with Brady, and Retrobution, you're sure to find the hidden gems you've been looking for.


Enchilada Day

Price: 2 for $8.50

When: Saturday, November 16

Address: 640 Somerset St. W., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you're already sick of the cold, why not warm up with some delicious enchiladas? For one day only, you can get two incredible chicken, queso, or vegan enchiladas with all the toppings for only $8.50.


Kanata Santa Claus Parade

Price: Food and cash donations accepted

When: Saturday, November 16

Address: Ends at Hazeldean Mall, Kanata, ON

Why You Need To Go: Santa Clause parades are one surefire way to kick off the holiday season. Proceeds will go to the Kanata Food Cupboard, too, which is pretty jolly.


Free Glassblowing Class

Price: Free

When: Saturday, November 16

Address: 957-C Gladstone Ave., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: A brand-new glassblowing place is opening up in Ottawa this weekend and they're celebrating with free classes. You can check out the crazy talent, and blow some glass of your own as well. There will even be an appetizer hour with plenty of delicious free snacks. 


Silver Screen Skate

Price: $5

When: Saturday, November 16

Address: 1015 Bank St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can skate on the same ice as the Ottawa 67's, and afterward cozy up for a screening of the classic Mighty Ducks movie. They will have hot chocolate, popcorn, and other movie snacks available. 


Help Santa Toy Parade

Price: Toy donation

When: Saturday, November 16

Address: Starting on Laurier Ave. W., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a festive holiday tradition while helping out a good cause. We can't think of two better ways to get yourself in the Christmas spirit.



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