We dream about it all week, cling on to it so desperately when it arrives, and miss it as soon as it's gone. That's right, we're talking about the weekend. Aren't we always? And with this one just around the corner, it's time to start making some epic plans for you and the squad. Luckily, with so many things to do in Ottawa this weekend, it shouldn't be too hard to make the most of those precious and treasured weekend hours.

From Harry Potter musicals to pop-up kitchens, cuddly kittens, and more, you're sure to find something that tickles your fancy in the capital.

While temperatures may be dipping down past "sweater weather" and into "omg-it's-freezing" territory, you could find yourself wanting to stay inside all day. And honestly, we don't blame you. But with hot food and even hotter concerts coming to the city, you're sure to feel the heat in Ottawa this weekend.

So what are you waiting for? We've gathered a rock-solid list of fun Ottawa events so that you don't have to put in that planning work yourself. Now, all that's left to do is hop in that group chat and let all your BFFs know what's up.

Orleans Cork & Fork Festival

Price: Starting at $20

When: Friday, November 8-9

Address: Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd., Orleans, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you're looking for something a little classy this weekend then the delicious food, wine, craft beer, and ciders at the Cork & Fork Festival may be just the thing. There will be live entertainment and demonstrations for you to enjoy as well.


Harry's Musical World

Price: Starting at $27

When: Friday, November 8-9

Address: 101 Centrepointe Dr., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Calling all witches, wizards, and muggles! True Potter fans will love this musical journey through the magical wizarding world. The music will be performed by the Ottawa Pops Orchestra, and if you missed the sold-out shows in May, now's your chance to finally experience your favourite tunes from the movies.


Adoption Day @ Pet Smart

Price: Prices vary

When: Saturday, November 9

Address: 1851 Merivale Rd., Nepean, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you've been spending too much time scrolling through the #catsofinstagram feed lately, then it may be time to adopt a little fur baby of your own. Furry Tales Rescue will be bringing a bunch of adorable cats to Pet Smart this weekend and they're all looking for their forever homes. 


Tyler Shaw

Price: Starting at $18.50

When: Saturday, November 9

Address: 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Building E, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: With hits like Kiss Goodnight and With You, you're sure to be belting out your favourite Tyler Shaw lyrics all night as he rocks the Algonquin College Commons Theatre.


Grand Tamale Sale

Price: Prices vary

When: Saturday, November 9

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

Why You Need To Go: Hot tamales! If you love Mexican food, you won't want to miss this tasty event. There will be a variety of tamales to choose from. Chicken, pork, beans, rajas con queso, and more. 


Riverside Fashion Show & Pop-Up

Price: Foodbank donation

When: Saturday, November 9

Address: 462 Hazeldean Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: It's that time of year when Ottawans seek out the coziest scarves and mittens available. You can see (and purchase) all kinds of cozy knits at this Makersavvy event to keep you warm all winter long.


Pop-Up Brewery Kitchen

Price: Free entry

When: Sunday, November 10

Address: Dominion City Brew Co., 5510 Canotek Rd. Unit 15, Gloucester, ON

Why You Need To Go: With no cover fee and no reservations required, there's no reason not to check out this delicious pop-up kitchen. Round out your Sunday with some delicious local food and a refreshing brew.


Toonie Beer Night

Price: $2 beers

When: Friday, November 8

Address: 1015 Bank St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Toonie beer night is back for this weekend's Ottawa 67's game. You can cheer on the hometown boys and enjoy a cheap bev or two while you're at it.


Square Lemmon Holiday Spirit Market

Price: Prices vary

When: Saturday, November 9

Address: 877 Boyd Ave., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Christmas is fast approaching, and if you're looking for unique handmade gifts for your family and friends, then the Holiday Spirit Market is well worth checking out.


Pizza Fest

Price: $20

When: Saturday, November 9

Address: Original Local Lager, 2920 Sheffield Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you often have trouble deciding what pizza place to order from on the weekend, Pizza Fest is here to help. The festival will feature pizzas from five different local spots, so you can try them all. The event is hosted by Local Lager, which means there will be plenty of beer to wash down that 'za. Tickets include three tokens (used for beer or pizza) but you can purchase additional tokens once inside.


Kozy Kritters Adoption Blitz

Price: Prices vary

When: Saturday, November 9

Address: 4130 Innes Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: From rabbits and rats to kittens, there's going to be a slew of adorable fur babies to meet and adopt in Ottawa this weekend. The adoption event will take place at Ren's Pets and there will even be a bake sale on site.


Coat Drive & Clothing Swap w/ DJ Kool Rahul

Price: Prices vary

When: Sunday, November 10

Address: Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Sick of everything in your closet? Well, you can bring your unwanted items to Pressed, where they will be hosting a clothing exchange and coat donation. You can find a new piece for your wardrobe and send off your old winter coat to a person in need. There will be a live DJ, food, and drinks to enjoy, as well.


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