Ottawa in May Must-See Attractions and Events

Ottawa in May: Must-See Attractions and Events

As the weather warms up and the city of Ottawa shakes off the winter blues, there are plenty of exciting events and activities taking place throughout May. 

From cultural celebrations to outdoor festivals, there’s something for everyone to enjoy as it gets warmer. My favorite has to be the luncheons and arts & culture events planned for this month!

World Press Freedom Day Luncheon

World Press Freedom Day Luncheon

WHEN: May 3, 2023

WHERE: National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Canada

Join the special luncheon in observance of World Press Freedom Day, where there will be a discussion on online harassment and violence against female journalists. 

The event will feature a distinguished keynote address by multi-award-winning journalist Anna Maria Tremonti. Torstar Vice President for Inclusion and Strategic Partnerships Irene Gentle will also be another speaker.

A Coronation Luncheon

A Coronation Luncheon

WHEN: May 6, 2023

WHERE: Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, 1 Hunt Club Road, Ottawa, Canada

Join the special Coronation Luncheon to celebrate the crowning of His Majesty King Charles III, King of Canada. 

The keynote speaker, the distinguished Vicken F. Koundakjian, will be delivering an address. 

Ceili! In Ottawa! In May!

Ceili! In Ottawa! In May!

WHEN: May 7, 2023

WHERE: St Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 Saint Patrick Street, Ottawa, Canada

It’s been a long time coming, but the Ottawa Irish Arts céilí is finally back! Join the event for an afternoon of live music, traditional Irish dancing, and community spirit. 

Local musician Justin Thériault will be leading the band, while Carol Ann Bowers does the dances. Don’t forget to stop by St Brigid’s Well for Irish beer and other beverages, as well as delicious snacks to munch on.

Asian Heritage Month

Asian Heritage Month

WHEN: May 8, 2023

WHERE: 101 Centrepointe Dr, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Canada

During May, the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) will celebrate Asian Heritage Month, which presents a chance to acknowledge the remarkable contributions of Asian Canadians. 

It also serves as a call for unity in the fight against anti-Asian racism and discrimination in all forms.

Teacup Pin Cushion Workshop

Teacup Pin Cushion Workshop

WHEN: May 10, 2023

WHERE: Square Lemon Artistic Association, 2350 Stevenage Drive, Ottawa, Canada

Indulge in the ultimate combination of tea and crafting with this unique workshop! Learn how to turn your teacup into a pin cushion with the guidance of an expert instructor. 

All materials, tools, and embellishments are provided, so all you have to bring is your creativity and a love for tea! This workshop is perfect for adults and children alike, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

Ottawa Children’s Festival

Ottawa Children's Festival

WHEN: May 11, 2023

WHERE: Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Pl, Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8, Canada, Ottawa, Canada

The Ottawa Children’s Festival is designed to awaken creativity, inspire imagination, and encourage individual expression in both young and young-at-heart attendees. It aims to transform all into wide-eyed children again.

2023 Film, Television, and Animation Career Fair

2023 Film, Television, and Animation Career Fair

WHEN: May 11, 2023

WHERE: Horticulture Building (Lansdowne Park), 1525 Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa, Canada

The event offers attendees the chance to network with local production companies, animation studios, and other industry professionals. This helps to discover current and future job opportunities, as well as what they seek in potential candidates. 

Additionally, visitors can connect with post-secondary institutions, associations, unions, and guilds to explore the industry’s programs, resources, and training available.

The Mental Health Gala 2023

The Mental Health Gala 2023

WHEN: May 12, 2023

WHERE: The Centurion Conference & Event Center, 170 Colonnade Rd. South, Ottawa, ON, Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Established in 2017, The Mental Health Gala has emerged as one of the most prominent charity events in Ottawa. It’s aimed at supporting mental health in the community.

The event is a formal affair, to be held at Centurion Conference & Event Center, featuring a sumptuous five-course meal, and a complimentary wine. 

A silent auction, guest speakers, and entertainment galore are also available.

Flower to Empower: Hanging Basket Fundraiser

Flower to Empower Hanging Basket Fundraiser

WHEN: May 13 – 14, 2023

WHERE: Richmond Nursery Strawberry Farm, 5740 Old Richmond Road, Ottawa, Canada

The Flower to Empower event, presented by Cornerstone’s Young Professionals Advisory Board (YPAB), is here! 

Partnering with the Richmond Nursery, YPAB is selling 13” hanging flower baskets to raise funds for Cornerstone Housing for Women.

Validating Your Business Idea (In Person)

Validating Your Business Idea (In Person)

WHEN: May 13 – 14, 2023


Are you full of great ideas, but wondering if you have what it takes to turn them into a successful business? Join the in-person 1.5-hour session that’ll explore the key factors you need to consider before taking the plunge into entrepreneurship. 

You’ll be introduced to The Lean Start-Up Canvas, a powerful tool to help you validate your business idea and set yourself up for success.

Victoria Day Weekend Boat Party Ottawa 2023

Victoria Day Weekend Boat Party Ottawa 2023

WHEN: May 20, 2023

WHERE: Paula D, 1 Canal Lane, Ottawa, Canada

Get ready to set sail and dance the night away in Ottawa! The Victoria Day Long Weekend Boat Party Toronto 2023 presented by Ottawa Boat Parties is finally here. 

Don’t miss out on the ultimate summer experience as you cruise down the river and party all night long.

Ottawa Outdoor Escape Game: Street Artist

Ottawa Outdoor Escape Game Street Artist

WHEN: May 23, 2023

WHERE: Rideau Mural, Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, Canada

This interactive game is a thrilling experience that utilizes a mobile app to guide you through the city. You’ll follow directions, and solve puzzles, riddles, and cryptic codes along the way. 

While playing, you’ll get to explore both popular and hidden places in the city and learn fun and interesting stories about them. It’s not just a game, it’s a whole storytelling adventure!

World Skills – 25th Anniversary Celebration

World Skills - 25th Anniversary Celebration

WHEN: May 26, 2023

WHERE: St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall, 523 St Anthony St, Ottawa, Canada

For 25 years, World Skills has been a leader in facilitating newcomers’ integration into the Canadian economy. It connects skilled immigrants with employers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. 

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, it’s hosting a grand gala event to honor its employees, clients, community partners, funders, and employer champions. It’ll include a buffet dinner, live entertainment, and other exciting activities.