Tulip Festival, Art shows, book signing all in the Glebe this weekend
I hope you like flowers, because you’ll be overwhelmed by tulips in the Glebe this weekend.
Friday marks the official opening of the Canadian Tulip Festival, and with it comes a plethora of events that will keep you and your family sniffing your way around the Glebe.
You can already tour some of the tulip gardens at Lansdowne Park and along the picturesque Rideau Canal, and while you’re there, you may as well check out some pre-festival events happening in the neighbourhood.
You can head to Boston Pizza in the Glebe, where the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is hosting its annual fundraiser. Join the organization for food and drinks from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Bank Street bistro and they’ll donate 10% of all food sales to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers foundation. Click here for more details.
After your belly is full, head back down to Lansdowne and take in the Innercity Arts Annual Art Show and Auction, where street-involved youth will gather to showcase the art and music they’ve been making all year. The event is free and runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Horticulture Building. Click here for more information.
Tulip Festival events kick off Friday morning, with the opening ceremony at 10 a.m. inside the Aberdeen Pavilion. Join festival organizers, board members, dignitaries and other partners as they officially kick off the 66th edition of the Canadian Tulip Festival. Click here to buy tickets.
Following the official opening ceremonies, the tulip party really gets going. There are tulip stories, a tulip trail walking tour, a photo exhibition and the Tulip Family Fun Zone, which boasts an Amazing Race Challenge, a Tulip Silhouette Wall, origami and crafts, along with wooden Tulip Garden Painting, Tulip Storytelling, face painting and more. Click here for details on the Family Fun Zone.
Saturday also features the Friendship Stage that will showcase multicultural performances all day throughout the festival. Performances will include children’s programming and live music.
While you’re there, you may want to peruse the five-foot Tulip garden inside the Aberdeen Pavilion. Browse the stunning fiberglass tulips that have been painted up in a whole galaxy of colours and designs by local artists. The tulips will be lined throughout Lansdowne.
You’ll even be able to watch some of the artists paint their tulips live along Bank Street, as five of Ottawa’s top painters will be creating their own custom designs at key locations in the Glebe. Take a walk throughout the neighbourhood and you won’t be able to miss these stunning designs. The painting will begin Friday and resume through Saturday.
In the evening, you’ll want to pull out your dancing shoes, as the 3rd Annual Tulip Festival Swing Dance hits the Aberdeen Pavilion at 6:30 p.m. Take part in a one-hour beginner lesson before hitting the dance floor. Ottawa swing band Standing Room Only will provide the tunes for the evening. Dancers are encouraged to dress up in WWII period attire as a tribute to the festival’s military heritage. Click here to get moving.
Take a blast to the past Saturday afternoon with the Vintage Automobile Display, where the Canada’s Capital A’s Model A Car Club will bring a roster of vintage 1928-1931 rides to a “show and tell” at Lansdowne. The cars will make a special procession down Queen Elizabeth Drive from the Glebe, past Dow’s Lake to the Experimental Farm. The car show is free for everyone and starts at noon. Click here to start your engines. Saturday also features recurring events from Saturday, including the photo exhibit, the Tulip Trail tour and the Family Fun Zone.
Are you a soccer fan? If so, take her to see the Ottawa Fury FC take on Atlanta United at TD Place at 2 p.m. Saturday. With your Fury game ticket, you’ll also be take in the Tulip Festival for free and tour the Tulip Garden or take in some live music. Click here for tickets to Sunday’s Fury game.
You might want to bring your mom to the Glebe on Sunday, as several restaurants in the Glebe are hosting special Mother’s Day Brunches for that special matriarch in your family. Click here to see our restaurant directory.
The Tulip Festival is also hosting its own gourmet brunch buffet for Mother’s Day inside the Aberdeen Pavilion that features live jazz and a stunning menu boasting smoked salmon and bagels, mini quiches, breakfast puff pastries and more. Click here to reserve your tickets now.
You’ll also be able to browse the Tulip Market inside the Aberdeen Pavilion all day Sunday, along with all of the recurring Tulip Festival programming listed above, including the Friendship stage and Family Fun Zone.
Sunday will also see the Ottawa Farmers’ Market set up outside the Aberdeen Pavilion from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pick up some fresh veggies or artisan goods and cook mom a really nice meal for Mother’s Day. Click here for a full list of Tulip Festival Events at Lansdowne Park in the Glebe.
Aside from Tulip Festival events, there is even more happening in the Glebe this weekend. Including a book signing event at the Unrefined Olive on Saturday, a free stadium workout Sunday morning at TD Place and the 2018 Sporting Life 10K run.
So, when you wake up tomorrow wondering what to do, stop thinking and just come to the Glebe. It’s everyone’s urban playground.