Weekend What’s up: St. Paddy’s Day, 67’s, Marianas Trench concert in the Glebe
You’ve nearly survived March Break. Just a couple more days and the weekend is here, and with it another list of great events to keep you and the family busy.
If you’re looking for a few end-of-week things to do with the kids to finish up March Break, head to the Arena at TD Place for the final March Break free public skate. Just show up with your skates at 2 p.m. and you’ll have a couple hours to whip around the ice. Click here for more information.
The Ottawa 67’s have just three regular season games before the OHL Playoffs begin, and two of them are at home this weekend at TD Place. First, it’s the Peterborough Pete’s who blow into town with something to prove. The sixth-place Pete’s can improve their standing and earn a more favourable first-round playoff match with a win Friday night. But the 67’s are looking to stay red hot as they get set for their Memorial Cup campaign. Friday’s game is at 7 p.m. Click here for tickets.
The 67’s are back in action against the lowly Kingston Frontenacs Sunday for a special 90s-themed game at TD Place. Kingston sits in dead last in the OHL, but likely wouldn’t mind bottoming out this year, as they will likely have the first pick in the upcoming OHL draft and a chance to lock up 15-year-old Shane Wright, who was granted exceptional status earlier this week to play in the league as an under-ager. Sunday’s game kicks off at 2 p.m. and features a suite of 90s-themed activities, including trivia, 90s music and prizes for the best 90s outfit. Click here for tickets.
On Saturday morning, you’ll want to dive into your tickle trunk and pull out anything and everything green, as the St. Patrick’s Day parade is set to return to Bank Street for a vibrant Irish celebration.
The parade gets moving at 11 a.m. from City Hall before it travels down Bank Street to culminate at Lansdowne around 1:30 p.m. Get here early snag a front row spot along Bank Street to catch the parade.
Before the parade floats by, cheer on racers as they cruise through the neighbourhood for the St. Patrick’s Day Road Races. There’s still time to sign up for one or two-mile races for both individuals and teams. Click here to register.
The Irish celebration kicks into high gear at noon when Beau’s Brewery blows the lid off the Aberdeen Pavilion with a raucous party featuring traditional Irish fare, loads of beer, and some stompin’ good tunes courtesy of The Mahones, Irish Moutarde and The Beatdown, among other acts. The party also features several interactive events, like the Stein Hold Struggle competition to see who can hold a glass of beer for the longest. Brush up on your Irish Stepdance, because there’s an Irish dance-off with highest kicks and fastest feet challenges. It’s an all-day Irish party at the Aberdeen Pavilion. Don’t miss it! Click here for tickets.
Also, on Saturday, take in a traditional Irish Dinner and Céilí at the Blessed Sacrament Church from 5:30 p.m. until midnight. Eat delicious Irish stew, bread and tea. Later in the evening, dance to the award-winning Ottawa Céilí Band, with the dances being called by expert instructor Carol Ann Bowers. The night also includes performances by the Ottawa Irish Dance School, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Click here for tickets.
Looking for more of a raucous St. Paddy’s Day? Then head to the Arena at TD Place Saturday night for the Marianas Trench concert. The Vancouver-based progressive pop band bring their Suspending Gravity Tour to the Glebe Saturday night. Click here for tickets.
On Sunday, the Ottawa Farmers’ Market returns to the Aberdeen Pavilion from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Browse local produce, artisan goods and other treasures this and every Sunday at Lansdowne Park. Click here for more information.
Sunday also boasts GNAG’s Cultured Cashew Cheese Workshop with Deb Gleason. Learn how to make delicious dairy-free cashew-based cheese at home. Tickets are $60 for the workshop that will walk you though step-by-step instructions on how to make Cultured Cracked Pepper Brie and Roasted Garlic & Fresh Herb Cultured Cream Cheese. Click here to register.
See you in the Glebe!