Maslenitsa Festival

Arts & Culture


Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park
map-icon 1525 Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa, ON K1S 5J3

Maslenitsa or Pancake week is a traditional, bright and joyful festival of Spring welcoming in many Eastern European cultures, which came to us from the depths of centuries. The Maslenitsa holiday owes its existence to the tradition of pancakes or blini, in Russian. Hot, round and golden pancakes, as Slavic people believed, embody a little of the sun’s grace and might, helping to warm up the frozen earth.

In the Christian tradition, Maslenitsa is the last week before the onset of Great Lent. It has similar meaning as Mardi Gras in French or Shrovetide in English traditions. Traditions of welcoming Spring also exist in Moldova, Romania (Martisor), Bulgaria (Baba Marta), etc.

We invite you to Multicultural Spring Festival and Fair that exposes Eastern European culture and traditions to Canadians. You will taste delicious Eastern European and Central Asian food, enjoy Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Moldavian, Serbian folk songs and dances, shop unique handcrafts, art pieces and souvenirs at the Fair, and learn more about Canadian multicultural communities. The Festival is kid friendly. We have prepared a special children’s corner for the children, where they will have fun with experienced babysitters, while parents enjoy the concert, taste ethnic food and do their shopping at the fair.
The hours of Festival are from 12:00 to 6:00 pm. Free admission


Date & Time
March 1, 2020 at 12:00 pm
March 1, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park
1525 Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa, ON K1S 5J3 , Ottawa K1S 5J3