Events in The ByWard Market

With so many great events happening year round, make sure to plan your trip around some of the city’s best events, right here in The ByWard Market.


Family Day in the ByWard Market!

February 20, 2017 8:00 am - to - February 20, 2017 11:59 pm

Make the ByWard Market your destination for Family Day! With many stores & restaurants open for the day, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. For operating hours, please contact businesses directly. Read more

Inspiration Village

May 20, 2017 9:00 am - to - September 4, 2017 9:00 pm

Inspiration Village: an ephemeral hub that will be located in Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market. A core site for Ottawa 2017 programming, this edgy-looking entertainment locale on York Street will be the site of a succession of special exhibits and performing arts events, each one showcasing Canada’s provinces and territories. In an unusual twist, Inspiration Village will be built out of sea containers transformed into an aesthetic artistic install… Read more

Red Bull Crashed Ice

March 3, 2017 6:00 pm - to - March 4, 2017 9:00 pm

Ottawa set to thrill in 2017 with Red Bull Crashed Ice from Ottawa 2017 on Vimeo. Just steps away from the ByWard Market, athletes will go head to head, all going downhill on skates! Head over to the Market to fill up on good food, and pick up an extra layer of warmth for your hands and feet before trekking to the locks at Chateau Laurier for the main event! Read more

The Grand Ice Bar

The countdown for @winterludebaldeneige and our Grand Ice bar is on. A perfectly cool experience, Feb 3 to Feb 20 during Winterlude weekends. Read more

Belle from Beauty and the Beast visits The Grand

February 4, 2017 1:00 pm - to - February 18, 2017 2:00 pm

Join us on Winterlude weekends for a meet and greet with Belle on our winter patio. Enjoy samples of Harvey and Vern’s Olde Fashioned Soda! Read more

Snow’Art | Neig’Art – snow sculpture exhibit in the ByWard Market during Winterlude

February 3, 2017 12:00 am - to - February 20, 2017 11:58 pm

Come to Ottawa’s historical landmark, food and entertainment district to experience ByWard Blizzard Snow-Art snow sculpture exhibition on George Street – a sculpture inspired by the Fathers of Confedration. Walk through the area to discover the charm of what was once called ByTown and one of Canada’s oldest public markets! Rendez-vous au quartier historique, gastronomique et culturel d’Ottawa pour voir l’exposition de sculpture de neige Blizzard… Read more

Shake Off the Cold | Dégèle avec la danse

February 3, 2017 12:00 am - to - February 20, 2017 11:59 pm

Ottawa’s premiere entertainment district is a flurry of activity 7 days/week all Winterlude long. Shake-off the Cold to live bands & DJ’s @ dozens of venues incl.: Rainbow Bistro, home to Ottawa Blues & rock for 30 years featuring live music 7 days/week all year long. Zaphod Beeblebrox, “Nightclub @ the Edge of the Universe” has been blasting for 25 years & running. Ottawa famous, Lucky Ron is a staple @ “The Laff” Sat. afternoons sin… Read more

ByWard Blizzard Beats | Rhythmes du Blizzard ByWard

February 3, 2017 7:30 pm - to - February 18, 2017 10:30 pm

#ByWardBeats #ByWardMarket come see @djneilarmstrong tonight!!! A post shared by ByWard Market (@bywardmarket) on Feb 10, 2017 at 5:51pm PST   A new experience in an old urban space. Lights and sounds will transform these cold corners into lively music filled public spaces. Shake off the cold and get into the groove with local DJ’s. Une nouvelle expérience dans un vieux quartier urbain. Lumières et sons transformeront les coins froids dans d… Read more

2nd Annual ByWard Market Server Games

February 12, 2017 12:00 pm - to - February 12, 2017 4:00 pm

Teams from various ByWard Market restaurants, bars and cafés compete for the title of server champions!  Teams compete head to head in various server skills challenges with a Winterlude twist!  Visitors are invited to watch the hilarity unfold as servers race around tables balancing full trays while wearing oversized ski-doo suits and snowshoes, bus-boys test their skills wearing oversized mittens.  Cheer on your favourites from Winter patios and… Read more

Alex Janvier – Modern Indigenous Master

November 25, 2016 12:00 am - to - April 17, 2017 8:00 pm

Discover the universal language of Alex Janvier, one of Canada’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, in this major retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada. This retrospective celebrates Janvier’s life-long career devoted to art, knowledge and creativity. Featuring more than 150 paintings and drawings, the exhibition invites visitors to fully explore the artist’s distinct style, with its vivid colours and calligraphic lines. On display ar… Read more