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.

See the listing below, and check out the extensive list on Facebook

Guided Walking Tours – Winter Edition | Visites guidées à pied du marché By

February 2, 2019 11:00 am - to - February 17, 2019 3:00 pm

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sites and sounds of this historic neighbourhood, and learn how it came to be what it is today Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance, and so much more! Profitez d’une promenade guidée du marché by ! Prendre dans les sites et les sons de ce quartier historique et d’apprendre comment on en est venu à être ce qu’elle est aujourd’hui . Découvrez les bâtiments hantées, espaces… Read more

28th Annual ByWard Market Stew Cook-Off

February 8, 2019 11:30 am - to - February 8, 2019 2:00 pm

Join us on Friday February 8 from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. for the 28th Annual ByWard Market Stew Cook-Off! All the stew you can eat for only $10 at the door, cash only. Proceeds will be donated to the Lowertown Community Resource Centre. Vote for your favourite in the Top Shelf Distiller’s People’s Choice Awards. Celebrity judges will pick Russell Hendrix/Ron Eade Chef’s Choice Award. Winners of the Judge’s Choice Awards will be announced live at the… Read more

Christmas #NGCTree Lighting

December 4, 2018 5:00 pm

Join us for our traditional Christmas Tree Lighting, where friends and family are invited to share in special holiday treats and activities. Be sure to arrive early! Because space is limited in the Scotiabank Great Hall, visitors will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. • Enjoy a ride aboard VIA Rail Canada’s Christmas Mini Train. • Make a spinning snowflake ornament to decorate your tree. • Visit our current exhibitions and sketch i… Read more

Christmas Choirs and Wagon Rides in the ByWard Market

December 1, 2018 12:00 pm - to - December 16, 2018 4:00 pm

Free Family Programming in the ByWard Market! This is part of our thanks to you for all you do to support our shops, restaurants, galleries, and so much more.   Free Wagon Rides Head over to William Square for the first three weekends in December for complimentary wagon rides from noon – 4 p.m. Rides are first come first serve, and generally last about 15-20 minutes. The tour isn’t a set route, and takes you through places in the ByWard Mark… Read more

Christmas Market by Ottawa Winter Wonderland

December 5, 2018 12:00 pm - to - December 9, 2018 6:00 pm

Ottawa Winter Wonderland hosted by Alpha Art Gallery presents the Christmas Market in the Clarendon Courtyard of the ByWard Market and NCC. Dec 5-9,2018 This Saturday! Live Santa and Mrs Clause are coming 1:30-6:00 pm Gazebo Large Sled to take photos with your family in front of the Low Carb Caffe, by Santa’s Gazebo, sponsored by the ByWard Market BIA Live Animals: goats, donkeys, lamas behind OZ Kafe 12-6 pm. Kids singing Choir mid day on stage… Read more

Family Sundays

November 25, 2018 12:00 am - to - April 7, 2019 12:00 am

Bring your family to create, learn and have fun. At each Family Sunday, kids ages 0–12 and their adults can experience the national collection through a different theme. This season, we’re having fun with Art-chitecture, Colour Magic, Tales from Near and Far and Natural Wonders. #NGCFamily Sundays are sponsored by Bell Canada Check the day’s schedule here: and the list of events below:… Read more

Remembrance Day | Jour du Souvenir

November 11, 2018 12:00 am - to - November 11, 2018 11:00 pm

In honour and recognition of the significance of Remembrance Day, all ByWard Market businesses will be open as of 12:30 on Sunday November 11. Outdoor vendors, as well as small food retailers, newspaper and convenience stores, hotels, restaurants, doctors’ offices, salons and spas, dry cleaners, and other small service providers are permitted to be open during the morning of Remembrance Day. Follow this link for further information about the City… Read more

Opening – Oscar G. Rejlander: Artist Photographer

October 18, 2018 6:00 pm

Explore early art photography through the work of the man who invented the genre. Join us for the official opening of Oscar G. Rejlander: Artist Photographer. Often referred to as the “Father of Art Photography,” Rejlander has been praised for his early experiments with combination printing, for his collaboration with Charles Darwin, and for his influence on the work of Julia Margaret Cameron and Lewis Carroll. This groundbreaking exhibition is t… Read more

Children’s Pumpkin Decorating Day

October 13, 2018 9:00 am - to - October 13, 2018 3:00 pm

Bring the kids down to the ByWard Market for some fun pumpkin decorating in the George Street Plaza (corner of George and ByWard Market Square)! They will get to decorate a mini pumpkin that they can take home with them to show their Hallowe’en spirit! Apportez vos enfants au Marché By pour la décoration des citrouilles sur la Place rue George (coin George et ByWard Market Square)! Ils auront l’occasion de décorer une mini-citrouille qu’ils peuve… Read more

Labour Day Weekend – We’re Open!

August 31, 2018 8:00 am - to - September 3, 2018 11:59 pm

The ByWard Market is open for Labour Day Weekend, including Monday, and many businesses and outdoor vendors will be open and ready to serve you. Please contact individual businesses for hours of operation. For more information about the outdoor market and vendors who will be in their stands, please call Ottawa Markets at 613-244-4410. Read more