The ByWard Market is beyond excited to be home to many signature Winterlude events, and to be an official partner in such a significant way. From the Crystal Garden International Ice-Carving Competition, to the Annual Stew Cook-Off, Chimes – Interactive Light & Sound Installation, to the Fourth Annual ByWard Market Server Games, there will be great outdoor activities for everyone!

New event details coming up every day!

ByWard Market Exclusive Events:

28th Annual ByWard Market Stew Cook-Off
Friday February 8, 11:30 am – 2 pm
$10 cash at the door for all the stew you can eat, and all the proceeds are going to charity! Come early for the best selection of the best stews, for the BEST lunch in town! Vote for your favourites, while our celebrity judges sample the offerings, and see who becomes Champion!

Judges’ Choice Awards:
1. Courtyard Restaurant
2. Tucker’s Marketplace
3. Heart & Crown

Top Shelf Distillers People’s Choice Awards:
1. Tucker’s Marketplace
2. The Fish Market Restaurant
3. Heart & Crown

We are incredibly thankful for all the restaurants who participated and donated their time and effort into this event. Final tallies were very close this year, showing how everyone brought their A game to the table.

Over $5,000 was raised for the Lowertown Community Resource Centre, and over 530 hungry guests came through our doors. We do not envy the choices they had to make!

 

ALL NEW Stew & Brew

Unwind with us at the All-New Stew & Brew on Friday Feb 8 from 4 p.m. – 10 pm, under the big top on York Street! We’ve got an exclusive selection of stews, and a few local brews to pair with them! Tickets available at the door to purchase your samples, in sheets of 10 & 20, where 1 ticket = $1

Guided Walking Tours

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!

Saturdays and Sundays throughout Winterlude, every hour on the hour 11 am – 3 pm

Free Wagon Rides

Every Saturday & Sunday during Winterlude, and Family Day, noon – 4 p.m. Pick up location on York Street

PLEASE NOTE: Wagon Rides on Saturday February 9 are cancelled and will resume on Sunday February 10.

Winterlude SubZero Electro DJ Nights presented by the Rideau Carleton Casino
York Street

Fridays and Saturdays, February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (except Friday, February 1 until 10:30 p.m.)

Every Friday and Saturday evening, kick off your evening with electrifying music from Canadian DJ artists on the Rideau Carleton Casino Stage.

Check out more events below:

Take a Frozen road trip across Europe

February 1 to 18
Open daily, 8 am to 11 pm and on Monday, February 18, 8 am to 5 pm

Chimes – Interactive Light & Sound Installation
York Street – William Square

February 1 to 18
Open daily, 8 am to 11 pm and on Monday, February 18, 8 am to 5 pm

ByWard Market’s Crystal Garden
York Street

  • February 1 and 2, 9 am to 10:30 pm
  • February 3, 9 am to 8 pm
  • February 4 to 7, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 8, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 9, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 10, 10 am to 8 pm
  • February 11 and 12, CLOSED
  • February 13 and 14, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 15, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 16 and 17, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 18, 10 am to 6 pm

32nd Crystal Garden International Ice-Carving Competition
York Street

  • Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 9 am to 10:30 pm, and Sunday, February 3, 9 am to 12 pm
  • Awards ceremony: Sunday, February 3, 5 pm

Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space
National Gallery of Canada

  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

“I’m here with Kids” Family Self-Guide
National Gallery of Canada

  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

“I Want to See it All” Self-Guide
National Gallery of Canada

  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Maple Lover’s Tour
C’est Bon Cooking

  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Territories
George Street

  • February 1 to 18, George Street 

Altitude Gym Climbing Tower

  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 11 am to 4 pm