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Things to Do in Ottawa: March 2019

We know, we know, spring can come any time now. Winter’s had its fun, now bring on the sunshine! Well, we’re nearly there, and it shows in the types of events on tap for Ottawa this March! The city is beginning to wake from its snowy slumber, and folks are itching to get out and enjoy a new season.

While we can’t predict whether our dreams of an early spring will come true, we can tell you that Canada’s Capital has plenty of fun events coming soon that indicate change is in the air. So, take a deep breath and let’s explore what’s on offer this month!

Leahy (March 9)

We’re just going to come right out and say it: Do yourself a favour and grab some of the last remaining tickets for Leahy’s show at the National Arts Centre. This group of fiddle-playing, tap-dancing, Celtic-roots performers has inherited centuries – yes, centuries – of musical genius that flows like blood through the veins of every child in the Leahy family. The band is a highly respected Canadian treasure known for their instrumental toe-tappers, with “Mission” and “Leviathan” serving as particular standouts.  

Now, who says Canadian music is boring? Take them to see Leahy and enlighten them!  

Ottawa Valley Farm Show (March 12-14)

Ontario’s longest-running agricultural trade show is back for 2019 at the EY Centre! 90 years old and still going strong, this is a great event for all ages. It features livestock demonstrations, farm toys and books, equipment and handicrafts for sale, and much more! With hundreds of exhibitors and plenty on offer, the Ottawa Valley Farm Show makes for a great few days of activities and events. 

Ottawa’s Annual Spring Bazaar (March 17)

Head on over to the Infinity Convention Centre for Ottawa’s Annual Spring Bazaar, a popular event with locals and visitors alike. Experience wonderful musical performances, great food and company, and all sorts of hidden gems in the form of the many vendor booths set up. Bring along friends and family for a leisurely day of shopping, fun and meeting local exhibitors!

Ottawa Irish Festival (March 7-17)

The Irish Society of the National Capital Region is set to host the Ottawa Irish Festival once again! This annual celebration of Irish culture includes the ever-popular St. Patrick’s Parade and party, the Celtic Cross Memorial commemoration, and much more! Enjoy a spirited time with friends and family in the heart of Canada’s Capital, celebrating Irish and Irish-Canadian heritage.

Ottawa Gatineau International Auto Show (March 21-24)

Have a need for speed, and not just in terms of hoping this winter hurries up and ends? You’re in luck – the Ottawa Gatineau International Auto Show is back again at the Shaw Centre along the Rideau Canal. From exotics to supercars and the world’s greatest TV and film vehicles, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re obsessed with automobile design or are just interested to see what new innovations have been made under the hood in 2019, this is a must-see.

Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show (March 24)

Looking to step back in time? The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show is coming to the Carleton University Fieldhouse. When they say it’s Canada’s largest sale of vintage clothing and accessories, they’re not playing around – you’ll experience a massive sea of racks containing everything from 1920s dresses to classy tweed suits and much more! There’s a large collection of fine jewelry to peruse as well. Apparently, there’s been an increase of rare garments coming back into the marketplace, including original Chanel pieces, so don’t miss out on getting that spring wardrobe ready! We sure aren’t.

Ottawa Home and Garden Show (March 21-24)

The EY Centre sure is a popular place this month! Another great convention, the Ottawa Home and Garden Show, is making its way there towards the end of the month. Whether you’re itching to guide your green thumb with expert tips or want to learn more about this year’s landscaping trends, you’re sure to love what’s on offer. With guest speakers (including HGTV celebrities), beautiful garden displays and plenty of exhibitors on hand, the show practically screams, “Okay, enough with the snow. Let’s get planting!”

From toe-tapping (literally) Celtic-infused folk concerts to vintage clothing sales, auto shows and much more, Canada’s Capital is the place to be in March 2019! Whether you live in Valecraft’s own Place St. Thomas or Rathwell Landing, there’s plenty of reasons to hop a bus or load the family into the car as spring comes ever-closer. With indoor and outdoor activities galore, it really does feel as if our lovely city is waking up! It’s an exciting time.

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