Valentine’s + Family Day Fun In Ottawa This Weekend!

With COVID-19 protocols still in place, there is still plenty to do in the Nation’s Capital this Valentine’s / Family Day weekend!

Check out these ways to experience the city virtually and spend time outdoors safely!

Winterlude is taking place virtually starting today until Sunday, February 21! This year, download the brand-new Winterlude app (search “Winterlude 2021” in the app store) to access all kinds of awesome programming. Highlights include:

Tune into Exploring Canada’s Winter Traditions — A national virtual show available online until Sunday, February 21 on the Canadian Heritage YouTube channel to see ice sculptures, Canadian performances, and to discover winter traditions from across Canada, including Ottawa and Gatineau. FREE!

The National Arts Centre presents an online version of its Big Bang Festival this Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14 with mini concerts, interactive parties, and much more. FREE!

The BeaverTails Ice Dragon Boat Festival goes virtual with fun online programming, performances, activities, and more until Sunday, February 21. FREE!

Capital Winter Pride is on until Friday, February 12 to celebrate the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Ottawa with great online programming. FREE!

The Canadian Museum of History offers fun, hockey-related Winterlude at Home programming until Sunday, February 21. FREE!

Get romantic this Valentine’s Day with virtual or in-person Valentine’s Day ideas like DIY meal kits, local takeout, virtual events, outdoor fun, and more.

Ottawa Tourism launched Snowfest 613, a virtual contest encouraging locals to make and share snow creations of all kinds to win prizes, now until Sunday, February 21. FREE!

Order takeout and #SupportLocalRestaurants with the Great Canadian Kitchen Party’s virtual show Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner hosted by Alan Doyle and Tara Slone this Thursday, February 11!

Celebrate Heritage Day in Ottawa and learn about City of Ottawa resources and programming on Tuesday, February 16 at a special virtual event. FREE!

There is lots of great Black History Month programming happening virtually in Ottawa this month, including talks, performances, virtual events and more.

Ottawa Chamberfest presents Echo Chamber, an immersive experience that brings contemporary dance and chamber music together virtually this Saturday, February 13.

Calling all cheese lovers! Savvy Company hosts a Cheese Fondue Party this Monday, February 15, highlighting delicious and local cheeses and wines. Order quick for delivery by the event date!

The Snow Angel Challenge is on now until Sunday, February 28! Come together virtually to make creative snow angels and share them online using #SnowAngelChallenge, and register for special challenges, all to raise money for The Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa. Mayor Watson will even proclaim this Monday, February 15 “Snow Angel Day” in Ottawa.

Check out Ottawa Tourism’s list of virtual tours, exhibitions, activities and performances for fun ideas to enjoy your favourite spaces from home, like Parliament: The Virtual Experience. Most activities are FREE!

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