What's on the Outaouais May 31 - June 6

Published on May 28 2019

The Outaouais is gearing up for summer: across the region, people are getting together! This week’s suggestions include a steampunk picnic, visual art, guitars and pirates!

ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

Travel back in time in Buckingham

Bizarre, amazing, unusual … the first Festival du Temps sounds very intriguing! Organized by Steampunk Buckingham, the event will feature several activities at Maclaren Park, including a live show, picnics, a tapas supper ($), and … a time machine! In case you were wondering, steampunk is a retrofuturistic subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy inspired by the Victorian era and steam-powered technology. Who knows? You might bump into Jules Verne in the streets of Buckingham over the weekend!

Where

Along De Buckingham Avenue and at Maclaren Park

When

May 31–June 2

Cost

Free, except the tapas supper ($10 until May 30, $15 after May 31)

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Visit the Artistes de la Rivière

Did you know that the municipality of Portage-du-Fort is the cradle of the arts in the Pontiac? With more than 80 members, the Association des artistes du Pontiac animates the heart of this historic village with its impressive stone houses. And that heart will be beating hard on June 1 and 2, the weekend of the opening of the artists’ studios and workshops. There will be horse and carriage rides and guided tours, and you can visit the Stone School, the Pontiac’s regional arts centre.

Where

Portage-du-Fort

When

June 1 & 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Celebrate Chelsea Day

It’s the biggest celebration of the year in the charming village of Chelsea. Throughout the area, with the Meredith Centre as the main site, Chelsea Day is a community gathering celebrating Neighbours’ Day, National Sports Day and the Chelsea Recreation and Community Services Fair. Have a look at the program—you’ll be surprised by the variety of activities: a car rally, guided hikes, creative dance, a book café and a lobster fest!

Where

Chelsea and area

When

June 1 & 2

Cost

free

Good to know

A free shuttle service between the various event sites is available.

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What are you playing? I’m playing the guitar.

The fifth annual Aylmer Folk and Guitar Festival is coming up! Some 40 free live shows will be presented at various venues along Principale Street, including Bistro L’Autre Œil, Bistro Mexicana 129, Café Mulligan and Frank Robinson Park. Kick off the festival at the Aydelu Centre, where you can enjoy (and dance to) the music of Damien Robitaille (admission charge).

Where

Principale Street, Aylmer

When

June 6–8

Cost

Free. Admission charge for certain shows.

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Sail the high seas!

Take the kids on an adventure they won’t soon forget: a trip on a pirate ship! This 75-minute interactive theatre cruise on the Rideau River includes an actual treasure hunt. Arrive 30 minutes before departure time to put on your pirate outfit (provided). Arrrrr!

Where

588 Hog’s Back Road, Ottawa

When

7 days a week, according to demand

Cost

$25 per person

Good to know

Reservations highly recommended.

Learn more

Looking for more ideas? Read our blog post about new summer activities in the Outaouais!

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