Events and Workshops

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Read about events that take place at Dovercourt Recreation Centre.

For the most up to date information, see our Facebook page


Larkspur Farms: CSA & Pop Up Veg & Flower Market

Larkspur Farm will offer its Pop Up Market with fresh organic veggies and cut flowers every Wednesday afternoon from June 17 until Oct 7, 4-6:30pm. All of their produce is locally grown, certified organic and harvested fresh the day of pick up. 

In addition, they will offer their 2020 CSA program with a pick-up location right here at Dovercourt Recreation Centre! Pick-up time will be Wednesdays from 4-6:30pm from June 17th until Thanksgiving weekend.

What is a CSA? CSA stands for community-supported agriculture. Prior to the growing season, community members pay a subscription of $450 in exchange for 17 weeks of fresh vegetables valued at $30 per week. Join us and enjoy seasonal, delicious vegetables all summer long! 

Space in the program is limited. For more information and to sign up visit

Dovercourt Winter Carnival

Our Winter Carnival is usually held on the third Sunday of January.

ottawa's halloween dog parade

Halloween Dog Parade

Join us next year for another dog parade, with prizes, dog parade, celebrity judges, silent auction, food, photo booth, vendors and more. 

The Dog parade is a fundraiser for Dovercourt’s WAVE program (Work & Volunteer Experience) for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.

The event is free, but donations are welcome! Donations can be onsite, at Dovercourt in person or by phone (613-798-8950), and online through our Canada Helps donation page.

Halloween Fun at Dovercourt

Halloween Costume Swap – Swap your old costume for something new-to-you! October 2020.

Haunted Community Centre – Oct. 31, 6:30-8:30pm. Stop by this popular annual event, featuring a scary house for the brave, and a more chill hang out space for the rest.

Annual Dog Swim

Dog yoga: Outside at Dovercourt, under the blue & white tent.

Dog Swim: last Sunday in August, 5-6pm. At Dovercourt, in our wading pool.

Free admission (donations are welcome). In support of Marshall’s Dog Rescue. Booths, raffles, games, obstacle course, dog bathing station, treat bags.

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Ongoing events: 

Many (but not all) events appear in the Google calendar for the Centre (below).

Monthly (hula) hoop jams

Fridays 6:30-8pm, September to June, usually the 2nd Friday of the month (check the Dovercourt Centre Google Calendar)

  • Come out and (hula) hoop with us in a big room with mirrors, high ceilings and a great sound system! A great opportunity to practice your hoop skills. Hoops are provided for use. All are welcome. Assembly Hall/ OPTSC room, upstairs. Free. See the Dovercourt calendar for dates.
Wild Cards Pocket Band

One Sunday a month (see the Centre calendar), 6:30-8:30pm, in the OPTSC/ Assembly Hall at Dovercourt. 

  • The Wild Cards’ name lends itself well to its motto: love it live. Formed with the aim of performing and promoting old and new styles of big band music in and around the Ottawa area, the line-up is comprised of a passionate group of seasoned performers brought together by their shared love of music. The Wild Cards may be Ottawa’s newest big band, but its members weren’t born yesterday…these performers have over 700 years of combined experience! This mix of professionals, retired career musicians, and talented amateurs has performed, recorded, and toured extensively and the adventure continues. Whether you like saxophones, trumpets, trombones, any of the rhythm instruments, or are a fan of vocalists, this band has something to offer. Band members have a keen interest in playing a variety of music styles so expect familiar and classic favourites from jazz to swing to Latin to rock to pop. The band’s goal is to entertain and there are lots of toys in The Wild Cards’ toybox!
Ottawa Run Club

Tuesdays, 6-7pm

The running club provides runners of all levels weekly coached interval training to develop strength, stamina, and speed in a supportive and social environment. The club meets at Dovercourt every Tuesday night at 6pm and runs to a different workout location each week, focusing either on speed intervals or hill training. A typical workout, usually finished by 7pm, includes a warm-up, cool down, and coaching tips. Workout details are posted on the Dovercourt website:

Dovercourt Google Centre Calendar


Mindfulness Workshop with Jennifer Innes

Sun. May 3 (new date), 3:00-6:00pm, $92.50 + tax
Curious about mindfulness? Interested in learning how to meditate? Discover why so many people are incorporating this simple yet effective way to help quiet the mind, increase attention and awareness, and build resilience. Ottawa Meditation & Wellness Inc. @ Dovercourt Recreation Centre is offering a three-hour introductory workshop on these powerful mental health practices that allow us to see what’s going on in our lives more clearly and discover new ways of relating to stress.

Register online for the Mindfulness workshop here

or you may register in person or by phone at Dovercourt (613-798-8950).

Westboro Brainery Workshops

Westboro Brainery offers affordable, enriching single-session classes in food, art and DIY.  Taught by quasi-experts, passionate enthusiasts, and seasoned pros, Westboro Brainery is community-driven and made possible by Dovercourt Recreation Centre.

Classes are brief (usually no more than 3 hours at the most) and inexpensive (averaging $15-$60). Because the Brainery is a citizen-led affair, classes are largely determined by YOU, the public. You come to us with your idea, and provided it meets the basic criteria, you have yourself a class. 

Visit the Westboro Brainery website, or browse below to register.

Tulip Time

A Watercolour Class with Beverly Payne.
Monday March 30th, 2020, 6:00pm - 8:30pm. Cost: $35

To register, browse below. 

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