Events and Workshops

winter carnival photo of people on our skating rink

Read about events that take place at Dovercourt Recreation Centre.

Note: The Centre is closed due to COVID-19, so most events are postponed until further notice. 

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


larkspur farms - bin of fresh spinach

Larkspur Farms 

Jun 2020: Order local organic vegetables and cut-flowers for weekly pick-up at Dovercourt!

Larkspur Farm is a small farm in L’Ange-Gardien, QC. Alix and Doug grow certified organic vegetables and cut flowers. This summer they are offering their food and flowers through an online store with contactless pick-up on Wednesday evenings from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Dovercourt.

To learn more about their farm or to order your veggies, visit www.larkspurfarm.net

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: https://www.dovercourt.org/flyers-and-schedules/ www.ottawarunningclub.com

Dovercourt Google Centre Calendar

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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