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The Happening Festival 2019


THE HAPPENING: it’s an annual, independently organized  festival of art & eclectica across Wellington West, through  Hintonburg & Wellington Village. 

Below, you’ll find just a few of the great events you’ll find HAPPENING this year. But check back! We’re refreshing this with new events as we get them!

We need more Happenings! Business owners, please scroll down to find out how to host your very own Happening event.

Launch Party for The Happening 2019:

  • Friday May 24,  7pm-10pm
  • Vimy Brewing Company, 145 Loretta Ave North

We are stoked to launch The Happening 2019 festival at Vimy Brewing Company on Friday, May 24. Join us for a night of craft beer, live art, crafts and movies for the kids.

The Happening Menu

  • May 24-June 1
  • Royal Oak, 1217 Wellington St West

The Royal Oak will be having a special menu themed for The Happening! Featuring 3 appetizers, 2 mans, and one dessert, the menu will highlight the creativity of their chef.

Happening Set 3-Course dinner

  • May 24-June 1 
  • The Hintonburg Public House, 1020 Wellington St West
The HPH has created a set Happening 3-course dinner with choice of 2 appetizers, 2 main courses & desserts for $40. Includes vegetarian options. 

Open Vessels

  • May 24-June 1
  • Hintonburg Pottery, 1242 1/2 Wellington St West

Of the earth and from the rock, is a celebration of ceramic work by Newfoundland Artists: Jen Bruce, Maaike Charron, Rachel Dragland, Michael Flaherty, Jason Holley, Erin McArthur, Erin Callahan St. John, Isabella St. John, Anita Singh, and Alexis Templeton, Exhibit runs May 16 – 31 at Hintonburg Pottery Shop.

Happening Pizza

  • May 24-June 1 
  • Wellington Eatery, 1008 Wellington St West
A Happening pizza deal at the Wellington Eatery for $13.99. Pick up only.

Happening Community Yoga Class

  • Friday May 24, 7:30pm-8:15pm
  • PranaShanti Yoga Centre, 52 Armstrong Street
Yoga for $5! It’s a great way to try a yoga class at PranaShanti and kick off the Festival weekend!

Pieces in the Park

  • Saturday May 25, 10am-3pm
  • Somerset Square (where Wellington West / Somerset meet).

Hosted by Malenka Originals. The park will be filled with a collection of painted furniture for sale by local furniture painters. 

Sidewalk Sale

  • Saturday May 25, 10am-5pm
  • Muriel Dombret [clothes], 1258 Wellington St West.

Muriel Dombret will be selling their samples and past seasonal styles. 

Sidewalk Vintage Sale and Coffee

  • Saturday May 25, 10am-5pm
  • The Foxhole Barber + Shop, 1206 Wellington St West.

Foxhole will be partnering with Morning Owl to serve coffee in front of their shop while also doing a sidewalk sale of “vintage menswear.” Foxhole will also be having a promotion where any in-store purchases made will qualify you to receive a percentage off on Morning Owl coffee beans which will also be available for purchase.

Lot 7 Happenings

  • Saturday May 25, Saturday June 1st – 10am-4pm
  • Lot 7, 223 Armstrong Street

Stop into Lot 7 May 24, 25,and June 1, for both indoor and sidewalk sales with their neighbouring businesses, enjoy hot and iced David’s Tea samples, yummy treats, music, friendly staff, and so much more! Be sure to enter the draw for a gift giveaway of a large soy candle and don’t forget to stamp your festival passport while you’re there!

Canadian Designer Sale

  • May 25-26, 11am-6pm
  • Trove Fashion, 1000 Wellington St West

To showcase the Canadian designers in their store, Trove Fashion is offering 20% off all ‘Made in Canada’ clothing during business hours on May 25th and May 26th.

DIY Zero Waste Cleaning Product Workshop

  • May 25, 1pm
  • Nu Grocery, 1130 Wellington St West

Nu Grocery love building our community (and the zero waste community) around workshops. Encouraging them to come out, meet people and learn new skills. We will demonstrate quick and easy to make, affordable and, of course, zero waste recipes: from making laundry powder to all-purpose cleaner, toilet bombs and air fresheners. (BYO jar to get some samples!)

7 Bands Happening in Hintonburg

  • Saturday May 25, 1pm-9pm
  • The Record Centre, 1099 Wellington St West

Stop by the shop for a day of music!

Unveiling of the 2018 Happening Art Grant art piece

  • Saturday May 25, 2pm
  • The Hair Committee, 1278 Wellington St West

Unveiling of the 2018 Happening Art Grant art piece ‘The Kiss’ by international award winning artist Maciek Peter Kozlowski at The Hair Committee. Be sure to also go inside to see his current art exhibition. See the pieces here.

Chakra & Yin Yoga

  • Saturday May 25th, 2pm-5pm
  • PranaShanti Yoga Centre, 52 Armstrong Street

Join Maria Figueroa and Stéphane Ippersiel at PranaShanti for a 3-hour workshop on how Yin Yoga can be used as an effective tool to re-align your Chakras and get your energy flowing!

The HPH Open Mic

  • Saturday May 25th, 3pm-5pm
  • The Hintonburg Public House, 1020 Wellington St West

Muskoka Brewery Presets The HPH Open Mic With Jess Cole. 3pm-5pm. Stop by & enjoy the music or chime in & play a few. Enjoy $2 off ALL Muskoka Brews during the event. 

Happening Bird Army LIVE

  • Saturday May 25, 6pm-10pm
  • The Hintonburg Public House, 1020 Wellington St West.

Now is your chance to win your very own Daniel Martelock Bird Army art piece! Come by The HPH to watch Daniel paint YOUR new art piece live at the bar. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 & can be purchased in advance at the restaurant up to as late as 10 pm on the 25th when the winner will be chosen. Cash only for raffle tickets. 

Happening Brunch & Board Games

  • Sunday May 26, 11am-3pm
  • The Hintonburg Public House, 1020 Wellington St West.

Bring the family down for Happening Brunch & Board Games at The HPH. Bring in your own games or try out one of our vintage finds. Good ol’fashion fun. Makes a great afternoon date with family or friends PLUS there is no fee to play! 

Happening Colouring Night

  • Monday May 27th, 4pm-10pm
  • The Hintonburg Public House, 1020 Wellington St. West

1020 Wellington Street WestLike to colour? Need to unwind after a long day? Stop by The HPH to enjoy a few drinks, dinner & colour some pages in the book created by a variety of local artists Andrew King, Marc Adornato, CT, Megan D’Arcy, master tattoo artist Shark, Andrea Emery, Daniel Martelock, Andrea Stokes, Jamie McLennan, Thomas Slaughter & the late great Alex Neron.

Oak Island Revealed

  • Tuesday May 28th, 7pm
  • The Hintonburg Public House, 1020 Wellington St. West

There are untold secrets in Canada, a hidden history that can be revealed through research and new evidence that points to a tangled web of truth. Join author and artist Andrew King in a multimedia presentation that reveals the hidden secrets of Oak Island and starts a quest for the truth behind an elusive treasure…

Happening Beer Bike Raffle Party

  • Wednesday May 29, 4pm-6pm
  • The Hintonburg Public House, 1020 Wellington St West.

Only $25 per ticket for your chance to win this awesome bike with $5 from each ticket sold donated to Parkdale Food Centre.  Follow the link to the Eventbrite page to purchase tickets.

Happening Art Market

  • Thursday May 30th, 7pm-10pm
  • The Hintonburg Public House, 1020 Wellington St. West

$200 & Under Art Show featuring 3 talented local artists. Andrea Stokes, Bev Thibault & Daniel Martelock ALL at affordable prices. Fun evening of art, crafts, cocktails & more!

The Happening ArtsPark

  • Saturday June 1, 10am-10pm
  • Parkdale Park

We are excited to collaborate with Hintonburg Community Association ArtsPark once again to make one jam-packed family-friendly party at Parkdale Park! Join us for a variety of performances and activities from morning to night, including live music, artisan crafts, dance performances, tons of interactive kids’ activities, and an art throwdown. We will have food by Seed to Sausage General StoreCarleton TavernThe Merry Dairy, and craft beer gardens featuring Beyond the Pale Brewing Company and Vimy Brewing Company.

As always, admission is free! We will be collecting donations to fund arts grants/activities for the #WellingtonWestcommunity. Cash only for food and drink. Mark your calendars for our volunteer-run community event from 10am to 10pm!

Artisan Craft Market 10am to 4pm (

2019 Main Stage Line Up

There is something for everyone, so stop by and celebrate what makes Wellington West unique!

Invitation for businesses: 

We invite all Wellington West businesses to participate in The Happening Festival taking place from May 24 to June 1, 2019.

To get involved in this year’s festival, please review this info package and contact organizers ( for more information.

1. Plan fun activities May 25 to 31, 2019 to help celebrate #WellingtonWest, your business, customers and the community. Suggestions include:

  • Special events like demos, concerts, open houses
  • Art shows
  • #Happening menu items (food or drink)
  • Sidewalk or indoor sales
  • Window displays
  • Events can also be your regular weekly events that you would like to showcase, with a “HappeningHood” spin

2. Send the event details to We will do our best to send a volunteer to live post social media from your event. (Please note: these are your events and The Happening is not to be held liable for them.)

3. Promote your event(s) on social media using #HappeningHood and tag us on Facebook and Instagram @TheHappeningOttawa and Twitter @HappeningOttawa plus follow us on social media and engage in our content. Please also email us your event date, time, location and a brief description and they will be listed on the Wellington West WBIA event page. We will create a post and work to amplify the messaging along with the rest of the neighbourhood. Continue to promote your events through your usual methods to reach clients who do not use social media (ie, posters, table cards, e-newsletters). Please let us know if you would like us to send you The Happening 2019 logo to use in your promotion.

4. We encourage you to collaborate with your neighbouring businesses to hold complementary events to bring people to your area of Wellington West on the same day/time of day to help build momentum and foot traffic.

5. Please put the enclosed Happening poster up in your business in a visible place.

We have also created a #HappeningHood Passport Campaign to help draw people to as many locations as possible during the festival:

  • Community members will pick up a passport, check out activities by following #HappeningHood posts, visit the business, and have their passport validated (name of the business and staff person’s signature written on the back).
  • The passports with the most visits to participating businesses will be entered in a draw to win Happening prize packs on June 1. If you need more passports, please let us know (we will print a limited supply).
  • Please explain the #HappeningHood Campaign to your staff and agree on a consistent way to validate the passports from your business so we know it is legit (eg, a consistent name that you write on each passport beside your business’s name).

6. Please help promote the #HappeningHood events and The Happening ArtsPark which will be at Parkdale Park, Saturday June 1, 10am to 10pm. The June 1 event is held in collaboration with the Hintonburg Community Association. Full details are on our website and Facebook! Be sure to come by the volunteer booth to say hi. Thank you for participating in this community initiative! #WeLoveOurNeighbourhood