The Happening celebrates and promotes businesses, the arts and the community of Wellington West – from Island Park to the Bayview Bridge. We foster and maintain a community spirit year-round through our online engagement and promotion of community members, including promoting charitable and arts events.

We are 100% volunteer run and our raison d'être is to raise funds for arts grants for the community.

 The 2019 Festival runs Friday, May 24 to Saturday, June 1, 2019:

  • Opening party: Friday May 24, 7pm, Vimy Brewing Company

  • #HappeningHood: May 25 to 31 (businesses are encouraged to run events/activities/ sales/ “Happening” menu items etc)

  • The Happening ArtsPark: Parkdale Park, 10am to 10pm

 Businesses, artists and neighbours are invited to GET INVOLVED and help make it Happen! Check out the details on our Get Involved page and get in touch through happeningottawainfo@gmail.com.

2018 WiNNER OF The HAPPENING Permanent Art Grant

Maciek Peter Kozlowski

We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2018 Happening Permanent Art Grant is Ottawa artist Maciek Peter Kozlowski! His successful proposal, "The Kiss," is all about spring, love and bicycles. The steel sculpture will be easy for everyone to see and admire while walking and driving down Wellington West in its new home on the outside of The Hair Committee. The new art installation will be unveiled on May 25 at 2pm.