We invite you to participate in The HAPPENING.
Here are some ways you can get involved.



The Happening festival is run by volunteers who live or work in the community. We currently have no hired hands so we count on help with logistics, communications, social media, printing and more from our volunteers. The HAPPENING is a great way to get to know the locals and support the community. 

Send us an email with how you would like to help out and when you are available.

The HappENing ArtsPark

We are putting together a fun lineup for The HAPPENING ArtsPark to be held on Saturday, June 2, 10am to 10pm at Parkdale Park! We will be looking for artists, makers, musicians, breweries, food carts, children's entertainers and volunteers to organize the party. Get in touch if you are interested in taking part.



Be 1 of 9 artists to compete in The HAPPENING ARTSPARK 2018 ART THROW DOWN June 2, 4pm-7pm at Parkdale Park here in Ottawa.

Basically, anything goes — paint, sketch, assemble, print, sculpt — whatever your speciality is! Showcase your talent for the chance to win and have some fun!

There is a 30-minute time limit but no set medium to work and no theme. Do what you do best and highlight the diversity within the visual arts community in the city.

There will be 3 rounds: one winner will be chosen by ballot, by the public in each round. The winning piece from each round will be entered to compete in the 4th and final round. The winner of the final round will receive one of the art grants from The Happening ArtsPark worth $250 PLUS a generous gift certificate from Wallack's! Each piece will be sold via live auction at the end of the throwdown with 50% going to the artist and 50% back to the festival. Any unsold works will be the responsibility of the artist to take home.

Each artist will be reimbursed $20 at the event in exchange for bringing/purchasing whatever you need to create your art piece (including an easel, paint, brushes, etc.; there will be water on site).

To apply, email thehph@live.ca by April 1st, 2018 with a link to your website or samples of your work and a brief description of what you plan to create.  We are looking for a variety of mediums to celebrate the diverse art scene in Ottawa so please share this with your contacts. We look forward to seeing your Happening proposals!


Host an event during the 2018 Happening Festival

The Happening Festival celebrates the businesses, art, and culture of Ottawa's Wellington West, home of Hintonburg and Wellington Village.

Friday, May 25 The Happening will be hosting an opening party to kick off the festival at Vimy Brewing Company. Watch for details on our website.

Saturday, May 26, Sunday, May 27, Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1, we're inviting the neighbourhood folk, as well as friends and families from all over Ottawa and beyond to attend The Happening events at local businesses. This is where YOU come in and sign up to host an event.

The Happening Festival closes on Saturday, June 2 and is happy to announce that we have collaborated with ArtsPark to create The Happening ArtsPark. Starting at 10 am until 11 pm there will be live music, an artisans marketplace, The Happening Art Thrown Down, food, craft beer and spirits garden, and many interactive children's activities. Best of both festivals combined!

This is YOUR chance to be part of the 2018 Happening Festival!

Why you should host a Happening event

  • Introduces visitors to our local businesses
  • Shows off the vibrant community we work and live in
  • Provides interesting venues for local artists
  • Promotes our local artistic and cultural talent
  • Raises money for Arts and Culture grants