How To Celebrate International Women’s Day in Ottawa

Celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th with these fun events happening in and around Ottawa!
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International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of women, reflect on the progress made towards gender equality, and take action to create a more inclusive world. In Ottawa, there are many ways to mark this important day; whether you want to have a self care day, participate in a workshop or activity, or simply spend some quality time with the women in your life.

Check out our list of upcoming events and activities happening in and around Ottawa this year for International Women’s Day this March 8th!

International Women’s Day at Casa Amor

Celebrate the power of women at Casa Amor’s International Women’s Day celebration, hosted by All-In Event Planning and Design! Enjoy a night full of empowering speakers, engaging live entertainment, and networking opportunities.

Your ticket includes a speciality cocktail or mocktail, delicious appetizers, and yummy sweet treats. The event will also feature cute photo-ops, beautiful decor, vendors pop-ups, special giveaways, and half-priced bottles of wine.

Date: Friday, March 8, 2024 at 7-11 p.m.

Location: 145 Besserer Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Cost: $102.51

International Women’s Day Candle Workshop & Dinner

Celebrate International Women’s Day at C’est Tout Bakery in Smiths Falls for a fun night of creativity and delicious food!

Your ticket will include all of the materials to create your own personalized 11 oz 100% soy wax candle, a decadent three-course dinner, and one of their new zero-proof mocktails.

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2024 from 5-8 p.m.

Location: 20 Beckwith Street North, Smiths Falls, Ontario

Cost: $100

International Women’s Day with Elevate International

Elevate International is honoured to host its annual International Women’s Day event to advance the leadership and economic empowerment of women.

This year’s keynote and guest speakers include members of the diplomatic corps, senior executives from the federal govement, corporations and the non-profit sector.

This free full-day in-person event will aim to:

  • Explore today’s significant impact on women’s leadership in the workplace, business and philanthropy,
  • Have an open, authentic dialogue about collective action and solutions, including how to foster a more inclusive and equitable culture and advance a more diverse and competitive workforce, and
  • Discuss strategies and actions to elevate and advance women leaders from every walk of life in all sectors.

Date: Friday, March 8th from 8:30-4:30 p.m.

Location: Sir John A. Macdonald Building on Parliament Hill, 144 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Cost: FREE

Amplify Creativity & Intuition: Networking & Workshop

Digi60 Filmmakers’ FestivalThe Lotus MovementDigital Arts Resource Centre, and ACTRA Ottawa Women’s Council are excited to present an evening of community networking, building and creativity for International Women’s Day 2024.

Lead by Manali Haridas, Owner/Spiritual Wellness Coach of Zen for You, Mindfulness Coach, a TEDx Speaker, Certified Nutritionist, Certified Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Certified Healer, and Author with a coaching experience of over 20 years, she will begin with an introduction to the connection between the crown chakra, creativity and our intuition. This will then be followed by guided journaling, a Q&A session, and a meditation.

Refreshments and journaling tools will be provided. Just bring yourself and your best gal pals!
This event is reserved for women+ and gender diverse (including trans and non-binary) creatives to come together in a welcoming and safe space to explore their intuition and creativity.

Date: Friday, March 8, 2023 from 5:30-8 p.m.

Location: The Origin Arts & Community Centre, 57 Lyndale Avenue, Ottawa

Cost: By donation ($10-$25 per person is recommended however if access to funds is a barrier to participation, please reach out to us at with your request)

Framework with You Derma

Join the You Derma Team for an exclusive one-hour pilates session at Framework led by Jen Dalgleish to celebrate International Women’s Day!

This workout class promises a harmonious fusion of movement and breath. Anticipate a well-rounded sequence of poses meticulously crafted to enhance flexibility, strength, and mindfulness. The class is suitable for all levels, including beginners, and offers both challenge and accessibility.

All participants will be treated to a unique gift bag and exclusive in-clinic pricing!

Date: Sunday, March 17, 2024 from 12-1 p.m.

Location: Framework Ottawa, 99a Fourth Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario

Cost: $50 donation towards the Interval House of Ottawa

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