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Buds and Boardgames (click for more info)

  • Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts (Use Cumberland Entrance) 310 Saint Patrick Street Ottawa, ON, K1N 5K6 Canada (map)

Our first annual event! Come play board games with us on Saturday June 29th from 11am to 9pm. There will be plenty of prizes to give away and lots of opportunities to win games through our Play-to-Win games library!

Please click here to register and confirm your attendance. You’ll require a ticket when you get to the door. Your ticket will also act as your entry into our door prizes and giveaways.

About this Event

Admission for this event is free. All ages are welcomed for this event.

Buds and Boardgames is an event that promotes unplugged time. The board gaming community is growing everyday and we would like to continue to be a part of this growth.  We are hoping this event brings people from all over Ottawa and the neighboring areas to enjoy board games with us.

We hosted a similar event last year and had great success, this is what lead us to create Buds and Boardgames! Feel free to bring your own games to share or learn a new game from our library. We will also have over 5 titles available in our Play-to-Win library. You will have the chance to win any of the games you play from this library.

All levels of experience welcome.


View our full sponsor list on the Buds and Boardgames website.

Buds and Boardgames would love to have your helping hand! If you would like to become a volunteer for Buds and Boardgames 2019 please fill in out our volunteer form.

All volunteers are eligible to win giveaways and play to win contests.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a fee for this event? - Admission to Buds and Boardgames is 100% free.

Where should I park? - Paid parking can be found at 160 Murray St Ottawa, ON K1N 5M8. Street parking is free after 5:30pm and 4:30pm on Patrick street.


Will I need my ticket? - We expect this event to fill up fast, for this reason we cannot allow entry if no ticket is provided.

Food / Drinks - Saint Brigid’s Well will be selling food and drinks, there is also other options nearby.

Alcohol / Drugs – Alcohol will be available, we ask that anyone that does drink, does so responsibly. Drugs are not permitted.

Children - Our goal is to host this event in a family friendly environment. That being said, children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Minors age 10-17 must have a parent/guardian present at all times.

Harassment - Don't harass other guests. If you feel you're being harassed, please inform one of our crew members immediately, we want to ensure everyone has a pleasant experience. Our harassment policy can be found at the Buds and Boardgames website.

Door Prizes / Giveaways - We will be doing the giveaways at 2pm and 6pm. To quality, you must be checked in 15 minutes before the times provided. We will select checked-in guests and announce their name over the PA to claim their prize. Unlike our Play-to-Win rules, Winners must be present to win.

Sportsmanship - Everyone is here to have fun, please respect each other and don't be a jerk.

Lost Items/Theft - Buds and Boardgames, Board Gaming Crew, and Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts are not responsible for any lost or stolen property.

Can I bring my own games? - Of course! We encourage guests to bring their own games.

Who is running this event? - Buds and Boardgames is managed by Board Gaming Crew, a board game review group based in Ottawa.

Are you looking for sponsors for Buds and Boardgames? - Always. You can find information about sponsoring at the Buds and Boardgames website.


Buds and Boardgames will have a library of games which are eligible for Play-to-Win. You’ll be able to view these rules at the event and on our website. Playing any game from our Play-to-Win library allows you to fill up a Play-to-Win ticket for that game. Winners for each game will be selected from all the players who played that specific game throughout the day. Winners do not need to be present to win, however they must be able to meet in Ottawa within 2 weeks of the event to claim their prize. The complete list of Play-to-Win titles will be posted on the Buds and Boardgames website.

Game Library

Meeples to go will be providing the games collection for Buds and Boardgames 2019.

The game library will be available to everyone and will include various types of board games. To check out a game from our library, you'll need to leave a valid piece of ID until the game is returned. Feel free to bring your own games to the event as well!

You can view the games library, and the play to win game titles at the Buds and Boardgames website. (Coming Soon)