bookmark_borderA New World In Our Hearts May Day Picnic

Saturday May 4th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Jack Purcell Community Centre – 320 Jack Purcell Lane (just off Elgin St.)

This event will go ahead RAIN or SHINE! We hope to hold this event outside but if the weather looks dicey, we have a lovely room inside Jack Purcell ready to go.

Join Punch Up Collective and your favourite radicals in Ottawa for an picnic to celebrating May Day and our collective struggles for a better world!

May Day is a really important holiday for us! It’s a chance for us to remember and lift up all those in the past and present working to make this world a more just, livable, and delightful place for everyone. We hope the May Day Picnic will be a chance for us to come together and share stories about all the wonderful, inspiring, and powerful organizing taking place in Ottawa and beyond. Plus, who doesn’t just love a picnic with pals!

Let’s get together to share stories, make new friends, and collectively imagine possibilities for worlds beyond capitalism, colonialism, and extractivism.

The picnic will feature collaborative banners to color and draw on, face-painting, and other activities. Plus, it’s a park, with playground equipment and plenty of space to run around. Feel free to bring your outdoor activity of choice!

Food and Drink

Punch Up plans to provide some fruit, snacks, and drinks to share with everyone. But feel free to go all in on the picnic theme and bring snacks for yourself, or to share.

IF you do plan to bring a food to share, we will have materials on hand so you can label your shareable goodies (i.e. vegan, contains nuts, gluten-free, etc). If a kid at the potluck isn’t under your care, please check with their adult(s) before you feed them any food!

Punch Up will bring a few spare plates and cutlery, but please bring your own dishes and utensils to use for eating if at all possible.

And of course, there’s no need to bring any food! You’re more than welcome to just come and eat. There’s almost always more than enough food to go around.

Kids, friends, lovers, and others all welcome.


If the weather is good, the event will take place in the outdoor park space behind Jack Purcell Community Centre. If the weather is dicey, we will be using a room inside the Centre. This room is on the first floor and is wheelchair accessible.

The first floor has gender-segregated wheelchair accessible washrooms. On the 2nd floor, there is a washroom that is wheelchair accessible and gender neutral. There is elevator access to the second floor.

We request all participants refrain from wearing scents to better allow people with chemical sensitivities to attend.

If you have any other accessibility needs not listed here, please get in touch with us at

COVID Precautions

While masking is not required, N95 masks and hand sanitizer will be provided. We encourage anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID or other respiratory illness to consider not attending. We will have two Hepa filters and a CR box if we are inside.