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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on September 27, 2012

It’s getting easier to make the case that Ottawa’s a great city chock-full of music, arts and culture. One look at this weekend’s lineup should be enough to convince out-of-towners that this city has got it goin’ on: we’ve got Oktoberfest, an outdoor picnic, an afternoon of beer and board games, a ping pong tournament, and a heckuva lot more.

Music-wise, Hey Ocean is in town Friday bringing their poppy beats to Ritual. Unfortunately, the Propagandhi show tonight is sold out – you’ll have to console yourself by checking out Mutemath and Civil Twilight or Grime Kings. The O-town Hoedown kicks off with a live radio show tonight, then stops by Irene’s this weekend (and The Rainbow next weekend). There will be raw talent at Raw Sugar tonight, while the UP and UP Revue Festival is all weekend long at the Mercury Lounge. Phantom Shores are back with their folky sounds along with Erik Lind & the Orchard, while Justin Rutledge will bring his songwriting skills to the Black Sheep on Saturday. In dance party news, Ceremony is at Fall Down this weekend, and one of Babylon’s epic parties has its sixth birthday. And, if you’re hankering to support a local musician, Atomic Rooster is hosting a fundraiser for one of their regulars on Sunday night. Or, audition for your own spot in a music group!

For you crafty and mathy types, Spins and Needles has a geometric version of their dj craft night on Friday. Festival X continues, and punkottawa has their usual flea market all day Saturday. If libraries are your style, join a bunch of them for Interlibrary Lush. If you’d rather try and figure out the mysteries behind HTML5 and CSS3 (such as, what do they stand for??), we’ve got just the event for you.

While avoiding taboo food is usually a wise thing to do, this weekend that’s not the case as Taboo Eats features some of Ottawa’s non-chefs (read: homecook geniuses) cooking up a storm. If you just can’t break any taboo, then Red Apron probably has a few tasty meals for you. That might be a good option for the hundreds of Ottawans set to have a ginormous outdoor picnic this Sunday, as Harvest Noir descends somewhere mysterious. You’d rather be skateboarding, you say? Go for it!

What else is going on in this great city?