The last weekend in July will be bringing the sunshine once the rain clears, and no lack of interesting things to do, places to eat, and open air movies to watch!
Chinatown is home to the annual Ottawa Asian Night Market running Friday to Sunday. A portion of Somerset Street at Bronson will be closed for the food stalls and pedestrian traffic, with a beer tent and live DJs to entertain the throngs. This is a great opportunity to sample a wide variety of asian street food. Check out the impressive 100 person Dragon Dance parade which begins at Bell Street at 12pm on Saturday.
If you haven’t been to Mosaïcultures yet, this weekend’s theme is “Communities in Bloom.” Get your tickets online in advance, and check out this wildly popular live art installation in Gatineau.
Chamberfest is celebrating its 25th year in Ottawa, kicking off on Thursday and running right through until August 9th. Spread over nine venues in and around Ottawa, this live music festival features some of the best classical talent from around the world, and is growing to include film this year as well. New this season is an opportunity for concert goers under the age of 35 to benefit from discounted tickets, and Chamberfest also has its own curated Spotify playlist to get you in the classical mood.
Capital Pop-Up Cinema is at the Canadian War Museum screening cult favourite “A Knight’s Tale” on Thursday as part of the Museum’s “Knights at Night” free programming. Take advantage of free admission to the museum from 5-8pm on Thursdays, followed by the outdoor screening at 8:30. Bring a chair or blanket, and splurge on some $2 popcorn.
Comedian David Cross is performing at the Algonquin Commons Theatre, and is our Comedy Pick this weekend. Tickets are still available if you’re in need of a great laugh to kick off the weekend.
Friday is the full moon, which naturally means Full Moon Yoga at Lansdowne. Bring your own mat to this free session that is available to all levels of bendiness, beginning at 9pm.
Dominion City’s monthly Pop-up Brewery Kitchen is going down on Friday featuring Katie Ardington, Executive Chef at Beckta dining & wine, Gezellig, and Play Food and Wine. This is a partnership made in Ottawa foodie heaven, so don’t miss your chance to enjoy Ardington’s killer high brow bites on the chill Dominion City treehouse patio.
Centretown Movies is collaborating with Gallery 101 and the Asinabka Festival to present “Maker of Monsters: The Extraordinary Life of Beau Dick” at Dundonald Park. This documentary is part of the Asinabka film festival and explores the life of legendary First Nations carver Beau Dick whose legacy was not only incredible art, but political activism. The film is pay-what-you-can and begins at 9pm.
Centretown Movies goes back to back this weekend with the entertainment, offering “The Sandlot” at 9pm in Dundonald Park. This childhood classic should tide us all over until the Ottawa Champions are back in town. Bring your lawn chair, sunflower seeds and your ball glove to keep it festive.
Spend Saturday at Terrace on the Canal taking in the views and the vibes at Bicycle’s Biergarten 2018. From 11am-9pm, Bicycle Craft Brewery will offer 10 beers on tap, with local food and live music. Cyclists can also take advantage of the free bike valet parking service.
The Ottawa Fury are taking on the Louisville City FC at 2pm Saturday afternoon. It will also be Dog Day at TD Place, and your $15 ticket includes entrance for the four legged soccer fan in your life. Use promo code “BARK” when you buy online.
Paint Therapy Ottawa is on Parliament Hill raising awareness about mental health and the role that art can play in our lives. The event is totally free for participants of all ages and includes art supplies, workshops, guest speakers and face painting. This is the perfect activity to do with your family, or post-brunch with the gang. Running from 11am-5pm, the event supports DIFD at The Royal, and Youth Net/Réseau Ado through CHEO. This event was scheduled for last weekend, but was moved because of the weather, so we all get a second chance to make some art!
If you’d prefer Chamberfest outdoors, then Chamber Pints is the concert series for you. Starting at 4pm, Juno-award winning Canadian fiddle group “The Fretless” will be at Tavern on The Hill to play some tunes while you eat some gourmet hot dogs and admire the views. Win/win/win.
If the weather holds, consider going for a Sunday drive to Wakefield, where local travelling theatre group Bear & Co. is bringing their production of Cymbeline to the Fairbairn House Heritage Centre for 7pm. They are playing in public parks all over Ottawa until August 5th, but this is just a great excuse for an evening cruise through Gatineau Park.
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