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Weekend Roundup: Things to do in Ottawa and Celtfest package giveaway!

By François Levesque on July 4, 2014

Given the timing of Canada Day, you’ve probably been partying from last Friday to this Tuesday. Hope you had time to recover because the weekend’s already back again!

This year’s RBC Ottawa Bluesfest begins on Thursday. Weekend highlights include Tegan and Sara, Danny Brown (Thursday), Journey & Zedd on Friday, Lady Gaga on Saturday and Mac Demarco, St. Vincent and Violent Femme on Sunday. There are tons of local bands playing throughout the fest. Big shoutout to our friends at Ottawa Showbox for showcasing the many local talents playing at this year’s festival.

If you’re thinking about heading out of town but not sure where to go, the 18th Annual Almonte Celtfest takes place on July 4, 5 and 6. Celtfest is a weekend of Ottawa Valley and Celtic entertainment, performed in the natural amphitheatre of Gemmill Park in Almonte. Apt613 is giving away 1 tote bag containing 2 CDs, 2 Backstage passes and 2 Almonte Celtfest hats (approx. $65 value). Leave us a comment with your favourite reason for heading to Celtfest in the comments section and we’ll pick a winner by Friday at noon.

Art lovers, 1st Thursdays Art Walk is back in Hintonburg and West Wellington Village. Galleries will be open from 5pm to 9pm.

If it’s nice on Friday, why don’t you head over to 8 Locks Flat for a beer and to listen to the lovely Tara Holloway? Music starts at 7pm. Later in the night local comedians take centre stage at GRINDR Comedy, hosted by Greg Houston. It all takes place at the Daily Grind starting at 10pm.

Saturday is this summer’s 3rd edition of the Brewery Market. Let’s hope for no rain this time! As usual, the event takes place from 12pm to 8pm at Hintonburg Park.

On Sunday, Heritage Ottawa is organizing a historical tour of Ottawa’s financial district. Meet at Parliamentary Information Centre, Wellington at Metcalfe Street. The tour provides an account of Ottawa’s financial institutions from Ottawa’s first bank in 1842, to the 19th century Bankers Row on Wellington St. and banks by leading 20th century architects along Sparks St., ending at the Bank of Canada.  Do you still have any of your childhood writing? CBC Radio presents Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids, an open-mic evening of book reports, awful teenage poetry, diary entries, letters from camp, etc. Starts at 8pm at Pressed. Tix are $10 in advance.

Lucky man, Alan Neal gets to interview Dan Aykroyd as part of Ottawa Little Theatre’s run of Driving Miss Daisy. Aykroyd will be at the theatre on Sunday at 2pm to chat about his role in Driving Miss Daisy, the movie (remember that?) as well as his other roles in film and theatre.

What else is going on, Ottawans? Let us know below!

And remember to tag your Instagram weekend happening photos with #apt613weekend27 . It’s for our weekend hashtag project, so check our Instagram feed @apt613 on Monday to see if your photos made it into our featured few!