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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on July 25, 2013

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Get yourselves ready, Ottawa – it’s gonna be a full, gorgeous weekend.

The folks heading to Picnic En Blanc will be thrilled for the forecast – tonight will be a perfect evening for eating under the stars. And the Centretown Film Festival starts Friday night, with The People and the Olive. They’ll have movies for the next few weekends – with movies like Ghostbusters and Dirty Dancing in the lineup, there’ll definitely be one up your alley.

Classical music fans will already know that Chamberfest opens Thursday night – this year’s lineup features Measha Bruggergosman, Dowland in Dublin, and Strungout51. Friday evening, Amanda Rheaume releases her new album down at the Black Sheep, the same night that Garaga and Street Meat will take over Raw Sugar. Indie pop fanatics should catch HIGHS and Lukas Grant at Zaphods on Saturday night.

There’s an inordinate amount of dancing opportunities this weekend: kids can dance in the street on Friday, House of Paint is hosting a launch party, Billings Estate is having the second Historic House Party with music from the Timekode DJs, and Pour Boy is throwing a Backyard Disco night with Spins and Needles. If just thinking about that makes you tired, take in some dancing at Burlesque Night: Too Much of a Good Thing down at Club Saw.

In theatre, Arms and the Man opens this evening down at Strathcona Park. And the Gladstone Theatre is hosting a one night only production of Crazy – Thursday is your only chance to catch the show. ACT Theatre is producing The Dreamer examines his Pillow this weekend only, too.

Karsh-Masson Gallery is moving down to Laurier – and to celebrate, they’re having a ‘finissage‘ with music, food and memorabilia down at their current St Patrick location. BLINK Gallery is hosting a few friends from Toronto’s Red Head Collective in their new Inside/Outside exhibit, which explores the many facets of “the box.” Fall Down Gallery is hosting a fundraiser for CHEO, featuring art by Kaylie Seaver and music from The Haigs.

We’ve also got a letterpress workshop, chefs facing off, and a bbq for World Hepatitis Day. What else have you got going on this weekend, Ottawa? Let us know below!