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Weekend Roundup + Beach House giveaway

By Amanda Armstrong on October 2, 2014



Welcome to the greatest month of the year (please forgive my personal bias)! Apples, pumpkins, leaves, layers, and Halloween! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – there is a ton of awesome events happening this weekend. A great start to a great month!

This weekend is launch weekend for Support Local, a month long festival of art, culture, food, music, beer, and all around local awesomeness. With over 75 participants, including restaurants, shops, and our homegrown artists, this month is chock full of fun things to do and see, to taste and create. This weekend, Support Local brings you TWIRL by Andrea Stokes  at the Hintonburg Public House Vernissage on Thursday, as well as Twiss & Weber Paper Dolls Booklet. Let it Shine on Saturday, at JV Studios Jewellery Boutique, with a complementary jewellery cleaning while you enjoy a glass of wine and shop for more beautiful pieces! Then comes Sunday. We’ve got Make your own buttons happening on Sunday at Workshop Studio and Boutique. There is also Brew-Ha-Ha at Bridgehead Roastery, a monthly comedy and music open mic event brought to you by Greg Houston and Randy Hogg, whose first show is part of Support Local month. The Roastery is now fully liscensed, so come enjoy a few beers and many laughs. Click here for the full event listing.

This is also the weekend of Oktoberfest! Beau’s Oktoberfest is happening out at the brewery, in Vankleek Hill. Tickets for Saturday are sold out, but you can still get tickets for Friday. For an additional 10$, you can also participate in School of Bock, a series of educational beer events, from cooking with beer to beer and cheese pairings. Beau’s will be serving 13 of their beers, 7 of which are new! There will also be a Cask Haus, serving cask beers from other breweries. Some of the best restaurants around will be serving up delicious food, such as Union 613, the Smoque Shack, Backdrop, HPH and two six {ate} – everything from fried chicken to pulled pork to delicious dogs with Nightmarzen mustard. Add music and games to the mix and you’ve got yourself an awesome time!

If you can’t make Beau’s Oktoberfest on Friday night and don’t have a ticket for Saturday already, don’t worry, you can still get your fill of Oktoberfest at Creemore Springs Oktoberfest, happening at Clarke Fields Park in Barrhaven. Creemore will be serving up tasty beer and there will be plenty of tasty food to pair it with – as well as some great tunes.

What else is happening this weekend? The Ottawa Geek Market is in full swing at Nepean Sportsplex this Saturday and Sunday. A market for all things geeky – comics, board games, movies, and art (I could go on) – there is sure to be something to please your geeky side.

If you are big on film and human rights, be sure to check out the University of Ottawa Human Rights Film Festival, which will be featuring six international documentaries and films on human rights, women’s issues, and mental health.

The fun doesn’t stop there, either. This weekend has more music, poetry, art, and (believe it or not) more beer to offer! Come support Ottawa’s slam team at their last fundraiser, Capital Slam vs Urban Legends Fundraiser, before they head out to represent our city at the National Championships in Victoria, BC. 10 poets, 10$ – and one helluva slam!

The Studio Cafe will host The World Cafe, Ottawa Edition, starting on Thursday and continuing throughout the weekend that includes a reception, discussion and dance. Patrick Gordon Framing will also host a vernissage for Juan Carlos Noria Solo Exhibit this Friday. The show features 56 new paintings on a variety of mediums, from canvas to wood to glass.

Friday at the Blacksheep, The Spilt and Crowded Room present “Doo Wop” Video launch party. Tickets are 10$ and for another 10$ you can get a spot on the shuttle bus, leaving from both the Bronson Centre and the Convention Centre. A great mix of horns, bass, and guitar, come groove out to some upbeat soul funk dance tunes about sadness. On Saturday, indie-pop band Gold & Marrow will be having their album release party at Blacksheep, with guests the Visit.

Last, but not least, indie dream-pop band Beach House will be playing at the Bronson Centre this Sunday, with Skyler Skjelset, and Steve Strohmeier. Want to win a pair of tickets to see this show? Just send an email with “Beach House” in the subject line to apartment613 [at] by noon on Friday October 3. We’ll do a random draw then.

And, because we promised more beer, there is the Craft Beer Session at HPH with Kitchesippi, from 3-5pm this Saturday. Kitchesippi brewery will be pouring their beer at HPH, so come down and meet the brewery folk and sample the delicious beers they have to offer.

With a weekend so full of awesome, we expect lots of photos! Throw ‘em up on Instagram and #hashtag them #Apt613Weekend40!