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Weekend roundup + Bluesfest giveaway!

By Karen Diepeveen on July 10, 2014

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Fill up your long summer days with picnics, music, theatre and more – Ottawa’s got it all this weekend.

The sounds of Bluesfest can be heard across the downtown core – over the next few nights, you might hear strains of Blondie, Young the Giant, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), and Said the Whale, while local DJ favourites Atherton, Memetic and Zattar will be spinning a few dance parties. Read on to find out how you can win tickets to the final day of Bluesfest!

Avant Garde Bar is throwing a 10 year birthday bash Friday night, with The Cowards, Tindervox and The Ven Dreddies stopping by to celebrate. Kitchen Party celebrates their third birthday that night at the Rochester Pub, with all sorts of beats and loot. Mother’s Children launch their latest EP at House of Targ, alongside Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs, and Pale Lips. Also on Friday, the Aviary Kings are at Pressed, and it’s Tropikalo at Mugshots.

Dance parties continue on Saturday, with the Bey Bey all night dance party at Babylon, while Empty Shelves, Patterson Hall and Grand Splendid will be at Cafe Dekcuf.

No matter who you’re cheering for (or if your team made it to the final), the World Cup will be the sporting event to watch this weekend. Don’t want to be cooped up inside watching the game on a sunny day? Head down to Rideau and King Edward, where jumbo screens and excited fans will abound. Need a bit more of a local competition? Catch the Hope Volleyball Summerfest at Mooney’s Bay, with hundreds of games, food, music and more.

If you’re missing theatre since the Fringe wrapped up, be sure catch We Glow down at UOttawa – it won Outstanding Overall Production at last year’s Fringe Fest, and these performances are serving as a warm up for their upcoming Winnipeg and Edmonton Fringe performances. Down at the Ottawa Little Theatre you’ll find Driving Miss Daisy, while As You Like It can be found at parks around the city.

Get yourself down to Hub Ottawa on Friday, where spoken word legend Buddy Wakefield and 2014 World Poetry Slam Champion Ikenna Onyegbula aka OpenSecret will be performing, presented by House of PainT and VerseFest.

Eating outside is one of the best parts of summer, and Harvest Noir is kicking off their love of outdoor eating with a picnic this Saturday down at the Main Street Farmer’s Market. No fancy get-up required – just a blanket and a basket of snacks!

This week we’re giving away a pair of Bluesfest day passes for their closing performances on Sunday. To enter, leave a comment below with the band you’d most like to see at Bluesfest 2015 – leave your comment by noon on Friday, July 11, and you’ll be entered in the draw! We’ll randomly pick a winner then.

Don’t forget about our Instagram project! Tag your Instagram weekend happening photos with #apt613weekend28 . Check our Instagram feed @apt613 on Monday to see if your photos made it into our featured few!

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