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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Amanda Armstrong on May 9, 2019






It is finally spring in this wonderful city! It is time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. There is plenty to get up to this weekend, and we know that you’re excited to get to it, so we’ve made this handy little list to get you started!

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Spring arrived just in time for the Canadian Tulip Festival, which begins this Friday at Commissioners Park by Dow’s Lake. Come enjoy the beautiful tulips along the Tulip Boardwalk, learn about the history behind the Tulip Festival in the Heritage Pavilion, and enjoy some live music and tasty food truck treats.

DIY Spring 3 blooms with live music and art in various locations around Ottawa this weekend. DIY Spring began in 2016 and has newly become an artists collective whose mandate “is to promote, support and celebrate the work of emerging Black, Indigenous and racialized women and LGBTQ+ artists in the Ottawa area through an annual music and arts festival.” This year’s festival features performances by Eyeda Sophia, King Kimbit, Lucila Al Mar, Sydanie, Rita Carter and many more. For a full list of events, check out the schedule here.

Ottawa Beer Fest’s taps are flowing this Friday and Saturday in Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park. Enjoy some refreshing libations from the folks at Whiskeyjack Beer Company, Lake of Bays Brewing Co., Trestle Brewing Co., Overflow Brewing Company, and many more. For a full list of breweries attending the event, see here.


Gathering | Rassemblement: Mique Michelle, takes place this Friday at Wallack Galleries. Arts Network Ottawa will unveil Neighbourhood Arts Ottawa’s 2019 artists, including works by Melanie Yugo, MASC’s Awesome Arts Festival, and others. Stay for a talk by Mique Michelle, a local graffiti artist.

If spring has got you feeling like dancing, there are a couple of places to make that happen this Friday night. DJs Trevor Walker and Zattar are bringing the tropical heat to Happy Goat with Tropikalo. You might also want to check out the live-music-turns-dance-party at Black Squirrel Books, with performances by DOXX and Holy Christopher and an after party with DJs Sweet Chili Heat, Hilly, and Mani Pedi.


If you haven’t had a chance to pick up something for your mom this Mother’s day, Saturday has got you covered. There is not one, but two craft markets, where you are sure to find the perfect something.

Freewheeling Craft’s Mother’s Day Craft Market is taking place at the National Arts Centre throughout the afternoon. This market boasts 45 vendors, including Zoe’s Corner, Cotton Stitch Collective, Birch Jewelry, and more. There will also be live music between noon and 3pm.

The second craft market is Square Lemon’s first ever: Something’s Blossoming – Market for Mom, at Makerspace North. Check out some amazing local vendors, including Apricitysox, Snail Crafts, Purple Unicorn Creative, and more. This market takes place in the evening, so there is plenty of time to attend both!

Bibliophiles rejoice! The Mammoth Used Book Sale, by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association, is back. With books of all genres, for as little as one dollar, it is the perfect opportunity to flesh out those bookshelves.


With Mother’s Day this Sunday, there are plenty of activities around town that you and your mom will both enjoy. There is a Mother’s Day Fury match at TD Place at 2pm. Bring your mom (who gets in for free) and cheer on the home team as they take on North Carolina FC. Make a day of it and go for breakfast at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market in Aberdeen Pavilion before the game.

For those of you with green thumbs, Friends of the Central Experimental Farm are hosting their annual Plant Sale this Sunday in the Arboretum at the Farm. This is a great place to stock up on plants to fill your gardens, now that the season is finally here. Only a short romp from Dow’s Lake, it is also a perfect opportunity to check out the gardens at the Canadian Tulip Festival.

Well folks, there you have it, the shorthand version of this weekend’s events. We hope you have a great one! Get out there and enjoy yourselves. Take lots of photos and tag them with #apt613; we love to see what you’ve been up to!

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