This weekend rests on the cusp of May into June and is jam packed full of fun. A weekend so full, it is impossible to do it all, so we’ve put together this handy little guide to the weekend’s best. Get a pen and paper ready: it’s time to plan and maximize on the good times.
Have you ever wondered what it looks like inside some of Ottawa’s architectural marvels? Are you curious to learn about other countries and religions through their embassies and religious buildings? This weekend, you’ve the perfect opportunity: Doors Open Ottawa. This Saturday and Sunday, several buildings will open their doors to the public and offer up a unique opportunity to peak inside some incredible spaces. Check out the Doors Open Ottawa website for a full list of venues.
Latin Sparks Festival Ottawa 2019 takes place this Thursday through Sunday. The festival begins with a Dance Social at Queen Street Fare on Thursday night. A snapshot of what’s in store this weekend, it includes a dance workshop, performances, and – of course – dancing. To keep your bellies full while you shake your tail feather this weekend, there will be plenty a food truck around.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of Ottawa Veg Fest, taking place at the RA Centre this Saturday and Sunday. The festival features a lengthy, and entirely vegan, vendor list for you to stock up on your favourite nut cheeses and bath and beauty products. The weekend also features several speakers, demos, and a panel discussion. Let us not forget the food court, with delicious vegan eats!
Come out and support the Ottawa Art Gallery this Thursday at LE PARTY Art Auction 2019. The Ottawa Art Gallery offers free admission and all kinds of awesome free programming throughout the year and, in order to help raise money to continue to make art accessible to all, they’re hosting an art auction and cocktail party at the Gallery. And after LE PARTY comes the Après/After LE PARTY. Come drink, dance, and be merry—and buy some art from the Galerie Annexe spring art sale.
An art market of a different sort, the Happening Art Market is taking place at Hintonburg Public House. There will be art by three local artists for sale: Andrea Stokes, Bev Thibault, and Daniel Martelock – all for under $200.
Friday night is the night of music releases: the evening plays host to three. Flying Hórses is playing the first concert of their Reverie tour at St. Luke’s Church. Opening for Flying Hórses is Montreal artist Socalled. Kamancello celebrates the release of their second record, Voyage, on NAC Fourth Stage. Slack Bridges will get us moving with a great new single from their upcoming album at Queen St. Fare.
For an unveiling of a different sort, head to The Art House Café for the reveal of Dom Laporte’s newest mural at their Mural Party. Dom Laporte is a local artist whose murals have been popping up all over the city, as of late. To learn more about Dom and his work, check out his website here. Better yet, swing by The Art House Café’s parking lot party to see their work and meet them in the flesh.
Grab your yoga mat and head to Lansdowne for the City of OM Festival 2019. A full day of yoga classes of all sorts and skill levels, from hatha, to flow, from power, to acro. In addition to all-day yoga, the festival also features cooking classes, mindfulness and meditation sessions, a vendor village, and a beer garden.
Bring a picnic blanket and find a spot in the sun this Saturday, at The Happening ArtsPark in Parkdale Park. A full day of live music, art, dance, food, beer, and fun for the whole family.
Shanghai Restaurant is hosting its first Saturday Summer Market of the season. Their parking lot turns into a community market, with all sort of vendors. If you would like to set up a table of your own, spots are $25 and first come first serve.
Soccer fans will want to head to TD Place this Sunday at 2pm, to see the Ottawa Fury FC take on Charlotte Independence. Take advantage of the good weather and spend the afternoon cheering on our home team.
Hop on your bike this Sunday and take a leisurely ride along some normally busy routes with NOKIA Sunday Bike Days from 9am-1pm. Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway, Sir George-Etienne Cartier Parkway, and Colonel By Drive will be closed to traffic on four wheels. Don’t have a bike to call your own? Don’t sweat. You can rent one for the morning or take it out and about for the entire day.
There you have it, folks, the low down on what is up this weekend in Ottawa. With so much going on, we can’t wait to see what you’ll get up to. Be sure to take lots of photos and tag them with #apt613. We will post our favourites on our feed.
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