The solstice is upon us. It is the first weekend of the summer and the city is alive with countless ways to celebrate the official arrival of this beautiful season.
The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is taking place at Vincent Massey Park this weekend. There will be an Indigenous Culinary Arts Pavilion, workshops, and a Pow Wow competition spanning both days. In addition, the Celebration Stage will be bursting with performances and programming all weekend long; from throat singing, to movie screenings, hoop dancing, to DJs.
Ottawa Jazz Festival takes over the grounds of Marion Dewar Plaza at City Hall, Confederation Park, and the National Arts Centre’s fourth stage beginning this Friday. The weekend boasts several noteworthy performances, including Judith Hill and Chicago. Back again is the After Dark Series – a series of low cost, late night concerts. There are also several free concerts at satellite venues, such as Queen St. Fare and Grill41 at the Lord Elgin Hotel, all throughout the festival. Check out some of Apt613’s picks here.
The Fringe Festival wraps up this weekend, but there are still plenty of opportunities to catch a show. Check out the full lineup here or, if you are looking for suggestions as to what to see, check out our full list of reviews by Apt613 contributors here.
Art in the Alley celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Celebrate their anniversary, alongside the solstice, with live music in the alley on Friday night, or take a stroll through over the weekend and check out some of the incredible works by local artists.
Ottawa Ribfest takes over Sparks Street this weekend. Over a dozen rib trucks will descend upon the city from across North America to compete for the “Champion Belt”. To accompany your ribs; there are donuts, corn on the cob, and potato on a stick. To wash it all down with, they’ll be serving up some thirst-quenching libations, both alcoholic and not.
The Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is on at Mooney’s Bay Park. The races begin at 8am on Saturday and, in addition to the over 200 teams competing, there will also be free concerts, axe throwing, and volleyball.
Board game enthusiasts will want to make their way to Beats & Boards at The Art House Café this Thursday. Come by yourself, or bring a friend, and learn a new board game, or play an old favourite. Hosts Rob and Ashley are more than happy to teach you any game you wish and DJ Hobo’s beats provide a great ambience to the evening.
Open Air Social Club returns to Parliament Pub to kick off a season of dancing under the stars. Dance your way into the arrival of a new season, with DJs Sacha Foster and Ski Sheik.
What better way to celebrate summer’s arrival than Go Skateboarding Night which begins at Birling and wraps up on the patio of The King Eddy. Wheel through the heart of the city during golden hour and cap off the ride with a free beer!
Not your average thrifting experience, Summer Thrift Night is happening at Black Squirrel Books this Friday. The $5 cover will get you into this curated event, where someone has already done the hunting for you! They will also be serving drinks and treats, and DJ Seiiizmikk will be on the decks all evening long.
Dance the shortest night of the year away at Timekode this Friday night. DJs Memetic and Zattar will be spinning vinyl that is sure to bring the summer heat.
All Hands On Deck returns to Beyond the Pale Brewery this Saturday at City Centre. Their second year running, the show features over 200 skateboard decks painted by local artists. A portion of the proceeds from the silent auction of these one-of-a-kind boards will be donated to For Pivots Sake.
With the promise of good weather and a weekend of busy fun, we suggest you take Sunday slow. Hop on your bike and enjoy the NOKIA Sunday Bikedays. Head to Lansdowne Park for the Ottawa Farmers’ Market – and check out the Kombucha Festival while you are at it. Squeeze in another concert at Jazzfest, enjoy a pow wow at the Summer Solstice Festival, or cheer on a good Dragon Boat race. With so much to do this weekend, get out there and enjoy yourselves. Tag your photos with #apt613; we love to see what you’ve been up to!
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