Nothing beats a summer weekend, and the weeks are beginning to feel shorter and shorter as the days get longer. If you aren’t spending the weekend at Lebreton Flats taking in Bluesfest, there are plenty other events around town that will keep you just as busy as you want to be!
There is nothing quite like a twinkly evening spent in a local park, watching some Shakespeare under the stars. We have two talented companies here in Ottawa sharing their passion for outdoor Shakespeare all across the 613, and opening this week. A Company of Fools is showing a carnival-themed Romeo + Juliet for the first time in their history, playing in Orleans, Old Ottawa South and Strathcona park this weekend. For something a bit more on the comedic side, Bear & Co. is putting on A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Sandy Hill, Alta Vista and Centrepointe this weekend. Both companies suggest a ticket price of $20, but are PWYC.
The Ottawa Champions are home all weekend against the Trois Rivieres Aigles, after facing the Shikoku Island All Stars this week. The boys of summer are hoping to keep building on their current momentum, after outfielder Steve Brown was named CanAm League Batter of The Month for June, and three of our boys were named to the CanAm All Star team. Thursday is $1 Hot Dog night and your last chance to see the Japanese team. Friday Night is $5 Buds, Saturday is $5 Big Rig and Ladies Night. Sunday’s day game is a perfect opportunity to enjoy a relaxed sunny sit on my favourite patio.
Music and Beyond is a classical music festival held in Ottawa every summer, and it opens this week with a wide variety of performances. Check out The Snow Queen at the GCTC, Australian Orava String Quartet at allsaints Event Space, or an afternoon of song at Dominion Chalmers. Tickets can be purchased online, and range from $15-$70.
If the heat wave is too much for you to handle, remember that most museums and galleries are free Thursday evenings, and would most certainly be climate controlled! Check out the new Highland Warriors exhibit at The Canadian War Museum, the fabulous new Moon sculpture at the Museum of Nature, or catch the sunset from the second floor of the Bytown Museum .
The Redblacks are home again this week, taking on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers under those Friday Night Lights at 7:30pm. (I call them Loserpeg. You’re welcome to use that.) There are only 9 home games this season, so even if you aren’t going to make it this weekend, be sure to check out the schedule with the gang and make some arrangements for the future. See if the lumberjacks can make it 3 in a row for the season at TD Place.
The Ottawa Humane Society is holding a Kitten Shower this Saturday from 10am to 1pm. This is a busy time of year with lots of cats and kittens arriving in shelters, needing foster homes and forever homes. There will be refreshments, cookie decorating, traditional shower games and lots of fuzzy new friends! This is a good opportunity to meet a potential new family member, get involved in meaningful volunteering, play with cats, or donate to a worthy cause.
Anything that is worth doing in the summer, is worth doing outside, amiright? Saturday night we have two options for outdoor movie screenings, so you can take your pick! Capital Pop-Up Cinema is showing “A League of Their Own” at Beechwood Cemetery starting at 8pm. BYOChair, or rent one for $5. Popcorn and snacks are available for purchase as well. Lansdowne Movie Nights are showing “Smallfoot” on the Great Lawn at 8:30pm. The movie is free to attend, so maybe grab a bite at Lansdowne beforehand and bring snacks to share? In case of rain, the movie will be shown in the Aberdeen Pavilion, so this is event is a sure thing.
The Haunted Walk is bringing their spooky historical tour to the Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park every Saturday evening this summer beginning this weekend. The 90 minute moonlit walk begins at 8, and tickets can be purchased online ahead of time. This is a tour that MacKenzie King himself would have loved, so bring your bug spray and experience the historic Estate in a completely different way. Date Night? I dare you.
Do I have to remind you about the Lansdowne Ottawa Farmer’s Market? If so, consider this your official reminder to eat your veggies.
New to town? Born and raised? Bored? Broke? Why not take a free walking tour of the city? If you’re reading this, you’re a cool cat who likes the 613. Ottawa Free Tours offers a series of free and entertaining walking tours to introduce this great city and some of its wildest secrets to the masses. This Sunday explore downtown starting from the War Memorial at 11am. Register online, and walk off that brunch.
Throw caution to the wind, take Monday morning off and hit up the Video Dance Party at Queen St. Fare’s Q Bar Sunday night. The event is 19+, and free before 11pm. They’ll be projecting the music videos of our junior high dreams onto a 50 foot screen and spinning the tunes until 2:30. Request as many boy bands as possible.
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