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Kygo performs at RBC Bluesfest. The festival continues until Sunday July 14. Photo: Landon Entwistle/Apt613

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Hannah Manning on July 11, 2019

Another summer weekend is here and it is HOT-tawa! We’ve got some ideas for the weekend ahead, and if you’re looking for inspiration, why not try something new? Try paddle boarding or kayaking at Dow’s Lake, pack a picnic and enjoy the view from Major’s Hill Park, or check out one of the many new exhibitions on now at the museums in town. Want some music? Don’t miss HOPE Volleyball Saturday, and remember that Bluesfest continues through the weekend to Sunday.

Stay safe, drink lots of water, and for tips on how to beat the heat, check out Ottawa Public Health’s recommendations. (PS they also have one of the best Twitter accounts in Ottawa so if you’re not already following them, go show them some love!)


The Vanier Sugar Shack is hosting Beer & Bites this Thursday, a 5 à 7 at our favourite (and North America’s only!) urban sugar shack. For just $20, you get 4 snack bites and 4 local beer samples. Get your tickets online to save your spot.


The Vanitea Room is home to drag brunch and drag dinner – this Friday, you can enjoy performances by Devona & Featured Queens during their Drag Dinner & Cabaret.

The Northern Lights show is back at Parliament, and this Friday is the first of three shows with on-site simultaneous interpretation in American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ). On these nights, ASL and LSQ interpreters will be on site one hour prior to show time to assist visitors. The next two shows with on-site interpretation take place on August 2 and September 6. Check the Facebook event page for more information.


From 11am-3pm, head to Catherine Street for the first ever Catherine St. cookout! Taste some delicious treats from Ottawa’s favourite food trucks while giving back to the community. 10% of all proceeds will be going towards Dress for Success Ottawa to help us empower women in Ottawa and the surrounding areas.

HOPE Volleyball is back at Mooney’s Bay for another year of beach volleyball and fundraising for great organizations, plus an awesome concert. Don’t miss Hollerado, The Beaches and Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine. Concert tickets are available online or at the gate.

Up for a drive? The Station Theatre is bringing the world-class magic show OUTERBRIDGE – Clockwork Mysteries to Smiths Falls on Saturday evenings this summer at 7:30pm.


If you like soccer and have a dog (or want to hang out with some of the best doggos in town), why not head to TD Place for the Ottawa Fury’s dog friendly soccer match. The Ottawa Humane Society is partnering with the Ottawa Fury to hold a dog-friendly soccer game this summer, and if you purchase tickets using their link for the game, you save 20%! Each ticket also includes a $5 donation.

Beyond the Pale is hosting Wicks & Brews this Sunday at 3pm. Learn how to make soy candles infused with essential oils while enjoying some Aromatherapy (the beer, that is!). Tickets include your very own hand poured candle and your first beer.

The second week of July marks the annual Strawberry Social to launch berry season at Lansdowne Park Market. Sample strawberry delights from our variety of local producers and grab some Strawberry Shortcake from Parkdale Food Centre (by donation).

For more of what’s happening in Ottawa, check out our events calendar. Out snapping photos? Tag us on Instagram @apt613 for a chance to be featured on our feed. Be sure to use the hashtag #APT613 so we can share your photos!