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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Amanda Armstrong on July 18, 2019

Another heat wave weekend has arrived in Ottawa and there is plenty to do, if you are willing to brave leaving the comfort of the AC.

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Take a drive to the beautiful town of Almonte this weekend, for the Almonte Fair. In addition to all your favourite carnival rides and midway games, there will be a Motocross show on Friday, wrestling on Saturday, and a demolition derby on Sunday. While there, be sure to check out some of the great little shops and restaurants around town.

Learn about some of the different cultures that make up our wonderful city – and have some delicious food – at the Lebanese Festival and the Ukrainian Festival this weekend. The Ottawa Lebanese Festival is being held at St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral. Make Lebanese crafts, see dance and performances, and enjoy the rides and games.

The Capital Ukrainian Festival takes place at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine. There will be choir and dance performances, workshops to learn to make Pysanky eggs and wedding bread, and all the delicious pierogies your stomach desires.

While preparing for construction on the Centre Block, Parliament Hill has been turned into an archeological site as they uncover what lies beneath the surface. This weekend, you can see what neat things they’ve found thus far, including coins, regimental buttons, and the foundation of the Barrack Hill Guard House from the early 1800s.


If you are looking for an opportunity to meet some new people and try out some new board games, make your way to Beats & Boards at the Art House Café this Thursday. This month’s mood will be set to the tunes of guest DJ Jason Skilz.

Bibliophiles will want to head to Pressed, for a LitProv Mashup of Margaret Atwood and Roald Dahl. The audience will take the reins, directing the LitProv troupe on a dystopian adventure with scenes conceived from the wonderful tales of Roald Dahl.

The full moon made its appearance earlier this week, but it will still be big and bright in the night sky this Thursday for Open Air II. Join DJs SPORTIF, JFUN & SKiSHEiK for an evening of dancing under the stars at Parliament Pub.


The long awaited SAW Grand Reopening Celebration happens this Friday. This free evening features a triad of great things, including the exhibition opening of Sex Life: Homoeroticism in Drawing, an outdoor courtyard concert, and the premiere of SAW’s new monthly queer dance party, Transformer. There will also be lots of tasty treats and libations to enjoy.

Dance your cares away on Friday night at Timekode at d’Afrique. DJs Memetic and Zattar will be bringing an all vinyl dance party all night long.


On the hunt for the perfect summer outfit? Vintage Pop-Up 613 is hosting a Night Market at Happy Goat Coffee on Laurel Street. With a bunch of awesome vendors, bringing along their great vintage treasures, you are sure to find that special something.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, the Museum of Nature is hosting a celebration this Saturday. Come check out the incredible new moon installation, meet astronaut Jeremy Hansen, learn about growing plants in space, and take part in other cool moon-related activities. While at the museum, why not check out their new Pterosaur exhibit?

Don that sunscreen and head down to TD Place to see the Ottawa Fury FC take on the Swope Park Rangers this Saturday. Cheer on our home team and keep the undefeated streak going!


What better way to beat the heat than the Ice Cream Festival at the Canadian Agriculture Museum on the Experimental Farm this Sunday? Come learn about making ice cream, visit with the farm animals, and try your hand at making some ice cream of your own.

Well folks, that’s a wrap. Stay cool this weekend and have fun! Take lots of photos and tag them with #apt613. We love to see what you’ve been up to!

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