We all survived the Heat Apocalypse of 2019, and for that alone we earned ourselves a nice weekend in the 613. Get back into the summer groove of things by exploring our parks and bike paths, hanging around on a patio or two, and checking out some live sports, local music, or movies under the stars.
Chamberfest is back for another summer, beginning this Thursday July 25th and running until August 8th. This weekend check out a Finnish flute quartet on Friday at the National Gallery, Italian Love Songs at Beechwood Cemetary on Sunday, or a late night of piano passion at the OAG Saturday. Tickets and a full listing are online, or check out our in house recommendations.
Ottawa Asian Fest Night Market is happening in Chinatown beginning Friday at 6pm and running until 8pm on Sunday. Bring cash for all the incredible food vendors slinging delicious and authentic street foods to Somerset. Some past favourites have been squid on a stick, stinky tofu, Tibetan momos, Korean fried chicken and waffle cones. Bring the gang and your appetites.
The Ottawa Champions are back in town after a week on the road to face the Sussex County Miners at RCGT Park. Game times are 7:05 both Friday and Saturday, and 1:35 on Sunday. Saturday night is Star Wars Night, and there will be costumes, themed prizes and fireworks after the game. The Champions are coming off of a rollercoaster of a road trip, and are looking to get back into playoff contention against the 1st place Miners. Tickets begin at $11 for students.
It’s Canadian Armed Forces Night at the Redblacks game Thursday night as the boys take on the Calgary Stampeders. The Redblacks have had a rough July, but the fierce rivalry with Calgary might be the spark that gets us back in the win column.
The Mirror Mountain Film Festival is running Friday and Saturday at Arts Court opening at 7pm Friday with a selection of local Ottawa/Gatineau short films. This festival is an eclectic selection of original alternative films including animated short films, documentaries, and original dramas. Tickets are $10 for each screening, or $25 for a festival pass.
If outdoor movies are more your style, Centretown Movies are back at Dundonald Park on Somerset. Friday night they are showing Inside Out hosted by Recovery Day Ottawa and Community Addiction Peer Support Association. Pretzels and popcorn will be available for sale, and the movie admission is pay what you can. Bring a blanket or your lawn chairs and some friends for a perfect Friday night out.
The Love Local Music Showcase is run by the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, and is offering free concerts of local artists on Sparks street Saturday and Sunday afternoon. You can expect a range of genres including pop, hip hop, soul and rap from a variety of emerging talents. Find the party on Sparks between O’Connor and Metcalfe.
A Great Geek Garage Sale is happening downtown Saturday from 8am-3pm. You’ll find comic books, movies, collectibles, graphic novels and hopefully items from all corners of geek culture! There will be some lunch items for sale by donation, and all vendors will only be taking cash. Check out the event for last minute updates, and stroll on over after brunch to pick up some cool new finds.
While hiding inside during the heatwave, did you find some things around the house that needed some fixing? The Ottawa Tool Library is holding a free Repair Cafe event this Saturday from 10am-3pm at Makerspace North to help you with that! Bring along your item and get help from handy volunteers with anything from small appliances, bikes, computers, jewelry and clothes to musical instruments and furniture.
Paint Therapy on Parliament Hill is a free event running from 12-5pm Sunday afternoon to raise awareness about mental health in Canada. Paint supplies are provided, and donations go towards Youth Net/Réseau Ado at CHEO. This inclusive event encourages people to connect over art, and share experiences using creativity. There will be live music, art demonstrations, and workshops. Reserve your spot online beforehand, and spend an afternoon creating in the sunshine!
The City of Ottawa’s Summer Arts Showcase runs most weekends through the summer at Lansdowne Park with concerts of local talent. This Sunday at 6:30 check out Fiddlehead Soup, a fiddle group who describes their genre as “world-folky-cool-stuff”. The concert series is free to attend, and in case of rain will move into the Aberdeen Pavilion.
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!