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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Hannah Manning on August 1, 2019

And just like that, it’s August! Welcome to another exciting long weekend. Read on for some of our picks. We’d love to hear what you get up to, so be sure to tag us on Instagram and Twitter with #apt613.

All Weekend

Buskers from all over the world will descend upon Sparks Street for the 2019 Buskerfest. With 125 live shows from August 2-5, you can see circus acts, acrobats, aerial performers, fire performers, comedians, jugglers, magicians, musicians, and more. Shows start around 11am and go until 10:30pm. Check out the full schedule online.

Chamberfest’s 25th anniversary festival continues throughout the long weekend. Not sure where to go? Here are 4 picks to get you started.

Grab a blanket and get ready for some outdoor theatre. Bear & Co.’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is travelling to various parks until August 4, so find the one nearest you and be sure not to miss out. Odyssey Theatre presents The Bonds of Interest in Strathcona Park until August 25. Our reviewer called it a must see play. Make it a theatre trio and check out a Company of Fools’ Romeo + Juliet. Apt613’s theatre reviewing duo gave it a rave review, and said that “with simple yet beautifully artistic sets, the over-the-top comedy and the outdoor setting, you feel as if you have been brought into the world of pantomime.” Locations can be found online.


The theme of House of Paint’s 2019 season is #Elevate, and this Thursday you can attend the official kick off of the 2019 House of Paint Festival Season. The #Elevate Launch Event is an art opening done up in true HoP style: good food, good drink, good friends, good times. Learn more about this year’s festival at the free launch party at Happy Goat (35 Laurel Street) from 7-9pm.

Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria premieres tonight in Gatineau. Learn more about the show in our interview with Cirque’s Francis Jalbert. Get there early and stop by Festibiere’s new summer patio, la Terrasse.


Every Friday, Studio Sixty Six hosts a Friday Art Social. This week, they’re hosting the closing social of “THRĒO” and “THE GOLDBERG VARIATIONS“. The artists will be in attendance from 5-7pm.

Centretown Movies is showing How to Train Your Dragon on Friday night. Pay what you can admission and concession—don’t forget your picnic blanket! On Saturday, you can catch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

SAW Video and Knot Project Space present Knot Projections 2019: Imagining Publics—an extended public projection series taking place at multiple sites throughout Ottawa from July to October 2019. The series begins with artist Hélène Lefebvre’s Open Water on the facade of the Les Suites parking garage, visible from 2 Daly Avenue between 9-11pm until August 10. Note that the projection won’t be live August 3-5.


This Saturday, meet the artists of Go-Somewhere!, an exhibition on now at the Embassy of Japan. This carefully curated selection of the works of five female artists from Japan brings contemporary Japanese art to Canadian audiences. Admission is free and the exhibition runs until August 4.

Saturday is your final chance to catch 2 Pianos 4 Hands at the National Arts Centre. If you’ve ever taken a piano lesson, this is the show for you.


This Sunday, the Capital Street Food Association is hosting a Street Food Social & Flea Market at Cancer Survivor’s Park (1500 Alta Vista Drive). Food trucks are open 11am-7pm, and you can fit in your Flea market shopping from 10am-5pm. All vendors donate 10%+ of their sales to the Cancer Foundation.


Is it even a weekend in Ottawa if there’s not some kind of rib or poutine festival? Head to City Hall all weekend for Capital Ribfest. Remember, there’s free parking at City Hall evenings and weekends so make a daytrip of it and check out what’s new on Elgin Street. Have you been to Uncle Tetsu’s for some cheesecake yet?

Today is known as Colonel By Day in Ottawa so head down to the locks and visit the Bytown Museum to learn more about Bytown’s founder, Lieutenant Colonel John By.

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!