I hope you’re well rested friends, this weekend is so full of cool things to check out that you’re going to want to take advantage of every moment! It is definitely still summer, so let’s make the very most of it before we run out of sunshine and have to start bringing a jacket everywhere. We’ve tried to pack as much as possible into this roundup, so read closely, text your crew, and have fun!
The Ottawa Champions are home this weekend for their second last homestand of the season and are making one last dramatic, desperate push for a playoff spot. Friday night you can get $5 Buds, Saturday offers $5 Big Rig brews, and Sunday is Bark in the Park. Furry friends get in for free, with treats, games, and special presentations for the doggos. This is also a great opportunity for the dogless among us to make some new friends.
Saturday and Sunday the Westboro FUSE Street Party is closing down Richmond Road between Roosevelt and McRae streets all day and night. There will be free live music, buskers, vendors, bouncy castles, and expanded patios. Check out updated info and performance times on their website.
The Capital Fair opens on Friday at the Rideau Carleton Casino. Check out the rides and vendors all weekend, and especially the Highland Games Saturday, and a demolition derby Sunday afternoon. General gate admission is $5.
Ottawa Greek Festival is finally back, opening Thursday and running for 10 glorious days. Check out the live shows,vendors, and all the fresh Greek food you can eat. The party is at 1315 Prince of Wales Drive, and there are shuttles to the venue every day.
Do you like outdoor movies? We’ve got outdoor movies. Just pick your date and venue! This weekend you have so many options I’m straight up just going to list them here: Highlander at the War Museum on Thursday night, Honey I Shrunk The Kids on Sparks Street on Friday night, The Princess Bride at Westboro FUSE, Jaws at Dundonald Park, and Storks at Lansdowne Park on Saturday night. Pack your camping chair, blanket and snacks.
Art Battle Ottawa is back for a new season, and they are kicking off Friday night at Beyond the Pale Brewing Company in Hintonburg. Tickets are $10 for students, and $20 general admission online. Watch the artists battle the clock and one another for your votes. The art pieces are available in a silent auction after the event as well, so you can support local artists and fill your empty walls at home.
August’s TimeKode dance party is this Friday night at D’Afrique Restaurant and Bar on Laurier West. DJs Memetic and Zattar will rock your socks off starting at 10pm. Cost is $5 at the door before 11pm, and the event is 19+. If you’ve never been, this is the weekend to start becoming a regular.
Brewer Park is where you can find a field full of Salvadoran deliciousness Saturday. The 13th Annual Salvadoran Festival of La Pupusa celebrates the delicacy in all it’s perfection. There is an all day soccer tournament for entertainment, and as many pupusas as you can fit into your face. You won’t regret it.
Saturday is Honeybee Day at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. Check out demonstrations all day long about honey extraction, attracting pollinators and cooking with honey. There will even be honey ice cream and a scenic 1K and 5K run through the farm! While you’re at The Farm, check out Art on The Farm between 10am to 4pm, showcasing local artists in various media. The Friends of The Experimental Farm community group is hosting this free event.
The Ottawa RedBlacks are playing their Pride Game at 4pm on Saturday against the first place Hamilton Ti-Cats. Expect rainbow everything, and community driven initiatives to create conversations about inclusion, diversity, and equality. And also a 2lb ice cream sandwich. Something for literally everyone!
The Diefenbunker is hosting a beer tasting event underground Saturday night. If that isn’t cool enough, the tasting includes a tour of the bunker and a “top secret special announcement”. Tickets are online for $60, or just $30 for designated drivers. Beer is a great excuse to support a local museum, so get yourself some culture.
Check out Greece’s entrance into the Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Lights fireworks show Saturday night, from your favourite lookout, or by the locks at the Bytown Museum.
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The Family Pride Picnic is at the Hintonburg Community Centre from 2-5pm Sunday afternoon celebrating 2SLGBTQ+ families of all kinds. There will be face painting, story time, crafts and more for all families to enjoy. This will be a fun, chill way to kick off Capital Pride with great community groups and loved ones.
Heritage Ottawa continues to offer walking tours of Ottawa neighbourhoods with an exploration of Lowertown East’s built heritage and stories on Sunday afternoon. Tours cost $5 for members of Heritage Ottawa, and $10 for non-members, payable in cash at the beginning of the tour. This tour begins at 2pm at École secondaire publique De La Salle on St. Patrick Street.
Dance under the stars for free on Sunday evening from 7-10pm at Lansdowne Park with Ottawa Salsa Convention. The event is open to everyone, and is a great way to learn and practice your salsa.
Whatever you get into this weekend, stay hydrated, stay safe, and tag us in your adventures!
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