Well folks, after an exciting summer, we’ve reached Labour Day Weekend. Kids are heading back to school, pumpkin spice lattes are out, and it’s just cool enough for a sweater on your morning walk to work. But fear not! There’s still plenty to do and we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to spend your weekend.
The Festival de montgolfières de Gatineau kicks off Thursday and runs all weekend. In addition to hot air balloon lift offs, you can look forward to a variety of Canadian and Quebec musicians taking the stage, plus an amusement park, a fireworks display, and more. Tickets are available online.
Friday and Saturday, head to the new Cinqhole event space for a first look at the renovations taking place. While you’re there, enjoy A Dizziness of Things I Have Not Said, a group exhibition of photography, painting, installation and sculpture, with live ambient music and experimental house djs. Learn more in our preview: the vernissage is Friday night and if you’ve been wanting to learn more about the new space, be sure to head there Saturday for a chat!
This weekend is your last chance to see Alegria by Cirque du Soleil before the circus leaves town. The show has been getting rave reviews!
On Thursday, Andaz’s Salon series will feature photographer Angelina McCormick and her One Night Stand project which speaks to musicians’ addiction to sensation-seeking. The one-night stand dynamic offers similar emotional highs and lows and addictive qualities as a musician in constant search for the next gig. With her portraits of musicians alone by their night stand in our hotel rooms, she portrays this. RVSP online for a free ticket to reserve your spot.
Celebrate local art at the inauguration of a public mural located on the wall of 315 Somerset, home of restaurants Union Local 613 and Jabberwocky. The mural was designed and painted by youth from the Inuuqatigiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families and artist Claudia Gutierrez. Opening ceremony and speeches start at 6pm, with refreshments to follow.
If you haven’t been to the Museum of Nature to see the giant moon or check out the pterosaur exhibit, Thursday is a great night to go! While admission to the museum is free, there’s a fee to visit the butterfly exhibit or the pterosaur exhibit. The butterflies are here until the fall, but pterosaurs soar away September 2.
This month’s Creative Mornings theme is Justice, featuring speaker Daniel Tucker-Simmons, principal lawyer and co-founder of Avant Law firm. RSVP online for your free ticket to this morning event. Don’t forget your coffee mug!
Ottawa Fury FC continue their fight for a playoff spot with a match this Friday against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, wearing a uniform inspired by the Ottawa 67’s. Read our preview for more about the match up, and a special promo code for a ticket to the 67’s home opener on September 29.
Stay up late on the last Friday of the summer at Dominion City with some special guest beers, sandwiches from the smoker and surprises from the cellar. No tickets, no reservations: just show up and be ready for a good time.
Take advantage of the nice weather this weekend and enjoy some yoga in the park from 9:45-10:45am. The weekly classes by PranaShanti instructors are free and take place in Parkdale Park (223 Armstrong Street).
House of Targ is hosting a community clothing swap from 2-5pm. All ages and sizes welcome. Anything left over at the end will be donated to local shelters and they will be accepting donations for the Ottawa Humane Society.
Merry Dairy will be visiting the Vanier Little Free Library to send summer off in style. The Vanier Little Free Library is at the corner of Vachon Avenue and Dagmar Avenue, and has books for all ages in both French and English. Merry Dairy will be on site around 3pm.
Celebrate all things Latin America at the LATIN Festival at City Hall from 1-8pm. Taste some food, enjoy performances, dance to live music, watch cooking demonstrations and enjoy some artwork.
Happy long weekend! Enjoy your bonus day off this weekend and do some research on some of the upcoming fairs in our post from last year. And sure, the Beer Store will be open on the holiday Monday, but why not take a trip out to some of the area’s great local breweries or wineries? Here’s a roundup from the last year in beer to get you started.
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