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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on September 5, 2019

Summer is not over, no matter how many back-to-school ads or Thanksgiving decorations you come across. Whether you are new to Ottawa (welcome!), re-acquainting yourself with town and campus, or just itching to get out of the house this weekend to make the most of summer, we have it all here. This weekend’s major focus seems to be local art and culture, so there is no better time to support local talent in the neighbourhoods we live in.

All Weekend

If you’re into EDM and outdoor music festivals, check out Riverside Festival taking place at the Museum of History Friday to Sunday. Steve Aoki is headlining, with other acts such as Zomboy and BTSM. Take advantage of the nice weekend to party outside!

This is the final weekend to catch Broadway hit Come From Away at the National Arts Centre. There are shows each evening this weekend, as well as two matinees before the show closes for good. Check out our review, and get your tickets online!

If smaller scale productions are more your thing, Orpheus Theatre’s Falsettos is a comedic musical about love is playing at The Gladstone Theatre from Wednesday to Saturday evening. Tickets are still available online starting at $19.

This is the final weekend for the Northern Lights Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill, so gather the local gang and take advantage of the tourist exodus for the summer. The show starts at 9pm and will run every evening until Sunday the 8th.


If you haven’t been to the new SAW Gallery space, Thursday evening is your perfect chance. They are hosting United Way’s fall Mix & Mingle Social from 6-9pm in the Gallery. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online. The focus will be on youth mental health, and the event’s proceeds will be going towards GenNext Youth Mental Health Giving Circle. Meet new people from our cool community, learn more about GenNext and their initiatives, and be entered to win some sweet door prizes.


Friday night is for live music! For something a little bit different, check out accordion virtuosos Bulgarian Petar Ralchev and Canadian Sergiu Popa at Brigid’s Well in the Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts. Alternatively, Fliss performs the first Friday of every month at The Art House Café and she will be headlining this Friday night. Fliss is a low key, songwriting solo act by Sparklesaurus’ Felicity DeCarle.


The Redblacks take on the Toronto Argonauts Saturday afternoon at 1pm. The last place Argonauts should be easy fodder for our struggling Redblacks as we fight for a dramatic second half of the season and a playoff spot. Saturday is Family Day, so there will be mascots, fun activities and free Redblacks lunch bags for the first 5000 fans!

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Beechfest is happening Saturday afternoon, and taking over Beechwood Avenue from 4-9pm. The street dance party will have food, art, and community events to highlight the neighbourhood and its diversity. The event is family friendly, and free to attend!

PorchFest is back, filling porches and businesses in Hintonburg with community talent in art and music. Check out the full lineup online for acts happening on private front porches, in Parkdale Park, Vimy Brewing, Tooth and Nail, Bridgehead and Cube Gallery just to name a few. This is a great, chill way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon hopping from venue to venue, eating, drinking, and supporting local talent. The finale concert happens at 6pm in Parkdale Park.

Check out the Ottawa Art Pep Rally at Queen St Fare Saturday night at 7pm for a cool party supporting local art. There will be live music, theatrics, dancing and crowd-curated art pieces.
Tickets are available online for $10.


It is Tomato Fest at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market this weekend. Catch the party in Westboro on Saturday from 9:30am-3pm and Lansdowne Sunday 9am-3pm . Expect a rainbow of locally grown tomatoes, salsa and tomato sauce tastings, with an Ugly Tomato contest and prizes.

The Friends of the Central Experimental Farm are offering an informative tour of the Arboretum Sunday at 10am. “From Tree to Table” will explore local trees from a culinary and horticultural perspective with Agriculture Canada’s Robert Glendinning and Chef Ian Carswell from Black Tartan Kitchen. Register online for free, why not learn more about one of the most beautiful corners of the city?

Summer is definitely not over yet, so consider watching another sunset from Petrie Island for the Open Air Beach Social. Hang out and have a beverage or two watching from Bananas Beach Grill and Rum Shack. With the sun setting earlier now, you can still be home in time for a reasonable Sunday night bedtime.

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!