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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Hannah Manning on September 19, 2019

It’s the last weekend of summer and there are plenty of ways to get out and enjoy all that the city has to offer, plus a few events to get you ready for fall in the capital.

All Weekend

The Canada Army Run is taking over the Canadian War Museum this weekend. While the actual runs are Sunday (there’s a new route this year, so keep an eye out for road closures), there will be a display all weekend featuring military equipment and bands. All are welcome to check out the site and cheer on participants.

This weekend is Beau’s Oktoberfest and if you haven’t been yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. Music, food, activities and beer! Or as they put it, Beau’s Oktoberfest features live music on two stages, 10 Beau’s beers and more than 50 guest taps, delicious cuisine from local restaurants, activities, and so much more! There’s even a charity bike ride on Saturday that supports United Way’s vital work of providing Ottawa youth with education, personal, and employment supports that ease the transition to a more secure, permanent home.

Have you been down Sparks Street lately? Between between Kent Street and Lyon Street, just steps from the O-Train’s Lyon Station, is a new interactive installation called Impulse. Impulse is an interactive work of art consisting of multiple seesaws that activate with light and sound that changes in intensity when in motion.


Folks looking to get one more patio night in before the end of summer should look no further than The Black Rose, at 78 Murray St, in the ByWard Market. From 8pm-late, take in the open-air space with yard games, funky tunes, and specialty cocktails. This Thursday happens to be the last edition of their weekly Track+Feel night, which will be moving to Thursdays of long weekends only.


613flea presents 613nightmarket, a not-for-profit marketplace where artisans, designers and makers come together with antiques dealers, food merchants and vintage clothing vendors to create an amazing market that is fun, fabulous and free to attend! Can’t make it Friday? They’ll be back at it Saturday from 10am-3pm.

Beyond the Pale is hosting an Art Battle: 3 fast-paced rounds of live painting where the audience votes to determine the winner. All artwork created will also be available via silent auction. They will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items to help restock highjinx’s community pantry so bring a non-perishable food item or a cash donation (anything helps) with you next Friday night and help us support our community in need.


From 10am-2pm, explore hundreds of used books at prices as low as $1 at the Ottawa Public Library’s monthly mammoth book sale. There’s nothing quite like a fall day curled up with a new book, so don’t miss out on a chance to refresh your personal library!

Support Parkdale Food Centre and enjoy food samples from restaurants and cafés in Hintonburg and Wellington Village at the TASTE of Wellington West. Bring change for the donation jars throughout the event, taking place on Wellington St. W, from Island Park to the O-Train tracks, and check out the Facebook event page for a list of sample tasting times.

Ottawa’s first annual cheese festival is a one-of-its kind event where you can sample artisan cheeses, meet the makers and learn from Canada’s top cheese experts at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. Tickets are available online from $20 for a half day pass to $37 for a Full Festival Pass that includes admission to the evening Wine & Cheese Party plus a glass of wine.


The Ottawa Fury FC take on Hartford Athletic in an afternoon match up at TD Place. It’s also their first ever Wands & Wizards match—dress up in your House colours, catch the golden snitch, duel around the concourse, and enjoy a live Quidditch demonstration.

This Sunday at 4pm is the final Zumba on the Hill 2019. It’s a free dance party with certified Zumba instructors, so bring your water bottle and get ready to move!

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!