After snoozling our way through work and school all week in a turkey coma, we have earned a fun and cool weekend to celebrate fall and everything cozy and hip that the city has to offer. Go leaf hunting during Fall Rhapsody, pick yourself a pumpkin, cook up a batch of soup, or dance the night away and embrace the season!
Ottawa has its homegrown independent comedy festival and it launches this weekend at venues across the city. Dirty Bird Comedy Festival is for locals, by locals, and can be caught at Overflow Brewing, LIVE! On Elgin, and Mulligans Golf Bar beginning Thursday night. Tickets are available online and at the door of each show.
Fresh Meat 8 runs for its second and final weekend starting Thursday night at Arts Court. This weekend catch original and local acts that may or may not hit the stage ever again! Tickets are available online and at the door starting at $15 for students.
The 27th annual Enriched Bread Artists open house at EBA opens with a vernissage Friday evening from 6-9pm. There are 22 artists working in a variety of media at the studio, so go meet them, and get a feeling for the cool local art being created in the former bread factory. The event runs all weekend, and is free for all art lovers!
Around the corner from EBA, Maker Space North has created an escape experience just in time for spooky season! Catch it this weekend, or next weekend, but be sure to book your time slots online ahead of time. Times are available Thursday to Saturday evenings, so gather your bravest and most clever friends to test it out.
Cool local museums are getting into the spooky spirit, so consider looking into the zombie-filled Incident at the Bunker at the Diefenbunker, or maybe Billings Estate’s Curse at Park Hill. Both creepy tours need to be booked online beforehand, and space is limited!
Check out Art Battle at Beyond the Pale Brewing this Friday night starting at 7pm. In this competitive live art event artists have 20 minutes to complete an original painting as the audience watches, and then votes for the winner. You can also then bid to take a piece of art home with you. Dare I mention thinking ahead for holiday gifts? Wouldn’t your mom love an original piece of art? Tickets start at $10 online for students.
TimeKode is back this weekend to get your sweat on. If you’ve never been, consider it the mind bending, vinyl spinning, inclusive and ecstatic dance party you’ve always dreamed of. If TimeKode isn’t new to you, it’s probably already on your calendar! Come as you are, and pay $5 before 11pm. Find it at D’Afrique Restaurant and Bar on Laurier West.
Saturday and Sunday check out the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market at the Carleton University fieldhouse. You’ll find retro and antique art, furniture, clothes and jewelry from a variety of vendors. Admission is $12 cash, and there is an ATM on site so you can blow the bank on your next great find!
October is the time for beer festivals, and this weekend is no exception. October West Craft Beer Festival is taking place again in Kanata from 11-6pm Saturday at 105 Schneider Road. Entrance to the event is free, but you can buy your reusable glass and first sample online or in person for $10. There will be grub by House of Targ and Side Street Food Truck, and beers from breweries from around the Ottawa Valley. Look for Flora Hall, Whiprsnapr, Covered Bridge, Calabogie, Big Rig and so many more.
Looking for a scary reason to stay up all night? Head to The Mayfair Saturday night for 12 straights hours of horror and camp during Up All Night Fest. Wear your jammies and caffeine up beforehand because the shows start at 9:30pm. Tickets are $10 for Mayfair members, and $15 for the general public.
The Ottawa 67s are playing at home Friday night at 7pm and Sunday afternoon at 2pm, so you have your pick of the action! I recommend checking out the Sunday afternoon game against Hamilton, after checking out the Farmer’s Market at Lansdowne and a leisurely brunch at Lansdowne.
Are the election shenanigans getting you down? Could you use a good laugh? Cinqhole is hosting “The Nightmare before Electmas – A Political Comedy Show” to poke fun at the hardships of election time in Canada. The show starts at 7:30pm and is $10 at the door.
Monday October 21st is Federal Election Day. Check out Elections Canada for information on voting in your riding, and if you’re still undecided try the CBC Vote Compass to see where each party stands on issues that you value! Polls will be open from 9:30am to 9:30pm, so why not vote with a buddy, grab a beverage and make an evening of it? Take the weekend to reach out to neighbours, family or friends who may have difficulty getting to the polls and make a plan together. Friends don’t let friends go unheard! Tag us in your post-voting selfies!
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