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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Hannah Manning on February 13, 2020

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It’s a long weekend for many and there is plenty taking place all weekend long. Whether you’re celebrating with friends, exploring the city with family, or enjoying a special night with a loved one, here are some ways to make the most of this weekend.

All Weekend

The 10th anniversary edition of undercurrents festival ends this weekend. Get caught up with the lineup in our preview here and follow along for all our reviews here. Admission to the shows at Arts Court is based on a “Pick Your Price” model where you buy tickets for $5, $20, $50 or $75, no questions asked.

We’re halfway through February: how many shows have you been to from our monthly gig pick roundup? Missing something? Let us know!

Apt613 theatre reviewing duo were pleasantly surprised with Kanata Theatre’s production of A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. In their own words, “we weren’t expecting a local production to be able to provide the same level of staging as a professional production—but they more than met the challenge.” Be sure to see for yourself before the final show Saturday.

Winterlude highlights this weekend include bed racing in the ByWard Market on Saturday; an ice-carving speed challenge on Saturday; Night Lights, a creative art and light festival taking place both Saturday and Sunday on Preston Street; and the Winterman marathon on Sunday. For the full schedule of events, including activities on Family Day, check out the official Winterlude calendar. Heading into the ByWard Market?

If you’re not busy running a marathon Sunday, why not try the Gatineau Loppet, Canada’s biggest cross country skiing event? Activities take place Saturday and Sunday in Gatineau Park.

The Neverending Story is at the National Arts Centre and our review is online: “Magic is glittering within the walls of the National Arts Centre, where The Neverending Story is currently on stage until February 16th. Based on the book by Michael Ende, fans of the original story or the 1984 film adaption will not be disappointed. A production for everyone from eight to 108, The Neverending Story will keep you on the edge of your seat and in complete awe.”

Thursday

Learn all about kombucha in a guided tasting with Wentsi Yeung, owner of Culture Kombucha, at the Museum of Nature. Your ticket also gets you access to the Me and My Microbes exhibition so you can explore the latest exhibition before sitting down to some tasty kombucha cocktails. Beer more your thing? Lowertown Brewery is launching a chocolate infused ale on Thursday. Won’t you beer my valentine?

Friday

Celebrate love and friendship this Friday at Queen St Fare from 1-2pm with Bar Robo and the Embassy of Ecuador in Canada. Enjoy a complimentary Ecuadorian rose and hot chocolate.

Parasite made big news with its Oscar win last weekend, but did you hear about the Ottawa connection? You can watch Parasite on Friday afternoon at the Mayfair, and then stick around for a Valentine’s Day special screening of Casablanca at 7pm.

Grab your friends or loved ones and hit the ice for a DJ Skate Night on the Rideau Canal. Each night features a playlist with music from a different decade: this weekend, enjoy music from the 2000’s and 2010’s.

Saturday

Happiness Habits 613 continues their journey to help you create long lasting positive habits. This Saturday, step away from the hurry and distractions and step into the calm of a slow walk among the trees, on a gently-guided walk in the Dominion Arboretum. Register online to secure your free spot.

In case you missed it the first time around, the Museum of Nature is hosting a second Nature Sleepover for Adults. Learn all about this incredible experience in a review of the first event and snag your ticket soon!

Sunday

Looking for a new job? Spend some time this Sunday afternoon looking through Apt613’s #ottjobs listing of local arts and culture jobs. If you’d like to share a job posting, please send a link to <ottjobs@apt613.ca> and be sure to mention the closing date. In keeping with the blog’s hyper local focus, Ottawa-Gatineau based opportunities only please!

Not a fan of running outside in the winter, but find the treadmill too boring? Here’s a fun alternative: Bouge Bouge is a 5km indoor race through the Shaw Centre and Rideau Centre. Online registration has closed, but you can try registering in person at race kit pick-up.

The National Arts Centre’s Big Bang festival returns for another year with events, activities and performances for the whole family. Free activities take place on both Sunday and Family Day Monday.

Missed Dominion City’s outdoor party last weekend? Discover some new releases this Sunday at Bar Lupulus during their Friends of the Dominion event, along with some favourites from across Canada and the US.


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