There’s definitely a theme to events this weekend: from breweries to public marches and everything in between, Ottawa is celebrating International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
Break out the plaid because the 6th edition of the Ottawa Winter Brewfest at Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park is going full out sugar shack. With more than 100 craft beers from across Ontario and Quebec, this is your chance to discover something new or enjoy some old favourites. There will be maple taffy, bonfires, axe throwing and log sawing to get you into the cabane à sucre mood. There are three sessions between Friday and Saturday and tickets are available online.
Thursday evening means free admission to many of Ottawa’s museums and galleries. Looking to practice and improve your French? This Thursday, you can enjoy a guided talk of Àbadakone en français with Alliance française Ottawa. Reserve your spot online.
Do It For The Grain, an analog photo magazine, is celebrating their one year anniversary this Thursday at Driphouse (340B Parkdale Avenue). There will be a selection of large digital prints from the zine, silver gelatin prints, and works by the people who make DIFTG happen. Learn more in our article here.
Applications for Music Journalism 101, the Girls+ Rock Ottawa and Apartment613 initiative to increase representation in music journalism, close this Friday March 6. This eight-week course will provide training and mentorship for aspiring music journalists from marginalized communities; with the goal of increasing representation in local music journalism. Why don’t you spend some time Thursday putting together your application? Get all the details in our blog post here.
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Beyond the Pale is hosting their second IWD beer release and craft market on Friday. Donations will be collected at the door with proceeds going to Harmony House, a second stage women’s shelter here in Ottawa. The evening will feature a door raffle, merch, beer and the unveiling of the All Ladies Group Arts showcasing 30+ artists in the taproom.
Bicycle Craft Brewery is throwing their annual IWD party this Friday as well, and it’ll feature their annual Freedom Machine Cherry Pale Ale. Bite Burger House will be supplying food, DJ Roxysunset will be supplying the music, and Bicycle Craft will be donating $1 to Harmony House for every glass or flight purchased. Don’t want to leave the kids or dog at home? No worries because the Bicycle Craft taproom is family and dog friendly!
Orange Art Gallery is celebrating the Day of the Dude with a screening of The Big Lebowski. Admission is free and they’ll have drinks for sale. Outside food is permitted, but outside drinks are not. According to their Facebook event, costumes are encouraged.
The 4th annual Ottawa Women’s March will follow a route from Parliament Hill to Ottawa City Hall. Following the March, gather at Ottawa City Hall’s Jean Pigott Place for refreshments, workshops, speeches from local community activists and elected officials, and performances by local artists. For information about the exact route, including access to an accessibility bus, visit the Facebook event page.
Spring is in the air, so take advantage of the final days of winter with a polar plunge! The 6th Annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics is taking place at Algonquin College this Saturday in partnership with the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run (OLETR). Over $100,000 has been raised for Special Olympics since 2015. Get all the info online here.
Festival Latino Ottawa-Gatineau is hosting a Tamal Festival this Saturday at Lansdowne. A popular food in Latin America, tamals come in a variety of sizes, flavours and fillings. This weekend, the Latin American community in Ottawa is coming together to bring as many regional varieties as possible under one roof. Admission is free but bring cash to enjoy some delicious treats.
If you missed Friday’s beer release at Beyond the Pale, consider heading there Saturday to enjoy a yoga beer flow class, mala bracelet making, or a guided discussion workshop with Octopied Mind on building connection.
While the re-opening of a Staples wouldn’t typically make its way into the weekend roundup, this deserves a mention: Staples on Bank will feature a coworking space and a Happy Goat coffee shop in-store. Stop by between 9am-6pm to check the new space out and enjoy some coffee.
Celebrate International Women’s Day with a Women’s Day Market hosted by Freewheelin’ Craft at the National Arts Centre. The market has been carefully curated to feature female and female-identifying makers. There will also be a panel discussion in the afternoon to discuss women’s entrepreneurship and leadership in 2020.
Moov Ottawa is hosting their final winter pop up class this weekend at the Routhier Community Centre in the ByWard Market. Pre-register online to save your spot for intro/beginner level hip top with Alea de Castro or intro/beginner level breaking dance with Arnaldo Betancourt Silva.
Kichesippi Beer is launching their Warrior Woman APA this Sunday, and 5% of the sales of this beer will be donated to Canadian charities focused on the empowerment of women. This new beer is inspired by one of the brewery’s founders, Kelly Meek, who passed away last April, and is brewed in honour of strong women everywhere. As part of their International Women’s Day celebrations, they are hosting the Warrior Woman 5K along with Run Ottawa. Register ahead of time to save your spot at the start line.
Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival is partnering with Invest Ottawa for International Womxn’s Week and will be hosting a networking event and panel discussion on Sunday at Bayview Yards. The panel, ‘Vision 2020: Womxn in Film and Media Panel, Moving Forward & Making Waves’ asks: what does it take to be a creative and a business womxn?
On Sunday March 8th, head to the Beau’s taproom from 2-5pm to celebrate International Women’s Day. Enjoy live acoustic music, and a meet and greet with local women business owners.
Oh and don’t forget to turn your clock ahead this weekend as we spring ahead into (hopefully!) nicer spring weather.
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