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Ottawa Farmers' Market at Lansdowne. Photo: Hannah Manning

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on July 2, 2020




Welcome to your second weekend this week! Or maybe it’s all part of an extra long weekend. Either way, after a hot and sunny Canada Day in the capital, here are some ways to make the most of a nice summer weekend.

All Weekend

The Drive-In Experience is back for their second weekend of drive-in movies at Wesley Clover Parks. This weekend, you can catch The Hangover on Thursday, Yuk Yuk’s Ottawa Live Comedy on Friday, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on Saturday, Frozen at the early show on Sunday or IT at the late show Sunday. Tickets are selling out fast so get yours online ASAP!

Need to let off some steam? LumberJaxe is hosting drop-in outdoor axe throwing all weekend. It’s $5 for 10 throws and when you’re done, you can pop over to Beyond the Pale to enjoy a cold one on their patio.

Picked up a new paddle board? Looking for some tips on how to make the most of your summer on the water? Stand Up Paddle Ottawa and Urban Ocean are hosting a BYOB (that’s bring your own board) lesson. Check out their schedule to find a time that works best for you.


The National Arts Centre may be closed but they’re keeping busy! Join National Arts Centre Music Director Alexander Shelley and Governor General Julie Payette for a live stream of Musically Speaking. The conversation starts at 12:30pm. Also at 12:30pm, tune in for a Powwow Workout Class led by dancer and instructor Nyla Carpentier, part of this season of the NAC’s Indigenous Theatre.

Have you been enjoying #Fringeathome? This Thursday is the Artist Showcase which spotlights the best and brightest of Ottawa’s local talent. This event prioritizes the voices of Indigenous, Black, and Persons of Colour, and is curated by Brit Johnston (Anishinabekwe, Serpent River First Nation). Tune in for performances by Kimberly Sunstrum, Jamaal Jackson Rogers, Larissa Desrosiers, Rose-Ingrid Benjamin and King Kimbit & Jo-Anne Bryan (Speaking Vibrations).


Musicians of the National Arts Centre are hosting an outdoor concert. This event is a touring performance which will allow you to hear 3 separate porch concerts. Following the first performance which starts at 6:30pm at the corner of Cartier Street and Park Avenue, you’ll be guided on a short walk to the next home where you will hear the next concert. Each performance will last approximately 10 minutes. In lieu of tickets, they are asking for donations to the Ottawa Food Bank.

In May, Ottawa Fringe invited six local artists to participate in a 8-week peer-supported playwriting unit. This Friday, be among the first to hear their new scripts-in-development. Playwrights in Quarantine Breanne Oryschak, Brooke Trealout, Caitlin Oleson, Megan Piercey Monafu, Tania Levy and Vishesh Abeyratne will share 5-7 minutes of their work, starting at 8pm.


While the National Gallery is closed you can still enjoy some spectacular pieces of art—their outdoor collection. Want a tour? This Saturday, head to Instagram at 1pm for a live French tour @MBACanada and at 3pm for a live English tour @NatGalleryCan. Missed it? All Saturday Spotlight Tours are posted to the NGC’s YouTube channel within a week.

Music.Art.Ppl. and Ottawa Fringe have teamed up for a night of celebration with the spiciest tunes and best dance moves for the closing night of the festival.

This Saturday, the Westboro Market is back at McKellar Park from 9:30am-3pm. For a list of vendors, visit this page (and read on for more info on Sunday markets).


Farmers’ markets are back in full force this summer. In case you missed it, here are some details on the Beechwood market’s transition to an online platform and details about online ordering at the Parkdale and ByWard markets. The Ottawa Farmers’ Market is back at Lansdowne on Sundays and is open to pedestrians as well as online order pick ups.

613 Geotours is the latest series to hit the blog and presents a couple interesting choices for an easy Sunday afternoon activity. Head to Wakefield for The Erotic Erratic or to Pinhey Forest Dunes for The Beach in the Forest.

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