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Long Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Amanda Armstrong on July 30, 2020


We have arrived at the last of the magical long weekends of the summer! The weather looks wonderful and, with things continuing to reopen around town, there is plenty of music, art, and exercise to fill your days. Make sure to don your mask and bring your sanitizer and enjoy the goings-on safely. 


While Bluesfest as we knew it may have been cancelled this year, #CanadaPerforms at the RBC Bluesfest Drive-In begins this weekend. Drive in, park, and tune in to the live concert on your FM radio. With performances by Julian Taylor, Shad, Sam Roberts Band, and Neon Dreams, it’s sure to be a good time! Tickets for the event can be bought online ahead of time

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Happy Canada Day! 🇨🇦 #CanadaPerforms at the RBC Bluesfest Drive-In is proudly Canadian! Featuring an all-Canadian lineup of artists, all LIVE and ON STAGE!🎶 Like who, you ask? @samrobertsband! @patrickwatsonofficial! @mariemaireal! @timhicksmusic! @neondreams! @shadkmusic! @basiabulat! @nambimusic! @zatakiwon! @amandarheaume! And many more… Drive-in🚗, get comfy🥤, tune your radio 📻 to our dedicated FM station, and watch some of your favourite performers under the stars✨, by the waters of the Kitchissippi 🌅. A perfect summer evening! Can't attend in person? The event will also be live-streamed on facebook. Check out the full line-up and details 👆 (link in bio) — Bonne fête du Canada! 🇨🇦 #CanadaEnPrestation au RBC Bluesfest Drive-In est fièrement canadien! Avec tous les artistes canadiens en direct et en scène 🎶 Quels artistes, demandez-vous? Sam Roberts Band! Patrick Watson! Marie Mai! Tim Hicks! Neon Dreams! Shad! Basia Bulat! Nambi and the Rhythm! Zaki Ibrahim! Amanda Rheaume! Et plusieurs d'autres! Venez en voiture🚗, stationnez-vous en bordure de la rivière Kitchissippi🌅 et regardez le concert en direct dans le confort de votre véhicule✨. Syntonisez votre radio📻 à notre station de radiodiffusion réservée pour vivre une expérience musicale supérieure! Une nuit d'été parfaite. L'événement sera également diffusé en direct▶️ sur Facebook!

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This Saturday and Sunday evening, Norteno will play two live concerts in Gatineau parks: Place de la Francophonie on Saturday night and Madaire Park on Sunday night. Norteno is a five-piece group playing Tango Nuevo on the bandoneon, violin, piano, guitar, and double bass.

Rainbow Bistro is reopening and will be hosting their first set of shows since the pandemic hit! Slim Moore and the New Soul Project will be playing an early show and a late show both Friday and Saturday night. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance by emailing If you’ve been longing for live shows, here’s the perfect chance to get your fix, while doing your part to keep you and others safe. 

Curly Hair Designs and TR1BE Music are hosting a Bring the Love Back BBQ at Vincent Massey Park this Sunday. Come be social (while distancing) and check out the live music and open mic. Bring your own BBQ or enjoy the BBQ they’ll be cooking up. The food is free, but donations are being accepted for the Cultural Arts Studio. 


A few of our favourite museums have opened back up and are holding some special summer programming to celebrate. The Canadian War Museum is open from 10am–4:30pm Thursday through Sunday and is showing military vehicles outdoors and hosting guided tours of the LeBreton Gallery indoors. The Canadian Museum of History is open from 10am–4:30pm Thursday through Sunday and is offering Indigenous Experiences dance performances outdoors and guided tours of the Grand Hall indoors. Both museums are offering free general admission all summer long and tickets are going fast. So fast, in fact, that this weekend’s tickets are already sold out – but be ready on Monday to snag tickets for next weekend. 

For those of us who love the arts, the good news is the National Gallery of Canada and the Ottawa Art Gallery have also reopened to the public. The National Gallery of Canada is offering free admission to the first 25,000 people to visit the gallery, so plan a visit soon for your chance to explore the galleries and special exhibits for free. The Ottawa Art Gallery, as always, is free for visitors. 

The fourth edition of Recycl’Art continues this weekend. Head to Brewery Creek Park in Gatineau and take in some incredible sculpture art created from 80 per cent recycled materials. 


Cyclists and pedestrians alike can take advantage of the many road closures to tour the parkways in and around Ottawa this weekend. The Gatineau Parkway, the Champlain Parkway, and the Fortune Lake Parkway in Gatineau Park are closed. Westbound lanes of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway are closed between Booth and Carling. The Sir George-Etienne Cartier Parkway is closed between the Aviation Parkway and St. Joseph Boulevard. The Queen Elizabeth Driveway is also closed between Laurier and Fifth. So get your helmet or running shoes ready and head out for a car-free cycle or stroll. 

If you have been missing the yoga studio and the wealth of online yoga classes just aren’t cutting it anymore, we’ve got some good news: PranaShanti Yoga Centre is hosting Yoga in the Park on Saturday and Sunday morning. Saturday’s class takes place at Fairmont Park and Sunday’s class at Hintonburg Park. Space is limited to 20 yogis and your spot must be reserved ahead of time

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Take IN PERSON Yoga Classes with your favourite PranaShanti Teachers!. . Bring your yoga mat or beach towel and get ready to practice yoga outdoors in the summertime! Rain or shine, we’ll be there!. . All classes are OPEN to ALL levels, abilities and ages! Everyone is welcome. Classes are offered 3 times per week – Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.. . Bring a yoga mat or beach towel and bottle of water with you. Social distancing guidelines will be respected.. . But where the heck are those parks? I hear you ask:. . 🌿 Fairmont Park is located at: 265 Fairmont Ave., Ottawa 🌿 Hintonburg Park is located at: 49 Fairmont Ave., Ottawa . PranaShanti Drop-In Fee, Class Package or Membership.. . Pre-registration required and space is limited to 20 participants per City of Ottawa guidelines. . New Class Cancellation Policy: As we are offering limited spots for In Person attendance, we now require students to cancel reservations they cannot attend more than 12 hours before the start of class to allow another student the opportunity to attend.. . See you at the Park.. . #psiloveyoga #pranashanti #community #yogainthepark #ottyoga #outdooryoga #psiloveyoga @move.balance.sing @lauriehowe2yoga @sarahallenrmt

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Exercise those thumbs and get your fill of pinball and pierogies this weekend at House of Targ! They reopened last weekend and are offering free play on all their machines for a cover charge of $20 per person, or bring a few friends and play for $10 each. There are several measures in place to keep people safe, including mandatory masks while inside, barriers between machines, sanitization stations, and assigned seating at tables six feet apart. Entry is first-come, first-served and is restricted to 40 people at a time. 

Spend Monday relaxing and recharging for the short week ahead. Read a good book, have a picnic with friends, or take a dip at one of our city’s beaches. This weekend is all about doing what makes you feel good, and having Monday to chill out is an added bonus. These COVID times can be trying, so make sure to take some time for a little self-care.