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The fireworks are back this year for one night only, blasting off from 8 secret locations to prevent crowding. Photo: Hannah Manning

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on August 13, 2020

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This weekend, you can eat, drink and enjoy the sights and sounds of Ottawa. If you’re up for an adventure, why not take a drive and see if you can catch any of the Perseid meteor shower? Peak time is Wednesday overnight to Thursday but if the forecast is clear, you might be able to catch a few shooting stars. If you miss the show, look to the sky Saturday for a special edition of the Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light fireworks.

Eat and drink

If you’ve been craving a momo, this is your chance! There will be a special Momospot and Spark Beer pop up on Saturday from 1-9pm at Spark Beer (702 Somerset Street West). Limited tables will be available for reservation and social distancing will be observed with time slots for take out orders. Snag your spot online and enjoy.

I feel like we’re all pretty well versed in the local farmers markets spanning the city, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn of a new one! The Rockland Market kicked off their first market of the season last week and they’re back at it again Saturday and Sunday.

Fauna is throwing a pride patio party on Saturday, featuring Dominion City’s 1971 pale ale. Proceeds from every can sold of 1971 pale ale is donated to the @tenoaksproject and Fauna will also contribute by donating a portion of proceeds from the evening. Reservations are available and they’ll save a few spots for walk-ins.

Sights and sounds

Have you read every book in the house? Then the ByWard Market’s Authors’ Market just might be the place for you. Ottawa Markets is featuring a one-day Authors’ Market on Saturday, August 15th from 10am-3pm at George Street Plaza. Six local authors will be in attendance: Michel Weatherall, Michele Sabad, Evelyn H Lazare, Laurie Campbell, Seymour Hamilton and Anna Myatt. And in case you’re feeling inspired after picking up a local book, why not submit a book review to Apt613’s Write On Ottawa series?

You know times are weird when we’re including the Philadelphia Folk Festival in our hyper-local weekend roundup, but we couldn’t miss the opportunity to promote the all Canadian lineup being hosted by the National Arts Centre this Friday. From start to finish the lineup is about 12 hours long and features more than a dozen Canadian artists. Take a look at the full line up and order your ticket online here.

Usually a highlight of my summer in Ottawa, I was pretty sad earlier this year when the Casino Lac Leamy fireworks were cancelled. I am happy to report that after some creative thinking, the team is bringing a whole new experience to light this Saturday at 9pm. The Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light and the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival have joined together to present Illumination, a 15 minute pyromusical show with the theme of happiness and hope. Fireworks will be set off from eight different locations in Gatineau so you can watch from home without a crowd. Check out the map on their Facebook page to find the spot nearest to you, and tune into 94.9 Rouge FM for the full musical experience. If there isn’t a site near you, they’ll be streaming the event on their Facebook page as of 8:30pm. Get all the details, including maps, here.

Here’s a cool way to get a new view of Ottawa! Stand Up Paddle Ottawa is offering floating yoga Saturday from 8:15-9:30. Time it right and maybe you’ll get a view of the fireworks at the same time?

Attention theatre goers! We’re into the final fews days of The Gladstone’s summer patio show Midsummer [a play with (pre-recorded) songs]. Come have a drink on the patio and enjoy a socially-distanced live-in-person show. Tickets are pay-what-you-can with a 20 person capacity, so get your tickets quickly!

It’s not the way we thought we’d experience our first Atlético game, but Ottawa’s new soccer team premieres this weekend at the Canadian Premier League Island Games tournament. Resident sports fan and longtime contributor Josh (that’s @OMGitsJosh on Twitter, if you’re looking for additional insight into the upcoming season) has a season preview for us. The game will be broadcast live online so you can tune in and cheer on the team.

While museums have slowly been reopening, we’ve still got a bit of time before the Museum of Nature reopens their doors on September 5. Don’t despair—they’ve recently launched a video tour that allows you to take a close look at the dinosaurs, birds, aquatic life, and mammals displayed within the museum, as well as some of the heritage building’s unique architectural details. There are pop-up signs to click for more information throughout the tour. If you happen to have a VR headset, the virtual tour also supports that technology. Learn more in our article here and enjoy the tour by following this link.

DIY Spring’s Digital Summer festival continues this weekend. Taking place from August 3 to September 3, the program will feature a mix of exclusive performances and new works. It’s going down exclusively on YouTube and IGTV (@diy_spring) so your pass to this year’s festival is two clicks away: follow and subscribe.

Want to kick back, relax and enjoy a film or two? The Urban Drive-In at Zibi continues this Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. On the agenda for this weekend: back to back Star Wars on Thursday, The Incredibles II and Pirates of the Caribbean on Friday, and Avengers Infinity War and Endgame on Saturday. Want a few more options? You can also check out the Port Elmsley Drive-in or The Drive-In Experience at Wesley Clover Parks.

In case this year hasn’t been scary enough, Saunders Farm is offering two nights of haunted fun during their Midsummer Night’s SCREAM! This Friday and Saturday, Saunders Farm will open three of its famous haunted attractions (the Haunted Hayride, The Coven and The Shambles) for a sneak peek of the 2020 season. Not scary enough for you? You can book a campfire and swap scary stories while enjoying some hot dogs and s’mores.

From the comfort of your own home, you can join Kathleen Edwards and her band this Friday from 3-4pm live from Quitters Coffee for the release of her new album Total Freedom.

And finally: it’s sunflower season and if your Instagram feed is anything like mine, you’re craving some bright and colourful flowers in your life. Head to the Ottawa Flower Market at Parkdale Market to pick up some summer flowers straight from local area flower farms.


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