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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Amanda Armstrong on August 20, 2020

We have made it into summer’s wind down and it is time to soak up all we can of these remaining summer weekends. Make it a priority to get outside and enjoy the sunshine while we can. There are plenty of reasons to get out and about this weekend, if the fleeting warmth of the season’s sunny skies isn’t enough to draw you from your living room. Here are just a few of them. 

All Weekend

If you haven’t yet had a chance to make it to Recycl’Art in Gatineau, this weekend is your last chance to check out. Head out to Brewery Creek Park and take in the incredible sculpture art made from 80 per cent recycled materials.

Drive-ins have made a comeback! There’s nothing better than snuggling up in the car with your favourite people and snacks and watching a great movie or two. This weekend’s line-up at Zibi’s Cine-Parc Urbain features Knives Out and Snatch on Thursday night, 22 Jump Street and Kick-Ass on Friday, and wraps up with Ali and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on Saturday night. 

It is time for summer sunflowers in Ottawa and there are some great sunflower fields around town, including a big beautiful one at the Experimental Farm. Why not spend a day at the farm and get your fill of not only the sunflowers, but their plentiful gardens and green space? Pack a picnic and enjoy the summer season while it’s still here. 

Another way to enjoy the green space in and around Ottawa is to check out one of the many NCC trails, including one of my favourites, Mer Bleue. Enjoy a stunning boardwalk through the bog and, if you bring along some bird snacks, you are sure to make some friends.


Yet another Sessions de Balcon will take place this Thursday night on Facebook. This week’s performance will feature Odissi dance by Sonia St-Michel and comedian Jacques Falquet. If you missed any of the previous weeks’ performances, you can also check them out online. 

One of the unintended consequences of COVID-19 (if we can say that) is that we are able to check out a ton of live performances from places outside of Ottawa. While Jeremy Ajani Jordan may not have returned to Ottawa this year, following his performance at Queen Street Fare as a part of Ottawa Jazz Festival last year, this Thursday afternoon we have a chance to watch a live performance by the Jeremy Ajani Jordan Quartet straight from New York City. They will be playing Joe Henderson music and some original pieces as well. 


This Friday night, as a part of their Ottawa Live & Local series, the Ottawa Public Library will be inviting singer-songwriter Lynne Hanson to the stage for an online concert on Facebook Live. Not quite blues, folk, or country, Hanson will bring us an evening of “porch music with a little red dirt.”  In line with the occasion, why not take your computer out to the porch to enjoy the show?


Hop on your bike this Saturday and join A la Carte Shuttles and Tours for Brews and Bites West. Tour 31km from Village Square in Stittsville to downtown with some great stops along the way, where you will fill up on some tasty treats (including ice cream) and some delicious craft beer. 


We may not be able to watch Ottawa soccer live at TD Place this year, but soccer games are still a thing and you can still get your fill, thanks to the wonders of TV. Atlético Ottawa takes on FC Edmonton this Sunday at 1pm on Prince Edward Island. You can watch the match (and all other matches) from home with a membership to OneSoccer or head to the Senate Tavern for a watch party with the supporters group.

After the recent tragedy in Beirut, Art for Mental Health is hosting a Tribute from Canada to Beirut this Sunday, from 5-7:30pm. Donations will be accepted at this mural signing fundraiser to help provide food, shelter, medication, and mental health services to those in Beirut. Donations raised at this event will be matched by the Government of Canada.