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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on August 27, 2020

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We’ve made it to the final weekend of August and fall is in the air, but we’re not done yet. Capital Pride continues with events all weekend, including a virtual parade. Read on for some suggestions on how to make the most of this weekend.

All weekend

Capital Pride 2020 kicked off last week and organizers say the shift online will make this edition one of the most memorable since the festival began in 1986. This year’s virtual events include a community market, youth art showcases, drag bingo, dance parties, discussion panels, and annual favourites such as the Capital Pride Pageant and Family Pride event. This Sunday, the Virtual Pride Parade will showcase the various individuals, organizations, and performers in the National Capital Region that are part of and support the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Tune in at 2pm and enjoy the celebration! For everything you need to know about the 2020 Capital Pride Festival, check out our guide here.

Thursday

The ByWard Market has gone to the dogs! From August 20 to September 20, bring your four legged friend to enjoy the ByWard Barket. This Thursday from 1-4pm, well-behaved pups and their equally well-behaved owners (don’t forget your mask!) are invited to Paints & Pups in collaboration with the Ottawa School of Art.

The Ottawa Public Library’s Live & Local performance series continues with Silla and Rise, artists who blend Inuit throat-singing and futuristic dancefloor beats. Catch them on Facebook Live starting at 7:30pm. Find out more and register for the free performance here.

Friday

Bank Street BIA and EnviroCentre are hosting a virtual workshop titled Discover Your City by Bike. Discover some of the interesting destinations in Ottawa that are easily accessible by bicycle: heritage sites, nature areas, and public art are a few of the destinations that will be covered. Route planning resources will also be highlighted to help you plan your own adventure! According to the event page, this workshop is intended for people of all ages and cycling abilities and will be offered in English. Once you’ve registered, you will receive a link to join the virtual workshop on Zoom prior to the event.

Enjoy a live panel Q&A discussion on literature at Capital Pride’s Reading is Fundamental event this Friday. Moderated by Glenn Crawford, the researcher and developer of the Village Legacy Project for the Bank Street BIA, the panel will feature Amanda Jetté Knox, Gabriella Goliger, ‘Nathan Burgoine, and Kagiso Lesego Molope.

BATL (that stands for Backyard Axe Throwing League) is hosting an open throw for league friends for only $20 this Friday from 7-9pm. Register online ahead of time to save your spot while respecting social distancing.

Saturday

Momospot and Spark Beer are back with another pop-up, serving up tasty momos and delicious beer from 1-9pm. Like beer and buying cool things? Head to Whiprsnapr for the first of their Saturday Maker Markets.

The Arboretum Hill Club is heading to the beach for a free beach workout! Shoes are optional, but don’t forget a 10-pound weight or some heavy soup cans for your workout.

Looking forward to a quiet weekend at home? For a list of 10 made-in-Ottawa movies and series that are currently streaming, click here. If you’re looking for some animated options, click here. And in case those don’t cut it, Ottawa Swordplay is hosting a Netflix watching party on Saturday from 6-9pm featuring the Lord of the Rings classic The Return of the King. Get all the details, including how to set up the Netflix Party extension, here.

Sunday

PranaShanti Yoga Centre is hosting yoga in the park on Tuesdays and Saturdays at Fairmont Park and on Sundays at Hintonburg Park. Classes are open to all levels, abilities and ages. Pre-registration is required either as a drop-in fee, class package, or membership. Get all the details on their Facebook event page.

After relaxing with some yoga, why not kick things up a notch with Karaoke at the Beach at the Westboro Beach Cafe? If you bike over from downtown, don’t miss the NCC Bistro at Remic Rapids. The balanced rock sculptures by artist John Felice Ceprano are back again and are so worth a visit.


For more of what’s happening in Ottawa, stay tuned to @apt613 on Twitter. Out snapping photos? Tag us on Instagram @apt613 for a chance to be featured on our feed. Be sure to use the hashtag #APT613 so we can share your photos!

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