It is technically the last weekend of The Summer That Really Kinda Wasn’t. Let’s all try not to mourn the summer activities that we missed this year, friends, but instead celebrate the health, safety, and small joys that we get to enjoy with the people who matter! The sun will keep shining, and next summer is already on its way. With COVID-19 cases creeping up during this second wave, it may be time to refresh our hand-washing routines, evaluate how big our bubbles have gotten, and remember the safety in staying home. I realize that’s pretty rich coming from the person telling you to get out of the house this weekend, but if we do all things with intention and caution, a new normal can be our friend. Enjoy every day! Whether that be at home streaming quality content, or maintaining distance at a cool local event, stay safe and stay kind, Ottawa!
The Asinabka Festival celebrates the best in Indigenous film, and usually runs in August, but this year has changed venues and dates because, y’know, 2020. The festival is going to be entirely online this weekend, with opening night on Wednesday September 16. Catch films from all around the world including Canada, Australia, Norway, and Greenland, with three films representing the 613. A combination of feature films and short docs, each film will be available for 24 hours after it premieres, so get comfortable. We have a full review up for you here.
I know we are all itching to get back into dark crowded theatres, especially as summer is waning and we start seeking coziness. Luckily, the theatre industry continues to dazzle through innovation. If you find yourself tucked in at home this weekend having run out of Netflix months ago, check out Behind the Beyond on YouTube. Members of the Ottawa theatre community have come together to present a free Zoom-based production of this comedy of errors, and quite successfully! Our BFFs review the show here.
Freewheeling Craft is hosting a major, totally local, Virtual Craft Marketplace this weekend only! The marketplace opens Thursday night at 5pm, featuring entirely BIPOC brands, and then opens to all vendors Friday–Sunday. There will also be DJs providing entertainment and workshops for crafters of all skills. You can make a bath bomb with Zoe from Zoe’s Corner or a macramé rainbow with Happy Stems and Strings. Tickets to the marketplace are $5, with 50 per cent of the proceeds going to local BIPOC charities. They are good for the whole four-day event. Get them online.
Thursday is all about activities you can do from your car. Whether you are looking to get lucky or be transported to another world, Ottawa has it. Parking Lot Bingo is running every Thursday to Sunday at Bingoland South in Nepean. Card sales begin at 4:30pm and play begins at 5pm, so get there early if you are looking to make it big. (Must be 18 years old)
If you have developed a sudden thirst for Chris Evans (I see you), Avengers: The Age of Ultron is the only movie playing at the Drive-In Experience at Wesley Clover Park this weekend just for you. Tickets are $36.45 per vehicle, so fill it up with your friend bubble and be there for the 7pm start time.
Drive-ins are just plain taking over the entertainment industry, and I do not hate it. This Friday night at 6:30pm, check out Big Wreck at the Drive-In Experience at Wesley Clover Park. There are still tickets available starting at $79 per vehicle. The band hasn’t played live since January after dropping an album late last year, so you can probably expect a well-rested, glad-to-be-alive kind of performance.
On the theme of parking lot parties, Vimy Brewing is opening their outdoor space up for comedy on Friday night, to laugh away some of our collective angst. Nick Burden will be our entertainment for the night for the price of $12 admission, or 2 tickets for $20 – date night! BYO chair or blanket to limit contact, although chairs will be available from Vimy. Be careful not to laugh too moistly onto strangers, and dress warmly!
Cannamore Orchards is open for Fall, every weekend until Thanksgiving. Saturdays are for families, with hedge mazes, covered wagon rides, cow-train rides and apple picking. You can get a $12 wristbands for unlimited rides, or you can just fill your trunk with apples and fudge and call it a day well-spent. The Spooky Wagon ride opens next weekend, so you may even want to book your tickets ahead of time while you fill your face with apples.
It is spooky season already, and if gore is not your thing, have I got the tour for you! Billings Estate National Historic Site is offering Historic Cemetery Tours Saturday evenings until November. They promise tales of “death, burial, and disease” from Bytown and Gloucester Township’s sordid histories. These outdoor tours are one hour long, and $15.25 per person. There are strict safety protocols in place, and tickets need to be booked ahead of time. Support local culture, learn more about the history of our city, and get yourself a bit of a spook before Halloween!
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Saturday nights in September, The Art House Cafe is transforming its driveway into a socially-distanced walk-in theatre, just for us! This Saturday’s screening includes a selection of documentary and experimental works submitted by a number of local filmmakers, directors, and producers. The shows begin at 8pm and runs until 11, so you have plenty of time to bundle up! Tickets are being sold by table, starting at $29 for a table of two. Get them online before they sell out, and plan on a movie night under the stars.
The Sheepdogs are back in town, performing to a sea of cars at the Drive-In Experience at Wesley Clover on Saturday at 7pm. Tickets are still available for the “standard’ spots (the back half) starting at $67 per vehicle, so move on this quickly if you are hoping to get a spot!
Sunday from 10am–4pm get yourself to the parking lot behind Bread by Us for a fun pop-up with Vintage Pop-up 613. You can expect piles of Bread By Us buns with pork, turkey and vegan sausages on the BBQ, as well at 10 local vendors of vintage and handmade goods! Honestly, you could serve sand in a Bread By Us bun, and I think we’d all eat it. So I’ll see you there for lunch?
Our next event on Sunday, September 20th at Bread By Us – Artisan Bakery & Espresso Barhttps://www.facebook.com/events/566547980617663/
We have all been missing the classic combination of beer and trivia, let’s face it. Luckily, Kichesippi Beer is hosting Beer Garden Trivia Sunday afternoon beginning at 1pm. Email ahead to reserve a table for up to eight team members and enjoy the huge patio at their Bells Corners brewery, with beers on tap and ready to take home. If you haven’t heard, Kichesippi is also making non-alcoholic classic sodas for a wider audience, so if beer isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy a local beverage.