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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on September 24, 2020

Well folks, fall colours are beginning to appear around town. This weekend go for a walk or take a drive and enjoy some sunshine, fresh air, and vibrant leaves. Fall Rhapsody, the National Capital Commission’s annual celebration of fall colours, takes place between September 26 and October 25. The free shuttle to Gatineau Park is back again this year, running on weekends and taking passengers from downtown Ottawa or Gatineau to Pink Lake and the Mackenzie King Estate. If you’re looking for some other options, check out this edition of the 613 Geotours: Alternatives to Gatineau Park for leafy views.

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🌄 With summer officially over a week from today, it's time to start thinking where you can find those breathtaking views the fall season brings to the capital region. 🍁 🥾 Where should you go on a fall weekend? Some of the places we’ve covered in our geotours are good choices: – Mer Bleue – Petrie Island – Erotic Erratic – Parc Omega – Chateau Montebello If you're looking for alternative choices to the over crowed Gatineau Park this season, then this edition of 613 Geotours is just for you! Click the 🔗 in our bio for the full article or head over to ✍️ Article Author: Bruce Burwell 📸 Photo Credits: Zhongmin Li/Flickr – Tom Li/Flickr – Karen Chappelle/Flickr – @wheelersmaple/Twitter

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All weekend

The Ottawa International Animation Festival began on Wednesday and we’ve got you covered with a preview of the festival and tips from a longtime OIAF attendee on where to start. Since 1976, Ottawa has hosted the OIAF, one of the largest and most prestigious animation festivals in the world. How large? This year, there were 1,950 submitted films from 84 countries, which the festival’s heroic Artistic Director Chris Robinson winnowed down to 157 films. These range from 30-second trailers to 100-minute feature films. Get all the details at

If you have a friend or loved one in a long-term care facility, you should check to see if Love From Afar is playing near them. And I mean, really near them. A Company of Fools is presenting a “window tour” of their new production Love From Afar, created by the Fools’ very own Nicholas Leno and Sarah Finn. The piece delves into famous scenes from the Bard that show “how we can express our love for one another, even in these physically distant times.” Learn more in our preview post by Apt613’s BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever) here.

Le festival franco-ontarien aura lieu ce samedi et dimanche au parc Major’s Hill. Il n’y a plus de billets disponible pour le concert vendredi soir (avec Ariane Moffatt) mais vous pouvez acheter un billet virtuel et visionner en direct. Il n’y a que quelques billets pour le spectacle samedi soir (avec Isabelle Boulay & Cie) donc si vous voulez être un des 100 personnes sur scène, n’hésitez pas. Pour en savoir plus à propos du festival, visitez la page Facebook.

During the last two weekends of September, local artists display artwork outside their homes or studios for the West End Studio Tour. Download a map and plan an enjoyable walk around Wellington West to check out some spectacular local art.


Recovery Day Ottawa is going virtual this Friday from 3-8pm. In partnership with Community Addictions Peer Support Association, this year’s virtual Recovery Day livestream will be packed with presentations, community partners, and prizes. Learn more about Recovery Day in our 2017 podcast here or on their website here.

Wesley Clover Parks is a busy spot! Friday you can enjoy a movie—Casino Royale—and on Sunday, a concert. Let us know your favourite movie snacks over on Twitter @apt613. Much easier to sneak in some candy when you can hide it in the trunk of your car!

Pumpkinferno is returning to Upper Canada Village this year with over 7000 hand crafted glowing pumpkins. The 2020 season starts this Friday and runs until October 31.


Beer and momos (aka delicious little dumplings). Need I say more? Get all the details over on the Facebook event page.

Get ready for Halloween with a historic cemetery tour at Billings Estate. In an hour long guided exploration, you can experience a unique historical tour of the Settler’s Cemetery and the Billings Estate grounds at dusk. Hear true tales of death, burial, and disease from Bytown and Gloucester Township from a knowledgeable interpreter. Tickets are $15.25/person and are available online.

Hintonburg Public House is hosting local artist Daniel Martelock for an art class on the patio. You might recognize his work from around town, including a recent piece in the ByWard Market. According to the Facebook event page, if you follow Daniel you will have seen that he has brought back his Toilet Paper Series thanks to the great TP shortage of 2020. He is excited to be able to walk you through how he paints them so you too can capture, in a quirky way, this little piece of history. The perfect addition to any bathroom decor. Each group will have their own table, so call up someone in your bubble and enjoy a fun afternoon. No experience necessary and all supplies are included. Cost is $50 and you will leave with your own custom TP painting!

Speaking of toilets… the Unstuck Collective, a recently formed collective that aims to organize art events that address climate change and/or any of the intersecting societal issues that affect it, is hosting their first event this weekend. Visual artist Maria Gomez Umana has created some unique looking hand soap for Unexpected Intersection: Soap Meets Poop. From 2-5pm, you can chat with the artist at the New Edinburgh Community and Arts Centre (255 MacKay Street).


Atelier Ottawa is hosting another outdoor sketching session on Sunday from 1:30-3:45pm. RSVP online to ensure social distancing, and then find the group tucked behind the Supreme Court where a model will hold a long pose.

This weekend, Dean Brody will hit the stage at Wesley Clover Parks for their drive in concert series. Apt613 photographer Marc Lepage was on site last week for The Sheepdogs and Terra Lighfoot and Big Wreck and DJ Illo.

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!