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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on October 15, 2020


Anyone else lose track of time after a long weekend? This weekend roundup doesn’t pay attention to days of the week; rather, this weekend is about grooving to local music, enjoying local food and going on local adventures.


CityFolk/Marvest festival organizers, in partnership with the Glebe BIA, have announced that this year’s local music festival is going virtual, with online concerts from 15 of the region’s most exciting artists. The virtual edition of Marvest will run from October 14 to November 27, with two live concerts streaming each week. These performance videos will be released on the CityFolk YouTube channel every Wednesday and Friday at noon with an added bonus concert on November 23 at noon.

The Writers Festival has gone online this year and on Sunday, Writersfest and Analogue Music Series present a very special collaboration between three authors and three local composers. Each composer was asked to read and musically respond to a book. The result will be live-streamed in an online concert. Check out the full listing of Writersfest events taking place over the coming weeks.


This weekend is shaping up to be gourd-ous, perfect for a a drive and visit a farmer’s market to pick up some pumpkins. You can head to Metcalfe or Carp on Saturday, and Lansdowne on Sunday, or Richmond all weekend.

Get a glimpse into the Ottawa restaurant industry with our interview with Adam Vettorel of North & Navy. While you’re at it, why not take a stroll down memory lane to our post from this April and learn how to support Ottawa’s local craft breweries? Hopefully by now you’re hungry and thirsty so jump online and order yourself some takeout or delivery from your favourite local spot.

We’re filing this one under “Food” because hello s’mores: each weekend through to the end of October you can enjoy a toasty campfire at Saunders Farm. Make it a date night and pick the wine and charcuterie package, or bring the family and roast hot dogs over the open flame.


As of October 11, the Museum of History is temporarily closed but the Museum of Nature and the War Museum remain open. If you haven’t been in a while, don’t miss the Museum of Nature’s new exhibition called Planet of Ice. All three of the museums in the Ingenium group are open (that’s Agriculture and Food, Aviation and Space, and Science and Technology), as well as the Ottawa Art Gallery, and the National Gallery of Canada. Opening hours have changed and most require pre-booked admission times so be sure to double check before you head out.

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🥳 It's here! The second episode of our "Hidden Gems" series is up on our YouTube channel, come join us on an adventure with @bytown.bites and the #613TV crew as we uncover the Hidden Gems of #Vanier! 💎 @zacvanierbia Our adventure takes us to some of gems that make Vanier a great place to visit and explore: 🍷- Jacobson's Fine Food ( @jacobsonsottawa ) 🍁- The Sugar Shack 🧀- Zaatar & Cheese Bakery / Moussa Market 🏪- Mario’s Food Centre 🐔- YKO Chicken During the pandemic, it is these local institutions — that reflect and compose the culture of our neighbourhoods — that would benefit from your patronage more than ever. Join us in becoming masked (!) tourists in our own city. Our hope with these videos is that they inspire you to get out of a comfort zone and try something new within your city, whether that’s in Vanier or beyond. The full article and video is avaliable over at or click the 🔗 in our bio. ❗This episode was filmed in February 2020, before the COVID-19 Pandemic became widespread in #Ottawa. Sadly, on August 27 2020, the beloved Vanier Sugar Shack was damaged in a fire. The community rallied to raise funds to rebuild the sugar shack and we look forward to visiting it when it reopens. This second episode of Hidden Gems of Ottawa was co-produced by the @zacvanierbia and #613TV.

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In the second edition of Hidden Gems, 613TV heads to Vanier with Bytown Bites (on Instagram @bytown.bites). From fancy jams at Jacobsons to local maple syrup at the Muséopark’s cabane à sucre to bbq chicken at YKO Chicken, there’s something for everyone. The clip was filmed before COVID, but don’t forget your mask when you go! As Bytown Bites so rightfully point out, during the pandemic, it is these local institutions — that reflect and compose the culture of our neighbourhoods — that would benefit from your patronage more than ever.

This Sunday there will be 15 diverse and local vintage and handmade vendors at the Parking Lot Pop-Up. Hosted by Vintage Pop-Up 613, the sale will take place in the parking lot behind Bread By Us.

Thinking ahead to next summer? Stand Up Paddle Ottawa is selling off used lesson and rental boards. If you’d like to view the boards or paddles, reserve your spot online.

If you’ve been wishing for a time machine to rocket out of 2020, here’s your chance: step back in time to 1900 for an interactive mystery experience at Billings Estate. A Practice of Deceit is an outdoors live history experience where you’ll have to sort through webs of secrets, scandals and hearsay to help bring a mysterious affair to a close.

Get into the Halloween spirit with Deadwood Haunted Drive, a spooky drive through experience at Wesley Clover Parks Campground from October 15-31, or the Sawmill, a haunted attraction produced by Saunders Farm that takes guests on a tour of the wreckage from the demolition of TD Place’s Southside Stands.

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