It has been a long winter and this weekend we celebrate the arrival of spring, sunny skies, and above-zero temperatures. Whether you’re eager to get outside or you’re keen to stay home, we’ve some fun ideas for how to make the most of your time this weekend.
Editor’s note: With Ottawa moving back into the Red Zone for COVID-19 restrictions on Friday, March 19, some events may need to be cancelled or revised. Please check with organizers before heading out to participate in any in-person events.
With warmer weather in the forecast and more daylight to enjoy the outdoors, slip on those rain boots and head out to one of the many beautiful NCC trails in and around Ottawa. My personal recommendations are the Mer Bleue Bog, NCC P22 (or, as I call it, the Powerline Trail), and Pine Grove Forestry Trail, but really, any of the trails are sure to be wonderful to walk along this time of year.
One of the best spring activities is visiting a sugar shack and, while things might be a little different this year, there is still the opportunity to get out there and enjoy. Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush may not be serving their infamous pancake breakfast this year, but they have over 400 acres of trails to explore and you can take home a breakfast bundle to enjoy at home. New this year, Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm is offering “slagon” rides, where you can enjoy a half-hour ride around the property followed by your own personal bonfire, complete with hot chocolate and marshmallows to roast over the flames. While you don’t need a reservation to visit the farm and enjoy the sugarbush and walking trails, you do have to reserve a spot on the slagon ahead of time.
Music & Dance
Encore Ottawa continues their music series this weekend with back-to-back performances by Celeste Levis and Chrissy. These concerts, which were filmed at the Shenkman Arts Centre last fall, will air for free on Friday night. If you missed the special series premiere, featuring a compendium of songs by all of the series’s artists, you can still check it out on YouTube.
Move your body this weekend with not one, but two great dance workshops. Propeller Dance is throwing an Animal Dance Party this Saturday. Dress as your favourite animal and join them and special guests Tara Luz Danse, Able2, and Esther the Wonder Pig for a Zoom dance party. Interested in what to expect? Check out their teaser video here.
Also taking place this Saturday, PAL Ottawa presents Moving Creatively with Allison Elizabeth Burns. This free introduction to contemporary dance is a part of a twice-weekly series of art workshops led by local professionals.
For those who miss the days of live musical performances, Kingston’s indie rock band The Wilderness is playing a series of Bubble Shows at Live on Elgin this Saturday afternoon and evening. Tickets for the evening concert are already sold out, so be sure to snag your table’s ticket before they’re gone.
Theatre & Film
This weekend marks the final weekend of undercurrents. Having adapted to pandemic times, the festival is being held entirely online this year. The schedule of events can be found here. Can’t make up your mind as to what to see? Each of this weekend’s performances takes place more than once, so if you are curious about what a particular show is all about, stay tuned to Apt613 for reviews and decide from there.
It is also the final weekend of the International Film Festival of Ottawa. The schedule of films being streamed online this weekend can be found here. Each film runs between one and two hours, so why not make a night of it and pair with some local takeout from one of their partner restaurants or choose from one of the great recommendations on Apt613’s Takeout Talk and enjoy dinner and a movie at home.
Pandemic times are the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill—and what better a skill to learn than to make a delectable meal? Learn to make perogies with the Carleton Ukrainian Students Club this Saturday and add another tasty dish to your repertoire of recipes. You have two options: pick up a perogi-making kit, which will include pre-made quantities of everything you need to make a dozen perogies, or go all out and make them yourself from scratch with the recipe they provide. Everyone knows that making the dough and the filling for the perogies is only half the battle, so be sure to tune in to their Facebook Livestream and learn how to assemble these delicious little dumplings.
Vintage Pop-Up 613 is hosting their first in-person vintage market of the year, Jump Start 2021, this Saturday at St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall. This market features some great local vendors, including Downtown Underground613, Pitstop Vintage, Vintage Vibe, Livney’s Modern & Vintage Wear, Wild Things Jewelry and Decor, Lady Arkenstone Vintage, and more. If you’ve been missing out on the opportunity to score yourself some great vintage pieces, now is your chance! A word to the wise: Don’t dawdle over whether to get a ticket, which must be purchased ahead of time; all but the 4pm time slots are already sold out, so hurry and buy your ticket quick!
A Little Extra
While this event takes place on Monday evening, we thought it too much fun not to include in this weekend’s Roundup. As a warm-up to their virtual festival, which takes place this May, the Youth Infringement Festival presents Script-tease 2021, where you can get a sneak peak at what’s to come with a trailer of each of this year’s performances. Not only will you get a chance to see what lies ahead, but you can also ask any questions you may have of the festival’s participants in the question-and-answer period that follows the preview. Simply register ahead of time and you will be sent a link to join the event.