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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Amanda Armstrong on May 27, 2021

After a short week, we have arrived at what looks to be yet another nice weekend! Things are opening up a bit here in Ottawa and we can finally do things like see friends (outdoors, and at a distance), kick a ball around the soccer field, or play a few rounds of golf. There are also some other events taking place this weekend and Apt613 has the details for you below.

All Weekend

The 8th annual European Union Short Film Festival takes place this weekend. They will be screening 21 short films – from places like Ireland, Greece, Poland, Croatia, France, Germany, and Estonia. Each of the films, which are under 20 minutes in length, are grouped into one of three programs and centred around a theme. This year’s themes are: home, transformation, and discovery.  With its online platform, you can watch on your own schedule; there are no set view times for each film! Simply order your tickets for one, two, or all three programs online and you will have 72 hours to view them, beginning this Thursday. View as many or as few as you want; tickets for this event are free.

One of the things I miss most about pre-pandemic life is the ability to spend a lazy weekend brunching and checking out craft markets. While virtual markets do not have quite the same feel, you can still shop the same selection of incredible goods online. The Spring Indigenous Virtual Art Market is being held this Friday through Sunday. Here you will find some beautiful treasures from 50 Indigenous artists from all over Canada; including beadwork, moccasins, sculptures, cards, and more.

With spring’s produce season in full swing, why not take a stroll through one of many of the city’s local farmers’ markets this weekend? Stock your crispers full of delicious seasonal veggies like asparagus, radishes, and fiddleheads (if you’re lucky). The York Street Farmers’ Market is open, with special guests like Dominion City, on Saturday mornings. The Westboro Market runs through Saturday afternoon and the Lansdowne Farmers’ Market is held on Sundays.


Biking has become hugely popular during these pandemic times and there will be plenty of opportunity to get outside and enjoy some normally heavily trafficked parkways, thanks to the NCC’s Weekend Bikedays. Learn more about cycling and how to best enjoy your, perhaps, newfound hobby by tuning in to Urban Cycling with Bike Ottawa, an urban cycling workshop. This free online event takes place this Friday evening. You will gain some helpful tips and tricks for your bike ride adventures.


While we are still a ways away from being able to pack a pub full of trivia enthusiasts, there are still ways to enjoy a bit of that magic with Outside the Box Trivia nights. This weekend’s event will be held on Saturday night. Reserve a spot for you and your team beforehand and hone those rusty trivia skills with six rounds of secret themed questions.

These strange times are the perfect opportunity to pick up a new skill and what’s better than mastering delicious green chicken enchiladas with rice and refried beans? Register for a Virtual Mexican Enchilada Cooking Workshop, taking place on Saturday afternoon, and receive a list of ingredients to shop for ahead of time. When the time comes, follow along with Chef Maria and learn to make this tasty dish. Your taste buds will thank you for it.

Have you ever heard of drone music? I hadn’t. A quick Wikipedia search describes drone music as “a minimalist genre that emphasizes the use of sustained sounds, notes, or tone clusters – called drones”. Still curious as to what this art form is all about?  There is an entire online event dedicated to the genre, Ottawa Drone Day, which you can tune into on Saturday. Simply download the Discord server here and sign up to take part in this free event.

With lockdown restrictions slowly easing as case numbers decline and the rate of vaccinations rise across the city, we need to continue to practice responsibility while enjoying the newfound freedoms this allows. Enjoy a beer on your back deck with a friend. Head out to the golf course for a round or two. While exciting for sure, it is important to note: please take the necessary precautions when doing so. We are closer than we’ve ever been to returning to “normal”, so let’s keep moving in a positive direction. We will get through this, together.


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