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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Laura Gauthier on June 24, 2021





No matter where you are in your vaccination journey, there’s something for everyone this weekend! Virtual events to do safely from home, in-person but physically distanced, and ones where you and your bubble can attend together! Enjoy it, Ottawa!

All Weekend

If you haven’t had the chance to check out this year’s Ottawa Fringe Festival offerings, what are you waiting for? Check out all of the reviews and how you can grab tickets. Shows are available on-demand until June 27. Perfect for this weekend, especially if that weather forecast puts a damper on anything outdoorsy.

Now that drive-ins are making a comeback, there’s a new location at RCGT Park at the 417 and Vanier Parkway exit (in addition to Wesley Clover in the west end). This weekend The Drive-In has E.T. along with newer offerings like Furious 7 and The Invisible Man at the east location and E.T., Spider-Man: Far From Home, Trolls World Tour and IT Chapter 2 at the west end location. 

Marches d’Ottawa Markets and Equal Chance are teaming up for the capital region’s biggest Black Afro festival, Afro World Market, held this weekend in the ByWard Market on York Street between William and Dalhousie. It looks to have lots of ways to share and support Black and Black African cultures through music, arts, fashion and food. 

Staring this weekend you can support a good cause and take your bike out for a fun tour with the Stittsville Staycation Rotary Ride. A 14-kilometre route is mapped and you follow along with a free app you download beforehand. The route will take you past restaurants, breweries, and ice cream shops. I feel like I’d set a record for the slowest 14 kilometres because I’d want to stop at them all. Prizes are available and all money raised goes to support the Stittsville Food Bank.

Beaches have opened officially (with lifeguards) so be sure to bring your mask and sunscreen and stay physically distanced from others while you enjoy the beach! While you’re there, you could even do a geotour! 

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could hit up the newly opened Interzip Rogers—the world’s first interprovincial zipline! Apparently, you can hit up to 40 kilometres/hour crossing it. Not too shabby. FAQ and tickets are available on their website.


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On Saturday and Sunday, parts of Preston Street will be closed to traffic to allow for more pedestrians and physically distanced shopping and restaurants.


Encore Ottawa Season 2 has virtual shows starting at 8pm from Jessica Pearson and the East Wind and Emma Lamontagne. Produced by the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition in partnership with Rogers TV, Apartment613, Shenkman Arts Centre and Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe, Encore Ottawa is a unique collaboration between non-profit organizations, local arts media, and the City of Ottawa, made possible thanks to Ontario Creates and the Ottawa Music Development Fund.


Ottawa’s professional soccer team, Atlético Ottawa, has yet to be able to play a game at their home stadium due to joining the Canadian Premier League last year during the pandemic and after the Ottawa Fury were sold to the U.S. As their second season kicks off on Saturday in a bubble tournament-style first part of the season in Winnipeg, you’ll still find plenty of die-hard fans streaming it or at a COVID-safe watch party taking place at Boston Pizza in the Glebe. Get into the tournament and team now, because if all goes well—as it’s looking like it will!—they’ll be back at home playing games in front of fans later this summer. If you’re keen, your season ticket gets you a free membership with the streaming service. 


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The GOODY MART, Threads, Trinkets & Treasures Outdoor Pop Up Shop will take place behind The Good Cannabis Co. in the Glebe. It’s a great way to support some local businesses and pick up some unique items! 

Chef’s Paradise/CA Paradis will be partnering with Bar From Afar for A Taste of the South: Bourbon Taste & Tipple Happy Hour. Your ticket gets you a virtual happy hour lesson and you can either source your own supplies from their shopping list or purchase the accompanying ingredient kit directly from Bar From Afar.

On Saturday morning (rain date Sunday) you can take a tour of the Clyde Bee and Butterfly Patch. Specially designed by local resident Nora Lee with some help from  community associations, the patch has been designed for pollinators and native plants. 


What’s a weekend in Ottawa without a Farmers’ Market? Check out the ones at Lansdowne Park, in the ByWard Market or the Parkdale Market. And don’t forget that Parkdale has a night market on Wednesdays (more of an evening market, but I digress.) 

The newly opened Shaka Ice is holding a Family Tie Dye Event on Sunday where your ticket gets you a shirt to tie-dye and a Shave Ice—a fluffy snow dessert with tropical flavours.


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On Sunday you can also head downtown for Ottawa Connect (613) Major’s Hill Picnic. Network and hang with a bunch of fab, passionate Ottawa folk!

Bonus Tuesday

As we wrap up National Indigenous History Month, be sure to catch the drive-in experience as part of the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival where the Indigenous Day Celebration and drive-in concert will take place with Inuit throat singing and hoop dancing as well as performances by Silla & Rise and Twin Flames. The evening caps off with a drone light show.

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