We’ve made it to the halfway point of 2021 and it looks like we might finally be turning a corner in this pandemic life we’ve come to consider normal. As things continue to open up and restrictions are easing, one of your weekend plans may be to get a long awaited haircut. Exciting as that may be, we’ve some other suggestions for weekend activities that are equally fun.
Take a trip to West Carleton this weekend for their annual Red Trillium Studio Tour. Nearly 20 different artisans—from potters, to painters, to jewellers, and woodworkers—will be opening their studio doors to the public. Why not make a day of it and pack a picnic or enjoy some delicious takeout from one of the local restaurants on the grounds of the Pinhey Estate?
Do you like to fish? Have you wanted to get a friend in on the fun, but they wanted to check it out before purchasing the necessary licence? This weekend is the perfect opportunity, as Family Fishing Week begins this Saturday and you can fish without a licence all week long. Take advantage and head on out to your favourite spot to cast your rod.
This weekend is prime berry picking time in Ottawa. Strawberry season is drawing to a close and raspberry season is just beginning. Both the Merivale and Woodroffe locations of Shouldice Berry Farm and Market are open for picking, raspberries are just becoming available at Proulx Maple and Berry Farm, and you might be able to pick strawberries and raspberries in the same trip at Millers Farm, Market and Garden Centre. Given the fields are a popular spot this year, make sure to call ahead to ensure that they haven’t been picked out.
If you are looking for some fun evening activities, we’ve a couple of suggestions for you folks. Campfires at Saunders Farm have returned for the summer season and are a perfect COVID-safe activity for you and some friends. For fans of Parc Omega, there is also the opportunity to check it out under a different light (or lack thereof). Omega by Night is a 1.5 kilometre walking trail that ends at the wolf observatory. Here is your chance to see what the wolves get up to after hours.
After the appalling discoveries of the bodies of hundreds of Indigenous children in unmarked graves near former residential schools, it is important for us to take the time to honour the lives lost and stand in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples against the continued oppression they face on this unceded land. This year, rather than celebrating Canada Day, take the time off work to show your support by participating in the Anishnaabe Cancel Canada Day March, which begins at 11:30am at Indigenous Services, located at 10 Rue Wellington in Gatineau, and ends on Parliament Hill. On this day of mourning, wear orange to show your support for Indigenous peoples affected by residential schools; donate to Indigenous organizations, such as the Indian Residential School Survivors Society; and call to action your elected officials. One of the most important things you can do as an ally is to educate oneself; read books by Indigenous authors, listen to music by Indigenous artists, read the Truth and Reconciliation Report and the 94 Calls to Action, or enroll in the University of Alberta’s free online Indigenous Canada course. If you are looking for a source of more information, follow the hashtag #CancelCanadaDay.
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Encore Ottawa is back with another installment of Season 2 of their concert series. Filmed at Shenkman Arts Centre this past winter, these pre-recorded half hour concerts air back to back on Friday nights. This week features performances by rock duo Double Experience and alternative pop-rock group The Riot Police. If you miss it on Friday night, you can also catch it on Saturday eve or Sunday afternoon on Rogers TV. If you are curious about this season’s lineup of artists, you can check out a preview performance from all the artists at their premiere Watchparty here.
Hintonburger returns this Friday! As an ode to their beginnings, they have recreated their original Hintonburger shack at their new location at the Parkdale Market and will be serving up delicious burgers all weekend long. Come pick up some great market finds, enjoy a burger, and some Moo Shu ice cream for dessert.
After beginning the season with a win and the first goal scored in the Canadian Premier League’s 2021 season, Atlético Ottawa takes on Valour FC of Winnipeg in their third match this year. You can stream the game, along with all of their games, on OneSoccer.ca. A subscription for the entire month will cost you less than tickets for a single in-person game. If you can’t wait to be back in the stands cheering on your team, it’s worth it to plan ahead and purchase season tickets now; they include a subscription to stream all games pre-return to the TD Place field.
Fly Market’s first market of the summer takes place this Saturday afternoon behind Top of the World and in the Clocktower’s parking lot on Bank Street, next to the highway. This is the perfect chance to snag yourself some sweet new vintage streetwear for the summer season.
The Carlington Coffee House has been working on something special and is set to reveal the results of their handiwork with their new backyard patio this Saturday from 10am to 2pm. To mark the occasion, they will be throwing a Soft Serve Backyard Takeover with pals Pascale’s All Natural Ice Cream. Order pints for pick up ahead of time here and swing by to check out the new digs and grab a coffee and some delicious soft serve.
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