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Ottawa Farmers' Market at Lansdowne. Photo: Hannah Manning

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Laura Gauthier on July 22, 2021

Whatever the weather may hold, your vaccine status may be, or your comfort level with the people-ly-ness of events, the nation’s capital has got a selection of food, tunes, arts, culture and activities for you this weekend!

All Weekend

This year’s Ottawa Lebanese Festival remains altered due to COVID this year, but you can still enjoy the delicious food by ordering online and picking up! 

Catch some live music on the canal on Thursday and Saturday with either Fiesta Cubana or the NAC Orchestra Brass Ensemble as they play on a floating stage that makes its way from the locks to Dow’s Lake and back. 

Get some art in your life at the Manila-Acapulco vernissage featuring Marisa Gallemit, Claudia Gutierrez and Guillermo Trejo at the Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery. If that’s not enough, the Ottawa Art Gallery reopened on July 21, so book your free visit now! On July 23, the World Press Photo Exhibition 2021 also opens. Still not enough? The Rembrandt in Amsterdam: Creativity and Competition exhibit has opened at the National Gallery of Canada.



Give back to one of Ottawa’s local beaches with the shoreline cleanup of Westboro beach during the day, and then treat yourself to some great tunes with Ottawa Encores Season 2 performances of GuttaKingChris followed by Uvaune. Or head out to Neat Coffee Shop’s Neat Shed Sessions with an outdoor show by The Skydiggers.


Celebrate and support restaurants reopening with National Tequila Day where you get a kit and surprises before you head to a great handful of local places offering up even more tequila and tacos.

As part of the Mirror Mountain Film Festival, join Kimberly Sunstrum and Hingman Leung for a live music and film performance online in this pay-what-you-can show.  

Want to get out and enjoy the summer weather? Head out for the Arboretum tree and bat tour with the Friends of the Experimental Farm. Learn more about why I’m a fan of our mosquito-eating furry flying friends.

If you haven’t been joining the online pandemic editions of the classic Ottawa Trivia League pub trivia (thank you, because maybe my team is doing better with less competition!) you’ll be pleased to know it’s returning to pubs live and in person now. To kick off the return, they’re holding a special pub trivia fundraising comeback event in support of Water First, who are helping First Nations communities facing water challenges. 

613flea returns—outdoors! Always a great selection of vendors, and be sure to bring your mask and respect COVID regulations, even outside.

Want to just chill with friends and play board games while taking advantage of the weather? Head over to Richmond Landing (near the Portage Bridge on the Ottawa side) for the Community Park Jam. Put on by Music.Art.Ppl and Beats & Boards, there will be board games and blankets as well as folks who can teach you the games if you’re not familiar.

Little Jo Berry’s and Sushi Umi are hosting sushi and sundaes, so be sure to check out their delicious offerings! 


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There are so many farmers’ markets and stands to get some delicious and local goodies from around the city and environs: Navan, Lansdowne, Kiwan Farms, and Ottawa Farm Fresh, who are also offering yoga.

After you get your local produce on, check out a historical walking tour called Byward Market Unlocked or the Beechwood cemetery stroll if you want to stretch those legs. Cycling more your speed? Check out Brews & Bites West for a great intro-level ride (you can add a bike rental if you don’t have your own!).