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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Amanda Armstrong on July 29, 2021

COVID-19 cases are on the decline, vaccine rates are rising, and restrictions are easing in Ottawa. There is plenty to get out and enjoy this summer weekend in the city. From farmers’ markets and vintage markets to live music and art exhibits; there is a little something for everyone. Without further ado, here are the details of this weekend’s happenings.

All Weekend

A stunning exhibit, Beyond Van Gogh, is taking place in the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park this weekend. Step inside the mind of the artist as you walk through projections of his works, accompanied by his words set to music. Reserve your time slot ahead online and be sure to bring your camera!

The World Press Photo Exhibition is making its tour around the globe and has stopped in at the Canadian War Museum. You can check out these incredible winning photographs on Thursday evening, or from 10am to 4pm all weekend long. Reserve your time slot through the museum’s website (it’s free Thursday evenings from 5 to 7pm!), and don’t forget to bring a mask.

It wouldn’t be a summer weekend without farmers’ markets. There are several markets taking place this weekend; from the York Street Farmers’ Market and the Westboro Market on Saturday, to the Lansdowne Farmers’ Market on Sunday. Take a stroll through one of the city’s many markets and stock up on some delicious local produce.

Musée canadien de la guerre, Archives institutionnelles = Canadian War Museum, Institutional archives


Yoga Kala is offering hour-long hatha yoga classes on Thursday evening in Calzavara Park. Calzavara Park Yoga is led by Ellen Bertrand. Sign up for a Yoga Kāla membership and reserve your spot in the class with a $15 Outdoor Yoga Drop-in Pass, or you can purchase a discounted 5-Class Park Pass for $65, if you plan to make it a regular thing. 


If you are an early bird who likes to bike, you may want to check out Common Empire’s Rise and Ride. The ride takes off just after sunrise from the Canadian War Museum and participants make up groups of ten cyclists each, based on speed. There are also a few women’s only cycling groups at varying speeds. In order to participate, all you need to do is sign their waiver form, install the Covid Alert app on your phone, and be there and ready to ride at the crack of dawn. Enjoy a morning of cycling, with a stop at a coffee shop along the way. 

Enjoy a free Rendez-vous interculturels at Parc Moussette on Friday eve. While this week’s Latin dance workshop may be for seniors only, the concert that follows features some beautiful Brazilian jazz by Florquestra, which no one will want to miss.

Encore Ottawa Season 2 continues this Friday with back-to-back concerts by female singer-songwriters Chantal Hackett and Kimberly Sunstrum. Tune in on RogerTV or stream the concerts online for free.

Photo from Encore Ottawa.


For those of you who have been pining for an evening of live music, Saturday does not disappoint. There is a trio of great options to choose from. Montreal electro-pop band Le Couleur will be performing at Minotaure. Tickets can be purchased here. Local blues singer Mikhail Laxton will be joined by his band, playing Live at Irene’s Pub. While you are there, be sure to check out the works on display by local artist, Drew Bernard. Lastly, you can enjoy a few pints while taking in a solo show by local singer Johnny Franco at Heart and Crown in the Byward Market

Grab your roller skates and head on down for a free skate afternoon at the Vanier Community Skating Jam this Saturday. Take a few turns around their outdoor rink, to the tunes of CHUO’s The Full Time Groove

Attend the opening of Behind Between Beyond, an art exhibit by Miya Turnbull and Roxanne Lafleur, this Saturday afternoon at Gallery 101. In this exhibit, the artists use several mediums – including drawings, masks, and photography – to tell stories about themselves. 


For those who live in the Greenboro and South Keys neighbourhoods, Yoga Kala will be teaching a free morning yoga class at Pushman Park. In order to attend, you must live in the area and register with Yoga Kala to reserve your spot. 

Looking for some sweet summer swag? Vintage Pop-Up 613 is hosting a Parking Lot Pop-Up at Vimy Brewing Company this Sunday afternoon. Shop the wares of over 15 local vintage vendors; including Little Bones Ottawa, Forest Floor Vintage, and Lady Arkenstone Vintage. 


Now that things have opened up a fair bit, weekends are bustling again. Be sure to enjoy yourselves, while masking up and staying safe! Spend the holiday Monday (for some) resting up after a busy weekend full of goings-on and start your short work week feeling refreshed and recharged.