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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Laura Gauthier on August 19, 2021





Are you panicking that it’s already more than halfway through August and you haven’t fully enjoyed your summer yet? There are plenty of markets, music, food and events taking place around the city this weekend so don’t fret — read on!

All Weekend

The Ottawa Jazz Festival has got tons of great shows and events available for you online and in person from August 19 to 22.


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With lots of events taking place even beyond the weekend, check out what Capital Pride has to offer this year, including Brunch in Drag, discussion panels, an EDUCATE series, film presentations and more.

Did you know Ottawa has a cricket tournament? Check out the Capital Cup 2021 and help them raise money while you’re at it, as each of the four teams have chosen charities they’re playing for. 

Grab some great chip truck fries while you check out a garage sale when you stop by Claude’s Garage Sale at Claude’s Chip Wagon on Ogilvie.

Check out great live and pre-recorded concerts through City Sounds and Encore Ottawa 2 taking place Friday through Sunday. Whether it’s Unsociably High and The Powergoats by the Chinatown gateway on Somerset, or a virtual show from Pithra – there are tons of great shows to check out!

For those of you familiar with Mindy Kaling, the one-act play that helped launch her career, Matt & Ben, is playing at the Summer Theatre in Smiths Falls until August 29. Watch for Gwyneth Paltrow to make an appearance in the story.

If you haven’t had a chance to catch the fireworks as part of Les Grand Feux du Casino Lac-Leamy, there are still a few days (though official tickets are sold out) and an online viewing opportunity.


Neat Coffee Shop has some live tunes for you at their outdoor Neat Shed Sessions with My Son The Hurricane. It’s just a short drive out to beautiful Burnstown.


While a lot of timeslots are already sold out, there is still time to grab your tickets for Candlelight: Film Scores and Hollywood Epics for what looks to be a beautifully intimate concert.

Want an original way to see the aforementioned fireworks? Grab a ‘seat’ in a kayak and check out the fireworks with Stand Up Paddle Ottawa.


Make sure to check out Ottawa’s own Hingman Leung’s screening of the short film Curbside Pickup on CBC TV and CBC Gem at 7pm! This dark comedy looks at getting back into the dating game…in your thirties…during a global pandemic. Is the hardest thing about dating in 2020 — not the pandemic?

Didn’t get around to gardening this year? Or maybe you want to see how to extend your sowing season? Check out Ottawa Farm Fresh’s session on Growing Great Fall Greens

Get your golf game on with this Par-3 Championship taking place at the White Sands Golf Course and Practice Centre.

Par-3 not your thing? Check out this breast cancer fundraising golf tournament at Metcalfe Golf and Country Club instead — Golf for Stupid Boobs which supports wellness retreats for breast cancer patients.

Check out this open-air market with live music hosted at Vimy Brewing — Craft Tour Marketplace

Head to Ottawa’s oldest bar, Chateau Lafayette, for a drink and to see the mainstay Lucky Ron show. All funds from prime seating will be donated to The Legacy of Hope Foundation.


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After you get your market and pub show on, check out Disco Inferno Live at Queen St. Fare for a dose of live funky grooves.

Or, if you’d prefer, check out some great tunes from Danielle Allard and Jumpin’ Joel Flash at Lansdowne. (Sidenote: I miss colouring at Stella Luna while eating gelato and listening to Danielle and friends play!)

Also at Lansdowne is the first game for Ottawa in the Canadian Championship soccer tournament where Atlético Ottawa will take on Winnipeg’s Valour FC in the first round. If you missed their home opener last weekend with more than 12,000 fans, this is a great chance to spend a beautiful evening outside watching some great footie. This tournament includes a trophy paid for by the supporters club The Voyageurs and also secures the team a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League. Atlético will just have to make it through a few Canadian teams to get there first.


Aberdeen Pavilion is once again filled with great farmer’s market goodies for you on Sunday with the Lansdowne Market.

There’s also the Elgin Street Market taking place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to check out!

Not going to be in that part of the city? Well, there’s also the Ottawa Artisans Market taking place at St. Laurent shopping centre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. which promises more than 50 local artists under a big tent for weather-proof shopping.

Downward puppy anyone? Check out Puppy Yoga when you get your yoga flow on out in Kanata while puppies roam around you as they learn to socialize. 

More of a picnic kinda person? Check out Kind Space’s Definitely A Picnic Pride event in Hintonburg Park.


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Check out House of PainT’s short film night taking place at SAW Gallery in-person, or virtually if you’d rather participate from home. More than a dozen artists will use film to explore hip hop through short films, music videos and cinepoems. 

Go on out there 613ers! Summer’s not over yet!