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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Amanda Armstrong on August 26, 2021

The end of August is upon us. It may not seem like it with the blazing hot weather we’ve been having, but summer is winding down. Thankfully, there is plenty to do this weekend—whether in person or virtually—to help you make the most of one of the last weekends of the season.

All Weekend

Capital Pride runs through this week and into the weekend. While the festival looks quite different again this year, there are several virtual Pride events taking place, including a virtual pride parade happening on Sunday afternoon. There is also an in-person celebration on Sunday, but more about that later.

There is a Carivibe Pop-Up on William Street and York Street in the Byward Market on Saturday and Sunday. Take a walk about and enjoy the Caribbean food trucks, live steelpan, DJs, and a host of vendors. A treat of note in this heat: you can keep cool with some delicious tropical ice cream.

Take a stroll through the Parc du Portage in Gatineau this weekend and take in Debout, a trail illuminated with giant globes and accompanied by a soundtrack. Photographers, bring your cameras: it looks like it will make for some great photos.

Enjoy some snacks and libations while you listen to some lovely music on a patio this weekend with Summer Shorts at Art House. The musical accompaniment to your afternoon will be Adam Ferris on Saturday and Arianna Vebree on Sunday.

In its second weekend, City Sounds is hosting a series of free outdoor music performances on Sparks Street and in Westboro over the weekend. Each pair of performances features back to back shows of an hour in length. Check out the lineup of artists here.


Singers, warm up your vocal chords. For those of you who have missed belting out your favourite song with the wonderful China Doll, the wait is over. China Doll Karaoke Live returns to a new spot at Queen Street Fare this Thursday at 8pm.

In addition to all the regular weekly farmers’ markets taking place this weekend, the Carlington Pop-Up Market takes over Raven Park this Thursday from 4pm to 7pm. Come out and stock up on fruit and vegetables, plants, baked goods, and crafts. There will also be hot food served, so you can skip making dinner and eat in the park.


Queen Street Fare is hosting Queen’s Court Pride Edition, a drag show, this Friday. Join hostess Savannah Couture and special guests Kimmy Couture, Shea D. Ladie, and Icesis Couture for what is sure to be a stellar event.

Possible Worlds invites you to their first in-person exhibit in their new space on Wellington. Join them for their exhibition opening of The Pattern, featuring print works by Alicia Nauta. There will also be experimental music by Carl Didur, beginning at 8pm.

Encore Ottawa 2 continues this Friday night with free streaming of their pre-recorded concerts. This week features performances by Five+None and Sophie D’Orleans.


National Capital Pride Run and Walk’s in-person event takes place on Saturday morning at 9am at Ottawa City Hall. You can also choose to walk 2.5 km or run 5km on your own time over the weekend and post your time online. Funds raised from participating in this event will be donated to Bruce House, which helps support those whose lives have been affected by HIV.

If you are looking for the perfect brunch spot this Saturday, head to the Mill Street Brewery’s patio for Spill the Tea Drag Brunch. Hosted by Yaya Torres, this drag brunch celebrates the release of Spill the Tea Lemon Wheat, a collaboration with Canada’s Drag Race star Lemon. Tickets include a take-home can of Spill the Tea and a donation to Rainbow Railroad.

There will be a Concert Electronique at La Filature in Gatineau. This week’s concert features music by 22Marbles, Simon Provencher, and Wellington Sanipe. This series of outdoor concerts is also broadcast on Radio-Hull 106.5FM, so you can tune in from wherever you are, if you can’t make the event in person.

Kitchen Party is making a comeback with an outdoor camping dance party in Quyon, Quebec this Saturday. This event boasts a long list of DJs, who take to the decks beginning at 5pm, including Big Shuv, vj.daisy, Cool Cal, Glory Hull, Ohjay, Osita (it’s a vibe), Seiiizi, Sweet Cheeks, and more.

613Flea returns with another installment of their outdoor market at Lansdowne Park from 9am to 3pm. Curious about this new format of 613Flea? Check out Apt613’s article for what to expect.

The 24-hour voting period for CBC’s Short Film Face Off is this Saturday. Ottawa’s Hingman Leung directed one of the top films, “Curbside Pickup,” a short film about dating life during the pandemic. Spend some time taking in the finalists’ films on CBC Gem and be sure to vote for your favourite on Saturday.


Atlético Ottawa takes on the Halifax Wanderers at TD Place this Sunday afternoon. After losing their last home game, let’s see if they can start their winning streak again. If you aren’t quite ready for the crowds, you can stream the game from home on One Soccer.

The final event of this year’s Capital Pride festival, Spectacular, takes place at Lansdowne Park on Sunday from 3pm to 10pm. The event features a mix of live and virtual drag and musical performances. There will also be a beer garden and a fleet of food trucks to keep you satiated. Reserve a ticket by donation here.