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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on September 2, 2021

It’s a jammed pack long weekend so let’s get right to it!

All Weekend

The Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC) is bringing live music to you this weekend. The third and final weekend in a series of pop up events, OMIC has partnered with business improvement areas and business associations to showcase a trove of musical talent in public spaces all over Ottawa. This weekend bring performances on Friday night in the ByWard Market, Saturday in Manotick and Orléans Town Centre, and Sunday on Elgin Street in Boushey Square. Learn more about City Sounds in this article and check out the full schedule online.


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AfroFest Ottawa is a free music and arts festival that showcases the best of African culture and entertainment in the nation’s capital. According to the Facebook event, the festival gives all Canadians a chance to experience the beauty and wonder of African culture and expression and promotes a sense of integration and representation for African Canadians, while celebrating a culture that is often misunderstood or undervalued. There will be food, music and good times so get your free ticket online before they’re gone!

The Gatineau Hot Air Balloon festival is back! With activities like musical morning lift offs, concerts, fireworks and an amusement park, the festival has always been one of my favourite says to say au revoir to summer. The festival runs from September 2-6 so keep an eye on the skies for funky hot air balloons.

Keep an eye on the skies, but also keep an ear on the ground as Escapade returns this weekend at the Ottawa baseball stadium on Coventry. Earlier this summer they announced a vaccination requirement and hosted a pop-up vaccination clinic. If you’re still looking to get vaccinated, check out Ottawa Public Health for the most up-to-date info on vaccination clinics.

This is the final weekend that Colonel By Drive will be closed to cars 24/7 between Daly Avenue and Canal Woods Terrace as part of the NCC’s weekend bikedays. Moving forward (til Thanksgiving), it will be closed for active use on weekends from 8am-4pm, along with Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Sir George-Etienne Cartier Parkway.

A Company of Fools presents Love from Afar, an original Shakespearian mashup with 12 shows across seven outdoor locations. Tickets are going fast for performances between September 2-25. Learn more about the show in our post here and snag tickets to your local park performance here.


It’s the final weekend to see Rembrandt in Amsterdam at the National Gallery of Canada. While it looks like the free Thursday night tickets are booked up, the NGC has added some special extended hours over the weekend for anyone looking for a last minute trip.


2021 Polaris Prize short list nominee Zoon will be at SAW Gallery on Friday for Zoon under the Moon. The show will be in the SAW Courtyard and tickets are available ahead of time online and at Vertigo Records.

Tune into Encore Ottawa 2 featuring Lynne Hanson and The Good Intentions this Friday at 8pm. This is the last in the second season of Encore Ottawa, a concert series taped at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Learn more about the project here and in this post about the first season.

Check out the talent in Vanier at the Vanier Community Hub’s Open Mic Night. All are welcome at this Friday’s event, which will featured headliner Kimberly Sunstrum. Looking to perform? Register online.

Each Friday through September, House of PainT is taking it to the streets with pop-up dance events. Registration is open for dancers who wish to compete in one-on-one all styles battles for a chance at a $500 cash prize at this Friday’s event at Wessex Park (Moloughney Park) in Barrhaven. Learn more about this year’s House of PainT festival in our post here.


We’ve got a bit of everything for you this Saturday. Fiesta Cubana hits the beach Saturday for live salsa music, tropical cocktails, and a raffle. The band will play from 7-9pm with a $10 cover, but why not make a day trip of it and enjoy a Westboro beach before dancing the night away? Last minute back to school shopping? 613flea returns to Lansdowne from 10am-4pm for another outdoor market with free admission and 80+ vendors, and Carlington Coffee House is hosting the Hot Wench Summer Market from 9am-2pm. Looking to dine out? Reserve your spot for bottomless bougie dine and drag at the Vanitea Room. Need a repair? Head to Ottawa Tool Library’s Repair Café at the Vanier Community Hub from 10am-3pm.


Beyond Van Gogh is an immersive visual art experience showcasing the art and talent of Vincent Van Gogh. After seeing photos and hearing all about it, I was blown away by how impressive it was. Tickets are available throughout the weekend and if you go on Sunday, you can make a stop at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market outdoor market at Lansdowne while you’re there.

Learn all about sourdough in an outdoor sourdough bread making class at Ottawa Farm Fresh.

With a Monday off, why not stay up late Sunday? Boogie On The Beach at the Westboro Beach Cafe

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