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Weekend Roundup: Quoi Faire?

By Amanda Armstrong on August 10, 2017


It’s that time again, folks: the Weekend Roundup has arrived. Coming off a short week, we’ve a short list of this weekend’s goings ons for you.

All Weekend

Volta took to the skies under the big top across the river last Thursday and continues through the weekend, until August 27. As per usual, this Cirque du Soleil show is not one that will disappoint. Need we say more than simply that Cirque du Soleil is in town? If so, our contributor Jennifer Cavanagh checked out the show and has nothing but good things to say about the performance.

The 6th annual Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival began yesterday and runs through the weekend. The schedule features a wide range of events at various locations across the city. For some insider tips on this year’s must sees, Apt613 contributor Alessandro Marcon spoke to the festival’s co-director Howard Adler. You can check out the interview, along with Adler’s recommendations, here.


Skip over Thursday to Friday and head down to the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park for another instalment of Ottawa Welcomes the World. Up to bat this time ‘round is Ecuador. Check out some traditional Ecuadorian dance while sipping on some delicious fruit juices from that part of the world and learn all about the super cool Galapagos Islands in a film screening that afternoon.

If you are a fan of the classics, you won’t want to miss this Friday’s screening of Karate Kid, brought to you by the Byward Market Series on the George Street sidewalk. Bring your own chairs and watch for free, or rent an inflatable loveseat for $5 at the event.


The Ottawa Fury are back at TD Place this Saturday to take on Charlotte Independence. Come see them challenge the league’s hottest team and see who comes out victorious. Tickets are cheap and the drinks are cold. We promise you, it’s a good time.

Quebec will be showing off their pyrotechnic skills this Saturday at Casino du Lac Leamy’s Sound of Light, bringing you their explosive interpretation of the history of our nation. You can buy tickets to watch the show from the Canadian Museum of History online, or find yourself a spot on the Major’s Hill lawn and environs for free.

If you thought you had missed out on this year’s Latin Sparks Festival, fear not. They are back by popular demand, throwing an encore edition of Canada’s largest latin dance party on Albert Island this Saturday night. Whether you are an experienced dancer, or just getting into the groove, this party is for you. With workshops geared to those just beginning, you may even learn a new thing or two!


Grab your bike and head for the hills this Sunday… the Gatineau Hills, that is! Now through September 3, you can enjoy a car-free cycle through some of the area’s most beautiful scenery each Sunday. Over 50 kms of road are blocked off to cars from 6am to 1pm. For those of you who find Gatineau Park a bit of a trek, you can take advantage of the car-free roadways on this side of the pond. An interactive map of available bikeways can be found here.

With plenty going on to get you outside this weekend, we hope that the weather holds for us long enough to enjoy it. But if there is one thing we here in Ottawa have proven this summer, it’s that a little rain won’t dampen our spirits. Have fun, enjoy, and take lots of photos. Hashtag them with #apt613wknd for a chance to be featured on our feed.