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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Amanda Armstrong on September 23, 2021

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Welcome to the first weekend of fall, folks! The weather is cooling, the leaves are changing, and there is plenty going on – so let’s get out there and enjoy ourselves this weekend.

All Weekend

Thanks to vaccines, outdoor music festivalsat least on a smaller scale—are no longer the stuff of dreams. Bluesfest takes place this weekend at Lansdowne Park. This micro-festival features acts like Tokyo Police Club, Barenaked Ladies, MonkeyJunk and more. Tickets need to be purchased ahead of time and proof of vaccination must be shown at the gates.

Fall may have only just arrived, but the holidays are coming quickly and this weekend there’s a perfect opportunity to get a head start on your shopping (and to grab a little something for yourself, while you’re at it). The Ottawa Artisans virtual market Sweater Weather takes place this weekend. Cozy up at home and browse over 200 local vendors. 

Thursday

Meet the New Chef in town at the Savoy Brasserie this Thursday night. Executive Chef Sourabh (Sam) Kumar will be introducing himself to guests throughout the evening. 

With many of us spending a lot more time in the kitchen since the pandemic began, there are skills one must master in addition to the cooking, to keep things running smoothly. There is nothing worse than chopping vegetables with a dull knife. Learn how to sharpen them skillfully with Ottawa Tool Library’s Knife Sharpening workshop this Thursday night. Make sure to bring along a few of your dullest knives to learn with.

China Doll is back at Queen Street Fare this Thursday night for another fun-filled evening of China Doll Karaoke. Belt out your favourite ballad for a chance to win some great prizes.

Friday

House of PainT has been Taking It To The Streets for an epic dance battle with a $500 prize. This Friday you will find them at their festival home under the Dunbar Street Bridge at Brewer Park. Want to strut your stuff and bust a move on the dance floor for your chance at the title of dance battle champion? Registration to compete in the event can be found here.

Saturday

613Flea is back at Lansdowne Park this Saturday. Head on down and peruse nearly 100 great vendors. 

Freewheeling Craft will also be hosting an outdoor Craft Tour Marketplace this Saturday at Kichesippi Brewery. In addition to some great vendors, there will be live music, food trucks, and of course, some tasty libations. 

Head on over to Cloud Forest Roastery in Hull for an evening of coffee, cotton candy and outdoor concerts this Saturday night. In addition to a magician who will kick off the evening, there will be performances by singer-songwriter Jasmine Trails and pop-rock band Mr Power.

Spectrasonic presents an evening of indie rock at Club SAW this Saturday. There will be musical performances by Townes, Okies, and Deliverables, followed by an experimental DJ set by Scree Running. 

It’s $5 Night this Saturday at TD Place as soccer team Atlético Ottawa takes on Calgary Cavalry. Five dollars will get you a Budweiser tall can, a hotdog, a kid’s ticket, or a polo shirt. 

There will be more DJs in the Driveway at Art House Café this Saturday night with DJs Goldstein and O’Brien. Beats & Boards will also be taking place during this time and they’ll be bringing along a bunch of new board games (including one of my favourites, Wingspan). Tables fill up quickly, so be sure to arrive early to ensure you can nab a spot.

Sunday

There will be a Cars, Coffee, & Charity event taking place in Carp this Sunday. Come check out some amazing vintage cars, enjoy a cup of Starbucks coffee, and participate in a raffle where all the proceeds will be donated to the Phoebe Rose Rocks Foundation, which helps raise funds for childhood cancer research. 

Everyone loves a good farmers’ market, especially during harvest season. While most everyone is aware of the regulars, there is a smaller new-this-year market worthy of mention: the Elgin Street Market. A collaboration between Beechwood Market and the Centretown Community Association, this market is held in Boushey Square at Elgin and Waverly. For a list of local products you will find at the market, check out their list of vendors here

Vintage Pop-Up 613 will be hosting another Parking Lot Pop-Up in the parking lot of Torta Boyz on Preston Street this Sunday. Snag yourself some fantastic fall pieces for your wardrobe from some of Ottawa’s best vintage vendors, including Lady Arkenstone Vintage, Funky Retro, Pitstop Vintage, and many more. Not only will you uncover some great fashion finds, there will also be accessories, home decor items, and the whole shebang!

Spooky season is upon us! Get into the spirit by taking a stroll through the Beechwood Cemetery on Sunday afternoon.

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