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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Laura Gauthier on October 28, 2021





Whether or not you’ve got your costume ready, or you’re passing on Halloween festivities this year, there is plenty taking place across the city this weekend. Let us know what you get up to!

All Weekend

How many tickets did you have for shows that were postponed or cancelled during the pandemic? No-Show: Songs from Lost Gigs will help you recapture all those lost shows! Duo Robin Guy and Scott Richardson will be bringing their awesome setlist to audiences at The Gladstone until Nov. 13, so you have many chances to make up for lost time.

The Ottawa Jazz Festival brings their October Concert Series in-person to Algonquin Commons Theatre on Friday and Saturday with a great lineup. More details and tickets can be found on their website.

The National Arts Centre has plenty of shows back for in-person and online viewing as well this weekend. Everything from the NAC Orchestra, dance, workshops, conversations, and even the 24th Annual RBC Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards

Whiprsnapr Brewing Co. has some fun Halloween-themed events taking place over the next few days as well, including a member night, a scavenger hunt and pumpkin carving. Located in Bells Corners for you West enders!

Art House Cafe is holding its Haunted Cathouse on Friday and Saturday with special cocktails, games, live DJs and a costume contest.

The Mayfair Theatre is showing the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show – but with no participation this year to abide by health and safety guidelines – on Saturday and Sunday. You’re still welcome to dress up, but it will strictly be a sit-and-watch event. It’s still a blast to see this movie for Halloween, but we can’t wait for the raucous participatory-style event to be back post-pandemic! (They’ve also got showings of The Shining, Poltergeist and their Saturday Night Sinema event!)

Bytowne Cinema also has a scary lineup of films this weekend, including The Thing, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Beyond, Les Diaboliques, and Pieces.

It was a matter of time before Squid Game made it into our events! Seoul Dog, a Korean Corndog eatery, is having Halloween parties on Saturday and Sunday and there’s a prize for the best Squid Game costume as well as best costume.


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Galerie SAW Gallery is having a hardcore Halloween costume party with live music.

My Local Markets is holding a Night Market in Nepean featuring 35 vendors, live music, food and halloween treats. 


So glad the beloved Rainbow Bistro is still around! Celebrate at their Hornettes Halloween Dance Party.


If you’re looking for a family-friendly and free Halloween event look no further than Vanier’s Spooktacular Halloween Community Gathering with music, art, costumes, pumpkins and a BBQ.

Head over to Queen St. Fare for Ottawa’s newest funkadelic band, the Hardcore Jollies

“Playing a mix of originals, hiphop, jazz fusion, Britney Spears, and possibly the Price is Right theme.” How could you not want to check out JK3 at Irene’s pub based on that line from their event listing for their show Saturday night? 

The Latin Festival is holding a Day of the Dead Fiesta with a parade contest, crafts, Day of the Dead face painting, children’s activities and Mexican food.

Freewheeling Craft has been hosting a series of Craft Tours, which is basically two of my favourite things: local makers and local craft beer. This weekend, they’re popping up at Kichesippi Beer Co. from 11am-5pm with 20+ local brands, food and drinks, and live music. The event is kid- and pet-friendly and will be following COVID-19 guidelines. There’s free parking plus Kichesippi Beer Co. is accessible by the Trans-Canada Trail if you’re out for a walk or bike ride.


If you’ve never caught a PepTides show, there’s no better time than Halloween. This Ottawa staple band puts on such great, lively and fun shows and they’re a guaranteed good time.

Check out Ottawa’s first Mystic Market featuring vendors with goods for “Witches, Mystics and folks searching for the odd, mystifying and metaphysical.”