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Spring flowers in bloom, on Kippewa Drive. Photo: Joshua Renaud.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Laura Gauthier on April 14, 2022

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Hopefully a lot of you have a long weekend to enjoy, whether you’re celebrating anything or not! There are plenty of great local events for you to enjoy, and some of them involve finding chocolate eggs.

Ongoing/all weekend

The Hintonburg Public House is organizing an Easter egg scavenger hunt all weekend with proceeds going to the Parkdale Food Centre.

 

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Thursday

Festival Awesome Arts en folie is a virtual festival screened live from the Ottawa Art Gallery celebrating the resiliency and diversity of Ottawa’s artists and communities featuring local artists and performances. Also, until April 17, visitors at the OAG can see a mural created by local students.

ArohaFest – Spring Edition takes place virtually Thursday evening. Co-presented by the National Arts Centre, this is the only fully bilingual Indian cultural festival featuring dance, music, culinary arts, visual arts, Bollywood, and Bhangra.

 

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The Ottawa Tool Library is hosting a WorkSpace Safety 101 Workshop to learn how to handle power tools properly, so that you can work safely when you tackle your DIY projects.

Red Bird Live is hosting Songwriter Nights with Lynn Miles for this special in-the-round singer/songwriter night.

House of TARG is celebrating their anniversary with a free concert and arcade party. F8-BIT will be performing video game music, additional games are being brought in, and there will be new special merch available to celebrate.

Stray Dog is hosting their Throwback Thursdays – Bring Your Own Vinyl night with a great deal on beers too.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about vermicomposting, this is your chance: The Box of Life is holding a 101 demo at Arlington 5 and you can learn and ask questions about using worms to convert your food waste.

Friday

Snotty Nose Rez Kids with Lex Leosis & Boogey the Beat play SAW Gallery as part of their Life After tour.

Indigenous Roots Orleans/Ottawa East is hosting a virtual beading night where you can either use your own supplies or pick them up ahead of the event and learn beading techniques via Zoom. Participants are asked to respect cultural appropriation and not make any money off of their traditional beading, but enjoy it and learn.

Saturday

As part of their anniversary celebrations, CA Paradis/The Chef’s Paradise is teaming up with Happy Goat on a master series coffee clinic where you can learn about varieties of coffees, how to prepare the best cup, and all sorts of tips for the coffee connoisseur.

613flea is back at Lansdowne Park, with over 125 vendors ranging from local foods to vintage clothing. With smashable bunny butts (no bunnies will be injured — they’re actually a tasty treat from Toro Treats), cashmere bunnies (made by Likalila with pre-loved cashmere sweaters), clay bunnies (made by Cozy Crosby), crocheted peep bunnies (made by Trillium Hill Creations), bunny colouring sheets (hand-drawn by author, artist and storyteller Laurie), and hand-decorated cookie bunnies (hidden in booths for lucky customers to discover), the Easter edition of 613flea will definitely be hopping with bunnies! Plus lots more everyday local goodies!

While you’re at Lansdowne, head to the stadium for Atlético Ottawa’s second home game of the season. Ottawa’s professional soccer team has got big game this season, so why not join in on all the fun Canadian soccer momentum in addition to the national teams’ recent successes at the Olympics and qualifying for the men’s World Cup? Atléti fans know that there’s plenty of great footie action to be had right here.

 

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If you’re not done with winter yet, there’s a free family skate at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex in Stittsville.

Rideau Sports Centre is hosting an Outdoor Easter Market with local vendors featuring jewelry, baked goods, ceramics and more.

The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is hosting a great family activity with their Hop into Spring event featuring a hay bale labyrinth and a chance to learn about bunnies. There’s also natural egg dyeing, cooking demonstrations, and music.

It’s Emo Night at SAW Gallery with emo, pop-punk, screamo, metalcore, and rock.

Sunday

The Ottawa-Gatineau Eid Expo-Ramadan 2022 takes place online. Everything you need for Eid, including fashion, home decor, and food.

Monday

Jealous of your friends who’ve been extras in all those Hallmark movies that film around Ottawa? Top that by being an extra in the local Ottawa movie Enter the Drag Dragon by the Mayfair’s very own Lee Demarbre. They’re filming a scene of people at the movies, so you can just be yourself and head to the Mayfair like you normally would — but sign up so they can contact you and keep track of how many extras they have.

 

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