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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on May 26, 2022

While the city continues to recover and reconnect after last weekend’s storm, the good news is there are some summer classics to look forward to this weekend. If you’re in a position to help out, consider reaching out to friends or colleagues who may still be without power or internet, or connect with local organizations such as the Ottawa Food Bank who are helping a huge number of people. If you need help, the City has a number of emergency reception centres with showers, device charging, and wifi.

All Weekend

Attention sports fans! If you’ve missed baseball, we’ve got great news for you. The Ottawa Titans played their home stadium for the first time on Tuesday and home game continue daily through Sunday.

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is taking over town this weekend. Canada’s biggest marathon weekend is back with live events after 2 years of virtual races. Whether you’re running a race or cheering people on, it’s a great weekend and I am so glad to see it back. Good luck to everyone taking part! (Oh and be mindful of road closures!)

Looking for some bbq? Head to the Kanata Ribfest from Friday through Sunday.

The Festival of Small Halls, which started May 13, ends this Sunday with a performance by Skydiggers at Seeley’s Bay Community Hall. Other events this weekend include Hawksley Workman at the McDonald’s Corners Agricultural Hall, Jessica Pearson & The East Wind at the Delta Old Town Hall, Hawksley Workman at the Seeley’s Bay Community Hall, and Skydiggers at the Winchester United Church. For more about the festival, check out our post here.

Each year, local yoga teacher and creative Jo-Ann Oosterman organizes an art exhibit at Chez Lucien (one of the best burgers spots in the city, if you ask me). This year, Jo-Ann curated the Blue Yellow fundraiser, with all art donated by local artists and all proceeds going to the Ukrainian Red Cross. Learn more here.

Ottawa Punk Fest is a two day event at Cafe Dekcuf (221 Rideau Street) featuring alternative-punk acts from Ottawa, Kingston, and Montreal.

We’re down the final days for the latest edition of Magic in the Dark: What’s Playing at Ottawa’s independent cinemas.


The Paddling Film Festival World Tour features the features the best whitewater, canoeing, standup paddle boarding, and kayaking films from around the world. Tickets to the opening at the ByTowne are $20.

Ottawa Design Club, the recipient of April’s Awesome Ottawa award, is hosting their first ever in-person event! They’ll also be releasing Zine 0004 — Origins with copies available for purchase at the event.


This Friday is the Ottawa Art Gallery’s Give to Get Art auction and gala. There’s also a weekend-long free Art Market runs Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29, from 10am to 4pm. You can check out the vendors and schedule for free programming, and register for free here (though walk-ins are welcome).

The Ottawa REDBLACKS are back at Lansdowne for a pre-season game against Toronto Argonauts Friday night. Tickets are available online, starting from around $20.

Les terrasses au centre-ville de Gatineau sont officiellement ouvertes pour la saison!


Looking for live music? GOOD2GO at the Atomic Rooster, no cover charge from 6pm to 9:30pm.

Celebrate great Canadian artists at the 2022 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award Gala at the National Arts Centre. Tickets are still available and include pre-show wine and canapés to enjoy while watching for the 2022 laureates: David Foster, Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award; Tomson Highway, Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award; Crystal Pite, 2022 National Arts Centre Award; Linda Rabin, Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award; Rita Shelton Deverell, Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award; Fernand Dansereau, Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award; and Michelle Smith, 2022 Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts.

The ever-changing marketplace that is 613flea returns to the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park with 140 vendors this Saturday from 10am-4pm. 613flea features an inventory of eclectic goods, handmade treasures, vintage finds and one-of-a-kinds.

Big news! The Great Glebe Garage Sale is back. The 2022 edition of this massive event will run rain or shine. Have questions? Check out the FAQ.


This Sunday is the first Concrete Cruisers group skateboard and beach clean event.

Fiesta Cubana Fest highlights the best of Cuba in Ottawa with a day of Cuban music, arts, and food.

Rounding out the weekend, the first weekly Preston Street Market, co-hosted by Freewheeling Craft and Preston Street BIA, start this Sunday.

For more of what’s happening in Ottawa, stay tuned to @apt613 on Twitter. Out snapping photos? Tag us on Instagram @apt613 for a chance to be featured on our feed. Be sure to use the hashtag #APT613 so we can share your photos!