Welcome to the long weekend! While there’s plenty of fun to be had, this is also a great weekend to learn about Canada’s history—we’ve got some resources listed below. Reminder that OC Transpo is free on Friday, and there are some road closures and motor vehicle control zones to be aware of throughout the weekend.
You may have noticed Ottawa Jazzfest set up in Confederation Park, but did you know there are shows happening in eight other venues including the National Arts Centre, Irene’s Pub, and Minotaur? Check out the full schedule here and watch this space for all of Apt613’s Jazzfest coverage.
The National Arts Centre’s BIG BANG Festival features an entire weekend of activities and performances with young kids in mind. From musical rocking chairs to singing plants and hip-hop marching band, the BIG BANG Festival! will put everyone in summer mode!
And just outside the city in lovely Almonte is the Almonte Celtfest, running July 2 and 3. The lineup features a good mix of local and touring acts representing the breadth of Celtic music today.
Two movies on my “want to see” list are showing up at local cinemas this July. Both Everything Everywhere All at Once and Peace by Chocolate are scheduled to be at the ByTowne Cinema, along with a number of other interesting options.
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It’s BbqOoh season in the ByWard Market! This Thursday from 12-8pm, enjoy BBQ, vintage vendors, DJs, street vendors, art showcase, live performances and more. The Market is also hosting the ByWard Night Market and ByWard Bops from 5-9pm.
This Thursday Queering613 is hosting Queers & Beers Capital Pride Run Kickoff Party to help support the fundraising efforts of the National Capital Pride Run (and walk) coming up on August 27. The folks at NCPR will be launching the run at Queers & Beers, where you can join the silent auction and register for the run. There’s a $6 cover for the event and partial proceeds will go towards the fundraising total for Bruce House.
Have you been to an Art Battle before? Artists have only 20 minutes to create a masterpiece, with the winner moving on to battle against other national finalists in July.
The Ottawa REDBLACKS are taking on the BC Lions Thursday at 7:30pm, and there will be live music and post-game fireworks.
This long weekend, take some time to learn about the different histories and contemporary perspectives of Indigenous peoples living in Canada—Indigenous Canada is a free course offered through the University of Alberta. You can also visit the National Truth and Reconciliation website, or this site to learn about the territory you’re residing on. Some local businesses are closed, for example, Moo Shu Ice Cream is closed Friday to explore and learn about earth stewardship from an Anishnabeg worldview.
Official Canada Day programming information is available through this website. New official sites this year are Lebreton Flats and Place des festivals Zibi, with local activities happening throughout the National Capital Region.
Did our recent Guide to Roller Skating in Ottawa spark your interest in the sport? If so, don’t miss Ottawa Quad Roller Skating’s family and adult sessions this weekend. Need some gear? They’ve got skate rentals!
It’s been 30 years since Ottawa City Council resolved to restore the Aberdeen Pavilion and to celebrate, they’re hosting the Aberdeen Heritage Festival. Opening ceremony is 9:30am and there’ll be live entertainment and archival exhibits throughout the day. There’ll also be a 613flea mini pop up from 9:30am-3:30pm.
If you’re in Alta Vista, don’t miss the Alta Vista Farmers’ Market (or if you do miss it, that’s OK because it’s happening every Saturday throughout the summer and into October).
Celebrate the end of Indigenous History Month with Maker House Co’s Indigenous Outdoor Market. Meet talented Indigenous Makers from across Turtle Island, enjoy live music, and hear from a keynote speaker. The market is open 10am-4pm, with speakers and music starting at 1pm. While you’re in the area, check out a few of the comings and goings of new businesses in Hintonburg.
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