Alright friends, it’s the August long weekend, which means if you haven’t been taking advantage of summer in Ottawa now is the time! There is a lot happening as you can see below, but please take care as COVID-19 cases rise in the region. A reminder that boosters are easily available and wearing a mask indoors or in crowded spaces shows you care!
The Ontario Summer Indigenous Games take place from July 28-31 showcasing the athletic talents of Ontario Indigenous youth. Check out the sports schedule, including athletics, volleyball, softball, soccer and basketball, and the ceremonies schedules.
Learn glass painting on Friday or Saturday with this Beginner Glass Painting Workshop. All materials are included and you’ll learn the basics with tools such as paint pens, acrylic paint, watercolours and different brushes.
Until Saturday you can enjoy Le Festibière de Gatineau with lots of microbreweries, ciders and spirits from Quebec, huge patios and music performances.
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday you can check out some Yoga in the Park from PranaShanti in their own little park area at the studio. Don’t forget to bring a yoga mat or beach towel and a bottle of water.
The Glengarry Highland Games take place Friday and Saturday with a celebration of Scottish traditions—music, dance, sport, fiddling and more. It’s one of the biggest Highland Games in the world!
On Friday or Sunday you can join SUP Yoga at Mooney’s Bay and the stand-up paddleboard and life jackets are provided if you can’t bring your own.
If you missed the rib fest on Sparks a little while back you’re in luck because City Hall has Capital Ribfest all weekend.
Pools and beaches are in full swing so take advantage if you need to cool off this weekend.
The Gatineau Park shuttle runs for free on Saturdays and Sundays.
If you’re looking to up your game in the paddling department, Parks Canada is running learn-to-paddle clinics at Hartwell Locks throughout the summer.
The Northern Lights Show on Parliament Hill is back Thursdays through Mondays until Labour Day weekend. The sound and light show is projected onto the Parliament buildings and is free!
Who doesn’t love something free—and unique? Check out the NAC on the Canal performances Thursdays and Saturdays where either a band or the orchestra will be playing on a boat heading up and down the canal for audiences along the way. This week The Lionyls will be playing.
A Company of Fools’ The Tempest continues to blow through town at various parks each night. Their Torchlight Shakespeare in the Park continues every night except Sundays so if you can’t make it this weekend you still have time.
The NAC presents Assassinating Thomson, a unique one-person play performed by a Legally Blind performer who will be painting in the show while telling his story along with that of the famous Canadian painter Tom Thomson—whose death remains a mystery. Shows will be ASL interpreted and run through to July 31. Part of their $8 plays.
Chamberfest continues through August 4 with plenty of chances to see the best talent in chamber music.
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There’s a Somerset Street Patio Party every Friday so why not kick off the long weekend right and join T’s All Welcoming Pub for some drinks and grub?
The 27 Club is hosting an indie pop dance party with DJ Emmett and guests.
Ottawa Roller Derby wants to Bring Back the 90s with their Roller Disco in the Canterbury area this Friday. Skate rentals are first come first serve!
Fans of the Harry Potter series will know that the fictional boy wizard’s birthday is on July 31. A themed party is being held with activities and maybe even a taste test (Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans anyone?). Don’t forget to bring a sock to help liberate the house elves!
For our bilingual friends join this Guided Tour to learn about the history of the “allumetières” after which the road is named in Hull. Hear about their role in the industrial origins of the city and how it grew and the contribution of these women workers.
Weird Al Yankovic brings his parody, pop culture and polka songs to Meridian Theatre this weekend as part of his “Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent Ill-Advised Vanity Tour.”
If you’ve ever thought about converting a van into a camper van then you’ll want to check out Camper Van Day at the Ottawa Tool Library. Talk with folks who have done it and check out their projects.
Get your dance on at the African Meets Caribbean Party — Caribana Edition on Saturday night. This event, back for the first time since the pandemic, traditionally sells out, so grab your tickets to catch special guest DJs from Montreal with afro-beats, dancehall, soca, reggae and more.
Queens on Queen returns featuring Canada’s Drag Race Season 2 star Océane Aqua-Black and more with three sets to highlight Ottawa’s fantastic drag scene.
Dominion City Brewing is hosting a Peruvian Pop-up with Raphaël Express to celebrate Peruvian National Day. Lots of great music and food to pair with your local brew!
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Want to check out a different farmers’ market than your usual? Perhaps you’ll want to head across the river to the Old Alymer Farmers’ Market with regional products and artisans from the Outaouais area.
Head to Aberdeen Plaza (or the Horticulture building if it’s raining) for the Ottawa Storytellers: Lansdowne Summer Arts Showcase with free performances. Some seating is available but feel free to bring your own chair.
On the last Sunday of every month, rain or shine, a trained guide gives tours of Beechwood Cemetery with the local history of this National Historic site.
Overflow Brewing Company and DJ Geoff Paquet are throwing a Baby’s Got Back…to the 90s vinyl night to celebrate the long weekend.
Sunday night sees second-place Atlético Ottawa play first-place Hamilton’s Forge FC and with a special theme night! After a successful rehoming of a rescue dog at a match last season, Atléti have partnered with the Eastern Ontario Potcake Rescue for another night to find fur-ever homes for their rescue dogs — but this time also includes a halftime trivia game where you could win $1000!