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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on August 18, 2022




We’re nearing the end of August, but there’s still plenty of summer to be enjoyed, like Capital Pride, Ottawa Coffee Fest, and House of PainT.

All weekend

After two years of virtual celebrations, Capital Pride is back with in person events from August 21-28. This Sunday, enjoy a Family Picnic at Hintonburg Park or Youth Art Exhibition at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Full calendar of events is available online.

Northern Lights, the sound and light show at Parliament, is projected onto Centre Block from Thursday through Monday at 9:30pm.

The Ottawa Garden Festival kicked off on August 12 for a 10 day event during the Year of the Garden to welcome residents and visitors with a vibrant mix of activities in the city’s centre and across the surrounding urban and rural landscape. The festival spotlights over 75 public gardens and garden activities from August 12 to 21.

House of PainT has a weekend of activities August 19-21, featuring poetry, dance, music, and more. Check out all of Apt613’s coverage of House of PainT here, and stay up to date with the latest from their Facebook event page.

Capital Fair comes to an end this Sunday—check out the full schedule for this weekend’s activities.

The Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament, or Bingham Cup as it is more widely known, is the biennial world championships of gay and inclusive rugby. Players from around the world (83 clubs, 148 teams, 20 countries to be exact) have come to Ottawa for events August 13-22, including a wheelchair rugby exhibition game Thursday at University of Ottawa – Montpetit Hall.


Enjoy the Figure Figure Summer Soirée Thursday from 6:30-8:30pm. Figure Figure is a group exhibition featuring Studio Sixty Six artists exploring the contemporary figure in a range of mediums.

On Thursday, VegOttawa Association and The Merry Dairy are partnering to celebrate the inaugural Merry Non-Dairy Day! On this date, customers will receive 50% off one scoop of any vegan flavour at The Merry Dairy’s 102 Fairmont Avenue location. This event will promote The Merry Dairy’s dairy-free offerings and give customers the chance to enjoy a dairy-free treat or try a new vegan flavour.


The Ottawa REDBLACKS are throwing an end of summer bash versus Edmonton Elks. Game tickets are available online.


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Le Pressoir, le seul média numérique francophone dédié aux arts et à la culture dans la grande région d’Ottawa-Gatineau, fête ses quatre ans et sa 200e édition.

Head over to 345 Richmond Road Friday night for an outdoor viewing of Sister Act by Capital Pop-Up Cinema and Westboro Village.


Ottawa Markets, along with Little Jo Berry’s, Venus Envy, and Homo Phono, is hosting a Pride Night Market at the Parkdale Market on Saturday. Learn more in our post here.

From 10am-4pm, shop 130 vendors at 613flea at Aberdeen Square.

Also at Lansdowne, you can take in a free concert by Yarns, the one-man-band of local composer/sound-designer Martin Dawagne. The show is outdoors and starts at 7pm.

Saturday is the grand finale of the Grands Feux du Casion Lac-Leamy. Tickets are required for the main viewing site at the Museum of History, but the fireworks are visible from a number of free spots, including Major’s Hill Park.


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The Ottawa Coffee Fest is a coffee lovers dream! Hosted at Dominion City Brewing Co., your ticket to the event includes coffee samples from different roasters in the Ottawa area and beyond. Some vendors will also be selling other beverages, food, coffee beans and other merchandise on the spot.

Enjoy colourful kites in the sky while celebrating Indian culture at the Gujarati Cultural Association of Ottawa‘s Kite Festival at Wesley Clover Park.

The Salvadorian Canadian Association is hosting the 16th Salvadoran Festival of La Pupusa from 8am-6pm at Brewer Park (100 Brewer Way). Can’t make it but want to get your fix of Latin American food? Check out this Foodie Friday post (and let us know what’s changed in the time since it was first published!).

Afrobeats Music Festival has a full line up of Afrobeats music, with a blend of Dancehall, Soca, Reggae, Zouk and more. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.


RuPaul’s Drag Race – Werq the World comes to the National Arts Centre Sunday evening. A few seats are still available so act fast!

Make it a Dominion City double header and head back Sunday for a pride patio party with beer, cider, and seltzer, plus food from Farinella, Almanac, and the Merry Dairy.

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!