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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Amanda Armstrong on August 25, 2022

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The final weekend in August is upon us and fall is just around the corner. There are plenty of things to see and do this weekend to squeeze every last bit of fun out of this wonderful season we call summer.

All Weekend

Gaiafest returns to Wakefield this year at the Gaia Wellness Retreat. Join them for two jam-packed days of programming, including yoga classes, live DJs and musical performances, workshops, massage, reiki, water activities, a vendors market, and tons of tasty vegetarian food. Weekend and single-day passes can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Banksy 360, an immersive exhibit about the elusive graffiti artist Banksy, is on now in the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne. The exhibit features large-scale projections of over 50 of Banksy’s most infamous works. Timed entry tickets to this event can be purchased here. Read our review of the exhibit.

The ninth annual Palestinian Festival is being held in Marion Dewar Plaza at City Hall all weekend long. This free, family-friendly event features Palestinian food, music, dance, and more. Why not enjoy a delicious dinner and stay for the live entertainment to follow?

The Capital Pride Festival is in its final weekend and, beyond those events mentioned later in the Roundup, there are a wealth of events happening around the city. To check out this weekend’s signature events, head on over to their website here.

Opening night of Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA is this Friday: KOOZA combines acrobatic performance and the art of clowning, while exploring fear, identity, recognition and power.” If this show is anything like those that have recently been held under the big top, it is one you won’t want to miss.

Thursday

Documenting the Undocumented: An Art Exhibit and Tour takes place this Thursday at SAW Gallery. This free walking tour features four different street art exhibits, and is intended to “walk us through various aspects of the unique journey, barriers, and resilience of migrants living with precarious status.” Following the tour, there will be a live performance and a chance to speak with the artists and community organizers behind this event.

A Pride Edition of Queers & Beers is being held at Overflow Brewery this Thursday night. Head on over for a great evening of live music, craft beer, and great conversation. This is the kind of event that you can come to on your own and leave having made a friend. 

Friday

This Friday night, Capital Pop-Up Cinema will be screening the Princess Bride at Beechwood Cemetery. Bring your folding chairs and cozy blankets and come watch this great classic from 1987.

Saturday

Bibliophiles like myself will want to check out the Mammoth Book Sale, hosted by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association. The event, which takes place at the James Bartleman archives in Nepean, runs from 10am to 2pm and is the biggest book sale in Ottawa! Here you will find a ton of great used books, audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs. Best of all, all of the proceeds from the sale help support the Ottawa Public Library and all of its wonderful programming. 

While the rally and march portion of the Ottawa Dyke March may not be happening this year, they will still be hosting a fabulous picnic and potluck in the park on Saturday afternoon. Make your way to Minto Park on Elgin Street for a day of fun, featuring food, DJs, and a queer art market. Attendees are asked to please wear a mask when not enjoying all the tasty treats on offer.

Ottawa’s second annual hot sauce festival, Heating Up The Capital, is popping up in an outdoor location with lots of space for social distancing. Smokie Ridge Vineyard is a fully licensed event venue about 30 minutes from downtown. They have a massive smoker, BBQ, and wood-burning pizza oven plus a vegan food truck coming in for hungry attendees. There will also be alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available from the on-site winery and brewery.

Sunday

After a two-year hiatus as a result of the pandemic, the Capital Pride Parade is back with their largest parade yet this Sunday afternoon. This year’s parade begins at Kent and Somerset and will head north on Kent, east on Laurier, south on Elgin, and west on Gladstone to Bank. The Capital Pride Parade is always an amazingly great time, so we suggest you find a spot to view the march and join in on the fun.

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