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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Laura Gauthier on October 27, 2022

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As we head into peak spooky season, there are plenty of Halloween-themed things happening. But, if that’s not your jam, don’t worry—there’s lots to do without needing a costume.

All Weekend

Day of the Dead Festival is taking place all weekend in the ByWard Market on George Street. There are free activities for the whole family, including a mariachi band, Mexican food, live music, a piñata workshop and more!

The Korean Cultural Centre will present a Korean contemporary dance performance in collaboration with the Ottawa Dance Directive at the Canadian Museum of History on October 29 at 7 pm. Titled Silver Knife, the performance is inspired by the knife widows wore in the past. Additionally, there is a dance workshop scheduled on October 30, which is open to the public and conducted by Ottawa dancers.

Lost Baggage Musical Theatre are bringing Scream Queens: The Musical to Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre for three shows of fantastic B-movie horror film-themed songs.

Thursday

Ken Yates will play a show at Red Bird Live. The Ontario songwriter was recently nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for his new album Cerulean and released a stunning live-action probel lens shot animated video for his new single “The Future Is Dead.”

Drop in for #TeamThursday at Broadway Workout for a fun class where you’ll get your sweat on while learning some choreography to a great Broadway tune.

 

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Friday

Strap on those rollerskates and head out to the HalloWheel Roller Disco for adults or the all-ages session. If you don’t have your own skates, you can rent some.

Joy on Sussex is hosting a Masquerade if you want to try on a different mask than we’ve been wearing for the last few years!

This ain’t your regular ol’ Halloween party—it’s Sala San Marco’s Halloween Drag Party! Prizes, food and drink as well as great photo opportunities with Queens and Kings!

Canada’s own Royal Wood is playing the NAC with his new songs before his latest album comes out next week.

ByTowne Cinema is showing The Lost Boys as part of their Drunken Cinema soirées.

 

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Saturday

I’m not sure if they had me at “corgi” or “parade”—but this Halloween Corgi Parade sounds like a cute fun event!

The Ottawa Public Library’s BiblioCon returns with Saturday morning cartoons, superhero storytime, crafts, face-painting and more.

You can’t go wrong with an early evening drink and the Lucky Ron Show at the Laff! There’s a reason he’s a mainstay there.

Ottawa band Good2Go plays a gig at Irene’s Pub. It’s an early show that starts at 8pm. $10 at the door.

Yarns will be performing a Halloween show at Live! On Elgin on October 29 with Kaspien and C.A. Smith.

Julian Taylor is playing at Red Bird Live on October 29 at 8pm.

A Spanish-language book fair is taking place at Arts Court.

Local folk duo Libby and Cal are releasing their album If you’ve given up on love, then let’s call it something else, a collection of songs that subvert traditional ideas of love. Since the show is so close to Halloween, the theme for the night will be Spooky Valentine. There will also be Halloween candy and a prize for the best costume.

Queen St. Fare is hosting a Nightmare on Queen St. with live music, prizes and a raffle.

Soif is hosting an unpretentious Tasting 101 so you can learn in comfort and in only a couple of hours.

Trying to go the no-alcohol route? Pure Yoga have you covered with their Sober Social – Saintly Saturday Edition with Megan Campbell for some yoga, cleansing and mocktails.

Featured in The Globe and Mail’s “12 operas to check out across Canada”, it’s the perfect time to see Dracula The Opera’s world premiere!

CRAFT Beer Market is hosting the Bad + Boo-jee Halloween Bash with prizes!

The much-loved Elgin Street shop Pot & Pantry is rebranding for Halloween! Check out the Cauldron & Pantry as part of the Elgin Street Halloween Party with treats, games, crafts, ice cream from the Merry Dairy and more.

Sunday

End your weekend with the Atlético Ottawa championship final match against Hamilton’s Forge FC. This Canadian Premier League final is going to be a good one—after all, Atléti won the regular season and is coming back from a last-place finish last season! Already on the verge of setting attendance records, this match is sure to be a blast.

 

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