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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Amanda Armstrong on May 17, 2018


It is time to rejoice, we’ve a long weekend ahead! A whole extra day to get out and enjoy what this fine city has to offer! This weekend there is a ton of stuff going on, so we might as well get to it.

All Weekend

This weekend marks the final weekend of the Canadian Tulip Festival. With 1,000,000+ tulips blooming in several locations across the city, you will want to make sure to plan carefully so as not to miss seeing some of the most beautiful flower beds this year’s festival has to offer. The gang here at Apt613 thought we would help you in your planning with this great guide to all things Tulip Festival 2018.


GenNext Ottawa will be hosting a Mix & Mingle at SPAO this Thursday night. This is a fabulous opportunity to network and learn about GenNext Ottawa, all the while checking out SPAO’s new digs and their inaugural exhibition, Canadiana — Selections from the Art Bank Collection. Did we mention that there will also be snacks and libations from Krackers Katering and Top Shelf Distillers? Make sure to get your ticket to the event beforehand on Eventbrite.

Only a short distance from SPAO’s new spot in Little Italy, Possible Worlds is hosting an Artist Talk at its space in Chinatown this Thursday. This time round, artists Brie Moreno and Joe Kessler of Breakdown Press in London, UK will be speaking about their creative lives and their work. While you are there, check out Possible Worlds’ current exhibit, also by Brie Moreno, entitled Rub // New Drawings by Brie Moreno.


Friday is International Museum Day. If you have never been to the Bytown Museum, today is the day to go as admission is free. You should also check out the Museum of Nature’s newest exhibit Brain: The Inside Story, opening Friday. This dynamic exhibit is sure to teach you all kinds of things about this amazing organ.

This Friday is extra special, not only because it is leading up to a wonderful long weekend, but it is also the third Friday of the month: Timekode Friday. TK’s resident DJ Zattar will be on the decks with special guest DJ Greg Reain. Arrive early and the cost of the door is half of what it will be once the clock strikes 11pm.


Spend your Saturday at the Museum of Science and Technology and their newest LEGO exhibit, The Art of the Brick. The largest exhibit of its kind, it features the ingenious original works of artist Nathan Sawaya as well as his LEGO representations of well known masterpieces like the Mona Lisa.


The National Gallery of Canada turns 30 this Sunday and is celebrating by offering guests free admission to their permanent exhibits. To commemorate 30 years in this beautiful building, they will also be hosting free tours of the architecture of the Gallery, happening throughout the day. It does get better. What more appropriate a way to celebrate a birthday than with a birthday cake? Be sure to be in the Great Hall at 1pm for your chance to get a slice.

The Oil Changers Street Food Social and Flea Market, in support of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, is back again for another year this Sunday. There will be 10 food trucks at the event, as well as a ton of great vendors with all kinds of unique finds. The flea market begins at 10am and the food trucks will be serving up some delicious eats until 7pm, but the sweet spot, when you can enjoy them both, is from 11am-4pm.

You will want to head down to Dow’s Lake at dusk this Sunday for the Victoria Weekend Fireworks. Or better yet, make a day of it and bring a picnic, check out the beautiful tulip gardens, and cuddle up under the skies for a great fireworks show.

After a weekend this packed with things to do, you will be thankful to have Monday to rest and recoup before getting back to the grind on Tuesday. After what may be a bit of a rainy Saturday and Sunday, it is also a chance to enjoy a bit of that 22 degree sunshine. Whatever you get up to this long weekend, have fun! Get out there and enjoy yourselves. Take lots of photos and tag them with #apt613. We love to see what you are up to!

For more of what’s happening in Ottawa, check out our events calendar. 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!