Down in Ottawa, we like to refer to this time of the year as six-one-three season, or “61threeson.” You know what I’m talking about: it’s the time of year just after the tulips close, and summer hasn’t quite happened, but it’s warm and the city has awoken to a deluge of events, events, events.
Things are happening this weekend, including The Happening, which used to be known as The Hintonburg Happening, but has rebranded to be more inclusive of Westboro. That plus Doors Open Ottawa makes the exercise of summarizing this weekend seem pretty unnecessary, but here we are!
Doors Open Ottawa is bigger than ever this year, which means more churches, more historic sites, and more getting lost in a city that keeps much of itself hidden from the public. Check out the full list of buildings to enter for free near you.
The Happening is also happening, and that’s the last joke I’ll be making about the name of this event. This is one of the highlights of west Ottawa’s year. It features art, shopping, and fun along the Wellington West corridor. Most of the fun is figuring out what is happening, so I won’t spoil it, but there’s a lot happening! Okay, I lied about the jokes.
And if you don’t want to be outside at all, even if it’s to move between events, The Gladstone’s Miss Shakespeare is quite a good time if you’re a fan of musical theatre, or theatre at all actually. It features an excellent cast with great directing and a script that is genuinely funny and thoughtful. Information and tickets at available at online and at The Gladstone’s box office.
Friday kicks off with a pretty cool Bicycle Craft beer launch. The local brewer is launching their Milkshake IPA, which sounds delightful. It starts at 6pm and the admission is free.
After you’ve had a few of those, head over to Common Concept Shop on Elgin for the launch of Government Employee, a brand new music collective DJ dance party/collection release. 10pm until late.
Besides all the Happening and open doors, this weekend also features the Eve Film Festival at Arts Court Theatre. The festival kicks off Friday night, but really gets going on Saturday with screenings of feminist-leaning films by local and international artists. Check the full schedule for listings.
June 2 is 100in1day, an initiative by Synapcity to inspire positive enterprise across Canada. For events that are cool in Ottawa, check out their schedule. There’s hundreds of things going on. More than 100, actually. They should update the name I suppose.
Frankly, with all the stuff going on all weekend, you probably have enough to do on Sunday. See some cool architecture at Doors Open, or take advantage of the National Gallery of Canada’s free admission. There’s also tons happening in Hintonburg and Westboro.
It’s going to be quite a weekend. Get out there and make it happen! Happen like it happens at The Happening. Okay, I’m done.
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