The solstice is upon us! Summer has officially arrived in this beautiful city and festival season is just in time to celebrate the change of seasons. This weekend is about making the most of the long summer days and packing them full of all kinds of great things. With so much happening, we at Apt613 wanted to be sure you don’t miss out on any of it, so here’s a handy little list of this weekend’s goings on.
The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival starts this Thursday and continues on to the first of next month. The festival, which spans from City Hall to the National Arts Centre, boasts a lineup of 100+ artists performing over the course of 11 days. The lineup includes artists such as Chaka Khan, Alison Krauss, Lake Street Dive, The Bank Street Bonbons, The Dusty Drifters, and Fet.Nat. You can find a handy printable schedule of the entire line-up here. If the lengthy lineup has you feeling a bit overwhelmed, we’ve got you – have a look at our Top Picks for JazzFest 2018 here.
This Thursday is National Indigenous Peoples Day and the beginning of the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival at Vincent Massey Park. This free event is a celebration of Indigenous people’s culture, history, identity, and contributions to this country. Witness the beautiful Pow Wow competition that brings together the best dancers from across the continent, taking place on June 23 and 24. The festival will also feature culinary demonstrations, Indigenous craft workshops, traditional dance, and an evening concert on Saturday night.
The Ottawa Fringe Festival wraps up this weekend in Ottawa’s downtown core. Despite being the last weekend of the festival, there is still a ton of great theatre left to see, including many on Apt613’s top picks from this year’s lineup. Can’t make up your mind as to what you want to see most? With tickets only $12 a show, why not pick your top 3?
North America’s largest dragon-boating festival, the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, returns to the waters of Mooney’s Bay this weekend. With over 200 teams, this free event holds races every ten minutes. There are also free concerts happening every night, all weekend long – including Broken Social Scene, Craig Cardiff, Wintersleep, and Birds of Bellwoods.
Ottawa Ribfest is taking over Sparks Street, between Elgin and Bay. The grills fire up in time for lunch and keep on cooking, right through dinner. Over a dozen ribbers, from across North America will be competing to be this year’s champion – including Billy Bones, Crabbys BBQ, and Sticky Fingers.
Art in the Alley returns for its ninth year, hosting a weekend-long outdoor art show in an alleyway on Wellington. This year, you will find works by local artists Alison Fowler, Andrew King, Ross Rheaume, Jason Fournier and David Lidbetter – all of whom will be at the event to speak about their work.
What better way to celebrate the arrival of summer, than to throw a dance party under the summer stars? Open Air Social Club kicks off another dance party season with a launch party this Thursday at the Parliament Pub. Come dance your way into a great summer season with DJs Shaq France & Foster.
If you have ever been curious about glassblowing, why not check out a free glassblowing demonstration at Flo Glassblowing on Gladstone? You will have an opportunity to learn about the art form from some incredible artists who will be making new creations over the course of the evening.
Friday night is the perfect time to swing by The Art House Café and Meet the Artists during their June Vernissage. This is the first of a monthly vernissage series, to showcase their rotating exhibition of artists.
Queers & Beers will be at the Mill Street Brew Pub this Friday night. Come on by and mix and mingle in a safe space and enjoy some delicious craft beer.
The Brewery Market’s Second Draught is taking place this Saturday in Hintonburg Park. Bring the whole family to this free & fun event and enjoy some delicious eats, paired with tasty libations. The fine folks from BIG RIG, Vimy, Stalwart, and Tooth and Nail (amongst others) will keep the beer flowing, while Bonita’s Cantina and Little Red Shack will fill bellies with tasty Mexican food and BBQ.
If you are an architecture buff, you won’t want to miss the Brutalism in Downtown Ottawa walking tour. The guided tour, beginning at the Oscar Peterson statue at the National Arts Centre takes us on an exploration of the often overlooked beauty of these post-war structures (buildings?).
With a weekend this full, you’ll be plenty busy through Sunday, without having to find even more to do here in Ottawa. However, we do have one more recommendation for you: pop by the Ottawa Farmers’ Market for breakfast. Not only are there several delicious options to choose from, but the market is in full swing and you can stock your fridge for the week with all kinds of incredible local produce.
Celebrate the official beginning of this wonderful season with many a fest this weekend. Go outside and enjoy the long days and warm nights. Eat, drink, dance, and take lots of photos. Hashtag them with #apt613 and let us know what you’ve been up to. We will be sure to post our favourites on our feed.
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