This weekend is promising a mixed bag of weather, but it also holds a wide variety of activities in and around the city. Movies and music and beer are readily available this weekend, but you don’t have to look very hard for other cool things to tickle your fancy as we all try to jam as much awesomeness as we can into our remaining summer days (and nights).
Arboretum Festival presents BON-FIRE 2018 all weekend, kicking off Friday night. This outdoor music festival at Rideau Pines Farm offers bonfires, 3 stages, over 20 artists, art, late night parties and “feasts” (ooh la la). Tickets are available online, and a free shuttle is included with your ticket purchase.
If you’d rather stay in town, and indoors, have you considered a séance? Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Canadian travelling theatre company Live History is staging séances at Laurier House based on some of the most outlandish and otherworldly stories about the occult shenanigans Mackenzie King conducted during his time there. Tickets are $22 online for this immersive experience in a glorious heritage home.
You have your choice of outdoor movies on Friday night: WILD hosted by The Rideau Trail Association and Centretown Movies in Dundonald Park , and Jurassic Park on Sparks Street with Capital Pop-Up Cinema. Both of them are pay-what-you-can and BYOChair.
Art Battle Ottawa is back for another season at Arts Court starting Friday night. Get your tickets online for this exciting throwdown, and you could even win a piece to take home at the silent auction afterwards.
Consider driving out to Carp to take in some Shakespeare at a vineyard! A Company of Fools is bringing their madcap production of Twelfth Night to Kin Vineyards, rain or shine. There are still tickets available online for this BYOChair event, so designate a driver, and make the most of this opportunity to take in some culture with wine and lawn chairs.
Mill Street Brew Pub is hosting their Hopped and Confused Festival Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 5pm. Bedouin Soundclash and I Mother Earth are headlining the shindig, with food and a full lineup of beers by Mill St. Get your tickets online.
Have you ever had a pupusa? If the answer is “yes”, you already love them. If your answer is “no” then join the Salvadoran Embassy at Brewer Park Saturday from 8am-5pm for the Pupusa Salvadorian festival. There is a full day of soccer as well as Salvadorean art, cultural presentations and a selection of delicious pupusas. You’re welcome.
August 18 is also World Honeybee Day, and the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is throwing a very sweet party! There are hands on honey extraction sessions, wagon rides, an artisan market, and even a honey ice cream making demonstration in addition to the museum’s exhibits. The events run from 9:30am to 4pm, and most of them are free of charge!
If you’re looking to make your weekend productive, register for the Ottawa Tool Library’s Repair Café at the Overbrook Community Centre from 11am-3pm. The event is free, you just have to register online beforehand. Learn to fix small appliances, clothes, jewelry, bikes, electronics and any of those other things that are taking up precious space and weighing on your to-do list. There will also be a BBQ, kids activities, and a bike rodeo.
It wouldn’t be an Ottawa summer without lots of beer. The Brewery Market is back at Hintonburg Park Saturday from 12-8pm featuring most of our favourite local brews. Flora Hall Brewing, Beyond The Pale Brewing Company, and Waller St Brewing are just some of the craft brewers offering up tasters and pints. Sula Wok and Moo Shu Ice Cream will also be there, and proceeds will benefit the Parkdale Food Centre. Admission is free, and it is a family friendly event!
Catch the Grand Finale of the Casino Lac Leamy Sound of Light Fireworks Saturday as well, perhaps from Parliament Hill as part of a double bill with the Northern Lights light show presented by the NCC? Just a suggestion.
Caskapalooza 2018 at Craft Beer Market is another great way to sample a vast collection of local breweries. Tickets are available online for $20, which includes admission and 12 4oz samples of your choosing during the event. Some of the proceeds will also be going to Ottawa Dog Rescue, putting your beer dollars to work.
Capital Pride officially begins Sunday, with a Family Pride Picnic at Hintonburg Park from 2-5pm. Families of all kinds are welcome to enjoy the free programming including face painting, crafts, and storytime. Bring a blanket and your friends for this relaxed, and accessible event.
If you’d prefer a less family-oriented Pride kickoff, Dominion City Brewing Company is launching “1971”, their homage to the We Demand Protest in 1971, the first public demonstration for LGBTQ+ rights in Canada. Clover Food and Drink will also be there.
Whatever you get up to this weekend, stay safe and hydrated!
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