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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on September 6, 2018



Whether your long weekend was an end-of-summer blur, or a relaxing last hurrah at the cottage, the shortened work week means that another weekend is already upon us. This is a great chance to try something new, or spend the weekend outdoors patio sitting and taking in some fun local outdoor live events.

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This is the last weekend to take in the National Gallery’s current special exhibit, Impressionist Treasures: The Ordrupgaard Collection. You have definitely seen the posters up all over town this summer, and you may have been telling yourself that you should go. This is your last shot to make it happen! Featuring works by Manet, Matisse, Gauguin, Monet and Renoir among many others, this is a lovely way to spend a lazy weekend afternoon.

Outdoor electronic music Riverside Festival is back at the Canadian Museum of History for its sixth year. The live acts span Saturday and Sunday, and passes can be purchased for either day or for the full weekend. The event promises international DJs and a new format this year to make the experience along the river the best it can be.

Jump into your pickup and venture out to the Russell Fair, running Thursday to Sunday. The fair claims that “harvesting excitement” is what they do best, and that pun alone proves it. There is an escape room, live music, a historical quilting exhibit, a strength obstacle course and agricultural exhibitions.


Birling on Somerset is home to a series of Backyard Craft Socials this summer, hosted by Freewheeling Crafts.  The latest edition runs this weekend. You can shop 10+ local makers, drink craft beer, and enjoy some snacks in Birling’s charming backyard garden patio. Entry is $2, half of which goes to Birling’s charity, For Pivots Sake.


The Ottawa Fury are hosting the MLS Montreal Impact for the inaugural CapCity Cup Friday night at 7pm. This friendly exhibition game emphasizes Canadian talent, and is being pitched as an opportunity for Canadian soccer fans to come together in the nation’s capital. Tickets start at $21 and are still available.

Every Friday night is Comedy Night in Hintonburg at the Wellington Eatery, so if you haven’t been yet, why not drop in for some laughs? The show begins at 9:30pm and it is Pay-What-You-Can. The roster of local and visiting comics, as well as musicians and improvisors is constantly changing, so no two Fridays are the same.


It is back-to-school time, and whether or not that applies to your current status, it does mean that the Ottawa School of Art is back in session. They are holding an Open House from 12:30-4pm Saturday and offering demos and workshops in ceramics, dark room photography, sculpture and more. Even cooler is the OSA’s Printmaking Roller Derby. They will be printing large scale prints with an asphalt roller outside the school, next to The Hudson’s Bay! You can bring home any pieces of art that you make in the workshops.

The open house theme continues at the Canadian Museum of Agriculture with an event hosted by the Ottawa Research and Development Centre (ORDC) from 9am-4pm. There will be horse-drawn wagon rides, ploughing matches, guided walking tours of the farm, and an aerial drone demonstration. It is also Ottawa Bug Day, so there will be a live insect zoo, bug cuisine, and an opportunity to bring in your own creepy crawlies for identification.

Porchfest takes over Hintonburg this Saturday with live performances staged on volunteered porches and outdoor spaces throughout the neighbourhood from 1-5pm. You can catch live music, theatre, comedy and performance art by exclusively local artists. Neighbourhood businesses including Happy Goat, The Merry Dairy and Bridgehead will be hosting performances, and the event culminates at Parkdale Park for a finale concert from 6-9pm. Check the PorchFest website for the updated lineup! All events are totally free of charge!

Finish the day with a movie! Capital Pop-Up Cinema is setting up in Beechwood Cemetery for a presentation of Back To the Future at 7:30pm. Popcorn is $2, and the event is by donation. BYO-chair or blanket and as many friends as you can muster. Find the screen behind the Beechwood Cemetery Mausoleum.

Sadly, the end of summer is truly upon us, which also means the end of beach season. Westboro Beach is wrapping up the summer with a beach party and bonfire beginning at 6:30pm Saturday evening. There will be a light maze, bonfire, hot dogs and marshmallows, and hot chocolate. It’s a family friendly event, and totally free of charge, but donations can be made to the Beach Association to help support cool events like this. Bring your own mug, a blanket, and your best summer memories.


Do you have a burning desire to learn how to dance? Is there an event in your near future where some sexy tango skills may help to impress? There is a free introduction to Argentine Tango Sunday evening from 6-7pm at allsaints event space. No partner is necessary, but they would like you to register ahead of time to confirm a spot.

The 2018 Slutwalk kicks off with a presentation at 1pm at the Human Rights Monument on Elgin at Lisgar. The walk itself begins around 1:30pm and will make a loop past Parliament and down Bank street to end back at the Human Rights Memorial. This inclusive, accessible protest event is open to everyone. You can walk, or support from the sidewalk. The Purple Sisters Youth Advisory Committee run this event to raise awareness of rape culture, and to acknowledge the experiences of those affected.

PotterHeads can take in Outtake Improv Presents: Improvium Laughiosa! at LIVE On Elgin from 7:30-9:30. Tickets are $8 and should definitely be purchased ahead of time online before it sells out. This is a comedy tribute to Harry Potter by a beloved local genre-based Muggle improv group, so the laughs will be endless, and most definitely magical.

Whatever you end up doing this weekend, have fun, stay hydrated and stay safe! If you have a moment, also consider making sure you’re on the municipal Voters List, using a simple site the City of Ottawa just launched this week!

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!