Ottawa is hanging in that transitional moment between colourful fall hikes and twinkling winter skates, so it may seem like our weekends are getting trickier to fill with exciting shenanigans. Fear not! We’ve got you covered for a variety of cool excuses to get out of the house, either on your own, or with those friends you keep forgetting to make plans with.
The best of contemporary European cinema is showing at the 33rd Annual European Union Film Festival running this Friday until December 2 at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Tickets are $13 and showtimes are different every day. The event is run by The Canadian Film Institute and all the movies will be presented with English subtitles.
Across town, The Mayfair is hosting a completely different kind of film festival beginning this Saturday. The Outdoor Adventure Film Festival features 30 international films from the 17th-21st, and spotlights some emerging local artists in the field of adventure films.
If you are one of those charmingly festive folks, there are a selection of Christmas markets this weekend all over the region. You can make a whole day of puttering around the valley checking out the first flush of holiday cheer. Some options are: Magic of Lights at Wesley Clover Park, the Goulbourn Museum’s Old Fashioned Christmas and Outdoor Artisan Market, the Glebe Craft and Artisan Fair, Tudor Hall Christmas and Gift Show, the Aylmer Modern Makers Market and a whole heck of alot more!
Creatorland is a female-lead docu-series following the lives of five Ottawa entrepreneurs. The official screening at the Mayfair will include a panel discussion, cocktails and snacks. Get tickets online right away!
The third Thursday of every month, The Art House Café hosts Beats and Boards, a chill night in with board games and DJs. Start the weekend early with a few drinks, and some friendly competition in a funky art gallery café!
The classic Carleton/uOttawa hockey rivalry continues Friday night at TD Place with the Third Annual Colonel By Classic game at 7:30pm. Wear your school colours and come ready to rumble!
TimeKode is turning lucky 13! It has been over a year since we all partied until dawn at everyone’s favourite underground dance party, so be sure to do your stretches, get there early and wear your dancing shoes. DJs ZATTAR and MEMETIC will be serving hot beats all night at D’Afrique Restaurant and Bar.
Shanghai’s November edition of Comedy & Karaoke is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to Pete Davidson. Tickets are $7 and this month proceeds go towards Easter Seals Foundation.The evening begins with a selection of eclectic local stand up, followed by the signature hilarity of Shanghai karaoke. This is guaranteed to be a hilarious evening on all levels.
Do you need some new books? Who am I kidding, none of us do, and yet… we’ll spend Saturday browsing the Mammoth Used Book Sale held by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library from 10am-2pm. This cash-only book sale helps support the work of the OPL—my late fees are sadly not enough. The sale will offer a wide range of books, some for as little as $1. Bring a shopping bag and all your bookish friends.
The last 613flea of 2018 happens this weekend at the Aberdeen Pavilion. This is the last great chance to treat yo’self to some cool local goods before all your shopping is inevitably Christmas gifts. Admission is always free! Sounds like there’ll be one of everything at the annual Christmas Bazaar at Orleans United with crafts, home decor, ornaments, toys, vintage treasures, baked goods, freezer meals, books, jewellery and more! Admission and parking are free.
Exposé Noir is a 24 hour warehouse party taking place on Albert Island beginning at 2am Saturday morning (Friday night?). A long list of international techno and industrial DJs and performers will fill the music marathon, and there will be large scale art installations outside the warehouse for the general public. Local Anishinaabe artist Peter Purdy will host a vernissage and artist talk about his large scale pieces Friday at 7pm.
The Ottawa RedBlacks have made the postseason for the 4th straight year, and face off against the Hamilton TiCats at 1pm at TD Place in the Eastern Final. Even if you can’t make it to the game, find a fun watering hole downtown to do some tailgating and cheer on the boys in red and black.
Saturday and Sunday nights check out Night Lights, an interactive art and light festival on Preston Street. Hosted by Dems and Dolls with the Preston Street BIA, there will be live music, art installations, fire demonstrations, and giant light sculptures. The party is 7-11pm both nights in the Adult Highschool parking lot, and is free to attend.
JUNO nominated Danny Michel is at the NAC’s Fourth Stage at 3pm and 8:30pm. This quirky and eclectic artist puts on an honest and cheerful live performance, and is a nice chill way to end the weekend.
Whichever events you end up checking out this weekend, stay warm, stay dry, and be sure to tag us @apt613 with all your great photos!
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