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Weekend Roundup: What’s there to do?

By Amanda Armstrong on August 4, 2016


Summertime is in full swing on this first weekend in August. There is plenty going on in the city and, with such a mixed bag of tricks, there is sure to be lots to keep everyone busy.


Poets & Pancakes returns to Flapjack’s for their last showcase of the summer. The Urban Legends Poetry Collective caps off their season with three features: Larissa Tarasoff, Jacqui Du Toit, and Danielle Altrogge.

Why not follow a great line-up of female poets with a fantastic female dj duo? 4Play Thursday: The Vinyl Frontier is happening at Zaphod Beeblebrox this Thursday. DJs Jas Nasty and Mimi la Twisteuse will be spinning everything from ’60s garage rock to ’80s disco.

Holi during the 2014 Festival of India at Ottawa's City Hall. Photo by Jamie McCaffrey from the Apt613 flickr pool.

Holi during the 2014 Festival of India at Ottawa’s City Hall. Photo by Jamie McCaffrey from the Apt613 flickr pool.


The Festival of India is happening all weekend long at City Hall. The festival features several music, dance, and puppeteering performances. You can also expect many delicious masalas, biryanis, curries, and paneers. Take a look at the weekend’s menu here.


Friday’s weather forecast is perfect for an evening outdoors. Bring a blanket to Movie in the Park: Inside Out, playing in Dundonald Park at 9pm.

If you’re looking for a way to unwind after a week back at work, grab your pencil crayons and markers and head to Black Squirrel Books for a Colouring Party this Friday afternoon. If you don’t have any art supplies of your own, don’t worry, artist Hailey Asquin will bring some along with colouring sheets she has designed. If you like her work, you can feel good knowing that your entry fee goes towards helping Asquin self-publish.

Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Mathieu Fleury congratulate Waller St. Brewery. Photo by Alexandre Brault.

Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Mathieu Fleury congratulate Waller St. Brewery. Photo by Alexandre Brault.

What better a day for a brewery’s birthday than International Beer Day? This Friday, Waller St. Brewing turns 1. They will have nine beers available for the event, including two new brews—one of which is a Scotch River Sour, made of birch sap and Norwegian spruce tips!



JAMDAY is happening at Mooney’s Bay Park on Saturday afternoon. There will be traditional Maypole dancing, musical performances, and a whole lotta delicious food.

There is free admission to Art in Strathcona Park, where over 130 artists will be selling their work. Let us not forget that there will also be a barbecue.

For those who like to run, and especially those who don’t, Color Vibe 5k just might make getting up at the crack of dawn to run five kilometres worth it. The event begins with a zumba warm-up, for a race that leaves you covered in colour, the aftermath of which is a giant rainbow dance party.


The Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light competition begins this Saturday. Photo by Devan M (Apt613 Flickr Pool).

If your mid-afternoon dance party wasn’t enough, typical of any Saturday night in the summer there are at least a couple of dance parties worth checking out this weekend. This Saturday, DJs Zattar, Kris Guilty, Vinyl Love Crew, and Mercury Resident VJ Matt Cameron bring a Vinyl Love Sound System Mercury Takeover to Mercury Lounge. If you’d rather stay in Centretown, it will be Hottawa on the back patio of Woody’s. DJ Eric Roberts, DJ SMILES, and DJ Gosha will spin a little bit of everything mixed with disco grooves to keep you dancing.

For those, like myself, who are big fans of the annual fireworks competition, the Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light competition begins this Saturday. China kicks off the season with their entry, “Women.” The competition continues throughout August, with shows happening every Wednesday and Saturday. For those of you who do not mind missing out on the musical accompaniment, Major’s Hill Park is a great spot to lay down a blanket for an excellent free view of the show.


Another local brewery has a birthday this weekend: Dominion City Turns Two. They’ll be celebrating with the release of a new brew, live music by the Adam Saikaley Quartet, and a good old-fashioned corn roast.


The Street Food Social is happening this Sunday. Photo provided by the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.


For those who love a good food truck, you are in luck this weekend. There’s nothing better than a good food truck… except for, maybe, 10 of them. The Street Food Social is happening this Sunday at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, near Hurdman Station. 10 gourmet food trucks will be on site, serving everything from calamari, to homemade ice cream, egg rolls, and empanadas.

With so much going on, there is sure to be plenty of photos. We want to see what you are up to! Be sure to tag your weekend’s happenings with #apt613wknd, for a chance to be featured on our Instagram feed.