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Wind-Up Radio Sessions ride into town Friday night. Photo courtesy their website.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on July 4, 2013

Festival season continues with one of the largest kicking off today – we’ve got your local bands at Bluesfest covered (with a few quirky interviews with Brock Zeman, Kelly Sloan, Camp Radio and more).

Elsewhere, it’s a bit of a quiet weekend, but still lots to do. We’ve got some Hoser Burlesque, a roller derby double header, and a local tourist-like take photography exhibit of our city. And, as a bonus, a few extra showings of Sappho…in 9 Fragments, one of the Fringe’s hit shows (read our review here).

If you haven’t been to Pour Boy yet, at Somerset and Lyon, it’s a great weekend to try something new. DJ Sweetcheeks and DJ Hobo will be throwing down a few beats to groove to while you down a pint or two at their Pour Party.

Wind-Up Radio Sessions will be out at the Black Sheep with Her Harbour and Shannon Rose and the Thorns on Friday night, followed on Saturday by the musical stylings of Farewell Davidson. There’ll be no cover down at the Atomic Rooster for the July edition of Grasshawk Local Toons, taking care of your alternative music cravings.

Sunday will be a busy day for beer lovers – head to Parkdale Park for the Brewery Market – get there early to avoid the lines and be the first to taste some rare local brews. You can then head over to the Hintonburg Public House for a few laughs – their open stage comedy night starts at 9pm.

Need something to keep the kids busy? Shopify is hosting a Code for Kids session on Sunday afternoon – they’ll learn all about the basics of coding, and have some fun to boot.

We’ve also got antiques, some western funk, and even more funk at the Whalesbone. What else do you have going on this weekend, Ottawa?