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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on September 5, 2013

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There are a lot of reasons to get out and about this weekend, Ottawa – picnics and hairy pits are just two of them.

The Folk Fest continues, with Vampire Weekend, Shad, City and Colour and more heading to the party at Hog’s Back. Le Festival de l’Outaouais Émergent is also back, with music, art and comedy. GigSpace will see six great musicians come together in a show Thursday evening, and Eamon McGrath and Saint Clare will stop by Raw Sugar Cafe that same night. On Friday you can find Gavin Simms and Salton Sea at Pressed, and The Flatliners and The Motorleague will be down at Mavericks. Saturday sees the last edition – for now – of Grasshawk Local Toons down at the Atomic Rooster, and on Sunday JW Jones brings his bluesy band to the Black Sheep.

Get your Friday off to a good start with CreativeMornings, who have Code Cubitt on hand for a stimulating breakfast conversation. You can also do a bit more thinking – this time about the state of our education system – over your lunch hour.

Want to do a bit of treasure hunting? The first-ever Super Centretown Garage Sale takes place all day Saturday, spanning the whole neighbourhood with good deals. Herb and Spice is celebrating the opening of their new wellness shop on Bank Street, and Old Ottawa South is also having their porch sale.

Reel Thursdays brings you more thought-provoking films on (you guessed it) Thursday night, while artist Jane Burnstein’s latest exhibit Stealing Stories opens at BLINK Gallery.

And if you feel like stretching your weekend out as long as possible, head to Babylon on Monday night. They’re hosting Banned, an event protesting a new regulation that will have venues that aren’t primarily music-focused paying large application fees to showcase international artists.

What else is a-happening this weekend, Ottawa? Let us know below!

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