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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on June 19, 2014

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Good thing this weekend has the longest days of the year – with so much happening, you’ll need those extra hours of sunshine to pack it all in! If you’re down at the Fringe Festival, be sure to stop by the courtyard to say hi – we’ll be reviewing all of the Fringe plays again this year, within 24 hours of their first performance. Catch all of our reviews over in our Fully Fringed section!

For Thursday, we’ve got the Le pARTy Art Auction, the Ottawa Art Gallery’s fundraiser auction showcasing work from 65 regional artists, and the Dragon Boat festival gets started. Down at Club SAW, Lisa Lipton showcases her screening and performance ‘get outta my dreams and into my car…‘. Eliza Gilkyson celebrates her latest folk album out at the Black Sheep, while the Mayfair hosts four short films about Indigenous resistance and solidarity against pipelines.

Friday, it’s Glowfair time, with Bank Street transformed into a music/art/light party. Down at IdeaSpace you’ll find Prints & Inks, a graphic art and prints show that’s starting off with a rockin’ DJ party and make-your-own print stations. The Jazz Festival also kicks off, with DJ Rehka and Jaffa Road starting the jam-packed week. Jim Bryson is out a the Black Sheep, and things get dancey down at Timekode. If the World Cup isn’t providing enough competition for you, head down to Preston Street for the Big Fight Night, featuring amateur boxers duking it out for the title.

On Saturday, things really ramp up: Hintonburg Happening launches with something Hintonburg-ery happening every half hour, and The Musettes trio launch their new album. Austra, Sun Rooms and Ron Sexsmith stop by the Jazz Festival, and Red Apron hosts a field trip to mark the solstice. Ash and Bloom play 8 Locks Flat, and you can make your own beautiful ukulele music down at the Ottawa Folklore Centre all day. There’s a Solstice Electro Party out in Wakefield, OHMYJAM at Babylon, and Sweet Alps, Port Manteau and Sweet Talking Liars rock the Avant Garde Bar. Wrapping up the day, we’ve got The Gender Illusions Show, with comedy and music down at the Legion.

Sunday? Catch the strawberry social and black box chef competition down at the Brewer Park Farmer’s Market, or discover what edible treats are in your neighbourhood with the Wild Edibles nature walk. Down at Pressed, you’ll find the Ottawa Zine Off. The usual Beer ‘n’ Board games happens down at the Hintonburg Public House, and the Aboriginal Festival + Competition Pow Wow wraps up.

And remember: if you attend any of this weekend’s events, snap some Instagram shots and add the hashtag #apt613weekend25 . It’s for our weekend hashtag project, so check @apt613 on Monday for the featured photos!

What else is going on, fellow Ottawans? Let us know below.