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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on June 26, 2014

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So it’s an almost-kind-of long weekend, with the sun shining and the city full of activities.

The Fringe Festival continues, with theatre options to suit just about everyone. Not sure what play to catch? We reviewed all the plays to help you out – check out our Fully Fringed section to see which ones are hits and which ones might just be misses.

The Fringe just isn’t about plays – they’ve got a few free concerts at their Courtyard this weekend, too. Crissi Cochrane and Three Little Birds are there Thursday night, while HIGHS plays Friday and Silkken Laumann takes the stage Saturday night.

In other music news, Havoc, Wretched and From the Deep bring metal to Mavericks Thursday, while you’ve got an extra chance to see Silkken Laumann along with Cadence Weapon at the Rehab Pizza Party (yup, there’ll be ‘za). Friday, things get groovy at the Daily Grind, while Lake Street Dive and The PepTides play late night shows at the Jazz Fest. (The PepTides are also fresh off their theatre debut!). You can also head down to Hendrick Farm for a night of Her Harbour and friends playing amongst the hay bales. On Saturday, White Lung, Pregnancy Scares and Bonnie Doon will be at House of Targ, and Patrick Sweeney stops by Zaphod’s. The Jazz Festival has some hard-hitters lined up for Saturday, with Aretha Franklin and Jill Barber up on deck. Sunday? Catch some rays at 8 Locks Flat while Shannon Rose and the Thorns play some folky-pop tunes.

If you’re needing some dancing, the No Pants Dance Party or Latin Sparks block party should get you through the weekend. Up on the stage, Bella Barecat brings burlesque to Zaphod’s with Adrian Cronk on hand for some comedy.

Feeling crafty? Urban Craft’s summer edition is down in the Glebe on Saturday, chock full of local and creative crafter goods. Get a little crafty hands on with Kate Durie at Twiss and Weber, with a Hintonburg Happening heat transfer session. Be sure to catch the closing party of Hintonburg Happening on Sunday at the Hintonburg Public House – they’ll announce the winner of the Hintonburg business window competition then!

If the World Cup is feeling a little too far away, head down to Brewer Park for the Community Cup soccer (football? futbal?) tournament, with the best teams competing for the Mandela Cup. We’ve also got more strawberry socials, the Naughty Bits book club, and the vernissage for Close Listening down at the Ottawa Art Gallery.

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

And remember to tag your Instagram weekend happening photos with #apt613weekend26 . It’s for our weekend hashtag project, so check our Instagram feed @apt613 on Monday to see if your photos made it into our featured few!