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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Amanda Armstrong on July 31, 2014

This long weekend, for those who are lucky enough, sees July roll into August and for those not taking off to spend it lakeside, there is plenty going on in this great city. As always, we here at Apt613 like to keep you in the know, so here you have it: the Weekend Roundup!

Thursday night starts the fun early with an evening of dancing under the stars at Open Air Social Club’s POP Edition held at Parliament Pub, with Matty McGovern and Atherton. If POP is not your thing, there’s a great lineup of eclectic folk artists playing at Mugshots and, if the weather is right, they’ll be out in the courtyard.

This Friday at 8pm, musicians and media artists pair off to make St. Albans Church come alive with an innovative audiovisual presentation, Sound/Tracks. This event, for which tickets are only 5$, is sure to be mind-expanding. Or, if you’re in the mood for a little cosplay for a cause, check out Causeplay, happening at Zaphod’s. Proceeds go towards Pink Triangle Services and Ottawa’s annual SlutWalk, which takes place September 14th @ 11:30am.

Just like any other Friday night in Ottawa there’s a whole lot going on. In/Words Magazine & Press and Capslam are coming together for A Summer Poetry Show at 7pm this Friday night at Pressed. And if all you want to do is dance, Babylon has your back with Frenzy Friday (and Saturday night’s Fever) (AND MOD night this Sunday).

If you’re looking for a great way to spend the day Saturday head on down to City Hall for a day of Derby and food trucks. The Capital City Derby Dolls are back at it again this year bringing you the Second Annual Derby Day. The derby is free, the food is delicious, and you can even strap on a pair of skates and check it out for yourself!

After a busy weekend, Sunday morning is always best spent munching on delicious Art-Is-In pastries surrounded by the cutest puppies and babies at the Brewer Park Farmer’s Market. Much better than fighting your way through the throngs at Hartman’s, you can pick up just about everything on your grocery list, right from the farmers who produce it.

If that doesn’t keep you busy enough you can fill in the spaces with a whole lot happening all weekend long. The Ottawa International Busker’s Festival kicks off another year on Sparks Street today and runs through the entirety of the long weekend wrapping up on Monday eve. It’s free to watch and with a quirky mix of jugglers, magicians, stuntmen and acrobats there is certainly something for everyone.

Richard Linklater’s new movie, Boyhood, which has been 12 years in the making, premieres at the Bytowne this weekend. The film documents the passing of time as a boy of 5 grows into a young man at 18. The film is already a huge success and for those of you who have seen Linklater’s previous work, you know Boyhood is not to be missed.

If you are a fan of Shakespeare, make sure to check out A Company of Fools “As You Like It”, being held in various parks around town, every night this weekend. To find out where to find the fools, view the calendar on their website here.

With so much on the go this weekend, we don’t want anyone to miss out on the fun. So, if we’ve forgotten anything awesome, please let everyone know in the comments below. And, if you’re out and about this weekend, don’t forget to take pictures and post-em up on Instagram. It’s #Apt613Weekend31 and we want to see what you all are up to!


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