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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Amanda Armstrong on August 21, 2014

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This is the kind of jam packed weekend where there is so much going on, you’re going to wish that you could be in more than one place at once. With both Capital Pride and Arboretum Arts Festival spanning the whole weekend, there is more than enough to keep even the busiest of bees busied.

Thursday marks the final day to catch World Press Photos at the War Museum. A compilation of the year’s best in photojournalism, it is something you want to be sure not to miss.

After the War Museum, you can head on over to Shanghai for a night of laughs at the Sleeping in our car comedy 2’er, hosted by our favourite jokester Greg Houston, alongside Anto Chan, Michael Flamank, and Evan Demarais.

There is also a great show featuring OUGHT, happening at House of Targ beginning at 9pm, for those who prefer music to comedy acts. Pinball, beer, perogies, and punk rock (mixed with a whole lot of other good stuff) – could it really get any better?

To cap off the night, we have Open Air Social Club happening at Parliament Pub. Come out and enjoy the night sky at the city’s best outdoor dance party!

The fun on Friday begins bright and early. You can digest a Creative Mornings panel discussion alongside your morning coffee. The talk – on the dissemination of arts and culture: past, present, and future – is happening at the Ottawa Art Gallery, starting at 8:30am.

At the end of the work day, kick back and relax, while enjoying some tasty beats and eats (alongside fancy drinks), at the Backlot BBQ. Kevin Drew (of Broken Social Scene), the Hilotrons, and the Yips will keep our ears entertained, while the fine folks at Murray Street, Town, Union 613, and Bridgehead will make sure our bellies are happy too.

There are many ways to close out your Friday night. The Village Movie Night will be taking over the corner of Bank and Gilmour for a free screening of  “To Wong Foo, thanks for everything Julie Newmar” at 7pm. If you’re in the mood for dancing, head on down to Mugshots for Tropikalo with DJ Zattar and Trevor Walker. If electronic is more your thing, you can swing on by Ritual Nightclub to see High Klassified. If you’re feeling like a mix-up of techno/dance/house, don’t worry, that is happening too – Babylon is hosting Hard Bodies’  Mixtape release party.

Saturday is just as full of Arboretum as Friday is. There is a great musical line up (including Constantines, Pony Girl, and Weaves) happening at Arts Court, beginning at 1pm. There will be drinks and food trucks at the event, too! The New Swears’ album release party  will be happening at Gabba Hey later on in the eve. If your dance moves are smooth, check out Silk R’n’B dance party, happening at Mugshots on Saturday night.

Start your Sunday with a hop on your bicycle. Thanks to Alcatel- Lucent Sunday Bikedays, you can enjoy a car-free ride on some of Ottawa and Gatineau’s most beautiful routes. Bike out to the Gatineau Hills, or down to the farmer’s market, before heading back to Centretown for the Pride Parade – the best parade this city has to offer. The parade begins at the corner of Gladstone and Bank at 1pm.

It should also be noted that, if there isn’t enough happening in the centre of our city, you can head to the fairgrounds at Rideau Carleton Raceway and Slots, where the Capital Fair continues, all weekend long.

As per usual, we at Apartment613 want to keep you in the know, so if there is something awesome that we’ve overlooked, let us know in the comments below. With so much greatness happening this weekend, we want to see your photos! Make sure to post ’em up on Instagram and hashtag them #Apt613weekend34!