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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on September 11, 2014





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You’d think that with back to school and the re-start that comes every September, things would quiet down around the city. Except it’s Ottawa, where we organize as many events as possible to take advantage of any warm-ish weather.

Spend the whole weekend outdoors at the Ottawa Folk Fest, with a diverse line-up that includes everyone from Lorde to The Wiggles to The National to Wooden Sky. They’ve also got a Food Truck Rally and a Craft Beer House to keep you satiated all weekend long.

If you’re in the market for more delicious food, sample delights from a stretch of restaurants at Tastes of Wellington West – get in line early to get the best of the best! Or wander down to the other side of the canal, where the Open Streets Festival will showcase the EnviroCentre’s Commute Smart Challenge.

Down in the Glebe, Urban Craft takes over the community centre with an expanded list of vendors. They’ll have Star Wars inspired chairs, steamed pork buns, florwal wreaths and oh-so-much more. Celebrating their third year, this edition of the market is not to be missed!

Storytelling happens across the city this weekend, with stories shared at Soul Preservation, and dissected at Solo View – both happening down at Arts Court. Comedian Aamer Rahman tackles tricky issues down at Babylon, with local comedian Kalyani Pandya kicking the night off. The Gladstone starts its fall season with The School for Wives, a comedy courtesy Molière. If you need any more laughs, check out the Canadian Comedy Awards Festival, bringing stand up and improv to the national capital region.

Head to House of TARG Thursday night to catch local crew Fire Coast Acid Club, along with Ami Dang, Karneef and moreKitchen Party is back for its September edition down at Rochester Pub, while Avant Garde bar hosts a songwriters night. Killitorous stops by Mavericks, Cafe Dekcuf hosts Aestrid, The Cowards, Sweet Alps and Desolate Image, and The Peptides take over the Black Sheep. Philly Moves stops by for a visit from Toronto, taking over Zaphod’s on Saturday night.

Need more inspiration? Mark the halfway point to St Paddy’s day, play the greatest pinball games, learn a new dance, or find out how to bind a book of your own.

And remember to tag your Instagram photos with #apt613weekend37 and let us know what you’re seeing this weekend!