The long weekend is here! Yip-yip-yippee for that! And OTown is Fun City, with tons ‘o things for you and the fam to do. Here are just a few weekend events in Ottawa that you’ll enjoy:
Head to Dow’s Lake to enjoy the view, have a picnic on the grounds or head out on the water. Summer rentals on-site include canoes, kayaks and paddleboats and they come with a life-jacket. See dowslake.com for details.
There’s a lot to celebrate about living in beautiful Ottawa and this is the perfect weekend to do it. Bytown Days are on now through August 3 and highlights include heritage music, dance, food, demonstrations and exhibits, as well as heritage talks and guided tours. Originally known as Bytown, Ottawa has a super interesting history! To mark 400 years of French presence in Ontario, the fest will also feature the traditions of francophone and Aboriginal cultures in this area. Enjoy fun activities by the scenic Ottawa Entrance Locks east of Parliament Hill. The celebration wraps up August 3rd with the 20th annual Colonel By Day, featuring costumed characters and free interactive activities, including live entertainment. See bytowndays.ca for details.
Dig into Capital Ribfest. It’s on through August 3 at Festial Plaza (beside City Hall) in downtown Ottawa. Ribs, bbq chicken and pulled pork are in the spotlight at this succulent celebration. And they’re accompanied by a live music stage, craft beer pairings, a caesar and wine bar, foodie demos, desserts, treats and non-alcoholic drinks. Admission is free for this family-friendly festival. See capitalribfest.ca for details.
Street performers from around the world are dazzling local crowds this weekend as part of the Ottawa Busker Festival at Sparks Street Village, on Sparks Street from Elgin to Lyon Street. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats and magic tricks are part of the fun and highlights include an on-site circus school, gala big shows and the Grand Finale show on Monday. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. See ottawabuskerfestival.com for details.
Ottawa Street Eats 2015! Is taking place tomorrow, August 1, at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum This fun festival celebrates Ottawa’s street food and drinks. Food trucks, local chefs, and brewery craftsman will be part of the fun from noon to 8 p.m. and there’s free museum entry until 5 p.m.! #Bonus The museum is located at 11 Aviation Parkway. Get Directions See twevents.ca/streeteats for details.
Don’t miss the Cracking Up the Capital Comedy Festival, running through August 2. This summer’s laugh fest, running from July 30 to August 2.
Highlights include Rise of the Comics tonight, July 31, at Nate’s/South Block Lounge, 152 Sparks Street. The host is Nick Burden and the comedians are Heather Hurst, Tim Riel, Kelsey Ryan and Kyle Brownrigg. Tickets are $17.50 and shows are at 8 and 10 p.m. The charity partner for this show is The Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre. BattleCom is a Geek War of a comedy game show on tomorrow, August 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. at 3 Brewers, 240 Sparks Street. The charity partner is Do It For Daron. This hilarious Relationship Show is tomorrow night, August 1, at 8 p.m. at 3 Brewers, 240 Sparks Street. The charity partner is The Causeway Foundation.
And this year’s festival finale show, Sunday, August 2 includes a silent auction as part of the fun. It starts at 8 p.m. at The Marriott Hotel,100 Kent Street. Tickets are $20. For details and tickets to the shows, see www.crackup.ca.
At the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, you can experience traditional Scottish events,, including over 60 pipe bands, 200 Highland dancers, sports, pageantry and other cultural attractions. This event runs today and tomorrow, July 31 and August 1. See http://www.glengarryhighlandgames.com for details.