Happy Monday….I hope you had a great weekend! Based on the clicks on my website, it looks like many of you took in any number of great events over the weekend. I hope you all left some energy for this week though, there are a ton of great events in Ottawa!!
Festival season continues with another fantastic week of festivals of all types. The 2019 Ottawa Greek Festival continues all week until Sunday. This weekend, for a different option for food and culture, the Palestinian Festival takes place on Friday through Sunday at Ottawa City Hall. Wednesday and Thursday, you can find the annual ToolFest brought to you by Preston Hardware. This event takes place during the day at Sala San Marco. Also on the festival scene, you can find the House of Paint festival which takes place primarily at Brewer Park on Saturday but also has the OG500 Poetry Slam held on Friday night at Queen Street Fare. The House of Paint main event runs all day Saturday and ends with the after party at SAW Gallery brought to you by Dominion City Brewing Company. The last of the non-music focused festivals is the Podcast Festival which takes place Saturday at Live! On Elgin.
Festivals don’t end there though. There are multiple music festivals too. The second annual Nostalgia Fest kicks off Wednesday and features an amazing schedule of tribute bands line up all through the weekend at Lebreton Flats. Check out their website for the full schedule. Next up, Friday and Saturday nights you can find the Mill Street Hopped and Confused concerts taking place in the brewery parking lot. Once again this year, they have a fantastic schedule with July Talk headlining on Friday and Sloan headlining Saturday. Also on Saturday, if you’re up for a brief drive, $15 will get you in to the Tweed Backyard Shindig in Smith’s Falls. I attended this event last year and reviewed all the concerts (review can be seen here). It’s such a unique event, and so much fun. I highly recommend you go this year! This year’s headliners are Hollerado, Elijah Woods and Jamie Fine, and Bahamas.
If for some reason there isn’t a festival out there for you, but you’re still looking for some live entertainment, the long anticipated, and almost totally sold out “Come From Away” starts on Wednesday night at the National Arts Centre and runs until September 8th. If you haven’t heard about this, you definitely should look it up, it looks and sounds amazing!!! I can’t wait to go see it! I have some StubHub ticketing options on each daily listing for the event if you’re still looking for tickets. Also on Wednesday night, for one night only, you can see the hilarious Jeremy Hotz in one of two shows at Yuk Yuk’s. Lastly, on the concert scene, Rob Thomas is coming to Ottawa on Friday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Capital Fair continues this week and runs until Sunday with a huge variety of shows and entertainment. There are just too many fun and crazy activities to list, so check out the website for a full daily schedule and plan what you want to see! Cirque du Soleil – Alegria continues this week and takes place almost every day under the big tents at the Zibi site just across from the War Museum in Gatineau. Tickets are selling fast so get yours soon! (ticketing options can also be found on the daily events on my site) The daily Northern Lights show continues each day on Parliament Hill, starting at 9:30 in August. On Wednesday and Saturday nights, you can experience the final week of the Casino Lac-Leamy International Fireworks competition which wraps up on Saturday night with the finale. I highly recommend viewing these from the Bytown Museum where they are hosting a viewing event for each show.
The major event, and quite possibly one of the most highly attended events this week is Capital Pride. There are Pride events all over the city this week, I’ve highlighted a few of them on my website, but all the official events can be found on the Capital Pride Website. The Pride Parade takes place on Sunday downtown Ottawa and starts at Bank and Gladstone, running west on Gladstone for one block to Kent, and then up Kent to Laurier and back over to Bank Street where it finishes up at Bank and Somerset.
For you movie buffs, Capital Pop-Up Cinema continues it’s streak of great movies this summer. They’re featuring “Best in Show” on Friday night at Parkdale Park and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” on Saturday night at Dovercourt Rec Centre.
Where will I be??
My summer is calming down for personal items, and I’m back on the events scene officially this week. Returning from vacation Tuesday, I need a couple nights to relax, but then Friday night, you can find me at Mill Street for the Hopped and Confused Festival. I NEVER miss a July Talk concert and for some reason, I have never been to this festival, but it looks amazing every year so I’m pretty stoked about it!! Saturday, I’ll be making the trek out to Smith’s Falls for the Tweed Backyard Shindig. It was so fun last year; I have to head out and check out this year’s concerts too.
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