The past couple weeks have been a little slower, but that’s normal for our summer. Fear not, festival season returns with a vengeance this week along with the start of small-town fair season. Since it’s a long weekend for us Ontarians, a couple of last week’s festivals are carrying over Monday as well. On Saturday, I attended the Ottawa International Busker Festival, and it was once again mind blowing and such an amazing experience. You have one last change on Monday to see this incredible talent showcased on the streets of Sparks Street. Also carrying over from last week, only a few minutes walk from Buskerfest is Capital Ribfest located at City Hall so why not get your rib on for the last time this summer.
New this week on the festival scene, you can find the Canadian Sunflower Festival which takes place at Saunder’s Farm from the 9th until the 11th and then again next week from the 14th to the 18th. In conjunction with this festival, the recently announced “The Chef’s Table: A Local Farm to Table Feast” series has it’s first two events. Friday night, you can enjoy a meal with Chef Ross Fraser from Fraser Café, and Saturday night it’s Chef Michael Moffatt from Thyme and Again. Both nights will have featured concerts for your entertainment.
If you’re in the mood for a small-town fair, the Navan Fair kicks off on Thursday and runs all weekend. The always well attended concert series is hot again this year featuring 54-40, Meghan Patrick, and the Irish Descendants. In the west end of the city, the Carp Garlic Festival is running Saturday and Sunday this week at the Carp Fairgrounds. Last but not least for the festival/fair listings is the Great India Festival which is also taking place from Friday through Sunday, and you can find this at City Hall.
In the Ottawa sports world, we can watch as the Ottawa Senators continue to tear apart the team and hopefully can trade some more valuable players for injured reserve status players. This just keeps getting more and more sad. But let’s not think about hockey just yet, we’ve still got a month before pre-season practice starts. The Ottawa Fury are battling Toronto FC in the Canadian Championship semi finals on Wednesday night at TD Place. If baseball is more your thing, you can either watch the Blue Jays “rebuild” (or something) or go see the Ottawa Champions live for a three game home-stand against the Trois-Rivieres Aigles starting on Friday night.
For the collectors out there, you’ve got a conflict this weekend! Sunday, there are two events going on at the same time. The monthly Sports Card and Comic Show is going on at the Jim Durrell Centre from 10 – 3, and the first annual FANATICCON is taking place at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre. This new event looks like a mini Comic-Con and sounds like it’ll be a blast….costumes are encouraged.
Cirque du Soleil – Alegria started up last 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, but note that the starting time has changed to 9:30 for August. On Saturday, you can find the first show of the Casino Lac-Leamy International Fireworks competition. I highly recommend viewing these from the Bytown Museum where they are hosting a viewing event for each show.
For you movie buffs, Capital Pop-Up Cinema is hosting two outdoor movie nights this weekend. Friday night you can see Hook at the Canadian War Museum, and Saturday night you’ll find Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure at Beechwood Cemetery.
Last week I forgot to add an announcement that I made. The annual Hopped and Confused Festival hosted by Millstreet Brewery has posted their line up! This year’s festival will be held on August 23rd and 24th in the brewery parking lot. Friday night will be headlined by July Talk, and Saturday will see Sloan returning to the capital. This event is always well attended so get your tickets soon!!
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