It is Ottawa’s favorite season, friends: festival season! Coming hard on the heels of Jazzfest is our world-famous Bluesfest. Mix in the Lebanese Festival and the Stewart Park festival in Perth and you have got one perfect 613 weekend. Enjoy the sunshine and hit the beach, support a local patio, or take in any of the amazing musical acts happening around the city. Starting today, adults in Ontario are also eligible for their second vaccine booster, so if you have been waiting for your next chance at boosting, take some time to figure out how/when you can make that happen!
I don’t need to tell you that RBC Bluesfest is running through this weekend again, right? Definitely not. If you aren’t sold yet, this weekend you can catch Luke Bryan, Rage Against the Machine, Ja Rule and TLC on the main stages, among so many others. Local five-man folk band Gentlemen of the Woods will be filling the Barney Danson Theater with their nostalgic sounds Thursday at 6:30pm.
How about combining some sunshine and some culture? A Company of Fools continues to entertain us close to home this weekend. catch The Tempest in Oxford Mills on Thursday, Hintonburg Park on Friday, Centrepointe Park on Saturday and Strathcona Park in Sandy Hill on Sunday. All show times are 7pm, and are pay-what-you-can. Bring your lawn chair or picnic blanket, and enjoy the 90-minute version of one of Shakespeare’s biggest hits.
Stewart Park Festival in Perth is taking place from Friday to Sunday this weekend in the picture-perfect Stewart Park on the water. (The one with the weeping willows and that iconic red bridge.) There is live music all weekend on more than one stage, and their very own Stewart Park Festival Ale brewed by venue sponsor Perth Brewery available in the Crystal Palace across from the park. There is a rubber ducky race, a country jamboree, an after-hours party, an artisan marketplace, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, and of course the beautiful downtown for wandering around. Attendance is by donation.
Toto Too Theater is kicking off its first season back with I’m Not That…Cabaret presented at Live! On Elgin. In this cabaret of fun miscast musical theater solos and group numbers, the cast gets to live their fantasies on stage and perform numbers that they would otherwise not be able to play due to age, gender, or race. The show runs from July 14–16. Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 8pm. Tickets are $20 advance online, $25 at the door.
Who doesn’t love a festival celebrating Ottawa’s favorite food group? Find the best Lebanese food in town, including award-winning shawarma, at the Lebanese Festival July 13–17 on the grounds of the St. Elias Cathedral near Mooney’s Bay. There will be music, a midway, a free shuttle, kid activities, and so much food
Every Thursday evening and Saturday afternonn, wind and brass ensembles from the National Arts Center Orchestra or a popular band will play aboard the NAC showboat as it cruises the Rideau Canal. Pick a comfortable spot along the canal beginning at 6:30pm and wait for the live music to float on past. Providing a welcome soundtrack to your summer strolls, this program offers free accessible live music to everyone within earshot of Ottawa’s most famous waterway.
Every Friday at 11am you can catch artists from House of Paint at the NAC getting creative and sharing their knowledge with would-be painters. The free event offers an opportunity to practice bubble block and wildstyle lettering. Get familiar with a can of spray paint, try out a new character, or even make your own custom stencil. Whatever the weekly session goal may be, these learning opportunities will surely inspire a deeper appreciation for outdoor public art.
Friday night the Ottawa Titans return home for their next three-game homestand against the first-place Québec Capitales. We’ve been chasing the Capitales all season, and currently the Titans are only three wins behind for the top spot in the East. Friday is Francophone Night and Sunday is Family Day. Enjoy local beers on tap and some pretty tasty ballpark food for the perfect evening. Game time on Friday is 6:30pm. Tickets begin at $11 advance.
Join BEING Studio for a night of films, fame, and disability arts! BEING Studio invites you to wear your most glamorous getup and attend the premiere of films directed by BEING artists. Watch six new locally made short films followed by a Q&A with the artists and producers. This event is a fundraiser for BEING, so there will also be a silent auction, door prize, and a VIP red carpet experience! Glamor Ball: Screening & Fundraiser will be going down at Club SAW on Nicholas from 6-9pm. Tickets are still available online and are being sold on a scale beginning at $27.54, but a pay-what-you-can option is also available. ASL and captioning on all films will be provided. There will be reserved seating space for folks using mobility aids and/or wheelchairs. The venue is accessible. Read more about it here!
Let’s just dance. Why not? House of Targ is hosting Remi’s Dance Floor Time Machine—A ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s Dance Party Friday night kicking off at 9pm. DJ Remi is also promising “lasers galore” so of course, we’re going. The full Targ perogy menu will be available until late as well, making it the perfect Ottawa basement party.
Fâcheux Théâtre est fébrile d’enfin vous retrouver au Parc Fontaine pour un sixième été consécutif avec una toute nouvelle production : 𝘋𝘰𝘮 𝘑𝘶𝘢𝘯 by Molière, adapted by Sylvain Sabatié et mise en scène by Isabelle Bélisle 120230, samedi 16 juillet C’est gratuit (voluntary contribution) et pas besoin de réserver cette année!
For the first time ever, Anne of Green Gables has been created as a full-length ballet! With musical arrangements from Anne of Green Gables—The Musical, this production will bring to life Canada’s favorite Prince Edward Islander. Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is at Meridian Theaters @ Centrepointe this Saturday only, and there are still some tickets left. Tickets begin at $44.50 in the balcony and the show begins at 7pm.
Saturday also sees HOPE Volleyball SummerFest return to Mooney’s Bay for some sun and sand. Competitive games begin at 8am, and the DJs get going at 10:30am. The games are free entertainment for anyone looking for an activity during the day, and tickets are available for the concerts that begin at noon. You can check out Twin Flames, the Headstones and July Talk throughout the afternoon for $22.60. The event is going cashless this year, so if you are planning to attend, don’t forget your ID and your plastic!
Atlético Ottawa is home this Sunday afternoon, hosting Valor FC from Winnipeg at 3pm at TD Place. Dubbed “The Meat Up Match”, one lucky fan can win meat for a year from Ottawa Valley Meats at the game. Hotdogs will be only $2 and the team is promising a wiener dog race as extra entertainment. How can you resist?! Tickets are available online beginning at $25. The team is currently sitting in second place in the league after 14 games, so you can expect some high powered action.