Ottawa Events Guide

With the listings and directories in our Events Guide, there really is no excuse for sitting at home with nothing to do. Here are some listings and links showing what's on in Ottawa.

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: August 28-September 3, 2014

Here's our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.


See also: What's open and closed on Labour Day Monday...


Thursday, August 28: Whatever's Cool With Me 17th Anniversary Show
This Thursday, I will be celebrating 17 years in the Thursday morning slot on CKCU. I can't believe they haven't kicked me off yet! I'll be giving some lucky listeners tickets to Timber Timbre at the NAC, Doug Paisley at the NAC, and movies tickets for the ByTowne Cinema. I'll also be announcing the winner of the Twitter contest for Folk Festival tickets. Of course, I will also be playing gobs of great music, so tune in from 9:30-noon on 93.1 FM.
-- Ryan BreseeCKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me

Thursday-Monday, August 28-September 1: Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
The 27th annual Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival is being held from Thursday, August 28 to Monday, September 1, 2014. This annual festival, which celebrates hot air balloons of different colours, shapes and sizes, also offers a slew of on-site activities for everyone including shows, a classic car exhibition, buskers, fireworks and an amusement park. This year’s musical headliners include Jason Derulo, Shawn Desman, Phillip Phillips, and Kaïn among others.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Thursday-Tuesday, August 28-September 2 (and ongoing): Walking Tours With a Difference
See your city in new ways. Take a tour with Ottawa (de)tours, which leads themed walks and conversations on political, social and environmental topics. This week there’s money and economics (Thursday and Saturday), feminism (Saturday), play (Monday) and local food solutions (Tuesday). With Indigenous Walks, you can explore Ottawa’s social, political, cultural and artistic spaces from an Indigenous perspective—catch the political tour of Parliament Hill on Sunday.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Saturday, August 30: Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party
At Mayfair Theatre, starting at 10:00am. It's exactly how it sounds: you pig out on cereal while watching Saturday morning cartoons. And you're even welcomed to go in your PJs! What better way to kick off back to school?!
-- Tanya Snook

Saturday, August 30: Ottawa Fury FC vs Tampa Bay Rowdies
The Ottawa Fury soccer team is coming off a great road win last week- hopefully they'll keep the momentum going. A great family experience for a resonable price - come cheer on the team!
-- Laura Gauthier

Saturday, August 30: The Songwriter: Photographs by Jamie Kronick
If you’re into photography, music and local culture, you don’t want to miss The Songwriter, an exhibition of photographs by artist Jamie Kronick being presented at the Ottawa Art Gallery Annex inside City Hall. Kronick’s work will offer a unique look at Ottawa songwriters in the spaces where they write, and act “as a documentation not only of persons, but also as a visualization of the relationships that take place among person, place and process”. Although the vernissage is only taking place on September 4, the exhibition will be up as of August 30.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, August 30: Mackenzie Rhythm Section live at the Chelsea Pub
Ottawa-Gatineau’s favorite soulsteppers, the energetic Mackenzie Rhythm Section, are performing live at the Chelsea Pub this Saturday, August 30 starting at around 9pm. If you want to see a live show and dance the night away at the same time, this even is just what you need. Don’t even think about standing still if you go, it’ll be impossible, and that’s a promise.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Until August 30: Crush Improv presents My Summer Crush
Three weeks of improv theatre wraps up this weekend with workshops and performances at Arts Court. It should be a very funny weekend.
-- Glen Gower

Saturday-Monday, August 30-September 1: Family Event at the Mackenzie King Estate 
This long weekend, celebrate the end of summer with your family in the heart of Gatineau Park. There will be lots of free activities for everyone at the Mackenzie King Estate including Face painting for children , craft corner, carriage rides lawn games, music and more. TheTearoomand the snack bar will be open as per their usual hours. Visitors may also bring their own picnic. Starts at 11:00am. The Estate is on Mackenzie King Road in Chelsea, Quebec.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Until November 9: Who glows there? The science of bioluminescence at the Canadian Museum of Nature
What is behind the mysterious science of bioluminescence? What are the organisms that glow and why do they do it? Check out this fascinating natural phenomenon all summer long at the Museum of Nature. 
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Have a great week!

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  • Betidings
    A new-ish user-driven local events listing "created as a way for friends to discover and share events". Check out specific lists for local food, running, arts, and business.
    Literary / spoken word / poetry events.
  • Fundraising Events
    OttawaStart's listing of annual fundraising events in Ottawa.
  • Frugal Fun Ottawa
    Lists free and frugal events and activities happening in the National Capital Region, geared towards families and kids.
  • Ottawa Concerts Guide
    A listing of upcoming music concerts in Ottawa.
  • Ottawa Festivals Guide
    A big list of annual festivals in Ottawa.
    Ottawa's restaurants, events and entertainment guide
  • Ottawa Meetups
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  • OttawaStart Community News
    Our free news & event listing service, featuring Ottawa entertainment events, community events, and other activities.
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