OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: August 6-12


OttawaStart Weekly Round-Up

Our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.
You can find even more events on our Ottawa Event Calendar.

Wednesday-Sunday, August 5-9: Kunstadt Open (tennis)
With an entry fee of just $60 and the biggest pool of prize money of any Ottawa tennis tournament, the Kunstadt Open takes place August 5th to 9th, 2015 at the Glen Cairn Tennis Club. Register online at

Friday, August 7: Beer Tasting at the Diefenbunker
Cool down underground this summer with a beer, food, and chocolate pairing at the Diefenbunker. Sample 4 different craft beers, each paired with a savoury bite or artisinal dark chocolate, and learn about how the two play-off of each other to enhance your beer experience.

Friday, August 7: Potato Fest
Join the vendors for a scrumptious and quick lunch at the Demo Corner stand of the ByWard Market. Have a Hot Potato Co. baked potato topped with fresh salsa made of Market stand ingredients and cheese curds!

Friday-Sunday, August 7-9: Puppets Up!
Enjoy family fun in Almonte. Great entertainment for families and people of all ages. Day and weekend passes available.
There’s also a free parade Saturday and Sunday at 1:45pm.
– Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Friday-Sunday, August 7-9: Festival of India
We showcase the culture and heritage of India through multifaceted programs covering music, dance, arts, handicrafts, workshops, food, discussions, movies, documentaries – many of them interactive and all of them educative and entertaining.

Saturday, August 8: JAMDAY 2015
JAMDAY is a one-of-a-kind event happening every year in August featuring the rich culture of Jamaica including live reggae music, folk dances, songs, traditional food, a children’s village, crafts and much more. Hosted by the Jamaican Community Association, this year’s edition will be held on Saturday, August 8 from noon to 10 pm at Mooney’s Bay and will feature live performances by headliners Gyptian, Fabian Marley, and Luciano among others.
– Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, August 8: Burgers, Bands and Beer: Hintonburger’s 5th Bday Block Party
The annual Hintonburger bday party is turning into a full-on all day block party this year! Live music, craft beer, great food and lots more.
– Laura Gauthier

Saturday, August 8: Art in Strathcona Park
Established artists and artisans, and undiscovered talents, will come together to sell their work directly to the public and to raise public awareness about mental illness.  More than just original art, Art in Strathcona Park also offers jewellery, pottery, stained glass, wood carvings, hand-made soap and honey, to name just a few, and will also feature a silent auction and a BBQ.

Saturday, August 8: Bytown Blackhearts vs Valley Valkyries Roller Derby Bout to Benefit Matthew the Brave!
Matthew Paravan is the 8 year old son of Bruno and Stephanie Paravan. In 2013, when he was just 6 years old, Matthew was diagnosed with a very rare inflammatory brain disease for which there is no cure. Two years later, there is still no definite diagnosis, or prognosis, Matthew is still in and out of the hospital, and he averages anywhere between 15 – 20 seizures per day. Come see an incredible, action-packed game of roller derby, and help support an incredibly brave kid while doing so.

August 8-22: Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light
The Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light fireworks kick off this week along the banks of the Canadian Museum of History. The 20th edition of this annual event will feature four international pyromusical fireworks shows from Spain, Belgium, Greece, and Venezuela including a Grande Finale, which will offer an explosive ending presented by all four countries. If you plan on attending, why not arrive earlier to check out the Museum or have dinner on site? For more info, tickets and programming details, just click below.
– Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Sunday, August 9: Elizabeth Hay
3:00 pm. Horticulture Building, Landsdowne Park. “His Whole Life” book launch.
– Amanda Earl, Bywords

Wednesday, August 12: Yoga @ Ottawa Art Gallery
Join us at the Ottawa Art Gallery for lunchtime yoga! Take some relaxation time for your practice and appreciate artwork from a different angle. Registration is required. Contact Marie-Renée at, or 613-233-8699 x228.



Saturday, August 15: Ottawa Fury FC vs Minnesota United FC
See the Ottawa Fury FC take on the Minnesota United FC Saturday, August 15 at 7 p.m. at TD Place. Tickets start at just $17 for adults and youth 12 and under.

September 12-13: 20th Annual Fibrefest Festival
The two-day festival of textiles and fibre arts will feature 90 vendors, demonstrations, exhibitations, a lamb race, fabric flee market, Alpaca sort-a-thon and tea room. Admission $5. Daily. Whether you are interested in art, history, clothing, or textiles or are just looking for a great day out and about, Fibrefest will have something for you.



Until August 21: Changing of the Guard on Parliament Hill
See a Canadian tradition at its most colourful! The Ceremonial Guard brings stirring military drills and music to Parliament Hill. Come at 9:45 a.m. to learn more about the ceremony. For more information visit theCeremonial Guard.
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM daily.
– Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Until August 22: Children’s Activities at Rideau Hall
The grounds of Rideau Hall are open daily from 8 a.m. to one hour before sunset. Special activities include: “Storytime at Rideau Hall,” in collaboration with Frontier College. Fridays and Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., from June 28 to August 23; Learn about heraldry by designing your very own coat of arms. Daily, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Stroll the grounds, bring a picnic and enjoy the children’s play structure; Watch the Relief of the Sentries of the Ceremonial Guard. Daily, every hour on the hour, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 25 to August 22.
– Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Until September 7: Alex Colville. A Canadian Icon
At the National Gallery of Canada, Alex Colville offers a fresh perspective on Colville’s work, as he is considered to be one of Canada’s most celebrated artists. Featuring nearly a hundred paintings along with various student works and prints, this exhibition explores the breadth of Colville’s practice.

Until September 13: Chagall: Daphnis & Chloé
Enter into a captivating love story between a goatherd and shepherdess. This tale titled Daphnis & Chloé is narrated visually through a set of colour lithographs by Marc Chagall.  These illustrations highlight Chagall’s unique style, setting him apart from the main 20th-century pictorial currents followed by some of his contemporaries. At the National Gallery.

Until December 31: Mary Pratt: This Little Painting
What’s the story behind Red Currant Jelly (1972), which the artist Mary Pratt affectionately calls “this little painting”? See how Pratt developed her technique, which today stands as a defining example of painterly realism in Canada, a style strongly associated with the country’s Atlantic provinces.




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