ROUNDUP: Weekend events you may have overlooked‏


Looking for stuff to do this August long weekend? Here’s a quick list of events in the capital running over the weekend:

July 28-31: Capital Ribfest

#TheBigSticky Social is Back! This Civic Long Weekend in Canada’s Capital is all about the best in Ribs, Chicken and Pulled Pork.

Does your mouth water when you think about delicious, slow roasting goodness on the BBQ? Then get your finger licking, tongue hanging, sticky lips smacking ready for Capital Ribfest, July 28-31 at Festivals Plaza, Ottawa City Hall in beautiful downtown.

Until August 1: Ottawa International Busker Fest

Visit the historic Sparks Street and watch Incredible Street Performers from around the world. Shows for the whole family including jugglers,escape artists, acrobats, fire eaters, and more! The Ottawa International Busker Festival on Sparks Street is a “Street Performer” Extravaganza attracting world class entertainment from around the globe. Each year, crowds of over 225,000 come to experience one of Canada’s Oldest & Biggest Busker Festivals. Daily showtimes from 11am-11pm.

July 31 @2:00pm : Heritage Ottawa walking tour of the Rideau Canal

2:00 pm – MEET: Bytown Museum (under Parliament Hill)
From the Bytown Museum to the Corktown Bridge, a look at the nearly 200-year old canal and the architecture and engineering of buildings and bridges from many historic periods and architectural styles, along the first mile of this World Heritage Site.
GUIDE: David Jeanes, President of Heritage Ottawa and author of numerous downtown heritage tours.

Until August 20: Company of Fools: The Amazing Adventures of Pericles, Prince of Tyre

Duelling knights, dastardly pirates, proper princesses, promiscuous prostitutes, an ancient goddess and not one but two shipwrecks! How could the Fools have waited so long to tell the thrilling tale of Pericles, Prince of Tyre! When our hero discovers a dark secret about the evil king of Antioch, Pericles is forced to flee for his life. So begins an epic voyage that takes him across several seas to far off lands where he discovers adventure, love and just maybe what life is all about. Don’t miss this exciting, fast paced escapade set in a mythical world and played against the backdrop of Ottawa’s parks. Fun for the entire family!

Shows nightly:  Monday through Saturday
Showtime:  7pm
Admission:  Pay-What-You-Can (suggested donation $20)

Visit for full schedule & locations.

Until September 10: Northern Lights sound and light show on Parliament Hill

Using five artistic techniques to tell stories in five books, Northern Lights explores themes of nation-building, partnership, valor, pride and vision – all against the backdrop of the Parliament Buildings.

The free bilingual show launched last year for a five-year run, until the summer of 2019. The previous show, Mosaika: Canada through the eyes of its people, also ran for five years. More than 1.1 million people saw the presentation and it received 13 national and international awards.

In July it begins at 10:00 p.m., in August at 9:30 p.m. and in September at 9:00 p.m.

Until August 21: Changing of the guard on Parliament Hill

Every summer morning at 10:00am, the Changing of the Guard takes place on Parliament Hill. It’s a pageantry of marching music and military drills performed by the Ceremonial Guard.

It begins with a parade from the Cartier Square Drill Hall on Queen Elizabeth Drive, then heads up Laurier Avenue and Elgin Street past the National War Memorial and towards Parliament Hill.

  • The ceremony is preceded by a brief introduction at 9:45 am.
  • Arrive early for the best spot on the grass of Parliament Hill. Admission is free.
  • The ceremony is performed by the Ceremonial Guard. Every guardsman, musician and member of the support staff is a trained soldier of the Canadian Forces on regular or reserve service.
  • A similar ceremony caled the “Relief of the Sentries as Guards” takes place daily at Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governer General. Every hour, guards march to their posts in front of the residence, accompanied by a bagpiper.
Photo by Glen Gower / Instagram

Photo by Glen Gower / Instagram


July 30-31: Voguemobile Fashion Truck at the Tea Party on 119 York Street

High Tea meets High Fashion on Saturdays in Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market. Come on down to The Tea Party to shop the Voguemobile and enjoy a lovely scone and a cup of tea.

Creative, chic, and convenient, Voguemobile is Ottawa’s first mobile fashion boutique. We sell unique designer clothes out of a converted delivery truck.

Until August 28: Perth through the Ages Historic Theatrical Walking Tour

The Classic Theatre Festival presents a family-friendly,  one-hour “play that moves” that brings to life characters and stories of Perth’s history, with the 2016 version focusing on early Indigenous-settler relations. Runs Wednesday to Sunday at 11 am to 12 noon.

Tickets $7.50-$15, with discounts for Classic Theatre Festival ticket holders.

Until August 17: ‘Flight’: Technology interventions in Art

Solo art exhibition (entitled Flight) sponsored by the City of Ottawa at the Atrium gallery on till Aug 17 with an opening reception on Tue 26, from 6 to 8 pm. Details in the link below.
Address: Atrium gallery, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean, ON K2G 5K7

The unusual aspect of this exhibition is the technology incorporated into the artworks. Using QR codes in unexpected ways, the paintings playback animation, text or even songs when viewed on a phone. It is a great interactive viewing experience, and quite an intriguing process creating them… the strange feeling on literally painting music!

The show explores themes of urban life and endless growth- from an architects point of view. These are part of an ongoing series that has been shown at galleries in New York, Brecia (Italy) and Delhi.
Link to the some of the works:



OttawaStart Staff


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