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_ Here are our crowdsourced picks for the best events in Ottawa this week.
See also: Open and closed on Monday, August 6 _
** Thursday-Monday, August 2-6: The 2012 International Busker Festival **
Enjoy this long weekend with over 40 performances daily, with entertainers from across Canada and around the world. There will be gymnasts, fire-eaters, jugglers, sword swallowers and comedians to keep everyone entertained all weekend long!
_ – Jean Labelle , photographer _
** Thursday, August 2: Complete Streets for Canada Discussion **
If you’re interested in cycling, walking and public transit in Ottawa, you might want to attend the innovative Hub Ottawa’s bring-your-own brown bag lunch on “Complete Streets,” an approach to urban transportation planning that serves pedestrians and cyclists as well as vehicles. The speaker is urban sustainability expert Ryan Anders Whitney. It’s noon-1 p.m. at 71 Bank St. and costs $8 (free for Ottawa Hub members).
** Friday, August 3: World Press Photo 12 ** (continues to August 26)
tarting this week is World Press Photo 12, an exhibition which presents award-winning photos that capture moving moments taken by photographers from around the world. The exhibition takes place in the Lobby of the Canadian War Museum and is accessible free of charge starting this Friday, August 3 until August 26. This year’s World Press Photo contains over 160 photos including poignant images captured during recent or ongoing conflicts. This is definitely a worth-while event if you enjoy photography.
_ – Eliane Laberge , Blogger _
** Friday, August 3 to Monday, August 6: Rideau Canal Festival **
Celebrate the 180th Birthday of the Rideau Canal! With FREE programming, live shows and tons of interactive entertainment. This four-day celebration is sure to be a hit for the whole family. The fun takes place at Bytown Museum/Ottawa Locks and at Dows Lake. See a parade of lights, the incredible Rideau Canal Festival Flotilla and a fireworks display. Be part of the biggest floating birthday party Ottawa has ever seen!
_ – Eugene Haslam , Zaphod’s Owner _
** Saturday, August 4: Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light (France) **
** Wednesday, August 8: Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light (Spain) **
The 17th edition of the Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light fireworks festival kicks off this Saturday featuring the team Pyragric representing France and continues on Wednesday with the team from Pyrotecnia Zaragozana respresenting Spain. In addition to some world-class fireworks, there are lots of activities throughout the site and shows on the Tim Hortons stage. The site opens at 6pm, the fireworks start around 9:30pm and everything wraps up at 11pm.
** Saturday, August 4: Centretown Movies in the Park: Midnight in Paris **
Every Friday and Saturday beginning in mid-July through the month of August, Centretown Movies shows popular, family friendly movies in our open-air, walk-in theatre in Dundonald Park. Admission is always pay-what-you-can. Can’t make this one? Check out their schedule for the rest of the summer lineup!
_ – Laura Nicol _
** Monday, August 6: Col. By Day **
Celebrate Colonel By Day, a family-friendly festival which commemorates Lt-Colonel John By and the builders of the Rideau Canal! This free, fun-filled day boasts live music, dancing, heritage demonstrators, costumed characters, and games, crafts, and face painting for the kids! On the grounds of the Bytown Museum. 11am-4pm.
_ – Eugene Haslam , Zaphod’s Owner _
** Tuesday, August 7, 8pm: Creative Writing Playdate **
Whether you’re an experienced or budding writer, this is an opportunity to jump start your writing & share it with others. The group meets every Tuesday at The Daily Grind, 601 Somerset W.
_ – Amanda Earl , poet & publisher _
** Even more events this week: **
* [ Full Moon yoga class at Mooney's Bay ](http://ottawastart.com/story/17462.php) , Thursday, August 2 from 11pm until midnight * [ Majic 100's Movies on the Beach ](http://www.majic100.fm/) features Jurassic Park at Mooney's Bay, Friday, August 3 * [ 7th Annual BIA Bridge Street Bazaar ](http://downtowncarletonplace.com/) in Carleton Place, Saturday August 4 * [ Hollerado (and other bands) are playing a free all-ages show ](http://www.facebook.com/events/485290141500124/) in the Byward Market on Sunday, August 5 * [ Crush Improv's monthly 'Bout Time show ](http://crushimprov.com/2012/07/august-6/) at the Elmdale Tavern, Monday, August 6
** _ Have a great week! _ **
** See also: ** Ottawa Events Guide
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