Alright friends, we’re still very early in summer but numbers are creeping up again for COVID-19 cases, so please take precautions while you enjoy your activities, so we can keep this going. There are plenty of shows, events, festivals and activities, but we’d like for things to continue and to avoid lockdowns and such… so let’s all mask up when indoors or in crowds and we can make up for the past two summers of postponements and pauses!
After a pandemic-hiatus Bluesfest is finally back this weekend — including Ottawa-born Alanis Morissette for her first time back in ten years. Other Ottawa-area artists include Sue Foley, Angelique Francis, Lia Kloud and Mische, Jessica Pearson and The East Wind, Bonnie Doon, Amanda Lowe and Mia Kelly. Check out the gig picks from Apt613 too.
pools and beaches are in full swing so take advantage if you need to cool off this weekend.
the Gatineau Park Shuttle runs for free on Saturdays and Sundays.
If you’re looking to up your game in the paddling department, Parks Canada is running learn-to-paddle clinics at Hartwell Locks throughout the summer.
A short drive out of the city can take you to the Station Theater in Smiths Falls for Outerbridge – Clockwork Mysteriesa magic show of illusion that has toured around the world and takes place every weekend until October.
If you missed crippled at the Festive Undercurrentsthe few years ago you should check it out at the National Arts Center until July 10.
the Northern Lights show on Parliament Hill is back Thursdays through Mondays until Labor Day weekend. The sound and light show is projected onto the Parliament buildings and is free!
Need another free and unique event? Check out the NACO on the Canal performances Thursdays at 6:30 pm and Saturdays at 4:30 pm where either a band or members of the NAC Orchestra will be playing on a boat heading up and down the canal for audiences along the way. performers Miguel de Armas and Andy Rubal will be playing this Thursday evening’s performance and the N.A.C. Orchestra will be performing on Saturday afternoon.
Trinidadian-French-Canadian pianist and musician Gregory Charles brings his ambitious concert It Was A Good Year to Ottawa where he covers a vast history of music from baroque to hip hop.
Moov Ottawa Dance is hosting By Ward Battles with hip hop dance battles in George Street Plaza in the Market.
Grab your rollerskates and head down for a social recreational skate with Ottawa Quad Session Rollerskating. Don’t have your own? You can rent some!
Westboro is hosting KiteNights this summer where you can bring your own kite and enjoy music and entertainment.
Arohafest brings a free workshop on Indian dance to the NAC this Saturday in a one-hour bilingual in-person event.
If you need a change of pace from your usual Farmers’ Market check out the new Alta Vista market for local products, kids’ activities and community booths.
the Geek Garage Sale is in Kanata this weekend with various sellers of all you need for your geek passion.
John Gillies, who has played with The Tragically Hip, brings his Summer Shorts to Art House for a casual outdoor show.
Chocolate lovers rejoice! Hummingbird Chocolate is having a 10th-anniversary party and a grand opening of their new factory, shop and cafe.
613flea is back on Saturday at Lansdowne — but this time outside of Aberdeen Pavilion — with more than 130 vendors, food, artisans, makers, and vintage items with free admission.
One thing that definitely says summer is here to me is a hot night of soccer under bright stadium lights. Tied-for-first-place Athletic Ottawa has a match against tied-for-first-place Calgary with a Beach Party theme, special deals and prizes.
More free content from the NAC — this time with SoulShine Sundays with a 45-minute African and Caribbean movement and dance class.
If you’ve been getting into gardening and want to up your aesthetic (perhaps for the Apt613 garden contest?) you’ll want to check out this workshop on how to make stepping stones with rhubarb leaf imprints.
Just because Pride Month is over doesn’t mean we can’t keep recognizing and celebrating! Drag in the House: July Jems is a bi-weekly trans and non-binary drag event and celebration taking place at Art House Café.