August is here and there’s plenty to pack in before you start thinking about the end of summer or back to school! Whether you want indoors, outdoors, laid-back or high-energy, there’s something for you happening this weekend.
For the kids or kids at heart, the Dino & Dragon Stroll roars into the EY Center Saturday and Sunday.
The Navan Fair takes place Thursday to Sunday with lots of great events, activities, music and more for the whole family.
There are a few opportunities to check out the Classic Theater Festival at Arts Court with presentations of The Fourposter as you follow a couple through 35 years of marriage.
Notre Dame of Paris (in French) runs until August 6 for the 20th anniversary of its Quebec premiere.
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.
The Northern Lights on Parliament Hill are back from Thursdays through Mondays until Labor Day weekend. This sound and light show is projected onto the Parliament buildings and is free!
A Company of Fools’ The Tempest Torchlight Shakespeare in the Park continues to blow through town at various parks for another two weeks. The show is on every night except Sundays until August 13, so if you can’t make it this weekend you still have time.
Friday and Sunday you can check out the Banksy 360 exhibit at Aberdeen Pavilion to see immersive digital pieces from the famous street artist.
Red Bird Live is hosting a show with Michael C. Duguay and Joyful Joyful starting at 7pm.
If you’ve never done a Powwow Workout Class, do yourself a favor and check it out. It’s not only fun and quite the leg workout, but it’s also fascinating to learn the different powwow dance steps and styles. The class is open to all levels.
There’s a Somerset Street Patio Party every Friday, so why not kick off the long weekend right and join T’s All Welcoming Pub for some drinks and grub?
Get your skate on with the Social Rollerskating: Ottawa Quad Session — no experience needed and great tunes to get you into the groove.
Join House of Paint for some street art and learn from local Ottawa artists about bubble block, wildstyle lettering and more.
Light up your SUP, kayak or canoe and join the Friday Night Paddle – Glow Party in Manotick.
If dancing is more your vibe, then check out Flamenco en Rouge at the NAC with this concert showing the moves and sounds of the Spanish dance form.
Enjoy an outdoor DragNificent Show on Somerset Street with drag queens, DJs, dancing, drinks, and great food.
House of TARG and Remi Royale are hosting Remi’s Dance Floor Time Machine with music from the ’50s onwards! Plus, they have delicious perogies and over 30 pinball games.
Grab your blanket or lawn chair and head down to the Beechwood Cemetery for a free outdoor movie with Capital Pop-Up Cinema. This week’s screening is Back to the Future III.
Any excuse for ice cream and a good cause—The Merry Dairy is helping with a fundraiser for the Perley Whites Foundation Friday afternoon.
Vegans Who Snack are back with another great vegan food festival at Parkdale Market featuring snacks, grocery items, treats, ice cream and more.
Quick Cranks is offering a Bicycle Repair Class – Home Mechanics for those looking to take the next step in bike maintenance.
The often sold-out Afrobeats in the City takes place Saturday with great music at The Palace.
The Ottawa Mystic Market is back with lots of great vendors. Rain date is Sunday!
Inner Soul Yoga & Cycle have partnered with the Eastern Ontario Potcake Rescue for a Puppy Yoga Donation Class. As they say in the description, the focus is on puppies as “we spend some time trying to do yoga.” Sounds like cuddly fun to me!
Art in Strathcona Park takes place Saturday rain or shine with a great selection of local artists. A great opportunity to talk with the artists themselves!
The Barrhaven Summer Fun Fair has food, face painting, games, music, bouncy castles and more for the whole family.
The Alta Vista Farmers’ Market takes place Saturdays with a great selection of local vendors.
Because you can never have too much ice cream in the summer, be sure to head to Mallard’s Milk Bar Pop-up in Chinatown for hand-crafted treats — dairy and vegan options available!
SAW Gallery hosts Mod Nite: 1960s Rock & Soul Dance Party Saturday night with DJ Emmett and guests.
Who doesn’t like drag queens and ice cream!? Two for one at this fundraiser with Merry Dairy and Cyril Cinder’s drag show in support of CHEO.
Another great opportunity to check out local artisans takes place at St. Laurent mall with the Ottawa Artisans Market.
There are two opportunities for the Honeybee Show & Tell for Kids with Gees Bees Honey Company in Riverside South.
The Latin Dance Pop Up: Bachata on the Hill is back and there’s a free dance workshop to start if you’re a beginner!
Atlético Ottawa is looking to come back from a loss at home last weekend with their Meat Up Match where you can also win meat for a year from Ottawa Valley Meats. Sunday afternoon’s game sees them take on their original Canadian rivals FC Edmonton.