It’s been a busy week for us, and the weekend is about to get even busier! Not sure what to do this weekend? Check out our friend Glen Gower’s round-up:
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Whether you’re looking for something to do with the kids, a party to hit up Saturday night…or joining us at Oktoberfest (don’t miss it!), OttawaStart always has a fantastic community-based rundown of what’s up this weekend.
Mosaika light show on Parliament Hill
Glen Gower is the owner and editor of OttawaStart.com, a great friend to Local Tourist Ottawa, and a life-long Ottawa resident. This list appears on his own blog, but we thought it was so great that it needed to be shared here too.
It’s August already. Here’s what you still need to get done before September:
- Go see Mosaika and/or do yoga on Parliament Hill.
- Ride your bike on a parkway during Alcatel Sunday Bikedays.
- Have another beer on another patio.
- Buy fresh food at a local farmers’ market.
- Take a road trip to Almonte or Merrickville or Perth or Wakefield or even Cornwall.
- Listen to some music at an outdoor music festival.
- Go to an electronic music festival.
- Go to a food festival, like garlic or cheese curds or ice cream.
- Watch some theatre in a park from A Company of Fools or Odyssey Theatre.
- Go to the fair.
- Take in a Fat Cats baseball game.
- Go ghost hunting or take a haunted walk.
- Go see Caravaggio at the National Gallery.
- Walk around and admire Ottawa’s street art.
- Explore a cave.
- Eat some french fries from a chip truck.
- Take a photo of a gorgeous sunset.
- Go to a drive-in movie. There’s one in Gatineau and one near Perth.
- Walk through the grounds at Rideau Hall.
- Rent a paddleboat at Dow’s Lake.
- Watch a movie in a park in Centretown.
- Play mini-golf.
- Take your dog for a run at Lemieux Island.
- Take a hike in the Greenbelt.
- Go to a water park. Calypso or Mont Cascades.
- See some fireworks at Lac Leamy.
- Go to a beach in the Gatineaus.
- Bike down that really steep hill behind Major’s Hill Park.
- Sit around the campfire.
31. Test drive an expensive car you can’t afford.
32. Invite your neighbours over for a bbq.
Thanks, Glen! Have any ideas still on your summer fun list? Share them with us!
Glen Gower and the fam on a perfect night out in Ottawa
Glen Gower is the owner and editor of OttawaStart.com, a great friend to Local Tourist Ottawa, and a life-long Ottawa resident.
One of our favourite nights last summer was an evening spent downtown with our daughters (almost five and three at the time).
We made the trek from the exciting suburb of Stittsville with a plan to check out the Busker Festival on Sparks Street.
Here’s what happened:
- The first busking show we saw on Sparks Street featured a performer who juggled a chainsaw, then mounted a bike atop a 30-foot poll and juggled knives and torches. Not quite the usual thing you see on Sparks Street.
- Walked down Sparks Street, and found Silver Elvis in front of D’Arcy McGee’s at Elgin. He’s a coin-operated Elvis impersonator, dressed from head to toe in silver. The girls emptied my pockets looking for coins to make him dance. (Overheard one spectator asking “is he real?”)
- From there, we walked across the street and found the Shoescape art installation at Confederation Park, part of the Rideau Canal Festival. Our girls love footwear so it was a hit. Hope it’s back again in some form this year.
- Next stop was dinner. We asked ourselves, “what is the most touristy place we can think of downtown, and therefore the most likely to be kid-friendly”. Answer: Hard Rock Cafe in the ByWard Market. Our booth was right below a Queen electric guitar and the girls thought the Beatles Room was cool. (They are already rock nerds like their dad.)
- Dessert at Pure Gelato. Busy night outside on the patio.
- The kids were getting tired so we splurged on a rickshaw ride to take us back to Sparks Street, where the girls were mesmerized by Silver Elvis, again.
All in all a perfect night. Highly recommended for all Local Tourists, especially Local Tourists with young kids.
Thanks for the downtown tour Glen!
Are you interested in hitting up Ottawa’s 20th annual Busker Festival? It takes place from July 28 to August 1, 2011 on the Sparks Street Mall. There are more than 40 performances daily, with entertainers from across Canada and around the world. For more information, head on over to OttawaStart.
The Rideau Canal Festival also takes place this weekend, from July 28 to August 1.
Just one more reason why we love Glen Gower…
Collage credit: Glen Gower, Ottawa Start
Thanks for including our shot, Glen!