C’est le weekend! … Or soon enough to start planning

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Who’s says summer’s on the way out?

Ottawa is teeming with action this weekend — so much so that we can’t decide what to do! But here’s a quick rundown of our fave picks to get you out and about, no matter what your passion … or poison:

  • For its 30th anniversary, Saw Video is hosting HOTBOX: A Summer Social and Fundraiser. Taking place TONIGHT, this event kicks off at 6 p.m. at the SAW courtyard (67 Nicholas), and features DJs, VJs, food, drink and bands. Saw Video is a great institution in this city and one we should all continue to support!  
  • Grab your Stetson and pull on your boots! The Capital Hoedown Country Music Fest is sure to be a yee’hawing good time. The crooning Kenny Chesney gets things started by headlining at Lebreton Flats tonight, followed by Carrie Underwood on Friday and Rascal Flatts on Saturday. Each offers a slightly different style of country so there’s something for everyone.
  • Casino du Lac Leamy’s Grand Feux International Fireworks Festival is already underway, but Saturday will pull national pride to the forefront of the colourful competition as Canada competes. Featuring displays from four different countries (China and Italy are down; Canada and Germany still to come), the shows synchronize with music. The fireworks start at 9:30 p.m., but there’s concessions, games and music to keep crowds entertained starting at 6 p.m. 
  • If you must have some moussaka, head down to Greek Fest (at Baseline and Meadowlands). There’s also Greek bands, Greek dancing, Greek wine-tastings and church tours. The festival got underway yesterday, but Saturday and Sunday both see a jam-packed schedule, running from noon to 11 p.m.
  • The famed Black Sheep Inn in beautiful Wakefield is boasting a Craft Night tomorrow, starting at 8:30 p.m. We’re not really sure what that means … but it features a DJ, no cover and “cheap pictures.” Bring on the creativity! (And by the way, did anyone else know there is a Black Sheep car pool?!?)
  • A Company of Fools is heading into its last week of shows for Antony and Cleopatra. Local Tourist Melodie was there on Monday, but if you live in Barrhaven (Stonecrest Park on Friday) or downtown-ish (Primrose Park on Saturday), check it out!
  • If you’re looking for family-friendly fare, Friday will be your best bet — just think BILLINGS! At Billings Bridge Shopping Centre, there’s a stop-motion animation workshop for kids at 11 a.m. (Ages 10-12) and 2 p.m. (Ages 13-17) in advance of OIFF next week. And later that night, mere steps away, Ottawa Storytellers is holding its weekly Campfires & Storytelling event at Billings Estate starting at 7 p.m.
Anything we’re missing? Leave a note below and we’ll check it out!