Five things to do this weekend in Ottawa, May 27 – 29
Even a rainy forecast won't dampen all the big outdoor summer events in Ottawa this weekend.
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1. Festibiere (all weekend)
Gatineau’s premiere beer fest is back – a perfect chance to try discover new brews and new bands. There will be beer, food and entertainment from both sides of the river from May 26 to 28 at the Canadian Museum of History. Tickets start at $21.74 for a single day. For full event schedule, check festibiere.ca.
2. Great Glebe Garage Sale
The greatest garage sale in all of Ottawa – the Great Glebe Garage Sale – is on this weekend and is the place to be for big bargains and prime people watching. Since 1986 the massive neighbourhood sale has grown and attracted larger and larger crowds every year. Retail stores get in on the fun along Bank Street, food trucks set up along side streets and everything you can think of is probably for sale. Things “officially” kick off early at 7 a.m.
3. Ottawa Race Weekend (all weekend)
You can support both would-be Olympians and local runners this weekend as thousands of people undertake marathons and other run routes to raise money for charities. Be sure to plan your transportation carefully this weekend, since the race brings a lot of road closures – all of which can be seen at runottawa.ca.
4. Odawa Pow Wow (all weekend)
The 40th annual Odawa Pow Wow is on this weekend, offering a chance for everyone to see talented musicians and dancers for free. Donations will be accepted at the door and organizers suggest bringing money to purchase bead work, art, clothing, wild meats and Indian tacos. Gates open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and the grand entry is 12 p.m. The event is hosted at Maple Hill Urban Farm, 200 Moodie Drive, but a shuttle bus will leave downtown from 510 Rideau Street at 10 a.m. and 250 City Centre Avenue at 10:20 a.m.
5. Ravenswing Arts and Music Fair
Ravenswing Ottawa is a self-described grassroots collective who encourage art, music and community in Centretown. On Sunday, volunteer organizers will be putting that into action during the 10th annual Ravenswing Arts and Music Fair. Head to Minto Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and expect local music, over 70 local vendors and artisans and workshops on topics including healing herbs and graffiti art. Entry is free. This year the festival is joining up with the Clothesline Project, which celebrates survivors of sexual assault with art and awareness.