It's another summer weekend in Ottawa, and while the chill winds of Augtober may continue to blow for a little while longer, there's still plenty to do in and around the Capital.
A community picnic and fair is being held at the newly opened Lansdowne Urban Park. Admission is free (as is the cotton candy and popcorn!) and a carousel and Ferris wheel will serve to entertain. You'll also find live music, craft-making, face-painting, chalk art, storytelling, sports, picnic games, and wagon rides.
That event takes place Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
On both Saturday and Sunday the Canada Science and Technology Museum is holding the Mini Maker Faire. Local crafters will be there to help you and the kids work on arts and crafts and even 3D Printing and robot-making. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.
The Casino du Lac-Leamy's Sound of Light Fireworks competition's Grand Finale is Saturday night, at the Canadian Museum of History. Fireworks will light up the sky over the Ottawa River. The Grand Finale is produced by Royal Pyrotechnie, a Quebec company that has been working major events since 1966. The show gets underway at 9:00 p.m. over the Ottawa River. The winner - either Canada, Switzerland, Portugal, or Hong Kong - will be revealed.
You can hear the soundtrack of the Grand Finale show on Majic 100.3 FM.
You can take in the fireworks from aboard a river cruise in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. The Sailing Towards a New Breath of Life Cruise is raising money to support research into a cure for this deadly disease. Tickets can be purchased from participating Scotiabank locations in Gatineau.
Not too far away, another light show is taking place. On Saturday evening, New Edinburgh' Stanley Park will be transformed for the Lumière Evening of Light Celebration. Hand-crafted paper lanterns will light up the park starting at 9:30 p.m. Before that, a lantern parade will wind its way from the St. Patrick Street Bridge to Stanley Park starting at 5:00 p.m. You're being encouraged to dress up for this event, which is boasting of dragons, fairies, knights, and wizards. Shakespearean actors and fire dancers will be part of the festivities. At 7:00 p.m. A Company of Fools will be performing As You Like It, as part of their Torchlight Tour. Vendors will be on hand offering food and drink.
The 29th annual Capital Pride Festival is underway until next weekend. The Pride Parade will conclude the festivities on Sunday, August 24th. The Parade will run down Bank Street.
The Capital Fair (formerly the Gloucester Fair) continues this weekend at the Rideau Carleton Raceway, and straight through to the next, with rides, exhibits, and shows. This weekend's headline show is Monsters on a Mission - Monster Trucks! If that's not your thrill, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy your time there, including a visit by Papanack Zoo and more. Gates are open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
You can take in Greek culture in the Capital with GreekFest, at the Hellenic Community Centre on Prince of Wales Drive.
Saturday's theme is "Family Day."
Live Greek music and dance, as well as a mythology seminar mark much of the day. Of course, plenty of Greek food will be available. The festival runs until the 24th.
Finally, quench your thirst (responsibly) at the National Capital Craft Beer Festival, taking place at Marion Dewar Plaza. The Festival is open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday. 30 craft breweries will be in the park this year. Alongside the beer, enjoy food from local restaurants, live music on Saturday (and classic Jazz and R&B on Sunday), and chat with over 100 Brewmasters on site.