I’m going to try (ha!) to make this week’s entry short, as I’m in a total panic about what to wear to BOLO. To make matters more complex, I am drawing a blank as to what I wore back in year 2. I remember year 1, I remember year 3 – year 2, nothing. So I may accidentally duplicate my outfit, which I think we can all agree would be TRAGIC. It’s a highly stressful situation.
(Note that these activities are for next weekend, June 23-24. For stuff going on this weekend, June 16-17, see here.)
Festivals! The big event this weekend is the Dragonboat Festival. It’s pretty cool to go out and see the teams rowing in formation during the races. But the festival is about much more than just boats on the water; there’s also a ton of food vendors, other displays, and best of all, all-day children’s performers including Spartacat, A Company of Fools, and Paddling Puppeteers (see the full performance schedule here). If you can get a sitter, there’s a pretty awesome concert lineup for the evenings, including big acts like Spirit of the West, Said the Whale, and David Usher. Everything takes place at Mooney’s Bay Park on Riverside Drive, and the best part? Activities are all free! The races run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
There’s also the Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival, which looks really interesting and different. It runs Thursday through Sunday at Lebreton Flats (4 to 8 p.m. Thurs and Fri, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekend). There will be pony rides, bouncy castles, giant hamster balls (!!), music, stiltwalkers, arts and crafts, Metis games, and a whole area devoted to the centennial of the War of 1812. And the best part? Both Saturday and Sunday at noon there’s a huge competition powwow, which is certainly going to be a sight to see.
In arts next week: June 22 through 24 features the Sing-a-long version of Grease at the Bytown theatre; the Sunday showing is at 5 p.m. for those with preteens with earlier bedtimes. Tickets are $17 in advance, and advance tickets are definitely recommended. Over at the NAC, from June 20 through 23, the 7 Fingers present PSY, a “mind-blowing” circus featuring some pretty amazing acrobatics and tricks. Tickets start at $35, so this one is probably for an older tween or teenage crowd.
Events on Friday! Bob FM presents the first of their Movies on the Beach series. Bring some lawn chairs and snacks and you can catch Captain America in the great outdoors of Walter Baker Park, in Kanata. The movie starts at dusk.
Events on Saturday! It’s CHEO’s annual Teddy Bear Picnic on the grounds of Rideau Hall. We were all set to go last year when it was cancelled due to lightning conditions (sniff), so we are IN for this year. The fun starts at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast ($3 adults, $2 kids), followed by the usual games, rides, food, and crafts (most free, but some have a nominal charge attached). Also on Saturday (Sunday too), Thomas the Tank Engine with special guest Angelina Ballerina will be doing two shows daily, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., at St. Laurent shopping mall. I think this is free but it’s sure to be a madhouse so get there very, very early. If you’ve got an older child, Toys on Fire is having another Beyblade tournament on June 23 – watch their Facebook page for details.
Events on Sunday! The Community Cup is a multicultural event in Brewer’s Park from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There’s a soccer tournament for adults, while kids can explore games, crafts, clowns, and puppets in the kids’ zone. There’s also a ton of great international food, a chance to try out a new language, and a place to try a wide variety of sports from clubs all over town. If you haven’t had a chance to visit Watson’s Mill yet this year, Sunday is a great day for it as it’s their annual Strawberry Social, featuring strawberry shortcake, lemonade, music, and Scottish dancing ($10 adults, $5 kids).
Lastly, if you feel like playing hooky on Monday, June 25th, you can catch the annual Inspection of the Guard at Rideau Hall, at 10 a.m.
Have a great weekend!