Colonel By Day Long Weekend Events & Activities in Ottawa: Friday, August 2 – Monday, August 5, 2019
Visiting Ottawa this August long weekend? Here is a list of events taking place in the Capital city this weekend including free, fun family & kids’ activities, live music, theatre & performing arts, sports and exhibitions.
More To Do
I. Family & Kids Activities
Cirque Du Soleil’s Alegría
Alegría is the nostalgic story of a monarchy that has lost its king. The Old Birds, who resist change and cling to old values, hover around Mr Fleur, a tricky and power-hungry man who proclaims himself king. Fleur and the Old Birds, with their outdated ideas, struggle to maintain power in a world they no longer understand. On the other hand, the Bronx, the strong and confident next generation, embrace modernity and strive to topple their oppressors to build a flourishing new society.
August 1 – September 1, 2019
Under the Big Top, Zibi Site, Gatineau
$66.75 & up
Ottawa International Buskerfest
World class performers from all over the world will grace and amaze downtown Ottawa with award-winning shows. Prepare to be enthralled by fire-breathers, contortionists, acrobats and more. Get ready for stomach clenching comedy too, these performers all know how to make an audience laugh, and you’ll get to participate too!
August 2 to 5, 2019
5 blocks on Sparks Street, Ottawa
Make your own slime workshop!
Come Join us and make your own slime! You will be guided through the steps to making your own slime by a professional slimer! You will get to pick the colors and decorations to make your own beautiful unique creation!
Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Blackburn Community Hall
190 Glen Park Dr, Ottawa
Comedy Magic Show
Prepare to be amazed! Join us at Chapters Gloucester for a morning full of magical family fun with magician Elliott Smith, perfect for children ages 4+. This interactive show will have you giggling and laughing, plus you’ll have a chance to become the Magician’s Assistant!
Sunday August 4, 2019 | 9 AM – 10 AM
Chapters Gloucester, 2401 City Park Drive, Gloucester
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Fun at Little Animal Farm
Corn Roast, Farm Museum Open, Children’s Entertainer, Corn Maze Open. Details
Monday, August 5, 2019 | 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Farm hours: Tues-Fri | 9:30 AM- 4:00 PM
Sat & Sun | 9:30 AM- 4:00 PM
Valleyview Little Animal Farm
4750 Fallowfield Road, Nepean
2+: $10.00 (tax included)
Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill
Combining bold digital technology with the architectural splendour of the Parliament Buildings, Northern Lights illuminates Canadian stories of nation-building, partnership, discovery, valour, pride and vision at the heart of our country.
July 9 to September 8, 2019
Parliament Hill – 111 Wellingston St., Ottawa
The Changing of the Guard Ceremony
The ceremony is among Ottawa’s most recognized military traditions, and is a summer attraction which has welcomed thousands of visitors to Parliament Hill for more than 55 years. The Changing of the Guard is a parade representing the changing of the guards posted at Rideau Hall, the official residence the Governor General.
July 3 to August 24, 2019 | 10:00 AM
Parliament East Lawn
More To Do
II. Live Music
EDM/ Concert Tours/Week day Concerts this Week
- Summer Concert Serieson Thursdays | 12:30 PM @ Agora Minto-Orléans Outdoor Plaza, Ottawa
- Summer Free Concerts on Thursdays | 6:00 PM @ Peter A. Herrndorf Place (NAC) 1 Elgin Street Ottawa
- Michael Bubléon Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 8:00 PM @ Canadian Tire Centre
- Parker Millsap with Sykamoreon Thursday, August 01, 2019 | 8:30 PM@ The 27 Club
- Glittereron Friday, August 02, 2019 | 8:30 PM @ Pressed
- Superflu on Friday, August 02, 2019 | 11:00 PM @ City At Night
- ViRL (ANL)on Saturday, August 03, 2019 | 11:00 PM @ City At Night
Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival
Ottawa Chamberfest brings together the boldest names in ensemble and solo performance for musical celebration in the nation’s capital, through its concert series, community engagement and education (CEE), and its summer festival.
July 25 to August 8, 2019
Various Venues, Ottawa
III. Live Theatre & Related Events
- The Sunday Funnieson Every Sunday | 08:00 PM @ Lieutenants Pump, 361 Elgin St. Ottawa
Torchlight Shakespeare in the Parks – Romeo & Juliet
Join us this summer in a park near you for this timeless tale of everyone’s favourite pair of star-crossed lovers. Presented in the Fools’ signature physical style, our riotous take on this timeless tragedy is sure to have you and your family rolling in the aisles!
July 2nd – August 17th 2019
Various Venues, Ottawa
By Donation/suggested donation $20
Shakespeare in the Park – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
William Shakespeare’s beloved masterpiece plays a park near you! A love-struck Duke and his Amazon queen, warring monarchs of the Fairy kingdom, mismatched rival lovers, and a hapless troupe of improbable players all get knitted up into a tangled knot of desire and hilarity. How will the course of true love ever run smooth? Leave it to Puck to unravel the Dream!
Wednesdays to Sundays, July 3 – August 4, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Various Parks, Ottawa
$20 per person.
2 Pianos 4 Hands
Dreaming dreams, hoping for success, facing reality. That’s the funny and touching story of Ted and Richard—whiz kids who want to become concert pianists—and how they survive piano teachers, pushy parents, hours of practice, stage fright, and nerve-wracking competitions. Will they gain fame and fortune? Come find out as we mark over 20 years of this wildly popular show, with nearly two million delighted fans in more than 200 cities worldwide.
July 18 to August 3, 2019
National Arts Centre — 1 Elgin, Ottawa
$31 to $85
Theatre Under the Stars – The Bonds of Interest
The Bonds of Interest is a brilliant comic intrigue about two con artists who swindle an entire town of crooked merchants, powerful elites and grasping pretenders, all of whom will stop at nothing to get rich quick. This clever satire takes aim at the corruption and insatiable greed flourishing in a modern money-driven world.Parental guidance suggested for children under 12.
July 25-August 25, 2019
Strathcona Park, 25 Range Road
$6 – $15
OUTERBRIDGE – Clockwork Mysteries
A professionally orchestrated theatrical production with over 20 custom-designed illusions and world-class lighting and set design, “OUTERBRIDGE – Clockwork Mysteries” is a high-energy magical adventure for both adult and family audiences. Recognized as one of the most creative and dynamic shows of its kind, critics have hailed Ted and Marion Outerbridge as “champions of magic” (Bergedorfer Zeitung, Hamburg, Germany) and “a visual feast” (Jinhua Daily, China). Details
Saturdays, June 29 -August 31 | 7:30 PM
Station Theatre, 53 Victoria Ave. Smiths Falls
Fin de Fiesta Flamenco
International flamenco music and dance ensemble Fin de Fiesta Flamenco brings their new production, “Sempiterno,” to theatres and festivals across France and Canada this summer. Though its members hail from Canada, France and Cuba, Fin de Fiesta Flamenco calls Madrid home. Immersed in the flamenco way of life, they create the vibrant and impassioned music and dance that has been dazzling audiences across Europe and North America for the past seven years. “Sempiterno” tells the story of the magnetic pull of the flamenco art form, a pull that has drawn Fin de Fiesta Flamenco’s members away from the countries where they were born, and to Spain, the cradle of flamenco. Details
Friday, August 2 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Backdrop, 160 Metcalfe St, Ottawa
III. Sports & Related Events
21U Women’s Baseball Invitational Championships
Five teams will compete over four days. There will be 4 games on Thursday and Friday, 3 on Saturday. The medal games at 10.00 am and 2.00 pm on Sunday
August 1 to 4, 2019
RCGT Park, 300 Coventry Road, Ottawa
Ottawa Fury FC
vs Birmingham Legion FC
August 2, 2019 | 7:00 PM
The Stadium at TD Place, Ottawa
NOKIA Sunday Bikedays
Enjoy summer Sundays cycling along car-free roads, and experience the beauty of Canada’s Capital Region in a fun and environmentally friendly way. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of more than 50 kilometres of scenic parkways in the heart of the Capital Region. Parkways in Ottawa and Gatineau Park are car-free and open exclusively to cyclists, in-line skaters, runners, walkers and people with mobility aids.
Sundays | 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Various Parkways, Ottawa
IV. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events
More To Do
- Yoga on Parliament Hill on Wednesdays | May 15 to August 28 | 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
- Lunchtime Yoga on the Terrace on Fridays, Jul 5 – Aug 30 | 12:00 PM @ National Arts Centre
Capital Ribfest Ottawa
The 2019 Capital Ribfest will be all about Big BBQ and a “meat up” featuring Baconfest, Smoked Meat, a new Pig Roast, and everything BBQ all in one sticky spot. There will live entertainment, vendors selling clothing, ribfest swag, pop up retailers, and street performers!
August 2 to 5, 2019
Ottawa City Hall – 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa
Glengarry Highland Games
Glengarry Highland Games is estimated to be one of the largest Highland Games in the world. Visit Maxville to witness an outstanding display of music, dance, sports, fiddling, pageantry, and tradition.
There are so many great events at the Games aimed to please any Celtic fan. Some people come for the music, some for the fiddle, some for the dance and others to watch the heavyweight events.
August 2 & 3, 2019
Glengarry Highland Games – 34 Fair St, Maxville
$20 to $25
Street Food Social
Join us for one more rally this summer for some great food. Everyone is welcome – Bring family, friends, pets, and a blanket to picnic in the park! There will be food trucks offering gourmet foods and desserts and a portion of sales will go towards supporting local cancer care through the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. We will also be bringing back our flea market and featuring vendors from all over the city.
Sunday, August 4th 2019 | 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
1500 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa
Rag Bag Cabaret Buskerfest
Join hilarious host Rachelle Elie and a host of crazy characters from the Ottawa International Buskerfest in a special festival edition of Rag Bag Cabaret. Rachelle will be just back from hosting a Rag Bag cabaret at the illustrious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival… she brings over 20 years of experience to each show. Our festival special guests will be performing magic, acrobatics, comedy and more!
Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 9:00 PM
Marriott Hotel Ballroom, 100 Kent Street, Ottawa
$25 – $30
Buskers and Burlesque
Join internationally acclaimed vaudevillian and host Mat Ricardo and a cast of world class buskers and Ottawa’s top Burlesque performers in this once in a lifetime adults only spectacle. Hilarious comedy, fantastic burlesque, world class circus, juggling and magic all combine into this original, only to be performed once a year spectacle.
Sunday, August 4, 2019 | 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Ottawa Marriott Hotel,100 Kent Street, Ottawa
$25 – $30
Join us for our 3rd annual Summerfeast! A backyard BBQ featuring our local pig raised at McGahey Farms in support of the Lanark County Food Bank. All made pretty with the help of The Floral Boutique and Et Cetera Home. Live music, delicious food, great beer and good times!
Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 5:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Black Tartan Kitchen, 132 Bridge St, Carleton Place
Bridge Street Summer Fest
Get ready to dance the day away! This year’s music theme is MOTOWN! We have a 7 piece band coming and they are top shelf, just amazing artists: The Jivewires. As always, we will have vendors, a kids area, strolling interactive entertainment, food vendors and SUN!
Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 9 AM – 3 PM
Bridge Street, Downtown Carleton Place
Ottawa Glow Party
High-Energy Music, Blacklighting, Laser Lights & LED Sticks, Into One Mind Blowing Combination. Experience a perfect balance of Sound Systems mixed with a spectacular Light show!
Sunday, August 4, 2019 | 10:00 PM
The Show Ottawa, 104 Clarence Street, Ottawa
$10 to $20
Eid al-Adha 2019 Expo
Largest Eid Expo in #Ottawa Vendors offering great deals on Designer Fashion, Jewelry, Shoes, Bags, Toys and much more. Food vendors offering delicious, mouth-watering halal food for Iftaar/dinner and Sahoor.
Sunday, August 4, 2019 | 1 PM – 7 PM
1448 Meadow Dr, Greely
Ottawa Show & Shine
Ottawa Show & Shine is bringing together the community, car and bike enthusiasts for a fun show and shine event day. All cars, trucks, bikes makes and models welcome, modified or stock! There will be food and drink vendors on-site.
Sunday, August 4, 2019 | 11 AM – 5 PM
La Cité Collégiale Parking lot, Ottawa
JAWS – Movie on The Water
A fun movie night where you can float on the lake, canoe, paddleboard, eat food, and hang out with friends! We have tubes for sale or bring your own! Don’t miss out on this magical event.
Beach party! With BBQ, beer, and wine!, 40 Foot Movie Screen, High-Quality Sound and proper lighting
Glow in the dark item, Fire Pits for rent (limited supplies), Tiki Torches, Games
Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 6:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Calabogie Peaks Resort, 30 Barrett Chute Rd, Calabogie
$12.99 to $33.99
The Estate in Bloom
Join us for the garden party of the summer! Take part in fun activities for the whole family, bring your picnic and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Wear your favourite floral-themed clothing and celebrate the flowers and colourful gardens. Former prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King had a passion for gardening, horticulture and landscaping. A three-day garden party, “The Estate in Bloom” allows visitors to experience the beauty of the gardens he created at his residence in the heart of Gatineau Park.Details
August 3 to 5, 2019 | 11:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Mackenzie King Estate (Gatineau Park), 72 Barnes Road, Chelsea
Sweet Picnic Tea on the Veranda
Come and enjoy afternoon treats on the picturesque verandah of Laurier House. Sip tea and indulge in treats on Saturday afternoons between 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in June, July and August.
Saturdays, July 01 to August 24, 2019 | 1:30 PM. – 4:00 PM
Laurier House National Historic Site, Ottawa
$16.00/person includes site entry
The “Haunted Walk Experience”
Your guide will lead you on a 90-minute moonlight walk through this former prime minister’s magnificent property, where you’ll explore King’s secluded getaway and learn more about his passion for spiritualism and the supernatural. Your Haunted Walk guide will also share some favourite ghost stories from the grounds and the surrounding area. Bring your bug spray, and dress for an evening stroll in the woods.
Saturdays, July 6 to October 19, 2019 | 8:00 PM
The Mackenzie King Estate, Gatineau Park, 72 Barnes Road, Chelsea
Youth (17 and under): $18.75
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