Friday, Aug. 26
The Classic Theatre Festival in Perth wraps up its summer-long season this weekend with The Fourposter, a comedy about marriage by Jan de Hartog. This Tony Award-winning play follows the joys and challenges of a 35 year marriage, all the way from the nerve-wracking wedding night, to parenting (and the inevitable midlife crisis), to the realities of aging. Shows take place Friday and Saturday evening and Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
You don’t need to strap on your Birkenstocks to enjoy the Ottawa Folk Festival. This community celebration brings together a sweet mix of music, dance, and visual arts for a four-day family-friendly event. An eclectic mix of musical performances is on offer, including shows by Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, City and Colour, Serena Ryder, Hawksley Workman, The Nightwatchman (alter ego of Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine), and a variety of other acts. Bring along your own instrument and join in on organized jam sessions that range from Celtic music to African drumming. Runs Aug. 25 to 28.
This is the last day to watch the Changing the Guard ceremony, an iconic Canadian sight. Held each morning at 10am on Parliament Hill from late June to late August, this ceremony is a colourful spectacle of pomp, pageantry, and music, complete with military drills. A regimental band and pipers also perform.
Saturday, Aug. 27
The Canadian Museum of Nature throws open its doors to people and animals alike this weekend. Come meet some four-legged critters from the the Muskoka Wildlife Centre. Learn about the “extreme” features of some well-known creatures, and at the end of the 30-minute show you might even get a chance to pet one or two. Afterward, go explore the museum’s newest exhibit “Extreme Mammals,” with new-found insight about our furry friends. Takes place Saturday and Sunday.
Sunday, Aug. 28
Ottawa’s most colourful festival, Capital Pride, wraps up this weekend with a whole slew of exciting events. Highlights include a human rights vigil, pride brunch, the Laugh Out Proud comedy showcase, and plenty of wild after-parties, but if you can only make it to one event, we recommend the Capital Pride Parade. The 26th edition of this annual march takes place at 1pm on Sunday and sees an extended route to pay tribute to the 40th anniversary of the We Demand Protest. Whether you’re in the middle of the action, or standing on the sidelines to show your support for Ottawa’s LGBT community, it’s guaranteed to be a good time.
Discover Ottawa’s delicious side at Savour Ottawa’s first-ever public event, the Savour Ottawa Harvest Table. Harvest Table sees the Parkdale Market turned into an outdoor dining hall as local farmers (Trillium Meadows Red Deer & Wild Boar Farm, Bryson Farms, and Upper Canada Heritage Meat, to name a few) and chefs from the likes of Thyme & Again, The Green Door, and The Whalesbone Catering team up to offer a meal of delectable dishes made from locally grown and raised food. Diners are served family-style in tables of eight, and there are only 100 tickets available for each of two seatings, so we suggest you snatch yours up quick. Both the Parkdale Market and the Savour Ottawa Field House will be operating during the event, too. The two seatings take place at noon and 2pm.
No longer just the domain of glow stick-waving underground ravers, electronic music has made a huge comeback in recent years, with artists like Skrillex and Girl Talk hitting the mainstream and scoring prime-time slots at Ottawa Bluesfest. At Piknic Électronik, which is held on Sundays throughout the summer, electronic lovers can now expose the whole family to the genre’s contagiously danceable beats. Bring the kids and descend upon Gatineau’s riverbanks (by the Canadian Museum of Civilization) for beer, barbecue, and blasting tunes from some of the best artists around. Dancing shoes required. Ends Sept. 11.