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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for August 17-19

Friday, August 17

Capital Pride Festival

Ottawa gets a little more colourful during the annual Capital Pride Festival, which begins tonight. Join the celebrations with the official Capital Pride Week party, an awards gala, and a drag show – all happening tonight! Events take place at venues around town, and the festival runs until August 26.

Calabogie Peaks Resort on Lake Calabogie hosts music and ribs all weekend long at the 2nd annual Class Axe Guitars Calabogie Blues and Ribfest. Headlining are the Downchild Blues Band, the Powder Blues Band, and David Rotundo. Rip into tasty creations from ribbers from all over Canada and the United States as they compete for coveted prizes, and enjoy free guitar and harmonica workshops.

Join the party at the Hellenic Centre for Greekfest! Sample Greek cuisine, enjoy live, traditional music and cooking demonstrations, and sit down for Greek language and dance lessons. Don’t miss the Zorba show, on nightly. Until August 26.

Saturday, August 18

Hear ye, hear ye! Tonight is the last night to see the Torchlight Shakespeare production of Henry V by A Company of Fools. This troupe aims to make Shakespeare accessible to all, in an open-air setting. The show promises blood, battle, romance, and of course, some foolishness. Tonight’s performance will be held at Stanley Park/New Edinburgh Park during the Lumière Festival. Pass-the-hat admission.

Lumière Festival

It is the last night of the Lumière Festival, and capping off the festival is the much-anticipated Evening of Light. This year’s celebration will take place in Stanley Park/New Edinburgh Park. Take part in a workshop, make a lantern, and bring it to the festival! Admission is free (or by donation).

Sunday, August 19

Brewer Park plays host to Savour Ottawa’s Harvest Table, which celebrates Ottawa’s harvest and culinary talent with a five-course luncheon featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients prepared by local chefs. Dine family-style with local farmers and chefs while enjoying the beautiful park setting.

Irene Torres and the Sugar Devils bring their eclectic sound to the nation’s capital, and they want you to dance!  The Rainbow Bistro will come alive with the band’s blues, jazz, soul and reggae sound during their first-ever Ottawa performance.

Become enthralled as the plot unfolds at Vintage Stock Theatre’s Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, held at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. Set in 1912, four months after the Titanic disaster, “Til’ Death” follows the characters’ journeys through murder and mayhem.

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