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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for August 24 to 26

Friday, August 24

Friday is your last chance to take a free guided tour of the National Arts Centre.

Today is your last day to take a free guided tour of the National Arts Centre. Seize this opportunity to get up-close and personal with the world of the performing arts in this 45-minute bilingual tour. Departs from the main lobby at 11am and 1.30pm.

Come down to Confederation Park for Ottawa’s third annual Art in the City. Celebrating and promoting talented artists from Ottawa and across the country, you can expect to find creations varying from pottery and painting to jewellery and glass art, even home decor and food. Friday to Sunday.

Don’t miss the third annual Kinburn Swampfest! This year’s installment boasts magicians, scaly creatures from Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo, a motorcycle exhibition, and musical guests including the Mick Armitage Band, who kick things off tonight. Friday to Sunday.

Saturday, August 25

Let your creative side roam free at Wakefest in Wakefield, Quebec. This all-arts festival is designed to promote mingling between different artists, with activities such as workshops in sketchbooking and memoir writing, and even hula-hooping and improv. Bruce Peninsula is performing with special guest Shannon Ross tonight at the Black Sheep Inn (advanced tickets recommended). Thursday to Sunday.

Experience Marivaux’s The Game of Love and Chance at Theatre Under the Stars, an open-air theatre on the banks of the Rideau River, before it’s too late! Be captivated and tantalized through this classic tale of love and class prejudice. With intrigue and disguises, this show is sure to entertain. Showings end Sunday.

Tonight is your last chance to experience this year’s installation of Stories of the Ottawa River Valley at Pinhey’s Point. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a bonfire with roasted marshmallows as you hear stories of the history of the Ottawa Valley, from its First Nations roots to the time of the first settlers.

Sunday, August 26

Bring the whole family down to the Hellenic Centre for the last night of Greekfest! Enjoy traditional cuisine, dance performances and musical guests, and don’t miss the closing ceremonies before the last Zorba show of the festival.

Capital Pride wraps up this weekend.

Today is the last day of the Capital Pride Festival, and it’s not ending without one last hoorah. In the wee-hours of Sunday morning (2am, to be precise) is an after-hours party featuring DJs and dancing. Later in the day, celebrations include the always-popular parade, a festival and a fair, and of course, one last party to close everything down.

Join the members of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle group as they roll up in their collection of classic bikes at the Vintage Motorcycle Show at Billings Estate National Historic Site. Listen to live music, enjoy a snack at the corn boil, make heritage crafts, and explore the site and (of course) the bikes!

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