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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for August 31 to September 3

Friday, August 31

The Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival.

This year marks the 25th edition of the renowned Hot Air Balloon Festival at parc de la Baie in Gatineau. Colourful hot air balloons fill the sky, while an amusement park, circus entertainment, and more fill the rest of the weekend. With a lineup of nightly performances, including KC and the Sunshine Band and Quebec’s own Simple Plan, this festival is staging an unforgettable anniversary.

Come out for a haunting night at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum with a throw-back drive-in screening of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1939 film, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Site opens at 8pm, screening at 9pm.

With the end of the Classic Theatre Festival’s third summer season comes Labour Day weekend and back-to-school admission specials for the festival’s comic hit “Mary, Mary,” a comedy of second chances, and a product of the era that brought us TV’s Mad Men. From Wednesday, August 29 to Sunday, September 2, students get in for free with any parent who purchases tickets, and in honour of Labour Day, all union members and public servants get a 20% discount on tickets for the last week as well.

Saturday, September 1

Legendary impressionist and stand-up comic Rich Little.

Ottawa-born comedian Rich Little is hitting the stage for a special Ottawa Little Theatre benefit show. The legendary impressionist will be performing his one-man show “Jimmy Stewart and Friends” for the audience, where he impersonates everyone from Katharine Hepburn to John Wayne.

Taking place at Wilderness Tours Adventure Resort, Mudd, Sweat and Tears wants to challenge you in a mud run obstacle course of epic proportions. The 10k course promises to have you crawling, climbing, swimming, and perhaps dragging yourself through mounds of mud.

Dare to Care and the Carefor Fundraiser 3 & 8km Run/Walk raises money for Carefor, a not-for-profit home health care provider that’s been around since 1897. Come out, raise money for a good cause, and enjoy the long weekend on the beautiful and scenic course, which runs along the Rideau River.

Sunday, September 2

The Serbian Festival is on, promising three days of arts and crafts, sports tournaments, Serbian folk dance lessons, face painting, and nightly entertainment. September 1 to 3. Food served noon-10pm daily.

This is your last chance to take part in Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays this summer, which allows cyclists, in-line skaters, runners and walkers to enjoy the scenery of Ottawa without the threat of oncoming traffic. Take a stroll along the parkways and cycle along the Rideau Canal or the Ottawa River, or through beautiful Gatineau Park.

Conquer events both on and off the water of the Ottawa River at King of Clubs, where paddling clubs from all around come together to participate in events suitable for everyone from beginners to advanced boaters. Events include an on-water obstacle course, a cardboard boat race, and a boat toss.

Monday, September 3

Mosaika lights up Parliament Hill until Sept. 3.

Tonight is the last night to experience the Mosaika Sound and Light Show, where Canada’s story is told by light and music projected onto Parliament Hill’s Centre Block. Come down with a chair or a blanket and enjoy the free 30-minute show from Parliament’s lawn.

Legion Park presents Cardinal Labourfest, a weekend that includes slo-pitch, fishing, horseshoe and euchre tournaments. Also included are community breakfasts, live music, a barnyard petting zoo, and face painting for the kids. Sunday offers a parade at noon, and Monday will feature a soapbox derby.

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