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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for July 20-22

Friday, July 20

Belle Starr is headlining the Stewart Park Music Festival in Perth on Friday night.

Head out to beautiful Perth for the 22nd annuaStewart Park Music Festival, a festival that continues to bring music to the people for free. Check out performances by Ian Tamblyn, Sherman Downey, Belle Starr and more on Friday night, plus a slew of other exciting performers over the course of the weekend.

Learn all about the culture and people of Turkey at the Ottawa Turkish Festival at Confederation Park. Explore the culture tent filled with treasures from Turkey, as well as music from world-famous Montreal-based group Soleil Tzigane, whose music stems from gypsy music of the Balkans, and a free traditional Turkish meal (registration required). Ends Saturday.

Join in for the 6th annual Festival Haiti held on Petrie Island in Orleans. Kombite Outaouais (KO), a non-profit organization, promotes the artistic and cultural heritage of Haitians and the greater Caribbean community. Friday is the official kick-off, Saturday features a beach party and after party with performances, and Sunday is a sport and fun day, featuring activities and musical performances.

Saturday, July 21

Mitsubishi City Chase, the world’s largest urban adventure series, has dates in cities across Canada and brings teams of two downtown to participate in a challenge that is part obstacle course, part scavenger hunt. Complete with prizes and an after party, it is sure to be a day to remember. Registration required.

The Rideau Valley Roller Girls, the competitive women’s flat-track roller derby league, will be presenting a Four-Wheel Fury Double Header. Ottawa’s Slaughter Daughters will first take on the Venus Fly Tramps of Kitchener, and later, Ottawa’s Riot Squad will be competing against the Disloyalists of Kingston.

The Downtown Rideau Summer Fling is bringing downtown Ottawa an “affair” of culture. With performances ranging from music to theatre to improv comedy, all held at locations within the arts, theatre and fashion district, the list of events promises something for everyone. Bear & Co., a new theatre company, is presenting William Shakespeare’s As You Like It at 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. Free, pass-the-hat donations accepted.

Sunday, July 22

Queen Elizabeth wearing the “Maple Leaf of Canada dress,” Ottawa, 1957
Photo: ©Eleanor Oulton Griffin. Donation from Dewar and Esther Oulton.

Back by popular demand, the Canadian Museum of Civilization is presenting Piknic Électronik Gatineau on the riverbank outside of the museum. This music festival and BBQ is a party for the whole family, and is held every Sunday until September 16 from 2pm to 9pm. You can also take a visit inside the museum to the exhibition “A Queen and Her Country”, and make your own Diamond Jubilee crown!

For the sports fans, the Ottawa Fat Cats, our capital’s Intercounty Baseball League team, will be playing home games against the Brantford Red Sox Saturday and Sunday.

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