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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for June 1 to 3

Friday
The third annual Orleans Festival takes place this weekend in the city’s east end. The event showcases local performing, culinary and visual arts within the community, and features a designated Kids’ Zone filled with child-friendly activities, local artisans, and performances by The Dusty Drifters, Yves Lambert, Tracteur Jack, Born Ruffians, and more.

Born Ruffians play the Orleans Festival this weekend.

Titanic: The Musical commemorates the 100th anniversary of the events and characters associated with the doomed ship. This Friday kicks off the first day of a ten-day production hosted by Orpheus Musical Theatre Society. Titanic: The Musical has won numerous awards, including five Tony Awards, since it began its run in 1997.

Saturday
Ottawa Little Theatre is hosting this weekend’s Legends In The Making Comedy Tour, a live stand-up comedy show featuring comedians Dave Merheje and Arthur Simeon. Audience members should come prepared for some serious fun, as Merheje and Simeon – who are both regulars on CBC Radio’s Laugh Out Loud – put on an entertaining show.

Victoire welcomes their first ever Kids Pop-up Shop at their West Wellington location. The shop, which will be open for all of June, launches with a party this Saturday afternoon. The party will include music and crafts by Catriona Sturton and Kristy Nease, and doughnut holes by Suzy Q. Shoppers will find vintage and Canadian-made clothing, as well as art prints and toys in a section of the store dedicated to children’s items.

This Saturday kicks off the first day of Capital Vélo Festival, an annual bicycle event that is friendly for all ages. Saturday’s events include Tour La Nuit, a bike tour in which participants are required to light up their bikes (string lights, glow sticks – use your imagination!) during the evening ride. Local Ottawa band The Ryvyls will perform Saturday night before and after the event.

The New Art Festival is back again this year with its 20th anniversary celebration. The event features over 200 artists and entertainers in the city’s largest non-commercial outdoor art festival. The weekend-long event is held in Central Park in the Glebe. Make sure you don’t miss the awards ceremony followed by birthday cake during Saturday’s festivities.

Sunday
Doors Open Ottawa is a two-day event that allows attendees to unlock doors within the city, some of which are not normally open to the public. This decade-old tradition, which sees almost 60,000 guests, explores embassies, places of worship, museums, artist’s studios, science labs and more. The event offers a great opportunity to discover more about Ottawa’s architectural past.

Head à Tête perform at the Ottawa International Children's Festival on Sunday.

The five-day Ottawa International Children’s Festival celebrates performing arts aimed at entertaining children. Sunday features 15 shows throughout the day by Canadian and international artists at venues across Ottawa. The goal of the event is to promote the arts as part of school-aged children’s education.

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