Friday, August 31
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
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.