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Arboretum

Hot Date: Arboretum Music and Arts Festival

Ohbijou play at Arboretum on Saturday. Photo © Reynard Li.

Saturday, September 15

Celebrate the sights, tastes, and sounds of Ottawa — and stretch the sunny season out for just one more weekend — at the Arboretum Music and Arts Festival. Billed as Ottawa’s newest boutique music and arts festival, the first-ever Arboretum is held in the courtyards of the Ottawa Jail Hostel and Arts Court and features over 20 musical acts including Ohbijou and Jokers Of The Scene; amazing food from local restaurants (The Whalesbone Oyster House, Town, Murray Street, and Chez Edgar, to name a few), regionally brewed craft beer from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. and Kichesippi, fabulous visual arts, and more. It’s the perfect way to sample Ottawa’s best, brightest, and tastiest, all in one place.

 

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Friday

The free House of PainT Festival is on at Brewer Park this weekend.

The House of PainT Festival – an annual outdoor event that showcases urban arts and culture from across the country – returns this weekend with some big-name performances, an elaborate set of workshops and master classes, and over 200 graffiti artists. Be sure to check out the main event, the 4 Disciplines of Hip Hop jam, on Sept. 15 at Brewer Park.

Six-time Just For Laughs Festival veteran John Pinette brings his latest comedy tour to the National Arts Centre this weekend. With a Bill Cosby-inspired wit that blends hilarious observations with zany impressions, he is sure to have audiences roaring with laughter. Pinette will be at performing September 13 to 16 at the NAC.

For 168 years, the Richmond Fair has been working to promote agricultural awareness in the Ottawa area. This year’s schedule includes a petting zoo, midway, pony rides, antique machinery displays and horse shows, as well as performances by The Blackwell band, Chris McCann Trio, and The Hypnotizers. 

Saturday

ARBORETUM is Ottawa’s newest boutique arts and music festival. This one-day event aims to highlight the best food, music and art the city has to offer by showcasing a range of local talent. On hand will be musical acts like Boyhood, Ohbijou and Andrew Vincent; food from Murray Street, Art-Is-In Boulangerie and the Hintonburg Public House, among others; and drinks from Bridgehead, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. and Kichesippi Brewery.

Photo © Peter Handley, Vintage Wings of Canada

Beautiful vintage airplanes will take flight this weekend during Wings over Gatineau-OttawaLook to the skies for stunning aerial demonstrations by the famed Canadian Forces Snowbirds and wing-walking phenom Carol Pilon, among others, and scope out legendary Second World War aircraft such as the Spitfire and the Avro Lancaster bomber. There’s a special focus on Warbirds of the Med, marking the 70th anniversary of many of the major air and land battles in and around the Mediterranean Sea during the Second World War.

Taste of Wellington West returns this Saturday with a jam-packed day of music, shopping and food! Performing this year are Reverb Syndicate, Crown Vic, Still Dangerous and Tall Trees, as well as renowned children’s performers, Hey Buster!. You can also treat your taste buds to a plethora of free food samples, with Hintonburger, Bridgehead,  and SuzyQ Doughnuts offering up some goodies.

Sunday

The annual Terry Fox run takes place this Sunday.

The Terry Fox Run returns this weekend to the nation’s capital. This annual non-competitive event invites runners, walkers, cyclists, inline skaters and wheelchair athletes to travel 1km, 5km or 10km to help raise money for cancer research. The central Ottawa event departs from Carleton University. Though admission to the run is free, fundraising is strongly encouraged.

Ottawa music promoter DNA Presents is organizing a country music benefit concert in support of farmers affected by this summer’s drought. Farm Aid will feature performances by Michelle Wright, Paul Brandt, and Emerson Drive, along with local up-and-comer Jason Blaine, who just this week was awarded Single of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards. Y101 will be hosting the event, with Wayne Rostad helping out as guest MC.

The annual Feast of Fields fundraiser at the Canada Agriculture Museum brings together top chefs and local organic farmers to create a delicious spread of socially and environmentally conscious meals. This exclusively organic event is the main fundraiser for Canadian Organic Growers-Ottawa, helping to support farmer outreach and farm-to-institution programs within the community. The event takes places at the Canada Agriculture Museum.

 

Hot Attractions: 3 Tobogganing Hills Around Town

Tobogganing is the perfect family outing.

Now that there’s finally snow on the ground, grab a sled and hit one of these three popular tobogganing hills.

1. Mooney’s Bay Park
2960 Riverside Dr.
Gradual slopes and a high peak make this a favourite for families. Be mindful of trees and lampposts.

2. Arboretum/Central Experimental Farm
Prince of Wales Drive
Great views and a long, fast hill make this a go-to, but be careful of the trees and other potential obstacles.

3. Conroy Pit
Conroy Road, south of Hunt Club Road
This large, steep hill is lit from 4pm to 11pm, making it fun for late night outings. It’s an official toboggan hill, but be forewarned, it’s also popular as a dog park.