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City Hall Gallery

10 Things to Do for $10 or Less

Who says you have to break the bank to have fun? Not us, that’s for sure! Here are just a few activities you can do in Ottawa on the cheap.
By Misa Kobayashi

The ByWard Market. Photo credit: OTCA.

1) Outdoor markets: $0-$10
This city has an awesome selection of farmers’ markets from which to score baked goods, fresh produce, flowers, jewellery — you name it. Located in the heart of downtown, the historic ByWard Market is a must for its bustling shops and vendors. Another top pick is the Ottawa Farmers’ Market on Sundays in the Glebe neighbourhood. We love the many restaurants that set up shop in the outdoor food court. See www.byward-market.com or www.ottawafarmersmarket.ca.

2) Downtown art galleries: Free
Check out a contemporary art exhibit at the City Hall Gallery, Karsh-Masson Gallery, or Ottawa Art Gallery, all of which are located within walking distance of each other in the downtown core. Even better? All offer either free admission or pay-what-you-can. See the gallery listings for more info.

3) Splash pads: Free
Beat the heat on a hot day with your kiddies at one of the city’s splash pads. Our favourite is Brewer Park (100 Brewer Way), for its excellent picnic spots, sprinklers, mini water slide, and three different play structures. A list of splash pads can be found at www.ottawa.ca.

Buskerfest on Sparks Street.

4) International Busker Festival: Pay-what-you-can
This annual fest lights up Sparks Street Mall from July 28 to Aug. 1, when performers from around the world strut their stuff. Enjoy daily shows that captivate and delight with performances that are all about unusual — and often daring — talents. See www.sparksstreetmall.com.

5) Lunch at Di Rienzo: $5-$10
This authentic grocery and deli, located in Little Italy, is part corner store, part sandwich shop. Locals arrive in droves at lunchtime, so there’s often a line-up out the door. Choose your bread, your toppings, and your meat, and grab a seat at the park across the street, or take a stroll through the charming neighbourhood. 111 Beech St., 613-729-4037. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for March 25 to 27

Bakelite bangles.

Friday, March 25
Those who love the thrill of the hunt will adore the Ottawa Antiques Show. A treasure trove of one-of-a-kind finds, this indoor flea market offers thousands of items, including period pieces, home décor, jewellery, furniture, artwork, and more. Be sure to look for the colourful Bakelite bangles, which rose to fame in the ‘30s and ‘40s, especially after fashion powerhouse Coco Chanel began to offer them in her collection.

New York City’s Snarky Puppy takes the stage at Barrymore’s Music Hall tonight. The nine-piece electro-dancefloor jazz ensemble will get the audience grooving with their unique sound that’s been influenced by everyone from Erykah Badu to Herbie Hancock. Violinist Zach Brock opens the night with his trio and Ottawa’s DJ Rise Ashen takes over between sets.

Saturday, March 26
Camp it up with the Lemonjellow Vernissagerie. This new DIY collective presents a showcase of 11 local artists and their provocative, tongue in cheek art. Pieces on display run the gamut from the quirky and fun, to the nostalgic, to darker subject matter. Also taking place on Sunday. (more…)