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Downtown Rideau

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.

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Hot Attraction: Downtown Rideau

Photo credit: Nina Iouguina

Dining, entertainment, and shopping — what more could you ask for? Downtown Rideau spans a 23-block area and includes 475 businesses and organizations that contribute to the eclectic urban vibe. Some highlights from this district include the two-storey Urban Outfitters store (the only one in Ottawa), the Rideau Centre (home to 180 stores), an assortment of restaurants, and artistic venues such as the National Arts Centre and the Ottawa Art Gallery. The beauty about this area: you can buy an outfit, go out to dinner, and catch a show, all within a few blocks.

Photo credit: Nina Iouguina