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Rideau Hall

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for July 22 to 24

Elaborate costumes are part of the fun at Odyssey Theatre.

Friday, July 22
Odyssey Theatre‘s annual Theatre Under the Stars production celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Players take to the stage of an open-air theatre to present The Fan by Carlo Goldoni – a comedy about misconceptions, gossip, meddling, and intrigue. The real joy, though, comes form the fantastical costumes worn by the actors, the bizarre masks, and the stunning set.

Classic flicks, recent blockbusters, and family films are all on offer at the Centretown Movies Outdoor Film Festival, which kicks off this weekend and runs until Aug. 13. Give date night a lift by grabbing snacks and laying out a blanket on the grass of Dundonald Park. Every Friday and Saturday night the festival will screen a movie at 9pm, starting with Eat, Pray, Love and Despicable Me.

Saturday, July 23
People from all communities are invited to Festival Haïti en Fête, a celebration of the beauty and uniqueness of Haiti. Highlights include a Caribbean band and other local and international performers, children’s activities, Caribbean food, a barbecue, a soccer tournament, and more. The event begins on Friday night with a dance party, followed by entertainment and sports for the family on Saturday (and another dance party Saturday night!), plus cultural sports and activities on Sunday.

The Urban Art Show is a juried event showcasing the original offerings of local artists and artisans. This year’s show puts emphasis on the “urban” element, with photography, new media, graphic design, live graffiti art, a DJ, an interactive art tent in conjunction with the Ottawa Art Gallery, and more. (more…)

Hot Date: Great Skating

Rideau Hall in Winter. Photo credit: Sgt. Serge Gouin, Rideau Hall.

Looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of Ottawa’s downtown core? Visit historic Rideau Hall and enjoy a quiet (and free) skate. Glide back in time to 1872 when Lord and Lady Dufferin first had the rink built and would host skating parties for the public — their only stipulation was that all those attending were “properly dressed.” So make sure you bring your mittens, though you can probably leave your grandmother’s pea coat in the attic. The rink isn’t quite as big as a hockey rink, but there’s usually plenty of room for families and young beginners. Open to the public on weekends from Jan. 7 to March 13, weather permitting.