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9 Things To Do In Ottawa This Weekend That Will Turn Your Friday Into A Fri-Yay

Because we're in a weekend state of mind.

Attention all weekend warriors! There are so many things to do in Ottawa this weekend that will turn your Friday into a Fri-yay. So get ready to hit the town with your social squad for a weekend full of fun under the sun.

Whether you’re looking to explore nature, shop until you drop, or hunt down some of the best eats in the city, the capital has you covered.

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From outdoor events littered with puppies to safe indoor dining experiences, there’s truly a little something for everyone this weekend. 

And, with patio season still in full force, there are plenty of sunny dining options available to brighten up the weekend, including one gorgeous spot that serves house plants instead of cocktails.

Ottawa’s newest drive-in experience is also still up and running and this weekend they have a whole new line up of movies from Disney hits to horror flicks. 

With so much going on it, might tough to narrow down the perfect weekend activity.

So take a look at the list below and start mapping out those plans ASAP.

Have A Laugh @ Absolute Comedy

Price: $20

When: 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Address: 412 Preston St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you're long overdue for a little LOL, you can take in a live comedy show with your besties. Be prepared to wear your mask indoors and be sure to check the website to learn about all the safety precautions in place.

Cuddle With Pups On A Patio

Price: $30

When: Saturday, August 8

Address: 330 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Puppies, tacos, and cocktails on a gorgeous patio? Say no more, we're there. Limited seating is available so be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time.

Go On A Pop-Up Doughnut Date

Price: $6-$20

When: Thursday, August 6-9

Address: Various locations, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can fill up on hot, fresh mini doughnuts from this perfectly pink food truck. You'll find it parked in various spots across the capital this weekend.

Pretend You're In New York @ Back to Brooklyn

Price: Prices vary

Address: 81 Rue Clarence St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: This gorgeous restaurant is open for dine-in and they just installed a beautiful cherry blossom tree for you to admire. You can make reservations online or over the phone.

Try Outrageous Ice Cream Treats @ Jo-Jo's Creameria

Price: Prices vary

Address: 1573 Main St., Stittsville, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can feel like a kid again chasing this cute ice cream truck in the capital.

Get In Touch With Nature @ The Experimental Farm

Price: Free

Address: 960 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: There's an abundance of natural beauty at Ottawa's Experimental Farm, and you can soak all of it up.

Shop For Plants On The Patio

Price: Prices vary

When: Tuesday to Saturday

Address: 173 Preston St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Forget about patio drinks, this weekend is all about patio plants. You can score incredible tropical plants to add to your growing collection from the cutest covered patio at Plant & Curio.

Cozy Up For A Drive-In Movie 

Price: $36.45

When: Thursday, August 6 to Sunday, August 9

Address: 401 Corkstown Rd., Nepean, ON

Why You Need To Go: This weekend movies like Moana, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more will be on the big screen at Ottawa's newest drive-in.

Search For Murals On Bank Street

Price: Free

Address: Downtown Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Ottawa is home to some incredible street art and searching for your favourite pieces can be so much fun.