Okay, we know it's only Wednesday but we are already looking forward to the weekend! If you've got the work week blues too, don't worry - there are tons of things to do in Ottawa this weekend that will make you forget all about that hectic work week! With pride parades, music festivals, puppies in coffee shops, and more, there's a little something for everyone this Aug. 23 to 25.

So, slip into your best weekend warrior outfit and prepare for an epic time in Ottawa!

Lumiere Festival

Price: Free

When: Saturday, Aug. 24

Address: 183 Stanley Ave.

Why You Need To Go: Watch Stanley Park light up this weekend at the Lumiere Festival. With beautiful handmade lanterns, colourful performances, fire dancing, food, and more, this family-friendly event sure will be one to remember!

House Of PainT

Price: $45

When: Friday, Aug. 23-25

Address: Dunbar Bridge

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a night of rap, poetry, live DJs, legal spray painting, break dancing, and more! The $45 all-access pass also gets you into two after-party events as well.

Capital Pride Parade 

Price: Free

When: Sunday, Aug. 25

Address: Bank Street at Gladstone Avenue

Why You Need To Go: Celebrate Pride in full force at the annual Capital Pride Parade. The parade will run from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. and will feature marching contingents, floats, live music, kings, queens, and more! Don't miss the chance to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community this weekend!

Dog Movie Night

Price: Free

When: Sunday, Aug. 25

Address: Parkdale Park

Why You Need To Go: Cuddle up with your fur baby and take in a totally free dog movie night! With dog vendors, games, and adoptable dogs on-site, there's plenty of cuteness to soak in. This weekend they will be playing "Best In Show" on the big screen.


Nerf Gun Meet & Swap

Price: $5

When: Sunday, Aug. 25

Address: 2437 Kaladar Ave.

Why You Need To Go: You can bring in your favourite Nerf guns to sell or trade with other attendees. There will be target practice on-site where you can win prizes and even a place to smash old/broken Nerf guns.

Back To School Block Party

Price: Free

When: Friday, Aug. 23

Address: 8555 Campeau Dr.

Why You Need To Go: From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. you can enjoy music, live comedy shows, face painting, and more! While you're there, get back-to-school ready by shopping the amazing deals at Tanger Outlet Mall.

Cups And Pups

Price: $5

When: Sunday, Aug. 25

Address: 43 Seneca St.

Why You Need To Go: Sip on a delicious cup o' joe while petting some of the most adorable puppies from Rocky Road Rescue. Who knows, you might even meet your new BFF! Happening from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Haven Books & Cafe. The $5 entry donation helps support continuing rescue efforts.

Puppy Yoga 

Price: $40

When: Saturday, Aug. 24

Address: 251 Dalhousie St.

Why You Need To Go: These adorable fur babies are the perfect motivation to work out! Multiple classes are taking place at varying start times at Upward Dog Yoga Centre. Proceeds from the event go to support a local Ottawa dog rescue, too!

Hopped and Confused

Price: $40 day pass

When: Friday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug. 24

Address: 555 Wellington St.

Why You Need To Go: Sip on your favourite hoppy beers while you take in a number of amazing Canadian bands like Sloan, July Talk, and more!