Let the adventures begin! If you’ve been feeling cooped up in the capital lately, don’t sweat it. There are so many things to do in Ottawa this weekend so you can finally leave the house and enjoy some fun in the sun.
Grab your face masks and hand sanitizer and let’s hit the town.
Whether you’re looking for a quiet weekend spent enjoying greenspace and sunset views or want to hit up the hottest patios, the city has you covered.
From outdoor movies to cozy group campfires and more, there are plenty of events to attend that make social distancing easy.
Of course, patio season is in full swing and there’s an abundance of good grub for you to mow down on.
Including one place that has $5 tacos and margaritas this weekend.
The epic return of Bluesfest will also begin this weekend just outside of the city in Gatineau. With a line up featuring Sam Roberts Band, Terra Lightfoot, and more, it’ll definitely be worth the drive.
So take a look at the list below, and don’t forget to start mapping out those weekend plans ASAP.
Catch A Film @ The Drive-In Experience
Price: $36.45 per vehicle
When: Saturday, August 1-2
Address: 401 Corkstown Rd, Nepean, ON
Why You Need To Go: Ottawa's newest drive-in will be showing Monsters Inc. and Skyfall this Saturday. On Sunday you can enjoy Up and American Psycho.
Pop Onto The Patio @ The Park
Price: Prices vary
When: Open daily
Address: Various Ottawa locations
Why You Need To Go: These pop-up bistros in Remic Rapids Park and Confederation Park have delicious bites and beautiful waterfront views.
Celebrate Fiesta Mexicana @ The Soca Kitchen
When: Various dates being Friday, July 31
Address: 93 Holland Ave., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can indulge with $5 pork or veggie tacos and $5 margaritas at The Soca Kitchen's Fiesta Mexicana. Reservations are required and can be made on the restaurant's website.
Rock Out In The Car @ Bluesfest Drive-In
When: Friday, July 31- Saturday, August 1
Address: 60 Rue Jos-Montferrand, Gatineau, QC
Why You Need To Go: Bluesfest might be in Gatineau this year, but it's a staple of Ottawa summers. You can enjoy the live concert from the comfort of your car this year. If you can't make it this weekend, the event will return on August 7 to 9.
Visit The Animals @ Canada Agriculture & Food Museum
When: Opening Saturday, August 1
Address: 901 Prince of Wales Dr., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: The museum will reopen to the public this Saturday so that you can visit cute animals, but keep in mind there will be no petting allowed at this time. To see the full list of changes, visit the museum's website.
Watch The Sunset @ Andrew Haydon Park
When: Open daily
Address: 3169 Carling Ave., Nepean, ON
Why You Need To Go: If you're looking for a low-key peaceful activity, grab a blanket and head to Andrew Haydon Park. The sunsets here are unreal.
Stay Cozy Around The Fire @ Saunders Farm
Price: Starting at $90
When: Various summer dates
Address: 7893 Bleeks Rd., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: There are still spots left to book a cozy campfire experience for you and a friend. Because life's s'more fun with your BFF.