As the weekend inches closer and closer, it's almost time to leave those office woes behind and let loose in Canada's capital. Whether you're looking for delicious food and drinks, fun arts-and-crafts, or epic street parties, there is more than enough entertainment to go around! With so many things to do in Ottawa this weekend, all that's left is to grab your BFFs and prepare for a fun-fueled adventure!
Beads And Brews
When: Sunday, August 18 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 250 City Centre Ave., Bay 106
Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a delicious glass of beer from Beyond the Pale Brewing Co. while you and your BFF make adorable gemstone bracelets together. Booze, crafts, and besties - what better way to spend the weekend?
Sound Of Light Firework Viewing
When: Saturday, August 17 from 9 p.m.
Address: 1223 Alexandra Bridge
Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a beautiful view as the colourful fireworks reflect vibrantly off the water at Below The Tavern On The Hill. This weekend, the show will celebrate Greece. Kids 12 and under can come for free!
Fuse Street Festival
Price: Free Admission
When: Saturday, August 17 to Sunday, August 18 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Address: Richmond Road Westborough Village
Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy free live music, entertainment, fashion, and tasty treats. Want to watch someone swallow fire? They have that too, and more! A section of Richmond Road will be closed down in order to host the free street festival.
The Capitol Fair
Price: $5 General Admission
When: Friday, August 16 to Sunday, August 25
Address: 4837 Albion Road
Why You Need To Go: Looking for a thrill this weekend? Why not hit up the midway at The Capitol Fair? There is fun to be had for the whole family. From rides to funnel cakes, petting zoos, arm wrestling contests, and so much more! Unlimited midway passes will be an additional $40 and parking another $5.
Price: $10 daily entry
When: Wednesday, August 14 to Sunday, August 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 150 St. Paul Street
Why You Need To Go: Cheese? Yes, please! Take in a variety of family-fun activities such as music, go-karts, inflatable structures, acrobatic shows, and more! The best part? Free tasty St. Alberts cheese curds will be handed out during most of the events under the Big Top.
Ottawa Greek Festival
Price: Free Admission
When: Thursday, August 15 to Sunday, August 25
Address: 1315 Prince Of Wales Drive
Why You Need To Go: You can soak in all the food, entertainment, and exhibits Greek culture has to offer. They're even offering Greek language lessons, so if you've ever wanted to learn a second language, now's your chance! Food can be enjoyed on site under the huge tent, or taken to-go if you're in a hurry!
Water Lantern Festival
Price: Starting at $15.99
When: Saturday, August 17 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Address: 3169 Carling Avenue
Why You Need To Go: The beauty of these rice paper lanterns floating along the water is a sight you won't want to miss! Ticket prices cover admission, the lantern, a marker, drawstring bag, and help cover the cost of removing the lanterns from the water after the event.
Bunker Beer Tasting
When: Saturday, August 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Address: 3929 Carp Road
Why You Need To Go: Love craft beer and history? Then this Saturday's Bunker Beer Tasting is the spot to be! You can enjoy your weekend bevvie in an underground cold war bunker. There will be puzzles, games, free tastings, and a cash bar. And designated drivers get in for only $30!
Paint Your Pet Fundraiser
When: Sunday, August 18 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Address: 1 Donald Street
Why You Need To Go: Your phone is full of 1000 pictures of your furry friend, so why not pick the best one (imPAWssible, they're all so PURRfect) and learn how to paint a PETacular masterpiece! A portion of ticket sales ($15.00 from every ticket) will help support animals in need at The Ottawa Humane Society.