OTTAWA – Check out local and community events happening this weekend!

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STARTS WEDNESDAY

 

FESTIVAL DU LE CURD

  • August 13TH and 17TH
  • St-Albert cheese factory 150 Rue-St-Paul
  • Humour, country ans a visit to the construction site for the 21st edition of the Curd Festival!
  • Between August 13 and 17, the village of St-Albert will be marking the 21st edition of the one and only Curd Festival in the country! And the St-Albert Cheese Co-operative will use this opportunity to let the public have a peek at the progress on the construction of its factory and give curd lovers a chance to see its new facilities.
  • Even though the work is not entirely completed, the new viewing room with windows stretching over 200 linear feet overlooking the production area will be open to visitors.
  • http://festivaldelacurd.ca/en/

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STARTS THURSDAY

 

OTTAWA GREEKFEST

  • August 14 – 24, 2014
  • One of Ottawa’s longest running cultural festivals takes place every August. This annual 11 day event features live Greek music and traditional Greek dances, excellent Greek cuisine, cooking demonstrations, Greek language lessons, Greek traditional dance lessons, craft and cultural exhibits, souvenirs, raffle, children’s activities, Church tours and ecclesiastical displays.
  • Location: 1315 Prince of Wales Drive
  • Tickets: FREE
  • www.ottawagreekfest.com

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CAPITAL PRIDE

  • August 15 – 24, 2014
  • Here in Ottawa, the first gay pride celebration in our area was organized in 1986. Over the years the Festival grew to become a large, diverse celebration.
  • This year, everyone is welcome to join the fun as we celebrate diversity in Canada’s capital. Whether you want to come for the music, the gala, to support friends or family, or the trademark parade, everyone is welcome!
  • Location: Various locations throughout the National Capital Region
  • Tickets: FREE
  • www.capitalpride.ca

 

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NATIONAL CAPITAL CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

  • August 15-17
  • National Capital Craft Beer Festival showcases exceptionally crafted craft beers
  • and local eateries. Designed to promote the appreciation of Craft Brewed Beers and local artisanal cuisine.
  • This August will be the 3rd annual craft beer festival and we look forward to seeing you and many new Craft Beer Breweries. As well sampling many more delicious craft beers.
  • Location: Marion Dewar Plaza, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
  • Tickets: $15-$30
  •  www.nationalcapitalcraftbeerfestival.ca

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 SOUTHASIANFEST

  • August 15-16
  • A perfect glimpse of South Asian culture, in the heart of Canada’s CAPITAL. Non-Stop Performances, Food and Fun for the FAMILY.
  • Location: Various
  • Tickets: FREE
  • www.southasianfest.net

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SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

MINI MAKER FAIRE

  • August 16-17
  • Now accepting applications from makers for 2014 at the website below.
  • Mini Maker Faire brings together families and individuals who celebrate arts,crafts, engineering, food, music, sustainability, and science and those whoembrace the DIY spirit. At Mini Maker Faire, the focus is on the process of making – not just the finished product.
  • Canada Science and Technology Museum
  • Tickets: Museum admission
  • www.makerfaireottawa.com

 

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EAST MEETS WEST CONCERT

  • August 15-16
  • Five musicians including 2 Juno Award winning music professors will perform beautiful pieces with the pipe organ and saxophone, with eastern instruments in solos, trios and ensembles.
  • Ottawa Chinese-Canadian Heritage Centre
  • 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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SATURDAY

 

OTTAWA LUMIÈRE FESTIVAL

  • August 16
  • The Lumière Festival, presented by the New Edinburgh Community & Arts (NECTAR) Centre, is a magical Evening of Light Celebration held every year within the month of August! This year’s celebration occurs on August 16. The Lumière Evening of Light Celebration will enthral you whether on your own, with friends or with the entire family.
  • Info/Media Requests: 613.745.2742 | info@nectarcentre.ca
  • Location: New Edinburgh Park
  • Tickets:  FREE

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SUNDAY

 

BIG WILD CHALLENGE

  • August 17
  • Gatineau Park, Gatineau
  • A community fundraising event in Gatineau Park to benefit wilderness protection and conservation. Enjoy a fun-filled day of challenging hiking trails!
  • www.bigwildchallenge.org

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SAVOUR OTTAWA HARVEST TABLE

  • August 17
  • Ottawa Farmers’ Market, Brewer Park, Ottawa
  • Celebrate the local harvest with a multi-course, gourmet luncheon in the idyllic park setting of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market. Savour Ottawa brings together some of the city’s finest chefs with local farmers to partner in the creation of fresh, seasonal dishes. Enjoy a family-style feast sharing the company of producers, chefs and other guests.
  • www.savourottawa.ca

 

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TORCHLIGHT SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: AS YOU LIKE IT

  • Ongoing until Aug 16, 2014
  • A Company of Fools is back with the ever popular Torchlight Shakespeare – bringing Shakespeare to Ottawa’s parks all summer long! This season features the hilarious romantic comedy As You Like It. Meet the Fools I’the Forest! The Forest of Arden, a place of exile for Duke Senior, becomes a hotbed of foolishness and fun. True romance conquers all in this fabulous, family friendly, fairy-tale-esque, frivolous, fuzzy, flamingo-loving… FESTIVITY!
  • Location: Various Parks in Ottawa
  • Tickets: Suggested donation of $15 per person onsite.

 

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MOSAIKA: CANADA THROUGH THE EYES OF ITS PEOPLE

  • Ongoing until September 6, 2014
  • MOSAIKA is the story of Canada, our story. This show, set against the spectacular backdrop of Parliament Hill, takes the audience on an unforgettable journey of sound and light, exploring Canada’s physical, historical and cultural landscapes. Critically acclaimed, MOSAIKA is a free and bilingual show presented nightly from July 8 to September 6, 2014 in Canada’s capital. Exclusive sponsor: Manulife Financial.

Highlights:

  • The show runs 30 minutes. Nightly at 10 p.m. in July, 9:30 p.m. in August and 9 p.m. in September.
  • Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the view from the lawn.
  • Location: Parliament Hill
  • Tickets: FREE
  • www.pch.gc.ca/eng

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UPCOMING:

TORCHLIGHT SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: AS YOU LIKE IT

  • ONGOING UNTIL AUG 16, 2014
  • A Company of Fools is back with the ever popular Torchlight Shakespeare – bringing Shakespeare to Ottawa’s parks all summer long! This season the hilarious romantic comedy As You Like It will play in parks across Ottawa.
  • Meet the Fools I’the Forest! The Forest of Arden, a place of exile for Duke Senior, becomes a hotbed of foolishness and fun. True romance conquers all in this fabulous, family friendly, fairy-tale-esque, frivolous, fuzzy, flamingo-loving… FESTIVITY!
  • A cast & crew of new and familiar faces: 6 Actors, countless Roles, 1 Hot Capital! Directed by Matthew John Lundvall, this season’s cast includes: Scott Florence, Catriona Leger, Kate MacArthur Geoff McBride and Katie Ryerson in a plethora of roles and lightening quick costume changes. Costume and Puppet Design by Vanessa Imeson.
  • Info/Media Requests: 613.863.7529 | info@fools.ca-Location: Various Parks in Ottawa-Tickets: Suggested donation of $15 per person onsite.-www.fools.ca

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SWING DANCE FOR THE WIN

  • Join the Women’s Integration Network Inc. in partnership with Cuppa Soup for a fabulous evening of live swing music and dancing August 16th at the Churchill Community Centre, in support of vulnerable women in Canada
  • Introductory swing dance lesson at 6:30pm and dancing starts at 7:30pm
  • All proceeds will support the Women’s Integration Network Inc.
  • Guests are invited to turn out in their best vintage style and compete for prizes for best dressed, as well as show off their moves for a social dancing competition! Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door ($10/15 for students) available at www.winwomen.ca or call 613-612-5476

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CAR SHOW AND BBQ

  • METCALFE FAIRGROUNDS
  • AUGUST 23 2014 8AM-3PM
  • To donate a gift for raffle contact Ashley: sunflowercan@yahoo.com
  • To make a donation please visit: www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/car-lover-needs-tune-up/206869
  • To register your car contact Jean: Parts@ottawadodge.com

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LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK

  • October 18, 2014
  • Marion Dewar Plaza, Ottawa City Hall
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s® Light The Night® Walk is the nation’s night to pay tribute and bring hope to all those affected by blood cancer
  • Join us as we celebrate our 5 year walk anniversary and take steps towards a world without blood cancer.
  • Start 530pm – Walk 7pm – End 9pm.
  • For more information or to register, Visit out website at www.lightthenight.ca/on

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MADAWASKA VALLEY STUDIO TOUR TWICE AS GOOD IN 2014: TWO WEEKENDS THIS YEAR.

  • Two separate weekends with thirty-one artists and artisans make this year’s expanded Madawaska Valley Studio Tour the biggest and best ever.
  • Come out and enjoy art, crafts, inspiration and spectacular scenery on July 26-27 and October 4-5.
  • Brochures are at Tourist Information Centres and business locations throughout the Valley. www.madawaskastudiotour.com

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FEMMELINX WOMEN’S NETWORK INC. GRAND OPENING

  • Saturday, September 6th, 2014
  • Curtain Opens 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.-Meet and Greet 9:00 to 10:30 p.m.
  • École secondaire publique De la Salle
  • 501, ancienne rue St-Patrick | Ottawa ON K1N 8R3
  • Please visit us at www.femmelinx.com for more details!