What to Do in Ottawa: Weekend Preview July 17-19

What to Do in Ottawa: Weekend Preview July 17-19

Can you believe July is more than half over? Don’t let the summer pass you by! If you don’t have a fun weekend planned at the cottage, or on a road trip, or catching up on sleep on a bed of ice cubes, check out these great events happening this weekend in Ottawa:

RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2015

Bluefest continues to rock on this weekend at Lebreton Flats. On Friday night, catch Ottawa native John Carroll and the Epic Proportions, Boston punk band Dropkick Murphys, and Canada rock icons the Tragically Hip. Saturday is an eclectic tour through the ages. Come and see 70s rock band Deep Purple, 80s soft rock duo Air Supply, 90s indie band Interpol, and 00s Canadian pop-punk band Simple Plan. The whole event wraps up on Sunday with performances by comedy music legend Weird Al Yankovic, stand-up comedian Bill Burr, and Canadian rock icon Randy Bachman. Canadian country music singer Johnny Reid shuts down the show with a 9:15pm performance on the main stage.

Ottawa REDBLACKS vs. Edmonton Eskimos

The 2-1 REDBLACKS face off against the 1-1 Eskimos at TD Place on Friday night. Ottawa will be looking to exact revenge following a 46-17 humiliation in Edmonton last week. Will Ottawa be able to return to the win column and set a franchise record with 3 wins in a season? They were off to such a promising start with wins against Montreal and BC in the opening weeks, and they want to get back on track. Come cheer on the hometown team and show the Eskies what we’re made of!

Music and Beyond Closing Gala

Come down to Dominion-Chalmers United Church in downtown Ottawa for the closing gala of the Music and Beyond Festival. In partnership with Cirque Fantastic of Montreal, this production is an exploration of circus and music. The event runs from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Tickets are available for between $10-50, and can be purchased at the door.

Pink LemonAid Stand for Charity

How’s this for a great cause? Take a break from your Saturday plans to visit young Ottawa resident Emilia Stewart at Broadway’s on Strandherd (8am to 11am) and TD Bank on Greenbank (1pm to 4pm). Even if you can’t make it out, you can donate to Emilia’s fundraising campaign in support of Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl initiative. The Pink LemonAid campaign is fantastic because it introduces girls to philanthropy and educates them about important global and social causes at a young age. Emilia has raised $700 so far before the event itself, but let’s help her not only reach her collection goal of $2,000, but surpass it!

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