What to Do in Ottawa: Weekend Preview May 29-31

What to Do in Ottawa: Weekend Preview May 29-31

It might be rainy tomorrow, but that won’t stop us from having a blast on this last weekend of May, will it? Here are some of the great events happening around the city of Ottawa this weekend:

Gatineau BeerFest

Come down to Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau this weekend for the summer edition of the Gatineau BeerFest (Festi Biere de Gatineau). One day admission tickets for adults are $25. If you purchase tickets in advance on line, you save money asnd also get a commemorative festival glass. Kids can attend with free admission, though they obviously won’t get to imbibe.  Choose your favourite brews from among 350 craft beers from 350 brewers in Quebec and Ontario. With great music by Anglophone and Francophone bands alike, and delectable food from more than a dozen local food vendors, there is something for everyone at Gatineau BeerFest.

Ottawa Fury FC versus FC Edmonton

What better way to enjoy the final weekend of May than with soccer at Lansdowne Park? It’ll get you in the mood for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup! This all-Canadian matchup should be a good tilt, as Ottawa Fury FC look to exact revenge on Edmonton following two 3-1 losses to the Albertan team. Ottawa is tied with Edmonton in the standings with 8 points after 7 games played in the spring season. With a win, either team could jump into the top 5 of the standings.

MEC Paddlefest 2015

Whether you’re an avid paddler or just looking to get into watersports, head down to Mooney’s Bay on Saturday for MEC Paddlefest. Shop for great bargains on canoe and kayak gear at the previously lovedPaddleswap, or check out the latest models at the vendor booths. Test out a demo boat on the Bay, with demo boats and boards from some of the top brands available from 9 am to 4 pm. Adults and kids alike can also sign up for a variety of clinics on paddlesports like sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, and solo canoeing. That’s not all – clinic options (free to $15) also include things like wilderness photography, camping cooking, and safety tips. Spots are filling up quickly, so register now!

Staging Our Histories

Are you ready to see history come alive? Staging Our Histories takes history off the page and onto the stage at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage on Sunday evening.  Performers of diverse traditions use film, poetry, theatre, and oral storytelling to illuminate the past and inform the present. Tickets are just $15, so come support this fantastic local initiative.

Have a wonderfully weekend, everyone!

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