Can you believe the weather we’re having this November? Temperatures will start to cool back to “normal” fall weather this weekend, perfect for heading out on the town to enjoy one (or more!) of the many great events on offer. Here’s a look at what’s happening in Ottawa:
Cellar Door Film Festival
If you like off-kilter movies in genres like horror, sci-fi, and fantasy, you are in luck this weekend. Following an opening night schedule at the Mayfair Theatre on Thursday night, The Cellar Door Film Festival takes over Live on Elgin on Friday and Saturday. CDFF is a celebration of “the creativity of the local film scene” and spotlighting Ottawa as “a setting for the sinister and supernatural.” The festival schedule includes feature-length movies and shorts collections from Canada, the US, the UK, Germany, India, and more. Tickets are $9 in advance per screening, and $12 at the box office (cash only).
Ottawa REDBLACKS versus Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Heading into the final week of the CFL regular season, our very own REDBLACKS currently hold first place in the East Division. If Ottawa can hold on and win Saturday’s home game against the Ti-Cats, they will win the East Divison in just their second season in the league. But if Ottawa loses, Hamilton could snatch first place in the East and receive a more favourable playoff matchup. Either way Ottawa is in a good position, but who wouldn’t want to see the hometown team pick up a division title? The action starts at 4 PM on Saturday at TD Place. Or just be part of the atmosphere by coming down to Lansdowne Park on a beautiful fall day.
Diwali Mela 2015
India Canada Association presents the 2015 edition of Diwali Mela at the Algonquin College Common Theatre on Saturday evening. Celebrate Indian religion and culture with live performances, delicious fresh food, henna, traditional wear, crafts. And don’t miss special guest Rabia Saggoo, a rising Bollywood star. Tickets are $15 in advance for non-members and $20 at the door, children under 3 are free.
Ottawa Storytellers’ Childrens Festival
If your kids have a love of a reading, you don’t want to miss the Ottawa Storytellers’ Childrens Festival on Saturday. Taking place at the Centrepointe Library in Nepean, children ages 2 to 10 can enjoy a day of storytelling by 23 writers and artists including Jacqui du Toit and Jaime Koebel. There are workshops about storytelling, poetry, and drama, but children must be pre-registered via [email protected] or (613) 322-8336. At 12 pm, there will be a presentation of The Last Polar Bears presented by Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre. This event is totally free, but donations to Ottawa Storytellers are always encouraged.
Rockliffe Home and Art Show
Do you want to enjoy art and beauty set in the beautiful backdrop of the residence of the Ambassador of Ireland? Then don’t forget to attend the Rockliffe Home and Art Show on Saturday and Sunday. Join fourteen fine artists, two extraordinary musicians, and a partridge in a pear tree for an experience of art, food, and beauty. Admission is by donation and the show is open from 10 am-4 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Christmas Craft Shows
November is when craft show season kicks into high gear. We’ll link you to some of the biggest events happening this weekend: Almonte’s Christmas in the Valley Artisan Show, the Traditions Christmas Crafts Show in Orleans, Kanata’s Largest Charity Craft Fair. There are also bazaars across the city: the Snowflake Bazaar at Queenswood United Church in Orleans (Saturday 8:30-2pm) and the Old Fashion Christmas Bazaar at St. Helen’s Anglican Church in Orleans (9-2pm on Saturday).
Have a fantastic weekend!