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Seven More Drops of Summer

Seven More Drops of Summer

Ottawa Life’s Festival City Series is back! We'll provide a unique look at some of your favourite events.
We’ll go beyond the music with artist interviews, volunteer profiles, concert reviews and spotlights on
the tastes, sights and sounds of the festival season. 

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We here at Ottawa Life Magazine feel your pain. We hear you! We know! Here we are, only a week and a half left of summer, and most of it has been a bad weather wash out. Soon it’s back to school, off the beach and snow boot shopping. But, it’s not over until it’s over, as they say, and we’ve got seven more drops you can squeeze out of Summer 2017!

House of PainT Festival of Urban Arts & Culture
August 24 – 27, 2017
Brewer Park

House of PainT and their crew continue an upward trajectory as one of the fastest growing community arts fests in the city. Making its initial splash of colour on the Capital’s first legal graffiti wall back in 2003, the event has become an all out tribute to hip hop, djs and the art of graffiti with over 200 urban artists and over 10,000 attendees expected.  Featuring poetry slams, workshops and the return of the popping battle, the 14th version of the fest will also be bringing in performances by A-Track, Dubmatique, the Soul Jazz Orchestra and Slack Bridges!


Westboro Fuse
August 26 and 27, 2017
Westboro Village

Those who thought the fuse had fizzled after last year’s first outing worry no more. Westboro Fuse returns with a new date to close out the summer with a west end bash. What happens when nearly “200 businesses open their doors, close the street, roll out the red carpet and invite Ottawa to one of the biggest and best locally-sourced street festivals ever?” Find out with blocks jam packed with activities for all!


Family Free Play Summer Sundays
Sundays until Labour Day
House of Targ

How could Ottawa’s home of all things classic gaming (not to mention tasty perogies) get any better? How about flicking most pf those games to free-play these next few Sundays to button-mash until your thumbs bleed? Advertised as a way to get the whole family out to play, the Yogis at Targ urge you to bring the kids and even Grandma down and make everybody a Pinball Wizard for the day. While the 25 arcade classics are free, best search the couch cushions for some spare change as pinball will cost you a couple shiny (errr, or sticky) quarters. BONUS LEVEL: snag yourself a Targ Rustic Brunch including the mysterious THEE DAVEY.  


The Capital Fair
August 18 – 27, 2017
Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre

I know, I know, we all miss the Super Ex but the Capital Fair has stepped in to ensure that we get at least a little taste of carnival this summer. With free admission to the grounds, the fair is ready for you to step right up and they’re giving you plenty of reason to with activities for the whole family. Kids will enjoy the clowns, zoo and Ultimate Stunt Dog show while the adults can be mesmerized by Fernandez the Hypnotist or pop onto a ride on Eastern Ontario’s largest midway.


Baconpalooza
August 25, 26 and 27
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum


In the land of the pigs, the butcher is king but you’ll eat like one nevertheless at this encore serving of Baconpalooza. If the name alone isn’t a mouth watering giveaway, this festival is going hog wild for its second succulent year. The main attraction? Bacon, of course! Kicking off Friday August 25 with the Bacon Bash, the event welcomes Chef Mike McKenzie and Chef Lynn Crawford (of the Food Network’s Chopped) to a pig out picnic with live cuts from Bang on the Ear. The rest of the weekend features bacon, a kids zone, bacon, cooking demos, bacon, vendors and did we mention bacon?


Canada’s Table
August 27, 2017
Wellington Street


It’d have to be a table set to serve up the best of the country if the Nation’s top chefs were in the kitchen. That’s exactly what Canada’s Table hopes to dish out, the best in Canada’s culinary arts.  This 1000-person, 305 meter long mammoth table will be set up across Wellington and the banquet is more than fitting of the grandiosity. Joining local masters like Stephen Beckta (Beckta),  Sheila Whyte (Thyme and Again) and Yannick Anton (Le Cordon Bleu) will be visiting chefs from coast to coast. Alas, the event is now sold out but at least you can get a whiff of what you are missing come August 27.


Indonesian Festival
August 25 – 27, 2017
Lansdowne Park

The summer’s culturally enlightening delights continue with this festival of Indonesian discovery. The 11th annual event is set to fuse entertainment with business for a three-day unforgettable experience. This year the fest is part of the always tantalizing Ottawa Welcomes the World celebrations and will include a food bazaar, fashion show and traditional live music. Best of all, it’s free.   


Capital Vélo Fest
August 26, 2017
City Hall


Time to shine up your favorite two-wheeled friend and crank up the Queen because Vélo Fest 2017 is going to make everybody want to get out there and ride their bicycles. A cycling celebration, the fest brings a product and information fair to City Hall where you can learn about keeping your bike in good working order and maybe pick up new parts and add-ons.  Instructors will also be on hand to teach safe biking skills. A highlight for many will be the Tour La Nuite, Ontario’s only closed road night ride where already over 1000 riders have registered to take to the streets.

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