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Weekend What's Up - Canada Day Edition

Weekend What's Up - Canada Day Edition

You know Ottawa Life loves giving you the scoop on what's coming up as the week comes to a close, but this weekend is an extra special one, as we celebrate our nation's 149th birthday. There's no shortage of cool activities and awesome people to see this July 1st, and we've got you covered, from glamorous parties to relaxing fun for the whole family. Make the most of your Canada Day in the Capital this year. See you there! 

Ottawa's Only Living Flag - July 1st, Downtown Rideau


Be a part of something big. Very big. This year on Sussex Drive in Downtown Rideau you can gather to be a part of the living version of our Canadian Flag. There will be complimentary refreshments and professional photography. And the first 500 arrivals get a free T-shirt! What more incentive do you need?

Live 88.5 Canada Day in Kanata Concert - June 30-July 1, Kanata 

The Peptides performing at FUSE Festival. Photo by Andre Gagne.
The Peptides. Photo by Andre Gagne.

For all you suburban folks (and those willing to make the trip for an awesome show), here's one for you! Live 88.5 is hosting a two-day event of epic fun: the concert on July 1 features bands like Silver Creek, Ambush, and the headlining band, The Peptides, who'll lead the show into it's 10 p.m. fireworks display. There's even fun for the whole family, with events going all day including bouncy castles, yoga in the park, and even appearances from a Disney princess or two.

Canadian Museum of Nature - July 1, Downtown Ottawa 


Who doesn't love free admission? This Canada Day, the Museum of Nature is offering free general admission all day! Take a break from the sun and the crowds and step into the newly renovated (and don't forget air conditioned) castle that marks one of the Capital's primary attractions. Get your fill of nature and culture by exploring the world-class exhibits and galleries for free!

NAC Orchestra Performs in the Park - 7 p.m. July 1, Confederation Park


Ottawa knows how to go big on Canada Day, but among the crowded and noisy fun happening all day, the NAC will be holding an evening concert in Confederation Park that's filled with class and free of charge. If you're a classical music fan, or just looking for a beautiful and relaxing break from the partying, check out this 80 minute concert in cooperation with Ottawa Jazz Festival. The concert features Ottawa's own star violinist, Kerson Leong, and promises to be a great time.

Canada Day Boat Party - July 1, Gatineau 


End the night with a splash this Friday on the boat party touring the Ottawa river under the light of the Parliament Hill fireworks! The boat leaves the dock at 895 Rue Jacques-Cartier in Gatineau at 8:30 so don't be late! On the boat there'll be great music, awesome people, and a Canada Day you won't forget. The party is hosted by Kroozone, and you can check out their website for details on how to buy tickets.


canada+dayCHEO Benefit Concert - 9 p.m. July 1, House of Targ

Bank Street's beloved home of pinball and perogies is bringing dozens of local musicians to play some classic Canadian hits. Cover is a pay-what-you-can donation that will go to providing a classic arcade machine for the kids at CHEO.

Come for the music, stay for the pickled egg eating contest. You can find out more here.

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