RSVP 613: July 16-22

Looking for something to do this weekend? There’s lots happening! You can experience different cultures at the Annual Ottawa Lebanese Festival and Capital Ukrainian Festival, catch some theatre in a park near you with Torchlight’s Shakespeare Series, or check out the captivating Northern Lights show on Parliament Hill.

28th Annual Ottawa Lebanese Festival 

Live it. Love it. Lebanese Style! The Annual Ottawa Lebanese Festival runs for five days and celebrates Middle Eastern food, entertainment and traditions.

Held on the grounds of the St. Elias Cathedral and Banquet Hall, this festivals highlights include midway rides, multiple marketplaces, live cultural entertainment and lots of delicious traditional (and not so traditional) food! Admission is free before 5:00PM.

The Capital Ukrainian Festival

The Capital Ukrainian Festival is sure to delight! Spend a day immersed in Ukrainian culture. Eat traditional Ukrainian comfort foods (pierogis, anyone?), sing, dance, drink, and hangout at the petting zoo! Participate in workshops, browse the marketplace and dance the night away at the after parties and concerts. This festival truly has something for everyone. Free parking and admission.

Torchlight Shakespeare Series

A Company of Fools presents Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s most musical romantic comedy! This performance is packed with ship wrecks, duels, and mistaken identity. It’s faced-paced, whimsical and offers something for the whole family! So bring the kids, pack a picnic, and enjoy some family time in the park. Shows start every night at 7:00PM (with a 2:00PM matinee on Saturdays) and are pay-what-you-can, though the suggested donation is $20.

Northern Lights

Take a journey of sound and light through Canada’s history. This bilingual show explores how Canada came to be by telling the story of key figures, events and achievements from our history. This free event takes place every night on Parliament Hill. July start time is 10:00PM.

So get out there this weekend and #GetFestive, Ottawa!