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YOUR GUIDE TO SOME AWE­SOME THINGS TO DO IN AU­GUST

Ottawa Sun - - NEWS - JACQUIE MILLER

For the fam­ily: Four fun things to do with the kids that are free

1. WATCH A MOVIE UN­DER THE STARS.

What: Three or­ga­ni­za­tions host the citi­fied ver­sion of a drive-in, with screen­ings out­side. Bring a lawn chair or some­thing to sit on. Cen­tre­town movies When & Where: Dun­don­ald Park on Som­er­set Street West be­tween Bay and Lyon Streets. There’s a play­ground, too. Screen­ings at 9 p.m. The movies: Satur­day, Aug. 12: The Sand­lot Fri­day, Aug. 18: My Best Friend’s Wed­ding Satur­day, Aug. 19: Zootopia Fri­day, Aug. 25: The Se­cret Life of Pets Satur­day, Aug. 26: Bon Cop Bad Cop

In­for­ma­tion:cen­tre­town­movies.wordpress. com/sched­ule-2017/ Cap­i­tal Pop-up cin­ema When & where: Satur­day, Aug. 19, Sparks Street, be­tween O’Con­nor and Metcalfe. Film starts at 8:45 p.m.

The movie: Grease Grease Sing-A-Long

In­for­ma­tion: www.face­book. com/events/774912372657895/ Movie night at Rideau Hall When & where: Satur­day, Aug. 26 on the grounds of Rideau Hall at 1 Sus­sex Dr. The movie will be Cana­dian, but the ti­tle won’t be an­nounced un­til some­time next week.

In­for­ma­tion: www. gg.ca/doc­u­ment. aspx?id=15123&lan=eng

2. CEL­E­BRATE THE LIGHT AT LUMIèRE, ONE OF OT­TAWA’S MOST MAG­I­CAL FES­TI­VALS.

What: Hun­dreds of pa­per lanterns glow in the dark at this fes­ti­val, which also features ac­ro­bats, fire weavers and mu­si­cians.

Cre­ate or re­pair a lantern: A lantern-mak­ing work­shop will be held on Fri­day, Aug. 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 at Lin­den­lea Park ($5 fee). If you need to re­pair your lantern, there’s a work­shop Satur­day, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Ed­in­burgh Com­mu­nity and Arts Cen­tre, 255 MacKay St.

When & where: Lumière is at Vil­lage Green and Ju­bilee Gar­den in Rock­cliffe Park, cor­ner of Springfield Road and Mari­posa Av­enue. (The usual lo­ca­tion in Stan­ley Park along the river is un­avail­able this year due to con­struc­tion.)

In­for­ma­tion: lu­miereot­tawa. ca/

3. TAKE A SCARY RIDE.

What: The Cap­i­tal Fair has the same midway that was once fea­tured at the Ot­tawa Ex. There’s a gi­ant fer­ris wheel, the fright­en­ing Can­non Ball and more than two dozen other rides. The midway rides are free for an hour on open­ing day, Fri­day, Aug. 18, be­tween noon and 1 p.m. Ad­mis­sion to the fair it­self is free.

What: The fair of­fers clas­sic car­ni­val food, live per­for­mances of ev­ery­thing from hyp­no­tists to dogs do­ing wa­ter­sports, an agri­cul­tural pavil­ion, and a kids tent with a pet­ting zoo, pony rides and crafts.

When & where: Aug. 18 to Aug. 27, Rideau Car­leton En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre, 4837 Al­bion Rd.

In­for­ma­tion: www.cap­i­tal­fair. ca

4. GET IN ONE LAST SWIM AT A CITY BEACH OR SPLASH PAD.

Beaches: Life­guards will be on duty at Petrie Is­land, Mooney’s Bay, West­boro and Bri­tan­nia Beaches un­til Sun­day, Aug. 27

Out­door pools: They are open un­til Aug. 20, ex­cept for Bear­brook, which closes Sept. 3. Wad­ing pool close be­tween Aug. 24 and 28, de­pend­ing on the pool.

In­for­ma­tion: ot­tawa.ca/en/ res­i­dents/re­cre­ation-and-parks/ swim­ming#out­door-pools

Splash pads: They are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and close for the year on Sept. 11

In­for­ma­tion: ot­tawa.ca/en/ res­i­dents/re­cre­ation-and-parks/ swim­ming#splash-pads

For the fes­ti­val fan: Snack on sou­vlaki and check out Bol­ly­wood danc­ing

What: The city’s big­gest mu­sic fes­ti­vals — blues, jazz and cham­ber — may be over, but there’s al­ways some­thing to cel­e­brate in this fes­ti­val-mad city. Here’s an in­trigu­ing pair: Greek­fest What: An Ot­tawa tra­di­tion since 1976, this is the place to hear Greek mu­sic or watch tra­di­tional danc­ing, feast on home-cooked food or learn how to make it, check out some crafts and even take a lan­guage les­son.

When & where: Aug. 10 to 20, 1315 Prince of Wales Dr., next to the Greek Or­tho­dox Church

In­for­ma­tion: ot­tawa­greek­fest. com SouthAsianFest What: This fes­ti­val is spread out at var­i­ous venues, but most of the ac­tion is at Ot­tawa City Hall, where there are Bol­ly­wood and bhangra dance show­cases on the evenings of Aug. 15 and Aug. 16, then a three-day party week­end party called MirchMasalaMe­gaMela that features non-stop per­for­mances, from singers to a SouthAsian Idol con­test and a pa­rade on closing day, Aug. 20.

OT­TAWA BEACHES

LU­MIERE

THE CAP­I­TAL FAIR

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