Carnival of Cultures
When: Friday to Sunday
Where: Marion Dewar Plaza
In its 17th year, the Carnival of Cultures, Ottawa’s largest International Folkloric Festival, brings together over 350 local and international artists in a showcase of music, song and dance from around the world. The 17th edition features 50 different shows representing nearly 25 different countries throughout the weekend. Passes are $7/day or a $12 for the weekend.

When: Friday to Sunday
Where: The Great Canadian Theatre Company
Heroes by Gérald Sibleyras, translated by Tom Stoppard, is a tale of camaraderie. Longing to recapture their glory days, three World War I plan their escape from the group home where they live. Together, they discover the true meaning of friendship and teamwork as they prepare for their breakout.

3rd Annual Britannia Beach 5K and 3K Run
When: Saturday, 8:40 a.m.
Where: Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre
There’s still time to sign up for the run which is part of the Ottawa Riverkeeper‚s festival of running, swimming, paddling and cycling activities happening at Britannia Beach. The run takes runners along the Ottawa River Pathway in the shade.

When: Friday to Sunday
Where: Westboro Village
An estimated 200,000 people will attend the event, which features Canadian and local multidisciplinary arts, including music, performance art, literature, spoken word, media art, visual art, dance, theatre, and live animation

Turkey Bazaar

When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 26 Thorncliff Place
Canadian Turkish Heritage Foundation is holding a Turkish Bazaar. The event features Turkish delights, including donairs, gozleme (pancakes) and Turkish tea and coffee, as well as arts and children‚s entertainment.

Summer Music

When: Saturday, noon
Where: University of Ottawa, Pérez Music Building, Freiman Hall
This free, informal noon-hour concert features some of the musicians in the National Arts Centre’s Young Artists Program.