AUGUST ROAD TRIPS! Events and inspiration before it’s back to school
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AUGUST ROAD TRIPS! Events and inspiration before it’s back to school

These events listings appear in the Summer edition of Ottawa Magazine. For more local events, buy the magazine on newsstands or order your online edition.

Calabogie Blues & Rib Fest. All good things come together at Calabogie during this popular three-day festival. Attendees eat sticky ribs while enjoying the great outdoors and listening to blues grooves by some of Canada’s best musical talent. For those looking to keep their costs down, camping is available for both tents and RVs. Aug. 17 to 19. $50 weekend pass, $25 day pass, children under 12 free. Calabogie Peaks Resort, 30 Barrett Chute Rd., Calabogie, 800-669-4861,

Lanark Village 150th Anniversary. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of Lanark Village, and they’re pulling out all the stops to celebrate. This four-day event kicks off with LanarKarnival, featuring a giant slide, bounce castle, dunk tank, gladiator ring, live music, and a barbecue. Saturday and Sunday events include the unveiling of a mural, walking tours of the town, and historical demonstrations of blacksmithing, weaving, quilting, and broom-making. On Saturday afternoon, there’s a parade of vintage cars, fire trucks, and floats. Sunday also features a classic car show, and the festivities wrap up on Monday with another barbecue. Aug. 3 to 6. Various locations, Lanark Village, 613-259-3001, 613-256-7881,

Civil War Re-enactment Weekend. Few Canadians realize that some 50,000 Canadians fought in the American Civil War. The war itself had a very large impact on Canada, and Upper Canada Village is picking up the tradition of Civil War re-enactments and giving it a Canadian twist. The re-enactment weekend includes military camp and surgery exhibits, military drills for children, and, of course, a number of battle recreations. Aug. 4 and 5. $17, seniors and youth $14, children under five free. Upper Canada Village, 13740 County Rd. 2, (more…)