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Festivals of Ottawa – July and August

Ottawa in summer is alive with festivals, concerts, and events. The team at Primecorp Property Management has put together some summer festivals that you will not want to miss. Discover and enjoy great food, shows, films, and music this summer in our Nation’s Capital.

July 2014 August 2014

RBC ROYAL BANK BLUESFEST

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 – Sunday, July 13th, 2014
Lebreton Flats: ottawabluesfest.ca

This 10-day, multi-stage spectacular features some of the world’s top artists including: Lady Gaga, Tegan and Sara, Blake Shelton, Journey, Foreigner, The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age, and many more. The festival is set amidst the Lebreton Flats, and is fully licensed, with a variety of beverage/food options and merchandise vendors.

CARNIVAL OF CULTURES

Fri, July 4th, 2014 – Sunday, July 6th, 2014
Marion Dewar Plaza: carnivalofcultures.com

Carnival of Cultures proudly showcases more than 20 different countries. Represented by over 40 organizations and 400 performers, Ottawa’s folk arts community offers the Nation’s Capital a taste of folkloric cuisine, costumes, music, and dance traditions that hail from countries all around the world.

HOPE VOLLEYBALL SUMMERFEST

Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Mooney’s Bay: hopehelps.com

HOPE is a volunteer-driven organization that raises funds for local charities to make a difference in their community. HOPE Volleyball SummerFest combines recreational volleyball with live entertainment including Matthew Good and The Glorious Sons. Each year, more than 25,000 players and spectators flock to Mooney’s Bay Beach in Ottawa for the greatest summer party in the region. These participants have helped HOPE donate over $3.5 million in support of more than 110 local charities.

OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 – Thursday, August 7th, 2014
Throughout Ottawa: chamberfest.com

The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival (Ottawa Chamberfest) is the largest chamber music festival in the world. Ottawa Chamberfest presents more than 100 performances from renowned artists at spectacular venues across downtown Ottawa. The festival appeals to fans of this form of classical music, in an inclusive atmosphere that welcomes new listeners.

OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL BUSKERFEST

Thursday, August 1st, 2014 – Monday, August 4th, 2014
Sparks Street Mall, between Elgin and Bank Street: sparksstreetmall.com/ottawabuskerfest.html

Come watch incredible street performers from around the world. Shows for the whole family including jugglers, escape artists, acrobats, fire eaters, and more! Showtimes run from 11am to 11pm with a midnight show to be confirmed.

OTTAWA LUMIÈRE FESTIVAL

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 – Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Stanley Park, Ottawa: lumiereottawa.com

The Lumière Festival, presented each year by the New Edinburgh Community & Arts Centre, is a month of festivities leading towards the magical Evening of Light Celebration held every year within the month of August. The Lumière Evening of Light Celebration will enthrall you with lantern-making, performance workshops, and a labyrinth of lanterns on display to delight children and adults. Costumes are encouraged and a visit to the on-site Transformation Tent can add a little sparkle to tiny visitors’ evening.

FESTIVAL OF INDIA

Friday, August 8th, 2014 – Sunday, August 10th, 2014
Marion Dewar Plaza, 110 Laurier Avenue West: festivalofindiaottawa.org

The festival offers visitors the opportunity to experience culture through dazzling music, dance, cinema, cuisine, and crafts. It offers workshops to enhance your physical and mental well-being. Food being one of the integral parts of the festivities, the festival provides gastronomical delights with a line-up of authentic Indian delicacies, cooked by specialists from North, South, East and West parts of India. The festival also includes yoga classes, cricket demonstrations, a Bollywood dance showcase, and Holi celebration. The festival provides an opportunity to promote business/trade by actively involving Canadian, Indian and other international businesses. It also provides local artists and craftsmen the opportunity to showcase their art to the mainstream audience.

NAVAN FAIR

Thursday, August 7th, 2014 – Sunday, August 10th, 2014
1279 Colonial Road, Navan, ON K4B 1N1: navanfair.com

The village of Navan is located only 20 minutes south-east of downtown Ottawa. The theme for Navan Fair 2014 is “A Country Fair with Urban Flair”. The fair showcases rural events such as an alpaca show, a demolition derby, horse and tractor pull (separate events), and live entertainment every night.

OTTAWA GREEKFEST

Thursday, August 14th, 2014 – Sunday, August 24th, 2014
1315 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa: ottawagreekfest.com

One of Ottawa’s longest running cultural festivals takes place every August. This annual 11 day event features live Greek music and traditional Greek dances, excellent Greek cuisine, cooking demonstrations, Greek language lessons, Greek traditional dance lessons and Zorba show, craft and cultural exhibits, souvenirs, a raffle, children’s activities, church tours and ecclesiastical displays.

CAPITAL PRIDE

Friday, August 15th, 2014 – Sunday, August 24th, 2014
Throughout Ottawa: capitalpride.ca

Capital Pride will celebrate Ottawa’s 29th Pride Festival. On Sunday August 24th, the Parade will march again through the Village down Bank Street.

Events include the Rainbow Party, the Human Rights Vigil, and the Picnic in the Park. Capital Pride will also host its own week-long calendar of events for youth ages 13 to 18, including a Self-Care Craft Day and Etcetera’s signature event, a ‘Glow in the Dark Dance Circus’ themed Pride Prom. New events this year include the ‘Free to Learn’ GLBT Conference, an International Film Series, an expansion of our International Marshal Program, and this year’s launch event “Nature Nocturne; Pride,” an evening of glamour and discovery with the Canadian Museum of Nature.

SOUTHASIANFEST

Friday, August 15th, 2014 – Saturday, August 16th, 2014
Various Locations in Ottawa: southasianfest.net

This annual admission-free Festival is open to the public and attracts crowds from all cultural backgrounds and is the largest South Asian Gathering in Ottawa.

This edition of SouthAsianFest will feature the SPLASH! Dinner & Dance Boat Cruise on Friday August 15th followed by a free family friendly outdoor event on Saturday August 16th at Confederation Park in Downtown Ottawa. Ottawa’s cultural landscape is showcased by different genres of South Asian performing arts, local artists, and mouth-watering South Asian cuisine.

NATIONAL CAPITAL CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

Friday, August 15th, 2014 – Sunday, August 17th, 2014
Marion Dewar Plaza, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West: nationalcapitalcraftbeerfestival.ca

National Capital Craft Beer Festival showcases exceptionally crafted beers and local eateries. This event was designed to promote the appreciation of craft brewed beers and local artisanal cuisine.

We encourage residents in our Ottawa apartments to get out and enjoy all that our nation’s capital has to offer. Share your photos of your summer festival experiences on our Facebook page or tweet us @PrimecorpPM.