Summer brings Ottawa to life with festivals, concerts, and other unique events. Our team at Primecorp Property Management can’t wait to get out there and enjoy all the city has to offer and we don’t want you to miss any of it. So, we’ve put together a brief overview of some of the amazing events this season. Discover and enjoy great food, shows, films, and music this summer in our Nation’s Capital.
Canada Day – July 1
Parliament Hill, Major’s Hills Park, and Jacques-Cartier Park
Ottawa is THE place to be in Canada on Canada Day. Join thousands as they converge on Parliament Hill and Major’s Hill Park for a day of fun with friends, enjoying the hundreds of free performances offered in the Nation’s Capital. Then cap off a great day with fireworks at 10pm at Parliament Hill – a spectacle not to be missed!
Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival – July 10- July 12, 2015
5673 Osgoode Main St, Osgoode
Quiet in the realm! Join kings, queens, lords, ladies, knights, and knaves for the annual Medieval Festival in Osgoode, located 30 minutes south of Ottawa. There will be food, sport, tests of strength, shows of dancing and merriment. Shuttles will be available from Greenboro Station to the festival.
RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest – July 8 – July 19, 2015
Set amidst the Lebreton Flats, RBC Bluesfest is a 10-day, multi-stage event featuring some of the world’s top artists including ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Ceelo Green, Kayne West, Keith Urban, The Tragically Hip, Simple Plan, and many more. This is a fully licensed outdoor festival, with a variety of beverage/food options available.
HOPE Volleyball SummerFest – July 11, 2015
HOPE is a volunteer-driven organization that raises funds for community-based charities to help them continue to make a difference in their community. HOPE Volleyball SummerFest combines recreational volleyball with live entertainment featuring Sam Roberts Band and July Talk. 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.
25th Annual Ottawa Lebanese Festival – July 15 – July 19, 2015
St. Elias Cathedral
For the 25th year the Ottawa Lebanese community will be celebrating their heritage with a festival of food and entertainment. Join hundreds in sampling traditional food, shopping in the market place, and enjoying the entertainment of the Main Stage. Rides and a midway will also be available for a full day of family fun.
Chamber Music Festival – July 23- August 6, 2015
Various venues in the downtown area
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 aims to soothe fans of this form of classical music, as well as create inclusive atmospheres to introduce the style to new listeners.
Bytown Days – – July 30 – August 3, 2015
Rideau Canal Locks, by the Bytown Museum
Come celebrate the creation of the Rideau Canal and Bytown, now Ottawa, with Bytown Days. In honour of 400 years of French presence in Ontario, the celebration will highlight the shared traditions of Francophone and Aboriginal cultures in the region. The festival wraps up with the 20th annual Colonel By Day, featuring costumed characters and free interactive activities.
Ottawa International Buskerfest – July 30 – August 3, 2015
Come watch incredible street performers from around the world, at the Ottawa International Buskerfest! There are shows for the whole family including jugglers, escape artists, acrobats, fire eaters, and more. Show times running from 11am to 11pm, with a midnight show to be confirmed.
Festival of India – August 7 – August 9, 2015
Marion Dewar Plaza, 110 Laurier Avenue West
This Ottawa Festival of India offers visitors the opportunity to experience culture through dazzling music, dance, cinema, cuisine, and crafts. Workshops to enhance your physical and mental well-being are offered and with food being one of the integral parts of the festivities you can expect gastronomical delights galore! Taste 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.
Jamaica Day (JAMDAY) – August 8, 2015
Join us on Mooney’s Bay for fun in the sun on Jamaica DAY Ottawa celebrating the Jamaican community. Performances by Gyptian and Luciano as well as the Jamday Idol Talent Competition.
TD SouthAsianFest – August 13 – August 15, 2015
City Hall (110 Laurier West)
The TD South Asian Fest is annual free festival attracting crowds from all cultural backgrounds and is also the largest South Asian gathering in Ottawa. This edition of SouthAsianFest will feature the SPLASH! Dinner & Dance Boat Cruise on Friday August 14th followed by a free family friendly outdoor event on Saturday August 15th at Confederation Park in Downtown Ottawa. The cultural landscape is showcased by different genres of South Asian performing arts, local artists, and mouth-watering South Asian cuisine.
Ottawa Greekfest – August 13 – August 23, 2015
1315 Prince of Wales Drive
One of Ottawa’s longest running cultural festivals takes place every August. The Ottawa Greek Fest, is an annual 11-day event featuring live Greek music, traditional Greek dances, excellent Greek cuisine, cooking demonstrations, Greek language lessons, Greek traditional dance lessons, Zorba show, craft and cultural exhibits, souvenirs, raffle, children’s activities, Church tours, and ecclesiastical displays. Closing out the last few nights of the festival is the very popular Greek band Ottawa’s own Poseidon.
Arboretum Festival – August 18, 2015 – August 22, 2015
“Arboretum is an intimate and immersive boutique music festival, produced annually in the last steamy days of August in Ottawa Ontario Canada.” Immerse yourself in music, arts, and culture at this year’s Arboretum Festival. Musical performances this year include The Sadies, Del Bel, and Flying Horses. Tickets range from $15-$25 or $40 for the weekend.
Ottawa Craft Beer Festival – August 28 – August 30, 2015
Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park
The National Capital Craft Beer Festival showcases exceptionally prepared craft beers as well as some food from local eateries. This event was designed to promote the appreciation of craft brewed beers and local artisanal cuisine.
Ottawa Turkish Festival – September 7, 2015 – September 13, 2015
335 Michael Cowpland Drive
“Come meet the Ottawa Turkish community! This free event at Confederation Park will feature Turkish art, folk dance, music and gourmet food, and will give visitors an opportunity to celebrate, learn, and savour Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage and cuisine.” — Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre
CityFolk – September 16 – September 20, 2015
The Great Lawn at Lansdowne Park
The Ottawa Folk festival is now at the new Lansdowne Park as CityFolk! Festival passes for only $130 and acts include Of Monsters and Men, Passenger, Walk off The Earth, Van Morrison, and more.
Ottawa International Animation Festival – September 16 – September 20, 2015
Various venues including NAC, Arts Court, and ByTowne Cinema
Time to get animated and check out the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF)! OIAF is one of the world’s leading competitive animation events. It provides screenings, exhibits, workshops and entertainment of all things animated from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Weekend passes are only $95 for students and single day passes for $60 are also available.
We encourage our residents to get out and enjoy all that Ottawa has to offer. Share your photos of your summer festival experience on our Facebook page or tweet us @PrimecorpPM