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Check Out The 2016 Summer Festivals in Ottawa

Summertime fills the city of Ottawa with festivals, concerts, and other unique events. Our team at Primecorp Property Management can’t wait to get out there and enjoy all that our beautiful city has to offer. With this in mind, we put together a brief overview of some of the amazing events for you to explore this season! Discover and enjoy great food, shows, films, and music this summer in our nation’s capital.

Sound and light show on Parliament Hill

Sound and light show on Parliament Hill Presented nightly from July 9 to Sept 10

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival – June 23-July 3, 2016

Various venues in the downtown area
(ottawajazzfestival.com)

Celebrating its 36th anniversary, the Jazz Festival offers a wonderful line-up with performances by Sarah McLachlan, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kamasi Washington, The Boxcar Boys, and many more. This line-up highlights jazz in the broadest form and is sure to be a hit with all audiences.

Canada Day – July 1

Parliament Hill, Major’s

Hills Park, and Jacques-Cartier Park
(canadaday.gc.ca/eng/1399898650690)

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, friends, and enjoying our nation’s capital. Cap off a great day with fireworks at 10pm at Parliament Hill – a spectacle not to be missed!

RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest – July 7 – 17, 2016

LeBreton Flats
(www.ottawabluesfest.ca)

Set on the LeBreton Flats, this 10-day, multi-stage summer staple festival features some of the world’s top artists including Billy Idol, Sam Hunt, Duran Duran, Red Hot Chili Peppers, City and Colour, and many more. This is a fully licensed festival, with a variety of beverage/food options available.

Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival – July 9 – 10, 2016

5673 Osgoode Main St, Osgoode
(osgoodemedievalfestival.com)

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, costume contests, dancing and merriment. Medieval Education Day for kids ages 4-16 is on July 8. Shuttles will be available to the festival from Greenboro Station.

HOPE Volleyball SummerFest – July 16, 2016

Mooney’s Bay Beach
(www.hopehelps.com)

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 from Hey Rosetta and The Elwins to help raise money for various charities. Each year, more than 20,000 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 20 – 24, 2016

St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, 700 Ridgewood Ave
(OttawaLebaneseFestival.com)

For the 26th year the Ottawa Lebanese festival will be celebrating their heritage with 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. Ahla w sahla.   ترحيب    Welcome

Capital Ukrainian Festival – July 21 – 24, 2016

Ukrainian Catholic Shrine, 952 Green Valley Crescent
(capitalukrainianfestival.com)

Celebrate all things Ukrainian with 100+ entertainers, fashion shows, workshops, a busy marketplace, and fireworks. Admission and parking are free. And (of course) pierogies just like mom used to make. Wish table mates “Smachnoho” (Bon appétit!).

Chamber Music Festival – July 24 – August 4, 2016

Various venues in the downtown area
(www.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 aims to soothe fans of this form of classical music, and create inclusive atmospheres to introduce the style to new listeners.

Bytown Days – July 30 – August 1, 2016

Rideau Canal Locks, by the Bytown Museum
(www.bytowndays.ca)

Come celebrate the creation of the Rideau Canal and Bytown, now Ottawa. 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 21st annual Colonel By Day, featuring costumed characters, Voyageur Canoe rides with a guide, and free interactive activities.

Festival of India – August 5 – 7, 2016

Marion Dewar Plaza, 110 Laurier Avenue West
(festivalofindiaottawa.org)

This festival 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 all parts of India. The festival also includes yoga classes, cricket demonstrations, a Bollywood dance showcase, and Holi celebration.

Jamaica Day (JAMDAY) – August 6, 2016

Mooney’s Bay Park
(www.jamday.ca)

Join us on Mooney’s Bay for fun in the sun celebrating the Jamaican community. You can expect performances by Cham, Glen Washington, and Johnny P as well as the Jamday Idol Talent Competition.

Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival – August 10 – 14, 2016

Various Locations (Victoria Island, SAW Gallery, Gallery 101)
(asinabkafestival.org)

Celebrating their 5th year, the Asinabka Festival aims to present and highlight Indigenous film and media arts that promote Indigenous culture, education and language.

TD SouthAsianFest – August 11 – 13, 2016

City Hall, 110 Laurier West
(www.southasianfest.net)

This annual free festival attracts crowds from all cultural backgrounds and is also the largest South Asian gathering in Ottawa. This cultural landscape is showcased by different genres of South Asian performing arts, local artists, and mouth-watering South Asian cuisine.

Ottawa Greekfest – August 11 – 21, 2016

Hellenic Meeting and Reception Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive
(www.ottawagreekfest.com)

One of Ottawa’s longest running cultural festivals, this annual 10 day event features live Greek music, traditional Greek dances, excellent Greek cuisine, cooking demonstrations, Greek language lessons, Greek traditional dance lessons, a Zorba show, craft and cultural exhibits, souvenirs, a raffle, children’s activities, church tours, and ecclesiastical displays.

Capital Pride – August 15 – 21 2016

Throughout Ottawa with parade on Kent and Bank Street
(ottawacapitalpride.ca)

COME OUT and celebrate Capital Pride! On Sunday the 21st, the Parade will march again through the Village up Kent and then down Bank Street. Other events include the Human Rights Vigil, Rainbow Youth Movie Night, Mr. and Miss Capital Pride Pageant and the Family Picnic in the Park.

Arboretum Festival – August 17 – 20, 2016

Albert Island
(www.arboretumfestival.com)

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 Frigs, DJ Audrey Lourde, and Metz.

Ottawa Craft Beer Festival – August 26 – 28, 2016

Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park
(www.ottawacraftbeerfestival.ca)

The National Capital Craft Beer Festival showcases exceptionally prepared craft beers and food from local eateries. This event was designed to promote the appreciation of craft brewed beers and local artisanal cuisine and includes local beers, wines, and ciders as well as European imported beers.

Ottawa Palestinian Festival – August 26 – 28, 2016

Marion Dewar Park
(www.palestinianfestivalottawa.com)

The festival is organized as a way to showcase the unique culture of Palestinian Canadians, and highlight what the Canadian Palestinian community offers to Ottawa and Canada. This free festival showcases Palestinian art, cuisine, a bazaar, performances, traditional fashion and culture.

Ottawa Turkish Festival – September 5 – 11, 2016

Intercultural Dialogue Institute, 335 Michael Cowpland Drive
(www.ottawaturkishfestival.com)

The Festival will display Turkish hospitality, art, music and gourmet food. Visitors will get an opportunity to celebrate, learn, and savour Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage and cuisine. Visitors will be able to browse and buy Turkish products, souvenirs and handcrafts, participate in activities for all ages, view many authentic demonstrations and performances, sample Turkish cuisine, and more!

CityFolk – September 15 – 18, 2016

Lansdowne Park
(cityfolkfestival.com)

CityFolk festival is back for the second year at Lansdowne Park. This years line-up includes Dropkick Murphys, Plants and Animals, Lake Street Drive, Vanilla Fudge and many more. Youth festival passes start at $59 dollars and General Admission prices begin at $89.

Ottawa International Animation Festival – September 21 – 25, 2016

Various venues including NAC, Arts Court, and ByTowne Cinema
(www.animationfestival.ca)

Time to get animated and check out 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.

Photo by Simon Law www.flickr.com/photos/sfllaw Sculpted by John Ciprano www.jfceprano.com

Photo by Simon Law Creative Commons
Sculpted by John Cipran www.jfceprano.com

We encourage residents of our rental properties 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.