It’s that time of the year once again, Summer Festival Season in Ottawa! It is time for the city of Ottawa to fill with festivals, concerts, and other unique events. This season will mark Canada’s 150th birthday and our team at Primecorp Property Management, in Ottawa, can’t wait to get out there and enjoy all that our beautiful nation’s capital has to offer. We have put together a brief overview of some of the amazing events this season for you to explore!
Ottawa Italian Week Festival: June 8 – 18, 2017
Little Italy, Preston Street
CIAO! The Ottawa Italian Week Festival celebrates the rich diversity of the Italian-Canadian community. The festival brings together Italian culture, food and drink, music, artisans and the experience of “being Italian.” Now, in its 43rd year, the Ottawa Italian Week Festival remains one of the oldest and largest cultural festivals in Ottawa and it is still growing. The Italian Week Festival reaches out and celebrates what it means to be Italian. Signature events include St. Anthony’s Feast Day, Annual Ferrari Festival and Italian Car Show, and the Preston Street Criterium.
Ottawa Fringe Festival: June 8 – 18, 2017
Various venues in the Ottawa Downtown area
Celebrating its 20th season, Ottawa Fringe Festival is an open-access festival where 100% of ticket sales go to the artists. Nobody curates the Ottawa Fringe Festival. Ottawa Fringe rents the venues and programs the festival by lottery and every show is independently produced. Visit their website for full schedule and ticket prices.
Ottawa Craft Beer Festival: June 16 – 18, 2017
Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park
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, ciders, and European imported beers.
Glow Fair: June 16 – 17, 2017
Slater to James Street along Bank Street
Glow Fair is: “A block party unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.” A portion of Bank Street closes to traffic and is taken over by a non-stop celebration of vanguard music and dazzling street performers; from an innovative ‘silent disco’ and group yoga, to a glowing enchanted forest, electrifying installations and décor — this is a free event not to be missed!
Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival: June 20 – 25, 2017
Vincent Massey Park, Major’s Hill, and Victoria Island
Recognized as an Indigenous arts event with national significance, Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is a world-class showcase that fosters incredible energy and instills pride in the rich cultures of Canada’s First People embracing First Nations, Métis, and Inuit organizations and artists. A competition Pow Wow will take place, parallel to National Aboriginal Day, with performances by youth and adults.
Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival: June 22 – 25, 2017
Mooney’s Bay Park
The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is North America’s largest dragon boating event with over 200 teams competing across various categories. The festival offers free spectator admission with world class entertainment from musical acts The Sheepdogs, Said the Whale, The Zolas, and Half Moon Run, as well as extreme sports demos, a variety of artisan exhibitors, delicious culinary treats, kid’s zone, and continuous racing.
Teddy Bears’ Picnic: June 24, 2017
The Grounds of Rideau Hall: Residence of Canada’s Governor General
The annual Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Teddy Bears’ Picnic will be held on the beautiful grounds of Rideau Hall on Saturday, June 24th, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents and visitors are invited to participate in this jubilant, family-friendly event in support of the CHEO foundation.
Canada Day: July 1, 2017
Downtown Ottawa and Parliament Hill
Canada Day in Downtown Ottawa is a massive event bringing thousands of people from all over to Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park, The Byward Market, and the streets of Downtown Ottawa. Performances are still being confirmed, but the wondrous pyromusical fireworks in the evening are not to be missed. We will post more information regarding this event as details emerge.
Kanata Canada Day: June 30 – July 1, 2017
Walter Baker Park, Kanata
Canada Day in Kanata is a family oriented event sponsored by Glenview Homes. The mostly free family event includes an exciting midway, a superb marketplace, Kanata Festival of Beer, family fun zone with bouncy castles, children’s entertainment, and face painting. Performances on the evening of July 1st will include Finger Eleven, Tomi Swick, and the always popular fireworks show!
RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest: July 6 – 16, 2017
Set on the LeBreton Flats, this 10-day, multi-stage summer staple festival features some of the world’s top artists including Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, P!nk, Muse, 50 Cent, Toby Keith, A Tribe Called Red, and many more. This is a fully licensed festival, with a variety of beverage/food options available.
HOPE Volleyball Summerfest: July 15, 2017
Mooney’s Bay Beach
HOPE is a volunteer-driven organization that raises funds for community-based charities to help them continue to make a difference at the local level. The annual HOPE Volleyball SummerFest combines recreational volleyball with live entertainment from The Strumbellas and Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker 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.
The Ottawa Lebanese Festival: July 19 – 23, 2017
St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, 700 Ridgewood Ave.
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
La Machine: July 27 – 30, 2017
This FREE event for spectators will welcome, for the first time in North America, phenomenal large-scale machines to astound and amaze audiences on the downtown streets of Ottawa. Details about schedules and locations are coming soon!
Ottawa Greekfest: August 10 – 20, 2017
Hellenic Meeting and Reception Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive
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.
TD SouthAsianFest: August 11 – 20, 2017
City Hall, 110 Laurier West
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.
The Capital Fair: August 18 – 27, 2017
Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre, 4837 Albion Road
The Capital Fair is pleased to welcome everyone to the Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre for a wonderful day at the fair. The Fair features Eastern Ontario’s largest midway, great Fair foods, a demo derby, the Wednesday night Rideau Carleton Cruise Night, lots for the kids including Doo Doo’s Dance Party, the Monalea Petting Zoo and Pony rides, 4H competitions, a NBHA Western Horse Show, and the Ultimutts Stunt Dog show. Gate admission is FREE and ride bracelets are $38.
Capital Pride: August 21 – 27 2017
Throughout Ottawa with parade on Kent and Bank Street
COME OUT and celebrate Capital Pride! On Sunday August 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.
Cityfolk: September 13 – 17, 2017
CityFolk festival is back for the second year at Lansdowne Park. This year’s line-up includes: Jack Johnson, Post Malone, Broken Social Scene, Amanda Marshall and many more!
Ottawa International Animation Festival: September 20 – 24, 2017
Various venues including NAC, Arts Court, and ByTowne Cinema
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.
The above is only a brief overview of some of the many fantastic festivals and events the City of Ottawa is offering this summer season. There are plenty of attractions taking place outside the city and other events for Canada’s 150th birthday, as well. For more information on events and festivals visit Ottawa Festivals or Ottawa 2017.