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 and our team at Primecorp Property Management 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 just some of the amazing events this season for you to explore!
Ottawa Italian Week Festival – JUNE 6 – 25, 2018
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.” The Italian Week Festival reaches out and celebrates what it means to be Italian. Click here for a full calendar of events.
Ottawa Fringe Festival – JUNE 14 – 24, 2018
Various venues in the Ottawa Downtown area
The 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: Full program.
Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival – JUNE 21 – 28, 2018
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 with performances by youth and adults. The event acknowledges it takes place on traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg people.
Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival – JUNE 21 – 24, 2018
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 Sam Roberts Band, Broken Social Scene, Wintersleep, Hollerado, Old Man Grant, Matt Mays and more, as well as extreme sports demos, a variety of artisan exhibitors, delicious culinary treats, kid’s zone, and continuous racing.
TD Ottawa Jazz Festival – JUNE 21 – July 1, 2018
The festival offers something for everyone featuring some of the jazz world’s most renowned and celebrated musical acts such as: Chaka Khan, Alison Krauss, Herbie Hancock, St Germian, Tanya Tagaq, Boz Scaggs and more. Click here for full performance schedule.
CANADA DAY – JULY 1, 2018
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. With performances by Lights, Arkells, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, Queen Ka and many more and the wondrous pyro-musical fireworks in the evening are not to be missed.
KANATA CANADA DAY –JULY 1, 2018
Walter Baker Park, Kanata
Canada Day in Kanata is a mostly free family event that includes an exciting midway, a superb marketplace, Kanata Festival of Beer, family fun zone with bouncy castles, children’s entertainment, and face painting. Performances that night will include Key Strings, Daisy Train, and the always popular fireworks show in the evening.
RBC ROYAL BANK BLUESFEST – JULY 5 – 15, 2018
Set on the LeBreton Flats, this 10-day, multi-stage summer staple festival features some of the world’s top artists including Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band, Kimbra, Beck, The Strumbellas, Rae Sremmurd, Rise Against, Jethro Tull, Ghostface Killah, Bryan Adams and many more. This is a fully licensed festival, with a variety of food and beverage options available.
HOPE VOLLEYBALL SUMMERFEST – JULY 14, 2018
Mooney’s Bay Beach
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 annual HOPE Volleyball SummerFest combines recreational volleyball with live entertainment from Cold War Kids, Yukon Blonde, and Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs to help raise money for various charities.
The OTTAWA LEBANESE FESTIVAL – JULY 18 – 22, 2018
St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, 700 Ridgewood Ave
For the 28th 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.
OTTAWA GREEKFEST – AUGUST 9 – 19, 2018
1315 Prince of Wales Drive between Baseline Road and Meadowlands 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.
The Capital Fair – AUGUST 17 – 26, 2018
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 demolition 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 $4 and ride bracelets are $40.
CAPITAL PRIDE – AUGUST 20 – 26 2018
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 12 – 16, 2018
CityFolk festival is back again at Lansdowne Park. Performances this year from a variety of acts including: Steve Earle & The Dukes, Kaleo, David Byrne, Hozier, Belle And Sebastian, Michael Mcdonald, Janis Ian, The Decemberists, Whitehorse, Monkeyjunk, Mt. Joy and many more
The above is only a brief overview of some of the many fantastic festivals and events the City is offering this summer season. For more information on events and festivals visit Ottawa Festivals.
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.