Now that summer has finally and truly arrived in Ottawa, it’s time to have some fun! The National Capital Region knows how to do this very well, with our usual lineup of fantastic summer festivals, concerts and a variety of other events for all ages and interests. Once again, our team at Primecorp Property Management is excited to participate in and enjoy all that our fine city has to offer this summer. We have pulled together a short summary of some of the events you can explore this season in the capital!
CANADA DAY– JULY 1, 2019
Downtown Ottawa and Parliament Hill
Canada Day in Ottawa is a spectacular annual event that draws out thousands of Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast and all across our wonderful nation to partake in an amazing and highly festive atmosphere. This year’s event features a wide range of artists on 3 main venues, Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History ranging from Alan Doyle, K’naan, Coeur de Pirate, William Prince, Shawnee, Tokyo Police Club, and many more! The evening is capped off with a spectacular pyro-musical-fireworks display to spark a sense of wonder for all ages.
RBC ROYAL BANK BLUESFEST– JULY 4 – 14, 2019
Celebrating 25 years of successful musical festivity, this year’s Bluesfest once again takes place on LeBreton Flats, and runs 10 days, on multiple stages featuring a world class lineup of artist across a range of genres with something for everyone’s tastes such as Buddy Guy, The Sheep Dogs, America, Christina Martin, Elle King, Ziggy Alberts, Sue Foley and a host of others. This festival is fully licensed and offers a variety of food and beverage options to complement the stellar lineup of live bands.
NORTHERN LIGHTS ON PARLIAMENT HILL– JULY 9 – SEPTEMBER 8, 2019
Starting in early July, and running through the summer until early September, this free 30-minute show runs nightly, just past twilight (start time varies for each month) and features the story of Canada conveyed through huge images of our Nation’s physical, historical, and cultural landscapes, stunningly projected on the backdrop of Centre Block.
HOPE VOLLEYBALL SUMMERFEST– JULY 13, 2019
Mooney’s Bay Beach
The annual Hope Volley Summerfest Tournament is one heck of a summer party in our nation’s capital drawing more than 25,000 players and spectators from a wide range of groups across the region to enjoy a fun game of friendly competition, which has raised millions of dollars for over a hundred local charities. Presented by Big Rig Brewery, this year’s version of Hope offers an energetic lineup of live entertainment from Elijah Woods and Jamie Fine, The Beaches and Hollerado, all in a fun summer-festival-atmosphere for a great cause.
THE OTTAWA LEBANESE FESTIVAL– JULY 17 – 21, 2019
St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, 700 Ridgewood Ave
For the 29th year, the Ottawa Lebanese festival will be celebrating Lebanese heritage with marvelous food and Middle Eastern entertainment. Join hundreds in sampling traditional food, shopping in the marketplace, and enjoying fine entertainment on the Main Stage. Rides and a midway will also be available for family fun.
CAPITAL RIBFEST– AUGUST 2-5, 2019
Festival Plaza, Ottawa City Hall
Enjoy a selection of mouthwatering ribs from all over Canada and vote for the best ones… expected to be “The biggest sticky yet.”
CASINO Du Lac LEAMY SOUND OF LIGHT – AUGUST 10-24, 2019
Held on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, five international fireworks designers, from Chile, Italy, Greece and France create amazing displays that light up Ottawa/Gatineau’s sky with lights, music and entertainment!
OTTAWA GREEKFEST– AUGUST 15 – 25, 2019
1315 Prince of Wales Drive between Baseline Road and Meadowlands Drive
Ottawa Greekfest is one of the longest running annual festivals in the National Capital Region. This 10-day event includes traditional Greek dancing (and dance lessons) fine Greek cuisine and cooking demonstrations, live cultural music, craft displays and cultural exhibits, family activities, a Zorba show and much more!
THE CAPITAL FAIR– AUGUST 16 – 25, 2019
Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre, 4837 Albion Road
The Capital Fair features Eastern Ontario’s largest midway, fun fair foods, and a terrific line up of nightly entertainment, including, a monster truck competition, jousting medieval knights, a street dance battle and a demolition derby! There’s lots of fun for the little ones too, with a petting zoo and pony rides, 4H competitions, a NBHA western horse show, and much more. Gate admission is $5 and ride bracelets are $40.
CAPITAL PRIDE– AUGUST 18-26, 2019
Throughout Ottawa with parade on Kent and Bank Street
Come out and celebrate Capital Pride! On Sunday, August 18th, the Parade will march through the Village up Kent and then down Bank Street. A variety of other events will take place as Capital Pride “creates opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Canada’s capital region.”
CITYFOLK– SEPTEMBER 11 – 15, 2018
This year CityFolk festival is once again being held at Lansdowne Park. In addition to an incredible lineup of musical performances, there will be vendors of all types, a selection of local craft beer, contests and more. Some of the bands headlining this year’s festival include: The Stumbellas, Our Lady Peace, Donovan Woods and The Opposition, Robert Plant and the Sensational Shifters and many others.
RICHMOND FAIR – SEPTEMBER 19-22, 2019
This fun-filled country fair, within easy driving distance from downtown Ottawa, has been running since 1844 (this year celebrating its 175th anniversary)! Richmond Fair offers a full midway, agricultural and craft contests and nightly entertainment, this year featuring: Aaron Goodvin and The Road Hammers.
These are only some of the amazing summer festivals and events taking place in the Ottawa area this year. For more information on events and festivals visit Ottawa Festivals.
Primecorp Property Management wishes everyone a safe and happy summer and we encourage residents of our rental properties to get out and enjoy all that Ottawa has to offer! Share photos of your summer festival experiences on our Facebook page or tweet us @PrimecorpPM.