Events and Things to Do in Ottawa
Remembrance Day Ceremonies in OttawaNovember 11th, 2016For further info
On November 11th each year, Canadians gather at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, standing in collective Remembrance of all who have fallen in the military service of their country.
Great Pumpkin BallSaturday, October 29th at St Brigid's Church in Byward MarketMore Info
The 10th Annual Great Pumpkin Charity Ball in support of Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Assoc for Disabled Skiing - National Capital Region, St. Jude Children's Hospital and the Ottawa Food Bank
Saunders Farm Haunting Season & Fright FestSept 24 - Oct 31, 2016More Info
Haunting Season now welcomes nearly 60,000 people each year, with the largest collection of hedge mazes in the world.
Ottawa International BuskerfestJuly 30 - August 3More Info
Visit the historic Sparks Street and watch Incredible Street Performers from around the world. Shows for the whole family including jugglers, escape artists, acrobats, fire eaters, and more!
Christmas Lights Across CanadaDecember 2 - January 7More Info
Capital cities throughout the country are brought together by the annual celebration of Christmas Lights Across Canada.
WinterludeJanuary 29 - February 15More Info
Unique to Ottawa and at the Lord Elgin's doorstep, these three Winterlude weekends are filled with activities and many venues are open daily. Winterlude 2016 will run from January 29 to February 15, 2016, and...
Red Bull Crushed Ice in Ottawa 2017March 2017For a glimpse of what is in store
For Canada's 150th birthday, this world famous event will take place near the Rideau Canal locks and Major's Hill Park in March 2017.
Ottawa International Children’s FestivalMay 9-14, 2017More Info
For three decades, the OICF has presented a six-day extravaganza of the finest quality theatre, dance and music for young audiences.
Tulip FestivalMay 12-22, 2017For more info...
Ranked the world's largest tulip festival, the Canadian Tulip Festival offers you the opportunity to explore colourful tulips in bloom, Dutch culture, and International Pavilion, Ikebana workshops and...
Canada's Best Running EventMay 27-28, 2017For more info...
The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is Canada’s largest running weekend. In 2016, more than 50,000 people participated in six events over the weekend, including the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon.
Ottawa Ribfest on Sparks StreetJune 22-26, 2016More Info
Break out your bibs! Canada's biggest BBQ returns to Sparks Street June 12nd to 26th! There'll be entertainment, music, celebrity judging and more! 11 patios are ready for you and your friends!
TD Ottawa Jazz FestivalJune 22 - July 3, 2016More Info
From the avant-garde to big band and swing, come enjoy musical stylings to suit any jazz aficionado as the festival celebrates its 36th anniversary this year!
Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat FestivalJune 25 - June 28More Info
Recognized as North America's largest dragon boating festival the four day celebration offers free admission to multiple stages with world class programming, marquee concerts, amusement attractions, sports...
Ottawa Fringe FestivalJune 18 - June 28More Info
A Fringe Festival is a forum that unites artists and audiences in a fun, exploratory environment - where 100% of ticket sales go to the artists
Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts FestivalJune 19 - June 21More Info
One of the few Aboriginal Arts Events that truly represents the cultural diversity of our urban Aboriginal community, with full participation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists
Canada DayJuly 1, 2017More Info
Don’t miss Canada’s 150th birthday in the capital, when the region resonates with pageantry and the sounds of celebration!
La MachineTBAfor just a taste of what is in store.....
Builders and creators of live productions - La Machine is a street theatre company founded in 1999 and led by François Delarozière. It came about thanks to artists, technicians and theatre designers working tog
HOPE Volleyball SummerFestJuly 11More Info
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.
RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest - Lebreton FlatsJuly 7 - 17, 2016More Info
One of the largest international music events in the world, with over 220 musical acts on several outdoor stages, attracting more than 300,000 music fans each year.
Ottawa Craft Beer FestivalAugust 28 - August 30More Info
At Landsdown Park, this festival showcases exceptionally crafted craft beers, cider, local eateries and some local wine.