Events and Things to Do in Ottawa

  • Christmas Lights Across Canada

    Christmas Lights Across Canada

    December 2 - January 7

    Capital cities throughout the country are brought together by the annual celebration of Christmas Lights Across Canada.

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  • Winterlude


    January 29 - February 15

    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...

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  • Tulip Festival

    Tulip Festival

    May 13-23, 2016

    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...

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  • TD Ottawa Jazz Festival

    TD Ottawa Jazz Festival

    June 23 - July 3, 2016

    From the avant-garde to big band and swing, come enjoy musical stylings to suit any jazz aficionado as the festival celebrates its 35th anniversary this year!

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  • Canada Day

    Canada Day

    July 1

    Don’t miss Canada’s 149th birthday in the capital, when the region resonates with pageantry and the sounds of celebration!

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  • RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest

    RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest

    July 7 - 17, 2016

    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.

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  • Ottawa International Children’s Festival

    Ottawa International Children’s Festival

    May 4 – May 13

    For three decades, the OICF has presented a six-day extravaganza of the finest quality theatre, dance and music for young audiences.

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  • Ottawa Ribfest on Sparks Street

    Ottawa Ribfest on Sparks Street

    June 17 - June 21

    Break out your bibs! Canada's biggest BBQ returns to Sparks Street June 17th to 21st! There'll be entertainment, music, celebrity judging and more! 11 patios are ready for you and your friends!

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  • Ottawa Fringe Festival

    Ottawa Fringe Festival

    June 18 - June 28

    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

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  • Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival

    Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival

    June 19 - June 21

    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

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  • Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival

    Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival

    June 25 - June 28

    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...

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  • Canada Day

    Canada Day

    July 1

    Take part in the nation’s biggest birthday party on July 1!
    Witness the ceremonies, shows and fireworks and take in the musical talent!

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  • Music and Beyond

    Music and Beyond

    July 4 - July 17

    Widely considered one of Canada’s major classical music festivals and one of North America’s most innovative arts festival.

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  • HOPE Volleyball SummerFest

    HOPE Volleyball SummerFest

    July 11

    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.

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  • Ottawa International Buskerfest

    Ottawa International Buskerfest

    July 30 - August 3

    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!

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  • Ottawa Craft Beer Festival

    Ottawa Craft Beer Festival

    August 28 - August 30

    At Landsdown Park, this festival showcases exceptionally crafted craft beers, cider, local eateries and some local wine.

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