Events and Things to Do in Ottawa

  • Christmas Lights Across Canada

    Christmas Lights Across Canada

    December 7 - January 7

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

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  • Winterlude

    Winterlude

    February 3rd to February 20th, 2017

    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 2017 will run from February 3 -20th, ending on Family Day

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  • Red Bull Crushed Ice in Ottawa 2017

    Red Bull Crushed Ice in Ottawa 2017

    March 2017

    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.

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  • Ottawa International Children’s Festival

    Ottawa International Children’s Festival

    May 9-14, 2017

    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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  • Tulip Festival

    Tulip Festival

    May 12-22, 2017

    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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  • Canada's Best Running Event

    Canada's Best Running Event

    May 27-28, 2017

    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.

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  • Ottawa Ribfest on Sparks Street

    Ottawa Ribfest on Sparks Street

    June 22-26, 2016

    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!

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  • TD Ottawa Jazz Festival

    TD Ottawa Jazz Festival

    June 22 - 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 36th anniversary this year!

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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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  • 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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  • Canada Day

    Canada Day

    July 1, 2017

    Don’t miss Canada’s 150th birthday in the capital, when the region resonates with pageantry and the sounds of celebration!

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  • La Machine

    La Machine

    July 26-29, 2017

    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

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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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  • 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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  • RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest - Lebreton Flats

    RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest - Lebreton Flats

    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 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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  • Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Ottawa

    Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Ottawa

    November 11th, 2016

    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.

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