Events and Things to Do in Ottawa

  • Canadian Museum of Nature
    March Break in Canada's Capital

    March 2-20, 2020

    Ottawa provides more museums, attractions and stuff to do with the entire family than anywhere! You'll need a whole week to get it all in!

  • Tulip Festival
    Springtime in Ottawa

    March - June

    The weather is getting warmer and Ottawa is ready to showcase what the city has to offer in spring. There are many events highlighting the arrival of the new season!

  • Ottawa International Children’s Festival

    May 6-10, 2020

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

  • Ottawa Craft Beer Festival

    May 8 & 9, 2020

    This is the largest beer festival in the Region. Taking place at Place des Festivals, Zibi featuring over 300 beers, more than 30 breweries over 3 days.

  • Festival canadien des tulipes
    CanadianTulip Festival

    May 8-18, 2020

    Ranked the world's largest tulip festival, the Canadian Tulip Festival offers you the opportunity to explore colorful tulips in full bloom

  • Ottawa Cycling

    April - September

    Ottawa has embraced bicycles with bike lanes on city streets, and paths around the Rideau Canal and across the city. With many clubs, paths, rentals and tours biking is a unique way to see the city!

  • Ottawa Marathon - Race Weekend in May. Starting line is located just outside the doors of the Lord Elgin Hotel
    Canada's Best Running Event

    May 23-24, 2020

    Starting right outside our door, Canada's largest running weekend. In 2019, more than 50,000 people participated in six events over the weekend, including the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon.

  • Ottawa Fringe Festival

    June 18-28, 2020

    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

  • Ottawa Ribfest on Sparks Street

    June 24-28, 2020

    Break out your bibs! Canada's biggest BBQ returns to Sparks Street June 19 to 23rd! There'll be entertainment, music, celebrity judging and more! 11 patios are ready for you and your friends!

  • Family Cycling in Ottawa
    Summer in Ottawa

    June - September

    As Canada's Capital, Ottawa is in full celebration mode all summer long. From our numerous festivals, to all the attractions at our museums and galleries, you will have to stay a week to get it all in!

  • Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival

    June 18-21, 2020

    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

  • Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival

    June 25-28, 2020

    Recognized as North America's largest dragon boating festival the four day celebration offers free admission to multiple stages with world class programming.

  • Jazz Festival
    TD Ottawa Jazz Festival

    June 19 - July 1, 2020

    From the avant-garde to big band and swing, come enjoy musical stylings to suit any jazz aficionado as the festival celebrates its 40th anniversary this year!

  • Changing of the Guard - Parliament Hill
    Changing of the Guard

    End of June to end of August

    Almost every summer morning, Canada's Ceremonial Guard marches by the Lord Elgin Hotel each day enroute to and returning from Parliament Hill.

  • Canada Day 2017 Ottawa
    Canada Day

    July 1, 2020

    Don’t miss Canada’s 153rd birthday in the capital, when the region resonates with pageantry and the sounds of celebration!

  • RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest - Lebreton Flats

    July 9-19, 2020

    Celebrating 25 years, Bluesfest is 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.

  • Music and Beyond
    Music and Beyond

    July 4-17, 2020

    Music and Beyond is a classical music and arts festival that began in July 2010. Each year, the festival offers a variety of programming to highlight exciting connections between classical music and many other

  • Chamberfest

    July 25 to August 8, 2019

    Ottawa Chamberfest brings together the boldest names in ensemble and solo performance for musical celebration in the nation’s capital, through its concert series, community engagement and education (CEE).

  • HOPE Volleyball SummerFest

    July 13, 2019

    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.

  • Ottawa International Buskerfest

    August 1-5, 2019

    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!

  • Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

    August 29 to September 2, 2019

    See hot air balloons fill the Gatineau sky, enjoy the amusement park, fireworks, and a number of exciting shows!

  • Ottawa International Animation Festival

    September 25-29, 2019

    Every September, the Ottawa International Animation Festival presents the world’s most cutting-edge, quirky and important animation — and transforms Ottawa into the centre of the animation universe.

  • National War Memorial Ottawa. Remembrance day ceremonies happen here.
    Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Ottawa

    November 11th, 2020

    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.

  • 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.

  • Winterlude

    January 31 to February 17, 2020 (weekends)

    Unique to Ottawa and at the Lord Elgin's doorstep, these three Winterlude weekends are filled with activities and many venues are open daily.