Ottawa Spring Festivals

BC Scene April 21 - May 3  
Showcasing more than 600 British Columbia artists on stage at the National Arts Centre.  90 events that will present musicians, dancers, actors and artists from Canada's Pacific Province.  Call 613-947-7000 ex 387 for more details.

Writers Festival – Spring Edition April 25 - May 2   
Leading authors and thinkers from Canada and around the world participate in interactive events.  Call 613-562-1243 for more details.

Canadian Tulip Festival May 1-18   
An annual celebration of Ottawa's tulip beds with more than 3,000,000 flowers blooming.  A 15km Tulip Route lets you experience food, music and culture from all over the globe.  Call 1-800-66TULIP for more details.

Victoria Day Festival May 8-18  
Juliana Park is the place for Midway rides, bandshell entertainment, and great fun this coming May Long Weekend!  Call 613-567-4532 for more details.

Ottawa Race Weekend May 23-24   
A weekend of races for any kind of runner.  Featuring the ING Ottawa Marathon, Half marathon, Family 2K and inline skating races. Also includes the MDS Nordion 10K Run and the MDS Nordion 5K.  Call 613-234-2221 for more details.

Ottawa International Children’s Festival May 27-31   
A five-day festival of theatre, dance, arts and music events from highly acclaimed international and local artists, for children aged four to 15.  Call 613-241-0999 for more details.

Magnetic North Theatre Festival June 3-13   
See fantastic theatre productions from all across Canada, meet national and international presenters, and mingle with great Canadian artists at this ten day event.  Call 613-947-7000, extension #719 for more details.

Festival franco-ontarien June 11-13   
A celebration of Franco-Ontarian culture, music and comedy.  Visit the website or call 613-321-0102 for more details.

Italian Week June 11-21
Preston Street in Ottawa hosts great Italian music, food, pageantry, art and opera at the piazza.   Watch for the bicycle race and Italian Car parade.  Call 613-225-2262 for more details.

WESTFEST June 12-14
WESTFEST, Ottawa’s newest large-scale festival, is a diverse celebration that includes, music, visual, literary, theatre, dance, spoken word, and performance art. Festival activities take place on Richmond Road in Ottawa, between McRae and Golden Avenues.  Call 613-729-3565 for more details.

Carnival of Cultures June 12-14
A wide variety of cultural performances, featuring music, song and dance from around the world at the picturesque outdoor Astrolabe Theatre. Over 500 artists are presented each year in a four-day event that celebrates international folk arts in Ottawa.  Call 613-742-6952 for more details.

The Ottawa Fringe Festival "An Urban Theatre Experience"  June 18-28   
Ottawa's uncensored, unjuried festival of theatre, music, and visual arts.  Over 300 performers bring Downtown Ottawa alive. There's something for everyone!  Call 613-232-6162 for more details.

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival June 19-21
Combine the excitment and competition of dragon boat races, multi-cultural food and entertainment, community spirit and charitable fundraising and you have a colourful two-day event that attracts 5000 paddlers and over 75,000 spectators.  Call 613-238-7711 for more details.


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