Ottawa Summer Festivals

Canada Dance Festival June 25-27
The Canada Dance Festival has been the premiere showcase of new Canadian choreographic work for over twenty years. The CDF will animate the prestigious halls of the National Arts Centre and other venues in the National Capital Region with the dynamic energy of the country’s top contemporary and urban dance artists.  Call 613-947-7000,  extension #576 for more details.

Ottawa’s Canada Day Festival June 25-July 1
Ottawa’s Canada Day Festival at Andrew Haydon Park exemplifies the enthusiasm, co-operation and spirit of the individuals businesses and organizations that make up Ottawa. There is something for everyone from midway rides, petting zoo, face painting, to band shell entertainment, car shows, cultural events, and firework displays the evening of July 1st. The festival is free to everyone. Call 613-567-4532 for more details.

TD Canada Trust Ottawa International Jazz Festival June 25- July 5
Over 400 jazz musicians from the country and around the world come together for a ten-day celebration of jazz music in the heart of Ottawa.  Call 613-241-2633 for more details.

Unisong Choir Festival June 27 – July 2
Over the Canada Day weekend, ensembles of over 400 choristers from across Canada present four blissful days of free concerts throughout the Capital.  Call 613-234-3360 for more details.

Canada Day July 1st
Join us as we celebrate our country’s birthday in Canada’s Capital Region! A myriad of free activities take place throughout the day on both sides of the Ottawa River — including street entertainers, games, ceremonies and performances — all culminating in a breathtaking fireworks show in the night sky. Don your red and white, and take part in the festivities, as we proudly celebrate our country’s history and our Canadian traditions.  Call 1-800-465-1867 for more information.

Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill July 6 – Sept 16
Experience the story of our country — as told through music, spectacular lighting effects and stunning giant image projections on the Parliament Buildings.  Call 1-800-465-1867 for more details.

Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest July 9  -19
This award winning, ten-day multi-staged music extravaganza is the largest Blues Festival in Canada and the second largest in North America. Thousands of national and international performers are featured in and around LeBreton Flats.  Call 613-247-1188 for more details.

HOPE Volleyball Summerfest July 11
HOPE is known for being the largest charity beach volleyball tournament in the world and Ottawa's premiere summer fundraising event. Drawing up to 10,000 beach volleyball competitors and thousands more for a benefit rock concert. This one-day event supports local charitable organizations.  Call 613-237-1433 for more information.

Orchestras in the Park July 23-26
Free concerts in Lebreton Flats Park. Bring a chair, bring a snack, bring your friends or family, and enjoy a musical sunset in the park. Perfect for a summer's night! Presented by the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the National Capital Commission.  Call 1-800-465-1867 for details.

Ottawa Turkish Festival July 24-26
The Ottawa Turkish Festival is open to the general public free of charge from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Confederation Park.
The festival will display Turkish Arts, Folk Dance, Whirling Dervishes Performance, Authentic Turkish Music, Kid’s Activities, Turkish Coffee, Food and Deserts where visitors will get an opportunity to celebrate, learn, and savoir Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage and cuisine.  Call 613-255-2133 for more details.

Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival July 25 – August 8
The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival is the largest chamber music festival in the world and one of Canada's most important cultural events. Music lovers travel from every continent to attend concerts in beautiful heritage churches. The festival features the very best musicians from across Canada and around the world.  Call 613-234-8008 for more information.

Rideau Canal Festival July 21 – August 3
The Rideau Canal Festival is a celebration of Ottawa’s new and Ontario’s only World Heritage site. Visitors will be provided with the opportunity to experience the Rideau Canal’s Heritage and see and participate in the renowned : FLOTILLA and bicycle parade.  Call 613-288-0970 for more details.

Ottawa Lumiere Festival August 8
The Lumière Festival is a well planned and safe lantern festival. This festival will AMAZE you, mostly because of the imaginative lanterns you, your children, friends and neighbours have created from some tissue paper and bamboo.  Call 613-745-2742 for more details.

Ottawa Greekfest August 13-23
The Annual Ottawa Greek Festival is all about fun, food & festivities! We have something there for everyone.

  • Live Music & Traditional Greek Dances
  • Excellent Greek Cuisine
  • Arts Court, Souvenir Shop, Children's Activities
  • Famous Zorba Show
  • Special Theme Days
  • Language & Cooking Lessons
  • Prizes (including trip for 2 to sunny Greece)
  • Rainy Day Programs
  • Admission is free.
Weekdays 4:30 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. (Aug. 18, 19, 20 - close at 10:30) - Weekends 12 p.m.-11 p.m.
Location: 1315 Prince of Wales Dr. (between Baseline & Meadowlands)  Call 613-225-8016, extension #234 for more information.

Caribe-Expo Ottawa Caribbean Festival August 14-16
Allow yourself to enjoy the sweetness of music, mas, and masquerade. Make new friends, meet old ones... Enjoy the culture of the Caribbean, at Caribe-Expo.  Call 613-729-1408 for more details.

Ottawa Folk Festival August 20-23   
Music, dance and storytelling transform Britannia Park during an extended weekend celebration of folk and roots music. There are world-class performances on the main stage from 6 pm to 11 pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Seven daytime stages feature entertainment from 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Call 613-230-8234 for more details.

SuperEX August 20-30   
A family event featuring midway rides, games, entertainment, agriculture, concerts and fun right in the middle of the city.
The Central Canada Exhibition Association has been a proud institution in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. At SuperEX 2009, there is a variety of free entertainment for everyone at the numerous locations throughout the park.  Call 613-237-7222 for more details.

Capital Pride Festival August 24-30   
The Pride Festival of Ottawa-Gatineau celebrates the diversity of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered community with a full week of events culminating in a weekend celebration. The Festival includes boat cruises on the Ottawa River, Literary evenings, sporting events, concerts, theatre and the annual Pride Parade on August 30 ending at Ottawa's City Hall for a full day of entertainment, arts, kids play, and great food and drinks.  Call 613-421-5387 for more information.

165th Richmond Fair September 17-20   
Since the Agricultural Society's first Fair in 1844, the fall festival has been an opportunity for families to enjoy viewing the best of their neighbour's kitchens, crops, livestock, and machinery.  Events, a demolition derby, and great music (including special guest Kim Mitchell) all await you in Richmond this September!


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