summer festivals



Ottawa Bluesfest
(July 7-17, 2016)  Lebreton Flats
One of the largest international music events in the world, with over 220 varied musical acts on several outdoor stages, attracting more than 300,000 music fans each year.

(June 3-5, 2016)  Laroche Park, 52 Bayview Rd
A festival of music, art and life. The biggest free street party in Canada!

Ottawa Ribfest
(June 22-26, 2016)  Sparks Street
Head to Sparks Street to enjoy some of the best chicken and ribs vendors from Canada and the United States have to offer! Want a truly unique Ottawa experience? Get whatever you like on Sparks, then stroll over to Parliament Hill to enjoy it on the beautiful front lawn in the sunshine.

Escapade Music Festival
(June 25-26, 2016)  Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre, 4837 Albion Road
Some of the world’s top rising and established international artists spotlight the best in electronic dance music.

Glow Fair Festival
(June 17-18, 2016)  Bank Street North
Enjoy a 10-block street party of music, light and art! The heart of the fair’s musical action will take place at the corner of Slater Street and Laurier Avenue. See more than 20 bands and DJ acts at GlowFair and each night at midnight, enjoy a silent disco party! This colourful and lively two-day Ottawa event is free.



Canada Day
(July 1, 2016)  Downtown Ottawa and Gatineau
Don’t miss Canada’s 149th birthday in the capital, when the region resonates with pageantry and the sounds of celebration!

Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
(June 23-26, 2016)  Mooney’s Bay Park, 2960 Riverside Drive
This free outdoor festival is a celebration of culture, heritage, the arts and sports. Every year the festival hosts exciting dragon boat paddling races as well as live music performances from up-and-coming bands. Admission is free for all races and concerts! This year the four-day festival will have performances from artists such as Mother Mother, July Talk, and a Tribe Called Red. This is North America’s largest dragon boating festival!

(June 11-12, 2016)  Lansdowne – Aberdeen Pavilion 1000 Exhibition Way
Taking place at the historic Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne, this is the largest dessert festival in North America! Walk around and sample delicious treats such as chocolate, candy, ice cream, cupcakes and more. Your delicious favourites are sure to be here!

TD Ottawa Jazzfest
(June 23-July 3, 2016)  Confederation Park
From the avant-garde to big band and swing, come enjoy musical stylings to suit any jazz aficionado!