summer festivals



Canadian Tulip Festival

This flagship festival showcases the Capital’s official flower as a symbol of international friendship with millions of tulips! This year’s special 65th anniversary program offers activities at four official sites as well as breathtaking Tulipmania Fireworks set to music, guided tours, vintage military displays paying tribute to our veterans, and the WWII liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian troops; and restaurant and hotel special offers. Explore four distinct experiences at venues cross the City:

Lansdowne Park Tulip Gallery – Friendship, Floral and Art Tulip Experience featuring floral exhibits and installations from artists across Canada, the Tulip Café in Aberdeen, interactive family programming, arts and crafts.

Commissioners Park – Garden Tulip Experience with show-stopping, mass-planted tulip beds.

ByWard Tulip Park(ing) – Urban Tulip Experience bringing tulips to the downtown market.

Tulips on the Garden Promenade – City Tulip Tour Experience that showcases the best of Ottawa’s public gardens.


Ottawa Bluesfest
(July 6-17,6 2017)  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.

Laroche Park, 52 Bayview Rd
A festival of music, art and life. The biggest free street party in Canada!

Ottawa Ribfest
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
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
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, 2018)  Downtown Ottawa and Gatineau
Don’t miss Canada’s 150th birthday in the capital, when the region resonates with pageantry and the sounds of celebration!

Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
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!

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
Confederation Park
From the avant-garde to big band and swing, come enjoy musical stylings to suit any jazz aficionado!