Festivals and Events
Ottawa is a city of celebrations, offering visitors a year-round calendar of parties, festivals and special events. Here's our year at a glance:
July 1st is Canada day, the country's biggest annual birthday bash on Parliament Hill and around downtown.
Ottawa celebrates the return of warm weather as millions of tulips bloom in beds across the city. A photographer's dream.
Starting at the end of June, some of the world's greatest jazz acts hit the capital for a mellow and grooving start to the summer.
One of the continent's most important music festivals hits the Capital in July, and has attracted acts from Van Morrison to the Black Eyed Peas.
Some of the most intimate performances of the year in some of the City's most breathtaking churches and halls.
It all kicks off with Winterlude, North America's greatest winter festival, the first three weekends of February.
In December, hundreds of thousands of Christmas bulbs are alight, turning the Capital into a veritable winter wonderland.
In May, Ottawa plays host to a massive gathering of runners from around the world for the Ottawa Marathon, in a truly spectacular celebration of sportsmanship.
The foremost presenter of contemporary dance in Canada.
Music and Beyond is a new classical music and multi-disciplinary arts festival.
Bringing together thousands of French speakers as well as lovers of the French language to the heart of the National Capital Region.
Celebrating the creativity of musicians, dancers, artisans and storytellers.
The Festival holds a five-day extravaganza of the finest quality theatre, dance and music for young audiences.
The Ottawa Wine and Food Festival features a full array of wine tastings and kitchen demonstrations.
The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is the largest festival of its kind in North America.