Step out of the boardroom into the exciting environment of one of Ottawa’s many festivals and events! When shared common experiences are had with co-workers or fellow delegates, it helps build a sense of team, which makes a festival the perfect backdrop for a meeting, convention or summit. Whether it’s music, film, or even food you’re looking for, Ottawa has it all year-round. So why not have some fun while you’re in the city for an event?
Planning a convention, summit or meeting in July? Why not also plan to go to one of the biggest outdoor music festivals in North America while you’re in the city? With more than 300,000 people gathering at LeBreton Flats located on the Canadian War Museum grounds, RBC Bluesfest has some of the biggest names in music performing every year. This year’s lineup includes names such as Awolnation, Brad Paisley, City and Colour, Lindsey Stirling, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and much more!
Many other music festivals go on during the summer throughout the city such has the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival in June and Ottawa’s Folk Festival, City Folk, in September. After all, what brings people together better than great live music? For more information on music festivals going on in Ottawa, browse Ottawa Tourism’s website.
Canadian Tulip Festival
Every spring more than one million tulips in 50 varieties bloom in Ottawa. You can experience the festival all around the city, but the highest concentration of flowers bloom in the flower beds of Commissioners Park, on the banks of Dows Lake. This is a great Ottawa photo opportunity! Why not get your co-workers or fellow delegates together for a memorable picture?
If you’re planning to come to Ottawa in May, tour around and look at all of the flowers planted, not only to celebrate the return of spring, but also to celebrate the safe haven that Ottawa provided Holland’s royal family during the Second World War. This year’s Canadian Tulip Festival runs from May 12 to 23, 2016.
Spanning over three weeks in February, the famous Winterlude festival has been celebrated in Ottawa and Gatineau for more than three decades. Over 600,000 people take part in the Winterlude activities every year. Most of the activities are free, and include skating on the Rideau Canal Skateway – the world’s largest skating rink as determined by Guinness World Records – and viewing the fantastic ice carvings by artists from all around the world!
Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
Ottawa’s Dragon Boat 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. Take a break and come to North America’s largest dragon boating festival from June 23 to 26, 2016!
Another way to have some fun with the team is to attend the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival. This popular festival features an array of wine tastings and kitchen demonstrations with the pouring of more than 1,400 wines, beers, and spirits. More than 25,000 wine and food enthusiasts flock to this event every year to sample food from all around the world! And there are two editions of this festival: one in the fall and one in the spring.
Ottawa Craft Beer Festival
More than 40 craft breweries gather at Lansdowne Park each year to provide you with exceptionally delicious beer. Learn the history of different local breweries, sample beer, listen to music, and eat amazing food at this annual festival. Going into its fifth edition, this is Ontario’s largest craft beer festival! The 2016 dates are to be announced.
Alternatively, your group can also discover and taste the different foods that Ottawa has to offer with one of the number of food tours that go through the popular ByWard Market neighbourhood and beyond. Some of them include a Maple Marvels Tour, a Chocolate Lover’s Tour, and a Pleasures of Wellington Street tour. This is a fun way to see the city and bond with team members or fellow delegates! Each walking tour lasts two to three hours.
There are many film festivals in Ottawa throughout the year. If you and or your co-workers or fellow delegates enjoy digital creations and animations, documentaries, or you’re just movie lovers, one of the festivals is sure to meet your expectations.
You can expect to see both classic and the newest upcoming animations this September at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, being held at multiple venues around the city. Some other popular film festivals going on in the city this year include the St. Lawrence International Film Festival (in September), as well as the Ottawa International Short Film Festival (in October).
There are plenty of events going on around the city all throughout the year, so you’re almost guaranteed to have something to attend when you’re in Ottawa for a conference, summit or meeting. To see more of the events going on browse Ottawa Tourism’s website and explore the Event Calendar.