A Festive Summer in #MyOttawa
While Canada Day (July 1) is the biggest one-day party in Ottawa—complete with concerts, great food and spectacular fireworks—it also marks a day of free programming for the venerable TD Ottawa Jazz Festival (June 22–July 3).
The RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest (July 7–17) continues the fun. Don’t let the name fool you—from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Brad Paisley, from Duran Duran to City and Colour, the Lumineers and lots more, audiences have an eclectic mix of music to enjoy. Bluesfest also overlaps its dates (and maybe even some of its audience) with Music and Beyond (July 4–17), an exploration of classical music including a free concert along the Rideau Canal, an evening with Christopher Plummer, and a Chinese circus troupe on the menu.
The world-renowned Ottawa Chamberfest (July 21–August 3) hosts many of its concerts in churches. This year, enjoy the Gryphon Trio, Janina Fialkowska’s birthday tour, and more!
On Parliament Hill, Fortissimo: Beating Retreat Ceremony, a military and musical spectacular, features massed military bands, pipes and drums, guest performers and the soldiers of the Ceremonial Guard (July 21-23). This year marks their 20th edition!
The Ottawa Busker Festival on Sparks Street celebrates its 25th anniversary July 28–August 1, 2016. Unorthodox entertainment by street performers from around the world includes clowns, jugglers, acrobats and magic tricks. Free admission but donations appreciated.
The annual Capital Pride Festival takes place August 15-21, with the popular parade on the final day. Other programming details are not yet confirmed.
The Arboretum Festival (August 17–20), now in its fifth year, marries great indie music with delicious food outside Ottawa City Hall and in a series of hip venues.
The Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival fills the sky with colourful balloons, while a number of exciting shows take place as well.
The CityFolk festival takes place at Lansdowne Park September 15–18. This year’s lineup includes Vance Joy, Dropkick Murphys, Dean Brody, and more.
The Ottawa International Animation Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary September 21–25, 2016.