Rock Out in Ottawa this Summer!
Check out the great festivals happening in and around Ottawa this summer:
The RBC Bluesfest (July 5–15) kicks off the fun. Don’t let the name fool you—from the Foo Fighters to Shawn Mendes, from Bryan Adams to Zed’s Dead, Rise Against, 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 4–18), an exploration of classical music with live performances at eclectic venues across Ottawa.
The world-renowned Ottawa Chamberfest (July 26–August 9) hosts many of its concerts in churches. This year, enjoy performances by Angela Hewitt, Marc-André Hamelin with Quatuor Danel, the Ariel Quartet with Rolston String Quartet, and many more!
The Ottawa Busker Festival on Sparks Street takes place August 2-6. Unorthodox entertainment by street performers from around the world includes comics, jugglers, acrobats and stunts. Free admission but donations appreciated.
The annual Capital Pride Festival takes place August 20-26 and features many community events and the popular parade on the final day.
The Arboretum Festival returns this year under a new name… Bon-Fire (August 17–18). This two-day celebration of creativity marries great indie music with delicious food, held in rural Ottawa at Rideau Pines Farm.
Celebrating its 15th edition this year, the House of PainT festival of urban arts and culture (August 23-26) brings together hip hop artists of every description—graffiti, breakdancers, DJs, and MCs—together for an awesome spectacle.
The Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival (August 30- September 3) fills the sky with colourful balloons, while a number of exciting performances take place as well.
The CityFolk festival takes place at Lansdowne September 12–16. This year’s lineup includes David Byrne, Hozier, Belle and Sebastian, and more.
The Ottawa International Animation Festival presents screenings of cutting-edge and thoughtful animation films (September 26–30).