Take a look at highlights of some of the incredible events taking place all year long in Ottawa to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. For a complete list, view our event calendar. You can also find more information about upcoming events on the Ottawa 2017 website. Plan your visit and book your hotel stay today!
Upcoming Event Highlights
Awaken your senses and indulge in the pure beauty of rural Ottawa with Agri 150, a new Ottawa 2017 program stewarded by Just Food. More than 20 unique one-day outdoor events will take place over the course of the year in rural Ottawa.
- Early Nations Culinary Experience – June 17, 2017
- Secret Eats Tours – June 25 (Rideau-Goulbourn); August 6, 2017 (Cumberland)
- Wine & Worlds Tour – July 15, 2017
Ignite 150 is a series of 17 epic stunts and happenings that will turbo-charge every corner of the capital in 2017. These experiences will be no less than ephemeral, spectacular, innovative, breathtaking, and unforgettable, while taking place in surprising and unusual locations across Ottawa. Key elements of the programming will be revealed a few days before the event via the Ottawa 2017 app.
- Chef Fest – June 15, 2017
- Sky Lounge – July 7-22, 2017
- Canada’s Table – August 27, 2017
- Oyster Garden – September 9, 2017
Ottawa Welcomes the World
Embassies and high commissions have been invited to mark their country’s national celebration at the Aberdeen Pavilion and the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne during 2017. Join the festivities and dive into a unique multicultural atmosphere for Ottawa Welcomes the World. Indulge yourself in food tasting, musical celebrations, artistic performances and more!
Canadian Tulip Festival
May 12-22, 2017
The annual world-famous Canadian Tulip Festival centres around Ottawa’s love affair with the tulip, with a million tulips blooming in public areas. 300,000 Canada 150 tulips – the official tulip of Canada’s 150th anniversary – bloom in parks throughout Ottawa and more bloom in residential areas.
May 20-September 4, 2017
Inspiration Village, located on York Street in Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market, will house a succession of special exhibits and performing arts events, each one showcasing Canada’s provinces and territories. In an unusual twist, Inspiration Village will be built out of sea containers transformed into an aesthetic artistic installation.
While you’re there, take a selfie at the giant red OTTAWA sign and share it with us on social media using the hashtag #MyOttawa!
Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend
May 27-28, 2017
Join thousands of runners from around the world during Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. Children, youth, and veteran runners take over Ottawa during this weekend for a number of events, including a kid’s marathon and two- and five-kilometre runs. The centrepiece of the weekend, though, is the Ottawa Marathon. As the largest marathon in the country, and cited as one of the must-run routes, some of the best runners from all corners of the world enter for a chance to win this prestigious event. If watching is more your sport, the marathon passes many of Ottawa’s major landmarks, so there are plenty of great spots to watch these athletes.
Canadian and Indigenous Galleries open | National Gallery of Canada
June 15, 2017
The National Gallery of Canada unveils Canada’s Masterpieces: Our Stories, including the transformation of the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries as part of its 2017 celebrations. The re-visioned 45,000 square foot gallery will tell the story of art in Canada, interweaving Indigenous history and art.
Red Bull Global Rallycross
June 17-18, 2017
For the first time in its seven-year history, Red Bull Global Rallycross will head to Canada for two rounds of action – and it’s happening right here, in Ottawa, at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum! The course will feature long straightaways and wide-open corners, allowing the 600-horsepower Supercars to reach top speed. The paved main course and Joker Lap will merge leading into the dirt section, just before cars fly over the finish line on the series’ signature 70-foot jump. With grandstands set throughout the dirt section and up to the finish, fans will be up close to some of the most exciting moments of the 2017 season.
2017 Ottawa International Triathlon, Canadian Triathlon Championship and CAMTRI American Cup
June 17-18, 2017
Canada’s top triathletes will be swimming, biking and running into Ottawa for the Canadian Sprint and Standard Distance Triathlon Championships and the CAMTRI American Cup.
Canada Scene | National Arts Centre
June 15-July 23, 2017
The National Arts Centre and other locations across Canada’s Capital Region host a cultural festival called Canada Scene with 1,000 artists from across Canada participating in 100 events.
Arctic Gallery opens | Canadian Museum of Nature
June 21, 2017
A new permanent Arctic Gallery opens at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
June 22-July 2, 2017
Each summer the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival features some of the jazz world’s most renowned and cutting-edge musicians. The Festival provides audiences with a unique opportunity to enjoy performances day and night throughout the festival in the most idyllic indoor and outdoor settings.
Global Relay Canadian Road Championships
June 24-28, 2017
Global Relay Canadian Road Championships: A series of cycling trials and races for various divisions.
June 29-July 4, 2017
The City of Ottawa’s Urban Camping Program has created a unique way for visitors to stay in Ottawa during the long Canada Day weekend in 2017. Select green spaces and parking lots will be converted into family-friendly sites that visitors can reserve for their tents and RVs. Campers will have access to showers and toilets and in some cases, can access additional amenities for a small extra fee.
Canada Day Weekend Celebrations
June 30-July 2, 2017
In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, Canada Day organizers are extending official festivities over the entire long weekend from June 30 to July 2, 2017! Celebrations are free and take place on Parliament Hill, in Major’s Hill Park and at the Canadian Museum of History, including fireworks at 11 p.m.! Canadian Heritage will announce specific programming shortly.
June 30-October 15, 2017
MosaïCanada 150 is an impressive free horticulture event in Jacques Cartier Park, Gatineau, featuring sculptures, paintings and a one-kilometre stroll through fantastic plants. A Gatineau 2017 event.
Canadian History Hall opens | Canadian Museum of History
July 1, 2017
The new Canadian History Hall opens at the Canadian Museum of History.
Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge
July 2, 2017
The Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge offers picnic spots overlooking Parliament Hill and the Ottawa River. Stretching between Ottawa and Gatineau, the Alexandra Bridge walkway will be covered with sod to create the picnic spots! This ticketed event is organized by Ottawa 2017.
Canadian Track and Field Championships
July 6-9, 2017
Canadian Track and Field Championships: A competition for the nation’s best Olympic and Paralympic athletes that also serves as selection trials for the national team.
July 6-16, 2017
Five stages sit around the bank of the Ottawa river and inside the Canadian War Museum, creating one of the most unique and beautiful settings to witness some of the world’s biggest and most innovative artists during Bluesfest’s two-week reign.
Northern Lights Sound and Light Show
July 11-September 16, 2017
Join the crowds on Parliament Hill for this free 30-minute Sound and Light Show set against Centre Block and the Peace Tower. Through impressive digital technology, the show depicts Canadian stories of nation-building, discovery, valour and more. Show times: in July at 10:00 p.m., in August at 9:30 p.m., and in September at 9:00 p.m.
July 16-September 14, 2017
Kontinuum is an underground multimedia experience, that brings a free interactive sound and light fantasy voyage into an unfinished underground light rail transit tunnel—a world first!
July 22-Aug 4, 2017
The largest chamber music festival in the world, Ottawa Chamberfest presents more than 100 performances from renowned artists at incredible venues across downtown Ottawa.
July 27-30, 2017
A North American first, La Machine will feature a giant dragon and spider roaming the streets of Ottawa. Free for spectators, the exact location of their Ottawa performance will be announced.
VOLTA | Cirque du Soleil
August 3-27, 2017
Cirque du Soleil presents a new show called VOLTA on the Zibi development site near the Portage Bridge, overlooking the Ottawa River. A Gatineau 2017 event.
Canadian Pacific Women’s Open
August 21-27, 2017
For the fourth time, the stars of the LPGA Tour will light up the nation’s capital as Golf Canada and Canadian Pacific announced the 2017 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open will return to Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club to coincide with Canada’s 150 year celebration.
August 21, 2017
This outdoor live music event at Lansdowne features American headliner Guns N’ Roses and Canadian opening act, Our Lady Peace. Other Canadian artists—including francophone and indigenous talent—will be featured at the on-site “All Canadian Tail Gate Party” before the concert.
The magnificence of the Chaudière Falls
Late September – Early November 2017
Magnificence of Chaudière Falls highlights local First Nations culture through a vivid display of colourful lights and a rich soundscape, elevating the natural beauty of this important landmark.
Canada Science and Technology Museum reopening
The Canada Science and Technology Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary, and reopens after $80.5 million in building repairs and upgrades.
105th Grey Cup and Festival
November 21-26, 2017
Enjoy a week of celebrations at Lansdowne prior to the 105th Grey Cup—the annual championship game of the Canadian Football League!
Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings – Canadian Olympic curling trials
December 2-10, 2017
The Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings will feature nine men’s and nine women’s teams battling for the right to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Games.
2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™ – outdoor hockey game
December 16, 2017
The Ottawa Senators play the Montréal Canadiens in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™ outdoor hockey game. The game, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the very first National Hockey League game, will be held at TD Place at Lansdowne.