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.
- Secret Eats Tours – August 20 (West Carleton-March); September 10 (Osgoode)
- Back to the Future: Farm Technology Tour – August 19, 2017
- From Grain to Glass – August 27, 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.
- Canada’s Table – August 27, 2017
- Oyster Garden – September 9, 2017
- World’s Largest Scavenger Hunt – September 10, 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!
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!
Canadian and Indigenous Galleries open | National Gallery of Canada
Opened June 15, 2017
The National Gallery of Canada unveiled 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.
Arctic Gallery | Canadian Museum of Nature
Opened June 21, 2017
A new permanent Arctic Gallery opened at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Visitors can explore the natural history and human connections with Canada’s North through interactive exhibits, multimedia and fascinating artifacts.
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 | Canadian Museum of History
Opened July 1, 2017
The new Canadian History Hall opened at the Canadian Museum of History – the largest and most comprehensive exhibition about Canadian history ever created.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
November 17, 2017
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.