Festivals and Events
Ottawa has perfected the festival. The city takes an inclusive approach when it comes to hosting its extraordinary festivals and events, touching on nearly every interest across the entire calendar. If you love the outdoors, then Winterlude, which takes place over the three weekends of February, has become one of Canada’s greatest outdoor parties and is perfect for the whole family. Music enthusiasts have no shortage of options, which include RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest, TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival, and Ottawa Chamberfest. And a variety of highly fascinating events, such as Canadian Tulip Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Christmas Lights Across Canada, and Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light help round out the year.
Bytown Days is a magnificent, fun-filled, family festival connecting generations past and present through a wide variety of heritage-themed events.
Canada Army Run is the fastest growing run in Canada and unlike any other run in the country.
July 1st is Canada day, the country's biggest annual birthday bash on Parliament Hill and around downtown.
Ottawa celebrates the return of warm weather as millions of tulips bloom in beds across the city. A photographer's dream.
Carp Fair showcases everything from Agricultural Exhibits, to Live Musical Performances. There is something for everyone and all age groups.
An international fireworks competition with the greatest pyrotechnic experts ̶ five unforgettable evenings of magical moments, colourful lights and melodic sound.
In December, hundreds of thousands of Christmas bulbs are alight, turning the Capital into a veritable winter wonderland.
Celebrating the creativity of musicians, dancers, artisans and storytellers.
Bringing together thousands of French speakers as well as lovers of the French language to the heart of the National Capital Region.
Magnetic North Theatre Festival is Canada’s only national theatre festival, a celebration of our leading contemporary theatre artists.
Music and Beyond is a new classical music and multi-disciplinary arts festival.
Some of the most intimate performances of the year in some of the City's most breathtaking churches and halls.
The Festival holds a five-day extravaganza of the finest quality theatre, dance and music for young audiences.
The Ottawa Wine and Food Festival features a full array of wine tastings and kitchen demonstrations.
One of the continent's most important music festivals hits the Capital in July, and has attracted acts from Van Morrison to the Black Eyed Peas.
One block away are the Parliament Buildings, house for the Canadian government. Nearby, are some of the city's finest hotels, shopping, restaurants and historical sites.
Join thousands of runners from around the world during Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.
Starting at the end of June, some of the world's greatest jazz acts hit the capital for a mellow and grooving start to the summer.
The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is the largest festival of its kind in North America.
TWIST is a unique fibre festival in Québec, Canada, bringing together the most important players in the field.
Come celebrate winter and craft brewing in the National Capital!
It all kicks off with Winterlude, North America's greatest winter festival, the first three weekends of February.