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Ottawa is a fun, vibrant and exciting city.  Visit Ottawa Tourism to see what’s happening during your visit.

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    Ottawa Tourism

    09/03/2015
    Ottawa is a fun, vibrant and exciting city. Visit Ottawa Tourism to see what’s happening during your visit. Westfest: (June 8-10, 2018) Each year, more than 100,000 people converge just west of downtown Ottawa to this FREE festival highlighting Canadian arts and culture. In 2018, Westfest is being…
    Learn More
  • Ottawa Tourism

    09/03/2015

    Ottawa is a fun, vibrant and exciting city.  Visit Ottawa Tourism to see what’s happening during your visit.

    Westfest: (June 8-10, 2018)

    Each year, more than 100,000 people converge just west of downtown Ottawa to this FREE festival highlighting Canadian arts and culture. In 2018, Westfest is being held at Tom Brown Arena and Park, located at the east end of the vibrant Wellington West neighbourhood. Enjoy live music, food, local craft beer, an Indigenous Pavilion, family fun area, and lots of other fun activities.

    Festival franco-ontarien (June 14-16, 2018)

    Each June, Ontario’s French population as well as French speakers and Francophiles of all origins gather in downtown Ottawa for the Festival franco-ontarien. This large event celebrates francophone culture through concerts, street art and entertainment. Enjoy performances by francophone artists from Ontario, Canada and beyond. Fun for the whole family!

    TD Ottawa Jazz Festival (June 21-July 1, 2018)

    Each summer, one of Ottawa’s largest music festivals – known locally as “Jazz Fest” – attracts some of the world’s best, as well as up-and-comers in the world of Jazz. Concerts are held on several outdoor stages near Ottawa City Hall and more intimate shows take place at indoor locations throughout downtown Ottawa. This year, the eclectic lineup features Chaka Khan, Alison Krauss, Herbie Hancock, St Germain, and many more international and Canadian artists. And each Canada Day (July 1), the Jazz Fest offers FREE admission to its concerts!

    Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival (June 21-24, 2018)

    This annual celebration of the historic dragon boat tradition takes place at Mooney’s Bay, just south of downtown Ottawa along the Rideau River. More than 200 teams compete in North America’s largest dragon boat event, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018! In addition to the colourful boats and exciting races, you’ll find a variety of exhibitors and artisans, food and drink, a Children’s Area with fun activities, plus world-class entertainment. The 2018 Dragon Boat Festival lineup includes the Sam Roberts Band, Broken Social Scene, Wintersleep, Hollerado, Matt Mays and much more. Admission is FREE!

    Bud Light Escapade Music Festival (June 23-24, 2018)

    Taking place the weekend before Canada Day, “Escapade” as it’s known locally, is Ottawa’s electronic dance music festival which takes place at Lansdowne Park, a popular gathering place located in the trendy Glebe neighbourhood near downtown Ottawa. Attracting a typically younger crowd, this is one of Ottawa’s wilder summer music festivals. Headliners in 2018 include Alesso, Kaskade, Armin Van Buuren and many more.