Looking for a reason to visit Ottawa-Gatineau this summer? Here’s a look ahead of the best events and festivals happening around the city. Want to stay close to the action? Book ahead by clicking here.
Best for Family Fun
Gatineau’s Wonders of Sand: July 6-8
Admire the work of some of the best sand sculptures in the country.
Northern Lights: July 9 – September 3
Experience a majestic show of sound and light against the backdrop of the Parliament Buildings.
Osgood Medieval Festival: July 14-15
Take a step back into medieval times with dazzling dancers, fantastic sword fights, and much more.
Ice Cream Festival: July 15
Explore the journey from cow to cone at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.
Agwata Multimedia Water Show: July 20-29
A multimedia water show with video projects on a gigantic water screen in Gatineau.
Ottawa Busker Festival: August 2-6
Street performers from around the world provide entertainment.
The Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light: August 4-18
Five international fireworks designers create amazing displays that light up the Ottawa-Gatineau sky.
The Capital Fair: August 17-26
Features a midway, demolition derby, critter zoo, stunt dogs and more.
Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival: August 30-September 3
Balloon lift-offs, spectacular shows, an amusement park and more at Casino Lac-Leamy.
Best Cultural Celebrations:
Korea Week 2018: Until July 7
Various events celebrating Korean culture in Canada.
Capital Ukrainian Festival: July 20-22
Savour, learn and experience the best of Ukrainian culture.
Carivibe Reach the Beach Party: July 28
Ottawa’s biggest Caribbean beach bash.
Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival: August 1-5
An opportunity for Indigenous peoples to tell their stories and showcase their culture.
The Great India Festival: August 10-12
Savour Indian cuisine, listen to live music and get enthralled with dances.
TD SouthAsianFest: August 10-19
Free event featuring non-stop entertainment.
Ottawa Capital Pride: August 20-26
From culture to partying, there’s an event for everyone.
Best for Sports Seekers:
Canadian Track and Field Championships: July 3-8
A four-day competition for Canada’s best Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
National Capital Regatta: July 14-15
Friendly competition and camaraderie brings together the novice sailor and the well-seasoned racer.
The Gatineau National Bank Challenger: July 14-22
Professional tennis tournament welcoming players competing for up to $75,000 in prize money.
Ottawa International CSI3: July 18-22
A five-day hunter/jumper show jumping competition.
Best for Music Mistros:
Music and Beyond: July 4-17
A classical music festival taking place in downtown churches and concert halls.
RBC Bluesfest: July 5-15
One of the largest international music events in the world with over 220 musical acts.
Stewart Park Festival: July 13-15
Three days of free music by the water in Stewart Park.
Ottawa Chamberfest: July 26-August 9
The world’s largest chamber music festival.
Festival Country du Grand Gatineau: July 29-August 5
The largest country music festival in Western Quebec in the parking lot of Casino Lac-Leamy.