Looking for a reason to visit Ottawa-Gatineau? 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
NOKIA Sunday Bikedays: Until September 2
Enjoy summer Sundays cycling along car-free roads.
Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival: August 30-September 3
Balloon lift-offs, spectacular shows, an amusement park and more at Casino Lac-Leamy.
Northern Lights: Sound and Light Show: Until September 3
Discover the stories of Canada as told through a light spectacle against the backdrop of the Parliament buildings.
Russell Agriculture Fair: September 6-9
Agricultural heritage display accompanied by fantastic entertainment.
Ottawa Butterfly Show: September 29 and 7
A free show featuring 1300 butterflies.
Best Cultural Celebrations:
13th Annual Ottawa Serbian Festival: September 1-3
Enjoy food, live music, Balkan style dance and kid friendly activities at this free event.
Latin American Parade – Fair & Festival: September 2
Celebrate the Latin American culture and enjoy cuisine, music and hospitality.
Best for Sports Seekers:
Expos Day: September 3
A fun day with former Expos.
Head of the Rideau Regatta: September 23
Rowers enjoy a scenic 5.2km race along the Rideau River
Best for Music Maestros:
Ottawa Porchfest: September 8
Enjoy the company of musicians, poets and actors as they take to the streets.
Riverside Festival: September 8-9
Enjoy some electronica with a beautiful view of Ottawa
CityFolk: September 12-16
This music, dance, storytelling and crafts festival highlights Canada’s rich traditions.
FOCUS: Beethoven Festival: September 13-22
An expansive exploration of classical music.
Art & Museums
Picturing Arctic Modernity – North Baffin Drawings from 1964: Until September 3
A travelling exhibition featuring 50 extraordinary drawings created by Inuit men and women from Nunavut regions.
Brain: The Inside Story: Until September 3
Discover the workings of your own brain and learn how it uses molecular, chemical and electrical signals.
Beyond Planet Earth – The Future of Space Exploration: Until September 3
Enjoy a glimpse into humanity’s next steps into our solar system and beyond.
The Art of the Brick: Until September 3
Enjoy the world’s largest display of LEGO art.
Impressionist Treasures: The Ordrupgaard Collection: September 9
Enjoy works by some of the best French and Danish impressionist paintings.
The RCGS Summer Exhibits Series: Until September 15
Enjoy contemporary artwork by Chris Cran.
Masters of Venetian Portraiture: Until September 16
Discover how portraiture was used by celebrated Venetian artists to elevate their status.
Àdisòkàmagan: Until September 16
Historical art with contemporary practices.
Roger Ballen: There is No Outside: Until September 23
South African artist Roger ballen’s exhibition.
Best for Feasting Foodies
Beau’s Oktoberfest: September 21-22
Bavarian-inspired food, beer, live music and more.
Craft Spirits & Beer: September 28-29
The finest collection of Craft Spirits and Beers for sampling pleasure.