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.

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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.

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