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If you're visiting Ottawa this July, you might stumble across one of the many festivals happening in the city. What better way to spend your time exploring a new city than checking out staple events in the community? With the summer heat calling you outside, enjoy good food, great music, and a lot of fun all under the sun.


Below, see three top festivals happening in Ottawa this July!

Ottawa International Reggae Festival

It's time to get your dancing shoes on. The Ottawa International Reggae Festival returns to shake up Canada's capital city with "The Ultimate Reggae Experience."  Headlining an electric weekend of reggae, blues, dancehall, R&B, soca, and hip hop is Jamaican dancehall musician Elephant Man. Vendors and additional artists will be announced soon, buy your tickets today to reserve your spot!

Ottawa African Festival

Bringing African culture to the forefront, the annual Ottawa African Festival remains strong in its mission to bring the traditions of Africa to the capital city. The festival showcases established and new and emerging artists representing various countries from Africa. Visitors can also find exhibition vendors and community booths representing the rich cultural heritage through food and art.


Join an enriching cultural experience highlighting the history, traditions, and beauty of African culture.

RBC BluesFest 2019

Canada's largest and most highly-anticipated festival is happening right in the heart of the nation. The annual RBC BluesFest returns for two-weeks to Lebreton Flats from July 4-July 14. The festival features the hottest names in the music industry, numerous community programs, and an impressive food vendor roster.


Performing on stage are popular artists like The Killers, Eric Church, Backstreet Boys, Logic, Jessie Reyez, Kygo, Alt-J, America and more.


There are plenty of pre- and in between festival activities and programmings, like the pre-festival Casino lineup, the RBC BluesFest Golf Tournament, and the Claridge Homes Food Court. This is THE festival of the summer—don't miss out and buy your tickets today.


After dancing and eating your way through the streets, head to the Best Western Plus Ottawa City Centre for a comfortable stay in the heart of the city. You can't beat the convenient location, quality service, and beautiful rooms at it's affordable rate. Book your stay today!


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