besides the permanent attractions, city is full with exciting festivals & events besides the permanent attractions, city is full with exciting festivals & events

Upcoming Local Events and Festivals in Ottawa

Outside of the permanent Ottawa tourist attractions , the city also has a full calendar of exciting nearby festivals and annual local events. No matter what the time of year it is, you won’t have to look far for things to do in Ottawa.

For more upcoming Ottawa tourism and event information, be sure to check out our blog.

Winterlude | February 2-19, 2018

Every winter, Winterlude touches down on the Rideau Canal. Tie up your skates, and enjoy amazing ice sculpting, live performances, fun and games, hot drinks, and a sweet staple of the Ottawa diet: beavertails.

TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival | February 8 - 10, 2018

If you have a passion for jazz, attend the TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival this year where you can watch jazz artists of international acclaim perform, as well as listen to a showcase of Ottawa's best local talent. Held at La Nouvelle Scene Gilles Desjardins, this entertaining event is something you definitely don't want to miss!

Check out this year's line up then purchase your tickets.  And if you're looking for a hotel for the Ottawa Jazz Festival, look no further than the Best Western Plus Ottawa City Centre. 

The Canadian Tulip Festival | May 11 – 21, 2018

Every May, Ottawa erupts in a kaleidoscope of colour, thanks to a bloom of over a million tulips. The bulbs of these flowers were donated by the Netherlands, as a thanks for Canada’s sheltering Dutch Princess Juliana in the 1940s. Today, the tulip bloom is accompanied by live music, fireworks and more.

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend | May 26 - 27, 2018

Known as Canada's most popular multi-day running event, the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend event has almost 50,000 participants every year. Watch as runners compete in a variety of challenging races, including Canada's largest marathon event. There is also a kid's marathon, lumberjack challenges, voyageur challenges and more!

RBC Bluesfest Ottawa | June 21 - July 1, 2018

RBC Bluesfest Ottawa, which kicks off in July of each year, may have started as an all-Blues festival, but now, it’s a pan-genre musical extravaganza. Since its inception in 1994, Bluesfest has hosted the likes of Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Great Big Sea, Kanye West, Kiss, the Black Eyed Peas, Carlos Santana and Skrillex. The festival has something for everyone!

Capital Fair | August 17 - 26, 2018

As one of Ottawa's most popular events and home to Ottawa's largest midway, the annual Capital Fair has something fun for everyone of any age to enjoy. From stunt dogs and daily magic shows to a demolition derby with monster trucks, a petting zoo and English horse shows, this fair attracts thousands of visitors every year. Gate admission is free, so gather the family and head out for a day of fun!

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival | August 30 - September 3, 2018

Visit Canada's largest balloon festival this year where you can take a thrilling ride in a hot air balloon! Watch the junior strong man championship, see lizards, snakes, and scorpions at the Repti-Zone, rock climb and more! This annual event is held a La Bale Park in Gatineau during the summer.
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