Ottawa Events

Ottawa EventsCanada Day Festival
As the capital of Canada, Ottawa has the biggest Canada Day celebration in the country. They have a massive arts festival with artisans from all over the country setting up booths. There is a big fair with lots of carnival rides and fried foods. There is also a parade, a laser light show, pony rides, free face painting and much more. The day ends with a spectacular fireworks display. The Canada Day Festival is held for three days around July 1, which is Canada Day.

Canadians love their winter fun, and no festival in the country is bigger than Winterlude. Held annually for three consecutive weekends in February, Winterlude is the biggest winter festival in North America. The festival is centered at Rideau Canal Skateway, which is the largest skating rink in the world. The festival includes beautiful ice sculptures, a children’s snow playground, a winter triathlon, a skating clinic, an ice hockey tournament and lots of great food.

TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival
Lots of the best jazz musicians from around the world descend on Ottawa for this 10-day festival in June. The TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival is how Ottawans celebrate the beginning of summer, and it always makes for a great time. During these 10 days, there is jazz music everywhere. There are outdoor concerts as well as performances at arenas, clubs, bars and concert halls. The grandest concerts during the festival are held downtown at Confederation Park.

Ottawa Chamberfest
Fans of chamber music will be in heaven at this festival that takes place starting in late-July and running into August. This is the largest chamber music festival on the planet. More than 120 concerts take place over the course of Ottawa Chamberfest. Many of the performances are held in churches in the city. The event attracts the leading chamber music performers from around the globe.

Canadian Tulip Festival
Winter is long and harsh in Ottawa, and this three week-festival is a celebration of its end. Canadian Tulip Festival begins annually on May 1. More than one million tulip bulbs are planted throughout the city’s parks, making for quite the spectacular sight when they bloom in May. Visitors will have the chance to take some amazing photos of fields of tulips.

RBC Royal Bank Ottawa Bluesfest
This is the largest music festival in Canada, and it also ranks among the largest in the world. Five stages are set up for musicians to perform. The event lasts for 11 days and attracts some of the mot popular musicians on the planet, including names like Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The White Stripes and The Black Eyed Peas.