What’s Happening This July in Ottawa

Jul-Aug. Sunflower Field Bloom. Flowers in bloom mid-late July. Central Experimental Farm. agr.gc.ca

Jul 2-Aug 17. Torchlight Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. 50 performances at 35 community parks around the city. fools.ca

Jul 2-Aug 19. Rythmo-Tonic. Free fitness classes in parks around Gatineau. gatineau.ca

Jul 4-6. Festival D’Humour de Gatineau. Place de la Cité. humourgatineau.com


July 4-14. Bluesfest. Featuring, alt-J, The Killers, Kygo, Backstreet Boys and more. $75+. For full festival lineup, visit: ottawabluesfest.ca

Celebrating 25 years

First headliner in 1994 was Clarence Clemons, drawing in 70 people with tickets costing $4 a day. Today, there are more than 3,500 community volunteers every year, drawing a crowd of 25,000-30,000 people.

300,000 cans of beer are estimated to be consumed this year.

Top acts have included Kanye West, Foo Fighters and Lady Gaga command fees of over $1 million.


Jul 4-18. Music and Beyond. Classical music and art festival. musicandbeyond.ca

Jul 5-6. Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II. Looney Toons played live. $29+. nac-cna.ca

Jul 5-7. Almonte Celtfest. Gemmill Park. almonteceltfest.com

Jul 5-7. Wonders of Sand (Gatineau). Sand sculptures and water activities. Parc du Lac-Beauchamp. merveillesdesable.com

Jul 5-14. Tremblant International Blues Festival. NEW pedestrian village and music workshops. blues.tremblant.ca

Jul 6. Meech Lake Triathlon. O’Brien Beach. meechlaketri.ca

Jul 6. 613flea. Antique and vintage clothing sale. Aberdeen Pavilion. 613flea.ca

Jul 6-7. Nautical Festival. Free canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding followed by free BBQ. Centre de Voile Grande-Rivière. fetedunautisme.ca

Jul 7. Amazing Thailand Festival. Food, dancing, Muay Thai, massages and more. Lansdowne Park. tdplace.ca

Jul 9-Sept 8. Northern Lights: Sound and Light Show. Parliament Hill. canada.ca

Jul 12-14. National Capital Regatta. Sailing Competition. byc.ca

Jul 13. HOPE Volleyball SummerFest. Mooney’s Bay. hopehelps.com

Jul 13. GranFondo Ottawa. 235K, 180K, 150K and 65K bike routes. Richcraft Recreation Complex. granfondoottawa.org

Jul 15-21. Gatineau National Bank Challenger. Professional tennis tournament. Parc de l’Ile. $10+. gatineau.nationalbankchallenger.com

Jul 17. The 5/15 Farm Run. 5 and 15 km races on the grounds of the Experimental Farm. runottawa.ca

Jul 17-21. Lebanese Festival. Food, performances and market. St Elias Cathedral. ottawalebanesefestival.com

Jul 18-21. Kemptville Live Music Festival. Featuring Kim Mitchell, David Wilcox and more. $60+. kemptvillelivemusicfestival.com

Jul 19. Def Leppard. $55+. canadiantirecentre.com

Jul 19. ALABAMA. $100+. tdplace.ca

Jul 19-21. Capital Ukrainian Festival. Food, beer garden, live music and cultural workshops. St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine. capitalukrainianfestival.com

Jul 19-21. Stewart Park Festival. Featuring over 18 artists performing in the park. Free. stewartparkfestival.com

Jul 20. 5K Foam Fest. 5K course with 22 obstacles. Marked Paintball. the5kfoamfest.com

Jul 21. Boochfest. Celebrate all things Kombucha. Horticulture Building. boochfest.ca

Jul 25-Aug 8. Chamberfest. Showcasing classical music. chamberfest.com

Jul 26-27. Mirror Mountain Film Festival. Showcasing Canadian independent cinema. $10. Arts Court. mirrormountainfilmfest.com

Jul 26-28. Ottawa Asian Fest. Night Market on Somerset. ottawaasianfest.com

Jul 27. National Capital Run. 10K and 5K run. Mooney’s Bay. somersault.ca

Jul 28. National Capital Car Show. $5. wesleycloverparks.com

Jul 30. An Evening With Michael Bublé. canadiantirecentre.com

For a full listing of Summer Events, download the PDF below.

Ottawa Summer Events 2019

Your guide to all things summer in the city!

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