Get ready to immerse yourself in the unique and dynamic culture of Ottawa this summer! With warmer weather just around the corner, Ottawa’s streets come alive. All the summer festivals that offer an array of music, food, and fun.
From the iconic Tulip Festival to the hip Glowfair, there’s something for everyone in this charming Canadian city, I call home. I have compiled a list of 7 summer festivals that you absolutely cannot miss. So get ready to mark your calendars. Time to gather your loved ones, and create unforgettable memories. Let’s experience the best of Ottawa’s festival scene!,
The 7 Summer Festivals
Orleans Craft Beer Fest
First on my list is the Orleans Craft Beer Fest held every year in June. Celebrating their 5th festival this June, this is the perfect kick off to Summer. Featuring local Craft breweries and yes even a few wineries and distilleries for different palettes.
This award-winning event brings the best craft brews, food and music around to Centrum Plaza. Running for three fun filled days its a must attend festival.It’s not just about the Brews, although for me that would be enough. This fun filled gathering brings neighbours together and showcases the best of what we have to offer.
Summer Festival- Ottawa Bluesfest
The next summer festival on my list is the highly anticipated Bluesfest, which draws thousands of music lovers to Ottawa every year. With over 200 performers and 8 stages, this festival is a must-see for anyone who appreciates the blues, rock, and everything in between.
The lineup is always impressive, featuring big names like Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, and Snoop Dogg. But it’s not just about the headliners – Bluesfest is also known for showcasing local talent and up-and-coming artists.
Beyond the music, the festival offers a wide range of food and beverage options, as well as a marketplace where you can find unique souvenirs and merchandise. If you’re looking for a fun and energetic atmosphere, Bluesfest is definitely the place to be this summer in Ottawa.,
Another summer festival that music lovers won’t want to miss is the Ottawa Jazz Festival. This annual event has been a staple in the city for over 40 years and attracts jazz enthusiasts from all over the world. With an impressive lineup of local and international talent, the festival showcases a variety of jazz styles, from classic to contemporary. In addition to the music, there are also food vendors, merchandise booths, and activities for all ages.
Whether you’re a seasoned jazz aficionado or just looking for a great night out, the Ottawa Jazz Festival is not to be missed.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. Next up on our list is the iconic Tulip Festival, where you can experience the beauty of nature in full bloom.,
Start the Summer Festivals with The Tulip Festival
The Tulip Festival is an annual event that celebrates the beauty of nature in all its glory. With over a million tulips on display, it’s no wonder that this festival has become one of Ottawa’s most iconic events.
The festival takes place each year at the Commissioners Park and Dow’s Lake, where visitors can admire the vibrant colours and fragrant scents of the tulips. Not only is the festival a feast for the senses, but it’s also a celebration of Canada’s relationship with the Netherlands, as the tulips were a gift from the Dutch royal family in 1945.
After soaking in the beauty of the tulips, make your way to RibFest, where you can indulge in some of the city’s best BBQ.,
One of the best things about summertime in Ottawa is the abundance of outdoor summer festivals. With so many to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one to attend. But if you’re a fan of BBQ, then Ribfest should definitely be at the top of your list.
Held annually in August, Ribfest brings together some of the city’s best pitmasters to showcase their skills and serve up mouth-watering ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and more. It’s a meat lover’s paradise, with plenty of options to satisfy any craving. (But there is also Sparks Street Ribfest, The Orleans Rib fest and a few others also held throughout the summer months)
But it’s not just about the food. Ribfest also features live music, a beer garden, and a variety of vendors selling everything from handmade crafts to hot sauce. It’s a lively and festive atmosphere, perfect for spending an afternoon with friends or family.
After indulging in some delicious BBQ, head over to Glowfair, a unique festival that combines art, music, and technology to create an immersive experience.,
Another festival that offers a unique experience in Ottawa is Glowfair. This festival is all about blending technology, art, and music to create an immersive experience for attendees. With a variety of interactive light installations, live music performances, and street vendors selling delicious food, Glowfair is an event you don’t want to miss.
After experiencing the vibrant atmosphere and stunning visuals of Glowfair, take some time to prepare for Canada Day Celebrations.,
Canada Day Celebrations
After experiencing the vibrant atmosphere and stunning visuals of Glowfair, take some time to prepare for Canada Day Celebrations. Held on July 1st, Canada Day is a national holiday celebrating the country’s Confederation. In Ottawa, the celebrations take place on Parliament Hill and the surrounding areas.
Start the day by joining thousands of locals and tourists for the flag-raising ceremony at 9 am. This is followed by a massive parade featuring cultural performances, military displays, and colorful floats. Throughout the day, there are various entertainment options, including live music performances, street performers, and family-friendly activities.
As the sun goes down, settle in on the hill and prepare for the main event: the evening show and fireworks display. This spectacle features popular Canadian artists, dazzling fireworks, and a stunning light show projected onto the Parliament buildings.
Canada Day Celebrations are a great opportunity to experience true Canadian culture and patriotism and what the quintessential Summer Festival . Make sure to dress comfortably and bring plenty of sunscreen and water as it can get hot and crowded. Don’t forget your Canadian flag and join in on the festivities!,
Ottawa’s summer festivals are not to be missed. From the iconic Tulip Festival to the energizing Glowfair, there’s no shortage of exciting events to attend.
Whether you’re a music lover, foodie, or simply looking for a good time, these summer festivals have something for everyone. So why not mark your calendars and experience the diverse and vibrant culture of Ottawa this summer?
As poet William Carlos Williams once said, “In summer, the song sings itself.” Let the festivals be the chorus to your summer song and create memories that will last a lifetime.