Every July, Ottawa hosts the highly anticipated RBC Bluesfest. Since the festival first started over 2o years ago ( 1994 was the founding year) , the Ottawa Bluesfest has evolved from a three-day event to a multi-staged, two-week showcase that features the best of both Canadian and international music. The festival has continued to grow and become more popular every year. Bluesfest may be about the music but it is also about the experience. Over the years several on-site attractions have been added in an attempt to create an atmosphere welcoming to everyone. Time to check out the Fort and the Honda Chill Zone.
I love the Festival, the music, the atmosphere, the experience. One must be prepared in order to get the full benefit of the experience. It’s not enough to just go, one should plan and be prepared. Discovering the attractions that are available and knowing how to best plan your time. Early this week I talked a bit about proper etiquette and practical tips to make the most of your experience
Now we need to discover the hot spots at the festival you want to visit.
Situated on-site, beside the Canadian War Museum ( or where the Hard Rock Stage use to be years ago) , THE FORT provides a variety of festival activities. This is where the Coors Light Beer Tent is located. In addition, the Merch Tent where you can pick up a little something from your favourite artists, the Bead Tent and a variety of other attractions! It’s always fun to visit The Fort!
This year you will also find the silent disco as well the ever popular bean bag loungers. The Fort is the perfect spot to catch up with friends, take a few minutes to chill or just stop and enjoy the scenery.
Honda Big Chill
The Honda Big Chill is another area for patrons to chill and gather with friends. The Honda Big Chill is open to all festival attendees. Inside the Chill Zone you will find DJ programming, access to private bars, lounging chairs, games, tasty treats, beverage sampling, phone charging station, and beautiful scenery of the river and sunset.
The entrance to the Chill Zone is through the fort or from the Black Sheep Stage area.
Don’t forget to enter the Honda Big Chill Contest on your way in.
The relaxing environment is perfect for a few minutes away from the hype and excitement of the stages.
Time to take a few minutes to play some foos-ball or even challenge someone to a Ping Pong game.
and for the over 19 crowd maybe a refreshing drink or a sample of Lindemans Wine.
Charging stations and DJ Demonstrations are also available. This is the perfect zone for decompressing and relaxing. Although Bluesfest is about the music , it’s also about the experience. Go early and discover not only a few new acts but an awesome experience.
If you exit near the Black Sheep Stage don’t forget to check your Coors Light Can, you may be a winner…. that’s right there is a verification station to check and see if you might have won a prize with Coor’s.
While I love the music and encourage everyone to check out all of the acts I am truly excited about the unique environment they have created. It’s a Festival and one you need to experience.
Disclosure: A Labour of Life received a one week Bluesfest pass in exchange for this review. All opinions are our own and based on our experiences