13 Summer Festivals in Ottawa


Summer in the capital is short – €”which means every day that’€™s warm and sunny is a reason to celebrate. And what better place to celebrate than at a festival? Here is our list of the summer’s best.
The new kid on the festival scene, Music and Beyond, presents hundreds of classical music concerts between July 4 and 14. It may sound stuffy, but there’€™s tons of great kid-friendly stuff here, including the opening night’€™s circus-themed performance, carillon concerts on Parliament Hill, a series of Young People’€™s concerts and even a floating band travelling down the Rideau Canal. Don’€™t miss Kids’€™ Music & Arts Day, July 7 at the University of Ottawa, featuring over 150 short concerts, dance performances and interactive activities like painting and making your own instrument.

You won’€™t want to miss Puppets Up!, an international puppet festival running August 10 and 11 in the charming west-end town of Almonte. Our top highlight is the dazzling Puppets Parade. Tent performances up and down the street, combined with buskers, crafts, food and music means there’€™s something to delight everyone. In addition, Almonte itself is chock full of quaint shops and fantastic cafes’€”it’€™s well worth the day trip.

These two are just the beginning – fete and fiesta all summer long with more Ottawa festivals.

Tested by Lynn J., Ottawa


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