Summer is calling and we’re ready for it. Bring on the lazy mornings, warm nights under the stars and lots and lots of family fun. There are a bunch of things to do around Ottawa this month, so we’re rounding up a few of our favourite activities, festivals and, of course, Canada Day festivities. Whether you’re relaxing at home with the family, heading out on day trips or looking for some vacation inspiration, Ottawa has a lot going on this July. Have fun!
Canada Day Fun (Of Course!)
Celebrate Canada Day here, there and everywhere! From June 30 to July 2, Canada 150 will be celebrated with memorable activities and performances by well-known artists on all three official sites: Parliament Hill, the Canadian Museum of History and Major’s Hill Park. The night will end with a 20-minute pyro musical fireworks show presented by President’s Choice. The largest pyrotechnic show ever presented in the Capital region is the perfect way to mark an end to the perfect day! The party continues on July 2 as part of the WE DAY Canada event with more BIG names and outstanding performances.
Celebrate Canada Day this year in Kanata, where one of the largest community events in the Ottawa region is happening. In conjunction with Ottawa 2017 and Canada 150 Canada Day, from June 30 to July 1, Glenview Homes is hosting 2 full days of programming for all ages. Guests can enjoy bouncy castles, face painting, dance and martial arts demonstrations, the Kanata Festival of Beer, a marketplace for small businesses, food vendors, a senior’s breakfast, Canada Day Road Race, family entertainment, stage shows featuring multicultural groups and local and Canadian artists, as well as an elaborate fireworks display.
Festivals, Festivals and More Festivals
The Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival is a three-day event celebrating all things medieval in a self enclosed rural village setting. Running from July 7 – 9, the festival includes an abundance of entertainment for all ages, from games and role-playing for the kids in a giant castle, to music and dance. There will also be sword fighting and jousting, which is done twice each day, along with an assortment of food vendors. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the medieval festival, the kingdom of Osgoode will be hosting a kick off party on July 7 where live music, dancing, and food will be available. This is definitely a fun and unique way to experience medieval life.
Celtfest is a fun weekend of Celtic entertainment performed in the natural amphitheater of Gemmill Park in the heart of Almonte. Happening July 7 – 9, it’s not only a great way to share historical Celtic traditions, Almonte Celtfest also offers up visitors a variety of specialty goods from unique vendors with a Celtic flair. The event also features many kid-friendly activities such as face painting, dance lessons, games and more.
On July 15, come out to Mooney’s Bay Park for the 35th edition of the HOPE Volleyball Summerfest! This is North America’s largest one-day outdoor beach volleyball tournament, with more than 25,000 players and spectators and a wide variety of entertainment events featuring prominent artists. HOPE’s flagship Volleyball Summerfest event combines recreational volleyball with live rock entertainment. Food and beverages will also be provided by Big Rig Brewery, serving guests with a delicious BBQ, along with other vendors present onsite.
From July 21 – 23, bring your family and friends to experience the life, joy and heritage of Ukrainian art and culture. You’ll find vibrant music, delicious cuisine, lively dance, refreshing drinks, stunning artwork, handmade crafts and informative displays all along the scenic banks of the Rideau Canal in the heart of Ottawa. Fun for the entire family, the Capital Ukrainian Festival is a free event that features a Ukrainian food village and beer garden, as well as children’s activities and a petting zoo.
From now Until July 23rd, don’t miss out on the 2017 Canada Scene festival presented by the National Arts Center. To celebrate the country’s birthday and several days following, Canada Scene brings together 1,000 talented artists in music, theatre, dance, visual and media arts, film, circus, culinary arts and more to shine a spotlight on iconic artists who inspire and challenge us, and the diverse cultures that bring us together.
One of the largest international music festivals in the world, the RBC Bluesfest offers over 220 varied musical acts on several outdoor stages, attracting more than 300,000 music fans each year. This event features the Bluesville stage, along with the Youth Ottawa Art display, and a variety of vendors to fill your every food and beverage need! It goes from July 6 – 16, so grab your tickets now and make sure you don’t miss out on this huge event.
Parties & Performances
Come out on Sunday, July 9 to join the Habitat for Humanity Neighborhood Block Party! The free event features a Mega Blocks build kit, an inflatable slide and amusement course, Little Ray’s Reptiles, face painting, balloon artist, music, creation of shoe-box houses ending in a small parade, guided tours of the Habitat GO construction site, DIY lawn games and a BBQ. Free snacks and drinks will also be handed out, so bring your friends and family to enjoy a free day of endless fun.
From July 27 – 30, two enormous mechanical creatures will be invading the streets of downtown Ottawa! A fire and smoke-breathing dragon and a water-spraying spider are a part of La Machine’s larger-than-life street performance. The production company based in France is world-renowned for their extraordinary large-scale machines. With the dragon standing 12 meters high, it will have spectators in awe of the enormous magical creatures. Don’t miss out on this multi-day and family-friendly outdoor motion theatre performance, completely free and right in the streets of Ottawa’s downtown core.