As Ottawa slowly reopens and we are enjoying more outdoor events, safe gatherings, wading pools, and summer fun with our kids, you may want to look at adding some local events to your family’s calendar. In-person events, and online activities, are happening all over Ottawa this summer.
Here are some activities and events your family can enjoy in July in and around Ottawa:
Front Porch Concerts
Neighbourhood music is ready to enter the spot light on July 8 in Stittsville during the Front Porch Concert series, in support of the Youth Services Bureau. Walk or bike the neighbourhood while community musicians play on their porches or in their yards. The detailed list of musical locations can be found on the Facebook page and support for the Youth Services Bureau can be made on their website.
Covid-19 protocols remain in place.
ACB Wellness & Resource Centre is hosting a LET’S PAINT event with artist Allan Artlife André. Adults and teens (ages 14+) can practice their paint skills on July 7th, while kids ages 5-12 can book their tickets for July 10th. This two-hour long session provides all the materials students need. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Covid-19 information and location details can be found on the ticket website.
Ottawa’s huge Caribbean beach festival returns from July 23 until July 25. This free event usually takes place at Petrie Island, although some portions will be online this year.
Full details haven’t been released, but save the date and keep an eye out for more information to come via Facebook.
Virtual Hang Outs with the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum
Throughout July, while families await the reopening of the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum you can still enjoy featured special activities, all online. On July 15, kids can register to learn how to make ice cream. create a farm animal craft on July 22, or make your own butter on July 29. Registration is required.
The English sessions occur at 9:30 with a French session at 11:15.
Upper Canada Village
Step back into the past at Upper Canada Village. They reopen to the public for self-guided visits on July 1. Explore the massive grounds and learn about the historic buildings. However, the buildings will remain closed until Step 3 of the provincial reopening plan.
Timed-tickets are required and must be purchased in advance.
The tasty Capital Ribfest welcomes hungry guests on July 29 (until August 3) this year. The event is being held at Festival Plaza (beside City Hall) and families will enjoy grabbing a delicious meal, ordering beverages, and listening to live entertainment.
Queens of Egypt
The Museum of History is reopening on June 30th, and has a new special exhibit to greet visitors now through August 22. Queens of Egypt is an immersive experience transporting visitors to ancient Egypt. Kids can participate in the special Mission Nefertari adventure, and the entire family can watch the IMAX movie Mummies: Secret of the Pharoahs. Museum capacity is limited during this stage of reopening so you’ll need to purchase your timed ticket to include the Queens of Egypt exhibit.
You’ll still be able to explore the rest of the Museum, however, the Children’s Museum remains closed for now.
Virtual Peer Connect for New and Expectant Mothers
If you are a new mom or expecting a baby, you may be feeling disconnected from community. National Capital Doulas have a virtual peer connect event, online, on July 15 (and will continue on Thursdays until social distancing restrictions can be lifted). Each session closes with a guided breathing or meditation exercise.
This is a great way to connect with others and ask your parenting questions.