Festival Season

Mirror Tent at Ottawa Tulip Festival

With the arrival of spring there are plenty of reasons to get out of the house: warm weather, new flowers, and the excitement of the festival season. Throughout the next few months, Ottawa is going to rocking with a wide variety of amazing festivals, and you can be a part of it. Many of the festivals are looking for volunteers to help out and have fun.

The Canadian Tulip Festival kicked off last weekend with its “embrace the night” event in Byward market, and continues until Victoria Day. The festival features beautiful beds of tulips in over 40 locations around the city, as well as music in the streets, a treasure hunt, and more!

Missed the Kiwanis Music Festival back in April? You can still catch their highlights concert at the Centrepointe Theatre on May 18th!

After a successful first year, Capital Velo Fest is back in town over June 2-3. The Festival’s mission is “to inspire people of all ages to ride a bike more often” and they plan to achieve their goal with a host of interesting events. This year the festival includes bicycle rodeos, bike in movies, a bike rally with quirky quiz questions, and the “tour la nuit” bike ride at night!

Want to go out for a night at the theatre? How about 13? The Ottawa Fringe Festival runs from June 13th to the 24th, with a full slate of theatrical productions to entertain and astonish you. 100% of the money from ticket sales go to the artists, so attending the festival also benefits Ottawa’s arts scene!

From June 22nd to 24th the largest Dragon Boat festival in North America comes to Mooney’s Bay Park, Ottawa. The Tim Horton’s Dragon Boat Festival will feature live music, cultural performances and, of course, a whole lot of Dragon Boat racing.

From July 4th to 15th, Ottawa Bluesfest makes its home at Lebreton Flats, next to the Canadian War Museum. The festival features a huge variety of music with over 200 performers. One of biggest music festivals in Canada, the Bluesfest is also a registered charity, delivering top notch educational programs to schools.

Did you know it’s the Rideau Canal’s 180th anniversary this? Celebrating this latest circumnavigation of the sun is the Rideau Canal Festival, taking place from August 3-6. Art on the canal, a boat parade, historical tours, a photo exhibition, music, and fine food are just some of the attractions that this fantastic festival has to offer!

The Capital Pride Festival runs from August 17-26. Ever since 1986, this celebration of the LGBT community has been enlivening Ottawa’s summer months. This year’s festival features music on two different stages, a parade through Centretown, a pageant, dancing and activities for kids!

From September 6-10, the Ottawa Folk Festival takes over Hog’s Back Park. If you like folk music, dancing, art or shopping, then this is the place to be for the weekend. The festival celebrates its 18th year with over 50 musical act scheduled to perform, along with dancing, music workshops, activities for kids, beer gardens and artisanal vendors!

Want to get involved with some of Ottawa’s awesome festivals? Check out some of these volunteer opportunities at www.volunteerottawa.ca!


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