The first word I ever spoke was "Free." It's been my favourite word since infancy and I hold the word dearly to my heart. As a university grad whose bank account is only starting to (slowly) recover, I'm determined to be as frugal as I possibly can be through my twenties.

Luckily, now that the weather's nice, there's plenty of free activities that we can do outside in the summertime. Also, being Canada's 150th birthday, I have a feeling that this might be Ottawa's best summer yet.

For my thrifty friends, here are 9 free activities you can do in Ottawa this June:

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Check out a Capital Pop-Up Cinema Screening

On Friday June 2nd, The Wizard of Oz will be playing in the ByWard Market. The film will be the first of many classics to be hitting downtown Ottawa this summer.


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Explore some of the city's coolest buildings during Doors Open Ottawa

Over 150 buildings (get it) will be open to the public for free on June 3rd and 4th, including the CBC Ottawa newsrooms and the East Block of Parliament.


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Explore Inspiration Village in the ByWard Market

Take an iconic Insta pic at the huge OTTAWA letters.


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Bring your camera out for Glowfair

10 blocks of music and light will be occupying Ottawa for two nights later in the month - June 16th and 17th.


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Check out some of Ottawa's most beautiful cars at the Ferrarri Festival

Appropriately right in the heart of Little Italy is a showcase of beautiful Ferrarris from June 16 - June 18.


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Run the Spirit 5K

Find your inner zen and head down to the City of Om Yoga Festival in Lansdowne for yoga and a free 5k run along the Canal. The event takes place on Saturday, June 3rd.


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Watch the Dragon Boat Festival

Relax at Mooney's Bay while watching 5000 paddlers rowing their hearts out at one of June's biggest festivals.


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Get cultured at Ottawa Welcomes the World

Countries that will be exhibited in June include Kenya, Croatia, the EU Delegation, Ireland, Slovenia, South Korea and Madagascar. You can partake in the event at Lansdowne Park in the Aberdeen Pavillion.


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Check out the insane Mosai Canada 150 horiculture sculptures

Opening later in the month on June 30, this event in Gatineau at Jacques-Cartier Park is the biggest horiculture event in Canada. The plant artwork in the height of summer will make for some beautiful photos.

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