It's hard to believe, but summer is halfway over! Don't worry; there's still plenty of time to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine. No matter your budget, there are plenty of incredible cheap things to do in Ottawa this summer.

To help you have the best summer ever, here are 23 cheap things you need to do in Ottawa before fall arrives:

Watch A Magical Casino Lac-Leamy Sound Of Lights Fireworks Show

When: August 10, 14, 17, 21, and 24

Price: General admission is $10 until July 31, then it's $12

Address: Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier St, Gatineau, Quebec

Why you need to go: You can watch the international fireworks competition that takes place over five nights!

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Eat Some Drool-Worthy Ribs At Capital Ribfest

When: August 2 to 5, 2019

Price: Free admission

Address: Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario

Why you need to go: BBQ is the staple food of summer, so go enjoy some!

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Go For A Swim At Morrison’s Quarry

When: All summer

Price: $10 a person

Address: Morrison's Quarry, Chelsea, Quebec

Why you need to go: This stunning swimming hole is the perfect spot to cool off this summer!

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Soak Up The Sunshine At This Patio Next To A Waterfall

When: Daily from 11:00 a.m. til late

Price: Various prices

Address: Tavern On The Falls, 1 John St, Ottawa

Why you need to go: This amazing patio is right next to a waterfall!

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Explore The Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

When: August 29 to September 2

Price: Free admission on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

Address: 988 Saint-louis Street, Gatineau, Quebec 

Why you need to go: Go watch the morning hot air balloon lift-offs and join a free yoga class! 

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Try The Best Ice Cream Spots In Ottawa

Price: Various prices

Address: Multiple locations

Why you need to go: This ice cream bucket list will take you to the best ice cream spots in Ottawa.

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Rent A Kayak Or Canoe At Dows Lake

When: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Price: $16 to $30 an hour

Address: 1001 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa

Why you need to go: Kayak or canoe the day away with your friends this summer.

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Changing Of The Guard

When: Until August 24, starts at 9:45 a.m.

Price: Free

Address: Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington St, Ottawa

Why you need to go: The Changing Of The Guard ceremony is so impressive to watch!

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Watch Movies Under The Stars At Capital Pop-Up Cinema

When: August 8, 10, 15, 16, 17, 23, and 24

Price: Free

Address: Various locations

Why you need to go: Have a movie night under the stars this summer!

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See The Incredible Northern Lights Sound and Light Show

When: Every day in July at 10:00 p.m., every day in August at 9:30 p.m., September 1-8 at 9:00 p.m.

Price: Free

Address: Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington St, Ottawa

Why you need to go: Watch a stunning light show projected on Canada's parliament building!

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Enjoy Huge Cocktails At Flapjack's Canadian Diner

When: Everyday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Price: A beach bucket cocktail is $12.99

Address: 354A Preston St, Ottawa

Why you need to go: Go for giant cocktails on the patio with your BFF!

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Visit This Massive Field Of Sunflowers

When: The flowers typically bloom from late July to August

Price: Free

Address: Central Experimental Farm at Merivale and Baseline Road, Ottawa

Why you need to go: Take some gorgeous sunflower photos for your Instagram.

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Visit A Road Covered With 300 Pinwheels

When: Seven days a week this summer

Price: Free

Address: Rue Aubry, Gatineau, Quebec

Why you need to go: You need to see this street covered with 700 pinwheels!

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Visit Ottawa's Hidden Waterfall 

When: All summer

Price: Free

Address: St Joseph Blvd, Ottawa

Why you need to go: Princess Lousie Falls is a hidden gem in Orleans that you need to discover.

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Relax While Doing Yoga On The Hill

When: Every Wednesday until August 28

Price: Free

Address: Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington St, Ottawa

Why you need to go: Enjoy a free lunchtime yoga class!

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Fly Over Ottawa In A Vintage Bi-Plane

When: Seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (weather permitting)

Price: Your first flight will cost $65 for each passenger, two people per flight*

Address: Canadian Museum of Space and Aviation, 11 Aviation Pkwy, Ottawa

Why you need to go: This is your chance to enjoy a private flight over Ottawa in a vintage open cockpit airplane!

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Watch The International Busker Festival

When: August 2 to 5

Price: Free

Address: Sparks St between Kent and Elgin, Ottawa

Why you need to go: There will be four stages of buskers to dazzle you with their performances. You can also join the free circus workshops!

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Take Part In Capital Pride

When: August 18 to 25

Price: Free

Address: Various locations

Why you need to go: There are tons of fun events like a block party, a picnic, and of course, the pride parade!

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Go For A Hike In Gatineau Park

When: All summer

Price: Free

Address: 33 Chemin Scott, Chelsea, Quebec

Why you need to go: There are so many gorgeous hiking trails to lakes, beaches, waterfalls, and lookout points to explore.

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Capital Fair

When: August 16 to 25

Price: Admission is $5

Address: 4837 Albion Rd, Ottawa

Why you need to go: Feel like a kid again by going on all the rides!

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Spend A Day Relaxing At A Beach

When: All summer

Price: Free

Address: Various locations

Why you need to go: Summer wouldn't be complete without at least one day at the beach ⁠— or two or three.

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Eat Delicious Food At A Food Truck Festival

When: August 10

Price: Free admission

Address: 3861 Old Richmond Road

Why you need to go: Go and try some yummy food from all the different food trucks!

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Go Berry Picking

When: All summer

Price: Pay for what you pick

Address: 1865 O'Toole Rd, Ottawa

Why you need to go: You can go pick your own delicious raspberries and blueberries!

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Now get out there and have fun!

*This article has been updated.

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