Summer is a time to stay outside and soak up as much sun as possible. Whether you like it or not, winter will be back meaning you have to make the most out of this amazing weather. There are plenty of things to do when it comes to patios and popsicles, but some things are only here for a limited time so you need to catch them before they're over.
From food festivals to outdoor movies, there are plenty of things to do during these hot summer months. It's time to make the most out of this spectacular weather and get exploring! Whether you're someone that enjoys strolling about or someone that loves comedy shows, there is something happening for every type of person this summer. You seriously don't want to miss these fun events and festivals happening this summer!
Ottawa Italian Week
Where: 301 Preston Street
From live music to paint nite, Italian Week is full of fun activities. The festival offers the experience of "Being Italian" and celebrates all that is Italian art, culture, and history. The 10 day festival is packed with so many different events. Each day has its own schedule, some things at the festival involve Italian themed paint nite, comedy night, wine and food shows, and of course a lot of live music. The festival will be from June 6th to June 25th.
Where: 164 Laurier Street
If you missed the event last summer, not to worry, this summer you can see the amazing Mosaïculture sculptures all over again. After last years success, the Mosaïculture sculptures will be back with stunning new designs. The sculptures will be at Parc Jacques-Cartier from June 22nd to October 15th. This year the event is not free, so be sure to visit their website about ticket information.
Shania Twain: Now
Where: 1000 Palladium Drive
Head to the Canadian Tire Centre to enjoy Shania Twain's concert. On June 25th Shania Twain will be hitting the stage in Ottawa and you don't want to miss it. It's a great chance for you to completely dance your night away to some amazing live music. If you love Shania Twain then you have to head to her concert this summer.
Casino Du Lac Leamy Sound of Light Fireworks
Where: 100 Laurier Street
The Casino Du Lac Leamy Sound of Light Firework show happens every summer at the Canadian Museum of History. The shows are absolutely incredible and 100% worth seeing from the museum, but if you're trying to save up your money, then stay downtown and you can watch the fireworks from any spot with an open view. The firework displays are synchronized to music, making the experience even better when you're at the museum. This year the countries competing are Spain, United States, China, and Germany.
Where: 1279 Colonial Road
Completely unleash your inner child and head to the Navan Fair. From ferris wheels to cotton candy you will definitely feel like a kid again. From August 9th to 12th you can head to the Navan Fair for a fun filled day. Whether you like chill rides like the Ferris Wheel or rides that will give you an adrenaline rush, there's something for everyone at the Navan Fair. The fair usually has dog shows, concerts, horse shows, and of course, a ton of rides.
Where: 450 Churchill Avenue N
Even though the line up isn't that great there has to be at least one person you're willing to see! Summer time is for everything fun so why not take advantage of the hot weather and head to Ottawa's main music festival. Going to Bluesfest is always a great time. The vibe of everyone is super fun and the atmosphere is sure to make you have a complete blast. Whether you go see Shawn Mendes, Bryan Adams, or the Foo Fighters, you're in for a great night!
Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival
Where: Vincent Massey Park
The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival helps Canadians of all walks of life to recognize the enormous contributions that Inuit, First Nations and Métis peoples have made to Canada. From June 21st to June 24th you can head to the amazing Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival to celebrate Indigenous peoples’ culture and heritage. The festival begins on the summer solstice which is the longest day of the year. For generations, many Indigenous communities have celebrated their culture and heritage at this time of year.
FIFA World Cup 2018
Where: Any local bar!
The FIFA World Cup only happens every four years so you have to make the most of it while it's playing this summer. Hit up any local bar to watch a game between June 14th and July 15th, or take part in Samba in the World Cup. Samba in the World Cup is a viewing party of the Brazil versus Switzerland match on June 17th at Caco Café Sports Bar (77A Montreal Road). Canadian and Brazilian Samba musicians and singers will come together to celebrate the first match of Brazil in the Soccer World Championship in Russia.
Capital Pop-Up Cinema
Where: Sparks Street
This summer catch a movie for free outside. Capital Pop-Up Cinema, Ottawa's only outdoor travelling cinema will treat you to so many movies this summer. Each month, Capital Pop-Cup Cinema plays different movies on Sparks Street, pack up your popcorn and snacks to enjoy a movie outside. Popcorn is usually sold for $2, you can bring your own chairs and blankets or rent an inflatable couch for only $5!
Ottawa Greek Fest
Where: 1315 Prince of Wales Drive
Greek Fest starts on August 9th and will be open for 10 days of Greek fun! Whether you go for the traditional music or the delicious foods or the great dancing, Greek Fest is sure to have you feeling welcome. When you go, you have to try the traditional Greek dessert called loukoumades, seriously, that's my personal favourite thing about the festival! They are delicious donut-like desserts covered in yummy honey. From the foods to the music, you are in for a great day.
Where: Downtown Bank Street
Glowfair Festival happens every summer in Ottawa and it's always a blast. The massive festival will be from June 14th to June 16th. This entirely free event will have you strolling around from one unique thing to the next. Artists will take the stage at night and Glowfair Festival comes alive! Some artists coming to Ottawa this year include Karl Wolf, Ria Mae, Bayla, and Iskwé. There will also be a massive glowing swing and playground perfect for a fun Instagram!
Ottawa Beer Fest
Where: Aberdeen Pavilion
Calling all beer lovers, this event happening this June is for you. Ottawa Beer Fest will be from June 15th to 16th and you can't miss it if you love beer. With over 20 different beers attending the festival you will be spoilt for choice on which on to enjoy! From Moosehead to Beau's to Goose Island, there will be a wide variety of beers to drink.
Wonders of Sand
Where: 267-B Rue Notre-Dame
Wonders of Sand is in Gatineau and it will have a floating waterpark that you have to check out! The festival is only a 20 minute drive out of Ottawa and will be from July 6th to July 8th. The floating waterpark is developed by Okanagan Wibit and they're perfect for a summer day! The waterpark has a 750 feet long water slide with breathtaking views of Gatineau and Ottawa. The festival brings together over 15,000 people annually to compete in the most epic sandcastle making competition you will ever see. The sand and water festival is completely free, so if you decide to go, you don't need to break your bank account!
The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour
Where: 1000 Palladium Drive
Laugh your night away at the Kevin Hart Irresponsible show on July 20th. If you love comedy shows then you have to go see Kevin Hart live. Tickets start as low as $35 making it a great outing for date night. From staring in so many movies to creating his own digital platform, Kevin Hart continues to elevate the comedy world, it's time to see him perform live this summer at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Where: Sparks Street
From June 20th to June 24th a massive Ribfest will take on Sparks Street. If you're someone that loves food festivals, then this is a great event for you. Sparks Street will be transformed into a world of ribs! As you walk down the street there will be a wide selection of food vendors, from ribs to crispy bacon to donuts, there is a wide selection of foods at this huge festival.