June events for families in Ottawa-Gatineau

Events for families in Ottawa and Gatineau in June. The first month of summer brings a slew of incredible family fun and activities


a-street-performer-entertains-a-crowd-along-richmond-rd-in-westboro-in-ottawa Westfest 

A party like no other! Each year more than 100,000 people attend Westfest during our outdoor, three-day celebration of Canadian art and culture. As a free multidisciplinary art festival dedicated to showcasing Canadian artists and their work in an accessible and inclusive setting, this year’s Westfest will take place at Laroche Park, filling this riverside green space with a variety of artistic disciplines, such as music, contemporary dance, visual art, media art, performance art, spoken word, poetry and fiction readings, Aboriginal art forms, children’s entertainment, buskers, street performers, and much more.


city-of-om-fest-351x185  City of Om

City of Om 2016 will take over Ottawa’s Lansdowne Park. The yoga festival will feature a full day of outdoor (and indoor) yoga classes to suit all levels, with live music, local artisans and food vendors.


Doors Open Ottawa 

The City of Ottawa is proud to unveil the 2016 Doors Open Ottawa building participant list, featuring 19 new additions and over 130 of the city’s historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings. The annual architectural event celebrates our community’s built heritage, and during the first full weekend in June buildings from Carp to Cumberland will open their doors for free for the public’s viewing pleasure.

Lemonade Standemonium


Get involved in Ottawa’s biggest lemonade fundraising opportunity! For the past three years, kids have been helping put the SQUEEZE on cancer with the Lemonade Standemonium – a fun-filled, fundraiser where kids host lemonade stands in their neighbourhoods, all while raising funds and awareness for cancer care in OUR community.


Les battements du chœur

Les notes du chœur, sous la direction de Corinne Duguay et de leur pianiste accompagnateur, Yves Charette, invitent le public à assister à leur spectacle annuel.  The notes of the choir, under the direction of Corinne Duguay and their accompanying pianist, Yves Charette, invite the public to attend their annual show

Ottawa Veg Fest

Samples of great food from some of Ottawa’s best vegetarian restaurant will be available, as part of a marketplace where up to 100 vendors will promote and sell their healthy products and services. June 4,5


A Little Voice and Dream, Girl  Inspirational Luncheon  12798903_838842892891516_5982461393078922614_n

“There is a moment in your life when you know you are destined for something greater. There is a force pulling you to create, explore, build and lead. There is no map to guide you, no blueprint to help you navigate, just a tiny voice inside you telling you to dream BIG!” – Erin Bagwell, Director In anticipation of the release of the Dream, Girl film, Little Voice has been hard at work to create an inspirational luncheon to premiere this film locally here in Ottawa. The Little Voice and Dream, Girl Inspirational Luncheon will include an opportunity to network, be part of a live screening, and enjoy a beautiful lunch in the company of inspirational women in your own community. It will also include special door prizes and a free raffle!  Kallababy Listing

JUNE 10th

Travelling Tent Show

Before radio and cinema, tent shows provided an opportunity for communities to come together to be entertained. The Ottawa Storytellers will join us to present live theatrical and musical performances.Cost: $15.30/person

Westboro Fuse

The event is a free, hip and exciting weekend-long street party and neighbourhood showcase, boasting interactive fun, family- friendly programming, live music, fashion shows, culinary experiences, and so much more. June 10-12th



dessertfest-facebookNorth America’s largest dessert festival! Sample chocolate, candy, ice cream, cupcakes from all your favourite shops and brands June 11th – 11am-11pm June 12th – 11am-8pm


BIA walk

Join Robert Wein, at Andrew Hayden Park for our 3rd ConquerABI Walk to raise awareness about Acquired Brain Injury, and to raise funds for a new home to house people living with an ABI.

JUNE 15 to 26

Ottawa Fringe Festival

20th anniversary! The Fringe Festival is a celebration of the arts and an opportunity for local, national and international artists to showcase their original work.

JUNE 16,17,18

Franco Ontarian Festival 

10314704_10152160481928342_2145354123391555467_nThis year’s entirely unique program on the Teksavvy Grand Stage and throughout the Festival site promises to get everyone jiving. From interactive shows to exclusive productions, with international, Canadian and provincial big name thrown into the mix, will be part of the original and unique lineup. “Francophones, allophones and Anglophones will all be captivated by the Festival’s impressive programming and the many activities reflecting home-grown and international Francophone culture,”


Italian week  Festival that shares in celebrating the rich diversity of our Italian-Canadian community where we can share our culture, food and drink, music, artisans and the vibrant passions of its people.

Glowfair  A block party unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Ten city blocks. Two music stages. Twenty Bands and DJ acts. Absolutely free!

Solstice Aboriginal Festival

SummerSolstice-jj15The Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival is an event that truly represents the cultural diversity of our urban Aboriginal community, with full participation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. This diversity within our own cultures is reflected in all elements of the event, from leadership (National Aboriginal Day Committee of National Aboriginal Organizations), to the selection of artists, representing each of the Aboriginal communities. We stay true to diversity each year, as we include headliners and workshop leaders from the Métis, Inuit and First Nations communities.


Teddy Bear Picnic

emma-zhu-and-her-teddy-bear-little-yellow-at-b-a-s-h-bearThe day will kick off with a celebrity pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. cost is $3 for kids and adults, followed by an opening ceremony. Throughout the day, the young and the young-at-heart will enjoy stage entertainment, rides and games. Children are invited to bring their teddy bears and other stuffed animals for minor repairs and a visit with the dentist at the B*A*S*H tent—Bear Ambulatory Surgical Hospital. Free park-and-ride shuttle buses will be in operation from the National Research Council Canada (100 Sussex Drive) and from the Raymond Chabot Grant

Thornton Park (Baseball Stadium at 300 Coventry Road) from 7 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The last shuttle bus leaving from Rideau Hall will be at 3:15 p.m. Please note that there are limited spaces at both parking lots.

Centrepointe Childcare Centre Festival

Celebrating 25 Years 1991-2016 We’re having a party… and you’re invited! Join us on Saturday, June 18th for a fun & family-friendly celebration.  Everyone is welcome. What:  CCS’ 25th Anniversary Celebration When: Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Where: Centrepointe Childcare Services  75 Hemmingwood Way, Nepean Party celebrations include: Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo The Rhythm Room Gerry Mitchell Kindermusik Face painting Crafts Bubble blowing Carnival games & treats Cupcakes  We hope to see you & your family there!  For more information, visit: www.centrepointechildcareservices.com


Awesome Sundays Story Time 

Discover the magic of storytelling — a powerful and universally appealing way of communicating cultural beliefs, values, rituals, history and ways of life. Join us as we celebrate National Aboriginal History Month with traditional and contemporary stories expressed through performances, art, games and other fun family diversions that teach by entertaining. Join special guests for fun interactive and hands-on activities. Create art inspired by the Museum’s Grand Hall, and go on an artifact hunt for a closer look at objects and art associated with First Nations, Inuit and Métis storytelling.



Capital Ribfest, the new big BBQ foodie experience, will be taking over downtown Ottawa. Free admission, 10 new Ribbers, live music, craft beer and much more!


Dragon Boat Festival 

11039099_942927579092116_6482761695966158220_nRecognized as North America’s largest dragon boating festival the four day celebration offers free admission to multiple stages with world class programming, marquee concerts, amusement attractions, sports demonstrations, a variety of artisans, exhibitors, delicious culinary treats, beach-side bar, children’s area and non-stop racing.



Fête nationale du Québec en Outaouais 

Formerly celebrated as St. Jean Baptiste Day in the Outaouais, this is a free show for everyone. It features well-known artists who know how to celebrate today’s and tomorrow’s Quebec!


School of Rock Suzy Q donuts 

suzyq-donuts-chatelaine-660x485Presented by Suzy Q Doughnuts & Bluesfest School of Music and Art! Pre-show will be performances by the Bluesfest School of Music and Art! Come see what they have been working on! A kids Rock Band and a Family Choir!! Bring your blankets, chairs and friends and join us for an evening of fun! Pre-show @ 7pm Film @ Dusk

 JUNE 26

Stroll for Liver

Join us at Vincent Massey Park, Section G for a fun day for the whole family. You will enjoy great entertainment while helping us bring liver research to life in support of the millions of Canadians affected by liver disease.

July 1

Canada Day   Canada’s 149th birthday in the capital, when the region resonates with pageantry and the sounds of celebration!

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