June 1

Ottawa Welcomes the World: Kenya

Free Admission

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, Ottawa celebrates the contribution of Kenya’s rich cultural heritage with a showcase of its food, music, dance and more!  Horticulture Building at Lansdowne, 1525 Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa, Ontario

Don’t forget to download your free e-passport on the Ottawa 2017 app here.


June 2-4

Ottawa Westfest

Westfest is a party like no other! Each year more than 50,000 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.


June 3

Fire Fighters’ Day

Ever want to get up close and see what fire fighters do?  This is your chance! Hosts Ottawa Fire Services have local fire fighters doing demonstrations and competitions to show how to save lives.  There are also activities and a fire fighter craft for the kids, too!  Cost: Free

Lemonade Standemonium

On Saturday, June 3rd – National Cancer Survivors Weekend – thousands of families in our community (and right across the country) will be participating in the BIGGEST lemonade stand fundraiser in Canada. In 2017 we mark the 5th Lemonade Standemonium. It’s a fun-filled fundraiser where kids host stands in their neighbourhood, all while raising funds and awareness for cancer care and research.

Over the last five years thousands of families have participated and raised more than $280,000 – now that’s a lot of lemonade! This year funds raised will support innovative cancer research and clinical trials and be invested in providing Cancer Coaching to families who are facing cancer.


1. Register Your Team Register your team by creating a team. The individual that creates the team will be registered and all other members must register individually and choose the option to join the team. Every member of the team must register to get their own t-shirt, welcome kit, and web page, which is linked to prizing incentives.

2. Choose Your Location  Let us know where you will be hosting your stand on June 3rd 2017 by e-mailing lemonade@ottawacancer.ca  with your team name, and location. This will help avoid double occupancies and we will add your stand to the map below to help promote it!

Ottawa Horse Day

You are invited to join Wesley Clover Parks for Ottawa Horse Day, a family event designed to celebrate equestrian sport and give people of all ages the opportunity to get up close to horses. This year’s Ottawa Horse Day will feature a wide variety of equestrian demonstrations, vendors, a Kid’s Zone and more!Admission is free! A $5 parking donation is suggested and all donations collected will be invested into the revitalization of the site, including a retirement paddock for our beloved school horses.

June 3-4

Doors Open Ottawa

The City of Ottawa is proud to present Doors Open Ottawa, a free annual architectural event that celebrates our community’s built heritage. During the first full weekend in June, over 150 historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings will be featured in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday! From Carp to Cumberland, over 80,000 visitors will explore some of the city’s most interesting places, and you’re invited! Doors Open Ottawa continues to be the second-largest Doors Open architectural event in North America.  Since its inception in 2002, over 920,000 visitors have discovered some of the city’s most prestigious buildings including Earnscliffe: Official Residence of the British High Commissioner, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Embassy of the United States, and the Sir John A. Macdonald Building….just to name a few. Whether you’re a resident or visitor to the nation’s capital, take advantage of the Doors Open Ottawa Shuttle Bus, operating within walking distance of over 50 participating buildings. Or, take the opportunity to enjoy the summer sun and cycle your way around the city on a Doors Open Ottawa bicycle tour. No bike, no problem! Visitors can visit numerous buildings per day by making their way around the downtown core on foot.

June 6 (and every Tuesday)

Ottawa Children’s Garden Playgroup

The Children’s Garden, at the corner of Main and Clegg in Old Ottawa East, is Ottawa’s first dedicated children’s garden. Its big purpose is to serve as a space to engage and educate the senses, the mind and the imagination in terms of our relationships with nature. Its even bigger purpose is to have fun in the process.



June 8-18

Italian Week

As we prepare to celebrate Canada’s 150th, the Ottawa Italian Week Festival Organizing Committee prepares to bring you yet another amazing festival offering to everyone from anywhere, the experience of “Being Italian” and celebrating all that is Italian Art, Culture and History, for 10 special days in June. Join us to create new memories, share in the experience and be Italian.

The Ottawa Italian Week Festival is a collaborative event, brought to you by Settimana Italiana Inc., The Preston Street BIA, the Ottawa Ferrari Festival, the Italian Car Show & Parade and the Preston Street Criterium Bike Race. We also work with many other organizations to bring even more to the festival. See our schedule of events below.



June 9

Ottawa Welcomes the World: Croatia

Croatia has one of the biggest Diasporas in the world when compared to the country’s population and size. Today Canada is a home to approximately 250,000 people of Croatian origin. This whole day event will be the opportunity to showcase Croatian culture, tradition, music, food and tourism. Special music guest will be Ivo Gamulin Gianni, Croatian theatrical performer and singer, while always passionate Folklore Ensemble “Croatoan” will share its songs, dances and costumes with the audience. Croatia will also present its cuisine, tourist destinations and products available in Canada.


June 9-11


Supercharging your taste buds. Sampling chocolate, candy, ice cream, cupcakes from all your favourite shops and brands. Joins us for our cheat day(s) June 9-11th 11am-7pm each day

June 10

Barrhaven Run For Roger’s House

In 2008 a small group of Barrhaven business owners banded together to start a registered charitable organization called BarrhavenRun.ca. The purpose of BarrhavenRun.ca was to organize an annual charity running event in the community of Barrhaven. Roger Neilson House, a pediatric palliative care facility located on the grounds of CHEO, was selected as the charity of choice.

The first annual Barrhaven Run for Roger Neilson House was held in June 2008. 100% of the event proceeds go to Roger Neilson House. Events include a 10k Run(timed), 5k Run(timed), 2.5k Family Run/Walk and a Tot Trot with Spartacat. The event has grown each year with competitive runners from around the country taking part. In the first 9 years $250,000 has been raised for Roger Neilson House.

June 10-11

Ottawa Dog Festival

The best Dog Party in town, the Ottawa Dog Festival is an Outdoor Event for the public and their four-legged friends! With games, competitions, food trucks, and a beer lounge, there is something for people and pooches alike!


The new art festival

The New Art Festival (TNAF) is Ottawa’s largest non-commercial outdoor art festival. Featuring over 200 artists and entertainers from a full spectrum of disciplines, this annual event draws thousands of visitors and participants from across Canada and around the world. The New Art Festival is a non-commercial event, therefore we do not include any mass-produced goods, nor do we have any representation from large chains or corporations. We are a low carbon footprint event and feature food providers from the community. All of the artwork, food and music at TNAF are the direct result of the artists and artisans who are featured at our festival. The organizers do not take any percentage of the artists’ sales.

June 11

Touch a Truck

In 2008 Mothercraft launched Touch a Truck showcasing the world of big trucks and heavy equipment to support our Birth and Parent Companion Program.


Monkey Rock

Monkey Rock Music – Kids’ Rock Concert! Sunday June 11, 2017 at Bronson Centre, Ottawa Ont.

Doors open at 2pm, show starts at 3pm. Get your tickets now at



June 11-26


We rented an island for 15-days! This FREE festival is co-hosted by Maker House Co. + Freewheeling Craft, CRAFTFEST 2017 is a celebration of local goods made in Canada, and the people who make them. See what’s in store for the next 150 as modern makers change the way people shop.
– A Popup shop in a historic red-brick mill building
– Weekend Markets in a courtyard on the Ottawa River, June 17/18 + 24/25
– More than 25 DIY Workshops, sign up now to learn a new skill and make something!
– Outdoor cinema night including Canadian Heritage Minutes, Log Drivers Waltz, and other classics
– On site cafe/lounge, social nights, and more…

June 13

Ottawa Welcomes the World: Honduras

June 14-18

Ottawa Ribfest

Ottawa’s original Ribfest returns for it’s 25th year! Ottawa’s favourite food festival comes to Sparks Street June 14th – June 18th! Which ribber will win the belt for the best Ribs, Chicken, and Sauce? Who will be the People’s Choice? Live music, 11 patios with all of your favourite beverages, and more!

June 15-17

Franco Ontarian Festival

Ottawa le 18 mai 2017 – Les organisateurs du Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale ont dévoilé aujourd’hui tous les détails entourant la 42e édition de l’évènement, qui aura lieu au parc Major’s Hill (Ottawa) les 15, 16 et 17 juin 2017. Cette année une programmation empreinte de culture franco-ontarienne avec une touche de fierté canadienne sera

June 16

Ottawa Welcomes the World: Ireland

In this important year for Canada, we are proud to celebrate the deep and strong bonds of friendship that Ireland and Canada have long enjoyed. Visitors will experience Irish music, dance, and theatre. They will take a sensational journey through Ireland’s stunning scenery, and will explore the vibrancy of the Irish community in Canada taking in Gaelic sports, Irish arts and more.

June 16-18

Ottawa Ferrari Festival

During one weekend every June, the Ferrari Club of America Ottawa Chapter, along with more than 200,000 spectators and visitors, form a celebration of Ferraris and all things Italian. The culminating event of Italian Week, the festival turns Ottawa’s Corso Italia (Preston Street) into a 1.3 km concourse of rare automobiles, fine dining, and fun for the entire family.

The 3-day festival consists of a wide variety of exciting events, including:

  • Static car displays along both sides of Preston Street on Friday and Saturday evenings, featuring more than 50 Ferraris and other rare Italian and exotic sports cars.
  • Italian Car Parade
  • Demo Zone
  • FCA Dinner
  • Charity Ferrari Dream Ride – your chance to experience the thrill of riding in a Ferrari while supporting a great cause!
  • Father’s Day Luncheon – treat Dad for Father’s Day and get a final look at the Ferraris.

It’s an event not to be missed, and the centrepiece of the chapter’s annual events!

June 20-25

Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival l (SSIF) is a FREE, family-oriented event that truly represents the cultural diversity of our urban indigenous community with full participation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit organizations and artists. Festival highlights include an International Competition Pow Wow; living history cultural pavilions and workshops; a family fun zone with zip line and bungee trampoline; an indigenous marketplace with artisans and food vendors; a high energy main stage with non-stop live entertainment; a one-day education experience for students that attracts 6000 participants; and more. An Aboriginal Arts event with national significance, SSIF is proud to present a world- class showcase that fosters incredible energy and instills pride in the rich cultures of Canada’s First People.


June 20-22

Gatineau Intercultural Festival


Welcoming Ottawa Week Celebrations from June 20 to 30

This year’s WOW includes more than 70 events that will enable participants – newcomers and long-term residents alike – to express themselves and to connect through fun and engaging experiences that may produce lasting impressions and relationships. Participants will discover the treasure trove of history, food, art, architecture, places of worship and the myriad of business that have flourished thanks to the hard work and creativity of successive cohorts of immigrants in these unique neighborhoods.

June 21-July 23

Ottawa Equestrian Tournaments

New in 2017! Wesley Clover Parks presents the Ottawa Welcome from June 21st to 25th

$10,000 Grand Prix Ottawa Derby Day in the Grand Prix field featuring a Pony Derby, Junior/Amateur Hunter Derby, and Open 3’6″ Hunter Derby!

June 22-25

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival

The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is a not for profit event founded in 1993. The organization held it’s inaugural festival in 1994 with the assistance of the Hong Kong Canada Business Association. The first event lasted half a day with 25 teams participating. The Festival, which now boasts over 200 teams in competitive, corporate and community categories, is one of the hottest sporting and entertainment events in the Nation’s Capital. Recognized 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.

Jun 22-26

L’Outaouais en fête

Depuis 1976, Impératif français organise un grand festival de la chanson soulignant la culture québécoise. Nées pour célébrer la fête de la Saint-Jean en 1976, les festivités n’étaient à leur début qu’une soirée. Le besoin d’accorder plus de place et d’importance à la chanson francophone s’est fait sentir dans un contexte d’érosion culturelle et d’anglicisation de plus en plus poussée au sein de la francophonie canadienne, mais plus particulièrement au sein de la jeune génération. Depuis, la vocation du festival a évolué pour devenir le festival de la francophonie de cinq jours et depuis 2010, le festival L’Outaouais en fête est devenu une société autonome et sa mission demeure de faire la promotion de la culture d’expression française.

June 23

Ottawa Welcomes the World: Slovenia

The Slovenian National Celebration on June 23rd through Ottawa Welcomes the World 2017 will be a celebration of Slovenian history, economy, and culture. Featuring cultural and musical performers from all over Canada, this celebration is sure to get you up and practicing your polka moves in no time! Our exhibitors will teach you about the art, business, tourism, and history of our small but beautiful country, and even give you a taste of some delicious Slovenian cuisine. Whether you already know about Slovenia, or you’ve never heard of it, this event is sure to make you fall in love with our beautiful country.

La Fete Nationale du Quebec

En route pour l’édition 2016 de la Fête nationale du Québec… Une super année se prépare! Suivez-nous pour avoir tous les détails avant tout le monde!!!



June 23-25

RCMP Musical Ride Sunset Ceremonies

What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary than by attending our world-famous Musical Ride show in the nation’s capital? The iconic image of the Mountie on horseback is recognized around the world as a symbol of Canadian heritage and identity. The Sunset Ceremonies is a time-honoured tradition in Ottawa, featuring a performance by the world-famous RCMP Musical Ride and our signature flag-lowering ceremony at sunset, among other activities and police displays. The Musical Ride, with a full troop of 32 riders and their horses, consists of complex and thrilling cavalry figures and drills choreographed to music. These movements demand the utmost control, timing and coordination. The RCMP is proud to be a part of Canada’s 150th Anniversary celebrations. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the show!

June 24

CHEO Teddy Bears’ Picnic

The annual CHEO Teddy Bears’ Picnic will be held on the grounds of Rideau Hall on Saturday, June 24th, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents and visitors are invited to participate in this family-friendly event. Admission is free, as are most of the activities

June 25

Ottawa Welcomes the World: Korea

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Korean Cultural Centre (in association with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Canada) is pleased to host the ‘Korean Culture Fair’ at Lansdowne Park’s Horticulture Building on Sunday, June 25, as part of Ottawa 2017’s “Ottawa Welcomes the World” festivities. The KCC will be presenting an exciting line-up of performances and experiences that range from traditional to modern, as well as interactive information booths, cultural experience corners, and delightful Korean delicacies from Ottawa’s top Korean chefs. The ‘Korean Culture Fair’ will take you on a journey to Korea right here at home.

June 26-Aug 21

Changing of the Guard

The Ceremonial Guard performs public duties in Ottawa annually from late June to the end of August.

June 28

Ottawa Welcomes the World: Madagaskar

Canada’s diversity is an integral part of its history, its heritage, its pride…its DNA. This is why we are inviting embassies and high commissions to mark their country’s national celebration at the Horticulture Building in 2017. This series of world-class cultural events will promote and strengthen ties between nations on the occasion of Canada’s 150 anniversary.


June 29-July 3

Ottawa River Festival

Les municipalités riveraines de Prescott-Russell prendront des airs de fête du 29 juin au 3 juillet prochain, dans le cadre du 5e Festival de la rivière des Outaouais.
The Prescott and Russell river front municipalities will take a festive air next June 29 ti July 3rd during the 5th Outaouais River Festival.

June 30 (until October)


From coast to coast, blooming treasures await discovery. Celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial by enjoying the variety of gardens across the land. From Canada’s capital to the country’s eastern and western shores – and all places in between – gardens are a-blossoming, awaiting you. Whether it’s the Aboriginal Gardens in Montreal’s famous Botanical Gardens, a rare example of a walled garden in Ottawa, or Victoria’s renowned transformation of a quarry into Butchart Gardens, ingenious interpretations of gardens exist everywhere.

Mother Earth will visit Gatineau at MOSAÏCANADA. Her floral sculptural presence will grace Jacques-Cartier Park located in Ottawa’s twin city, overlooking the Ottawa River. Breaktaking artistry of Mosaiculture in Gatineau. Photo: Guy Boily, Mosaicultures internationale de Montreal (MIM)






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