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Ottawa area Fairs and Festivals
Note, many dates mentioned will vary from year to year so remember to check the link to the actual event website to verify the current date.
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ByWard Market Auto Classic
613-562-3325
55 ByWard Market Square
Ottawa
June 5th
  This unique auto show features an excellent collection of over 150 privately-owned classic and collector automobiles that are displayed in several locations throughout the ByWard Market. From Mustangs and Jaguars to one-of-a-kind classics and modern ‘smart cars’, no matter what your taste, you’re sure to find a car that catches your fancy!
For more information click Here
Canadian Tulip Festival
613-567-4447
1-800-668-8547
Various
May 4-21
  Over three million tulips create an exotic mosaic of colour and beauty in Canada’s Capital Region, featuring over 20 Official Tulip and Attraction/Partner Sites along a 15km Tulip Route through Ottawa and Gatineau.
For more information click Here
Canada Day Celebrations
Parliament Hill
Ottawa
July 1st
  Well technically not a Fair or Festival it is the most celebrated birthday with events through-out the city but the big bash is located on Parliament Hill where the concerts and closing Fireworks are the best place to be in Canada's Capital
For more information click Here
CHEO's annual Teddy Bears' Picnic
613-737-2780
Rideau Hall
1 Sussex Drive
July 9th
  This event features a celebrity pancake breakfast, bears and clowns, rides, and a continuous stage show. Whether its stitches or a new pair of eyes your teddy bear needs, the B.A.S.H. (Bear Ambulatory Surgical Hospital) will fix him up!
For more information click Here
Ottawa Jazz Festival

Confederation Park
Ottawa
July 3
  With ticketed shows taking place at the beautiful outdoor Confederation Park, as well as indoors at the National Library of Canada and the National Arts Centre Studio, there is something for all tastes.
For more information click Here

Ottawa Caribbean Festival
(Caribe-Expo)

613-729-1408
Festival Plaza
Ottawa
August 11-20

  Caribe-Expo is a celebration of the Carnival of Cultures of the Caribbean. It reflects the history of the Caribbean Basin,while giving a vivid visual description of our cultural expressions.
For more information click Here
Ottawa Folk Festival
613-230-8234
Britannia Park
Ottawa
August 17-20
  The Ottawa Folk Festival is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to presenting live music in Ottawa year 'round. The Ottawa Folk Festival holds concerts throughout the year, as well as a summer Festival held annually in August.
For more information click Here
Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival
613-234-8008
Various
July 21 to Aug 4
  Each summer, thousands of music lovers travel from across Canada and around the world to attend the largest chamber music festival in the world. Over 250 of the top chamber musicians from Canada and the international scene will perform in acoustically perfect heritage churches.
For more information click Here
Lumière Festival (Festival of Lights)
613-745-2742
Stanley/New Edinbough Parks
Ottawa
August 12
  Witness the beauty of light as you participate in a parade of colourful home-made lanterns made of tissue paper and bamboo creating one flickering line of magical light.
For more information click Here
Ottawa Greek Festival
1315 Prince of Wales Drive
Ottawa
August 10-20
  If you haven't been to Greece before or even if you have, the arts & culture court is a perfect place to lose yourself in the dream of being there.
For more information click Here
Ottawa International Children's Festival
613-241-0999
1867 St. Laurent Blvd.
May 31 to June 4
  We invite you to join us for another imaginative adventure of drama, dance and music from diverse cultures. Enrich and inspire your heart and mind with these engaging performances from lands afar. There’s something for everyone!
For more information click Here
Ottawa SuperEx
613-237-7222
Lansdowne Park
Ottawa
August 17-27
  There is a variety of free entertainment for everyone at the numerous locations throughout the park along with A 55 ride midway with a Family Land section.
For more information Click Here
Ottawa Busker Festival (Buskerfest)
613-230-0984
The Sparks Street Mall
Ottawa
August 3-7
  Five dazzling days of very unorthodox entertainment, courtesy of the most talented and well-loved street performers from around the world.
For more information click Here

Riverfest at Pinhey`s Point
613-832-4347
Dunrobin
August 30-31

 

With activities, demonstrations and performances inside the impressive stone estate house, outside on the lush greenspace and on the river itself, Riverfest offers something for everyone!
For more information click Here

Winterlude
613-239-5555
1 800 704-8227
Various
Feb 2-18
  Fun is waiting for the whole family: the Rideau Canal Skateway, magnificent snow and ice sculptures, energetic rhythms of American Express Snowbowl and Snowflake Kingdom, the biggest snow playground on the continent. Don’t miss all this, the cheerful Ice Hogs, and more, at the greatest winter celebration in North America.
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Outlying areas Fairs and Festivals

North Lanark Highland Games
613-256-7886
1-888-669-6566
Almonte
August 26
  A full day celebrating Scottish culture, athletics and music on the banks of beautiful Mississippi River in Almonte.
For more information click Here

Arnprior Agricultural Fair
613-622-0079
Arnprior
August 10-13

  The Fair showcases Live entertainment along with a Demolition Derby, Petting Zoo and Midway of course the Exhibit Hall offers Agricultural displays.
For more information click Here
Perth Garlic Festival
613-267-5322
1-877-268-2833
Perth Fairgrounds
August 12-13
  There is something for everyone at the Perth Garlic Festival starting with cooking demonstrations of fabulous garlic recipes, Blacksmithing Demonstrations, Sheep Shearing and Children’s Activities.
For more information click Here
South Mountain Fair
2967 Lough Rd.
South Mountain
August 17-20
  Pay-one-price gate admission includes all Midway rides and with lots to see such as the Demolition Derby, Battle of the Bands, Lawn mower racing, Truck show, musical entertainment and dances
For more information click Here
Russell Fair
Russell
Sept 7-10
  How about a ATV Mud Bog for starters then Classic Cars & Bikes, a Scavenger Hunt or enter the "FairFactor" this popular feature of the Russell Fair never ceases to bring in brave participants and curious spectators.
For more information click Here
Lyndhurst Turkey Fair
Main St.
613-928-1196
Lyndhurst
September 15th
  The fair abounds with free activities for children such as a fishing contest, petting zoo, pony rides, games, carnival rides, crafts, a reptile show and more. For the adults they have a quilt show, antique car show, craft sale, golf tournament, live entertainment and more.
For more Information click Here

Stormont County Fair
613-984-2398
Newington
Sept 1-4

 

MIDWAY by Conklins and Exhibit hall displays along with ATV pull, Antique machinery, Demolition derby and lots of activities.
For more information click Here

Spencerville Fair
613-658-3333
Spencerville
Sept 7-10
  Musical entertainment along with Agricultural Shows, Tea Room, Demolition Derby and of course the Midway.
For more information click Here
Gloucester Fair
Rideau Carleton Raceway Grounds
Gloucester
May 24-27
  A large Midway and lots of activies including Blacksmith Demos, Dog Show, Strongman
Competition and for the kids a Petting Zoo and they can visit the Reptile Rainforest.
For more information click Here
Puppets Up Festival
Almonte
August 12-13
  Ten professional puppetry troupes are descending on Almonte to entertain and engage with exceptional puppets. Come join us on the main street of Almonte to giggle at the clowns, gawk at the buskers and gasp at the musicians and dancers.
For more information click Here
St. Albert Cheese Curd Festival
613-987-2872
St. Albert
August 17-20
  Activities and refreshments, Inflated air games, animation, kiosks, Beach Volley-ball, Rodeo and of course Free cheese curds.
For more information click Here
Merrickville Agricultural Fair
613-269-4402
Merrickville
August 10-13
  The Fair showcases Musical Entertainment, Light / Heavy Horse Pull, Demolition Derby, 4 X 4 Truck Pull, ATV Pull and Antique Tractor Draw, Conklin's Supershows Midway, Annual Steam Show, Beef and Dairy Cattle Show.
For more information click Here
Richmond Fair
613-838-3420
Richmond
Sept 17-20
  Antique Tractor and Horse Pulls, Ottawa Fiddle & Stepdance Competition, Ottawa Kennel Club Dog Show, many Horse Shows.
For more information click Here
Navan fair
613-835-2766
Navan
August 10-13
  The Navan Fair was started in 1946 as a showcase of agricultural excellence and to this day is regarded as one of the premier events in the Ottawa Valley.
For more information click Here
Pembroke Old Time Fiddling and Step Dancing Championships
(613) 635-7200
Champlain Trail, Highway 17
Pembroke
Labour Day Weekend
  A wide variety of entry classes are offered from Open to Age Categories with the competition offers over $20,000 in prize money and trophies.
For more information click Here
Carp Fair (Carp Agricultural Society)
613-839-2172
3790 Carp Road
Carp
Sept 24-27
  See Cattle, Sheep and Horse Shows, Agri-awareness displays, Antique Displays, Live Entertainment and the Family Circle Tent. try some Home-cooked meals and Robertson Amusements Ltd provides the midway rides.
For more information click Here
Gatineau area Fairs and Festivals
Fall Rhapsody
819-827-2020
1-800-465-1867
Gatineau Park
Gatineau
September 29 to October 15
  Fall Rhapsody, an annual event in the nation's capital, showcases the best of autumn. Those who want to see Ottawa's greatest natural assets will be richly rewarded during this outdoor celebration. Activities vary greatly, and include educational nature tours, children's events, fitness challenges, art exhibits and wonderful meals featuring local produce. With fall colours and ample hiking trails, the stage is also set for romantic walks through Gatineau Park.
For more information click Here
Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
819 243-2330
988 Rue St-Louis
Gatineau
Labour Day Weekend
  The Festival has rapidly become the most important hot air balloon gathering in Canada, and the fifth largest in the world. It has attracted European and North American pilots to fly their regular and specially-shaped balloons over the National Capital Region.
For more information Click Here
Aylmer Auto Show
819-684-9406
1 Rue Derwin
Aylmer
August 11-13
  The vision of a Car Show by J.P. Sylvestre which started out in 1991 continues on its way and is now in its 14th year. Things have evolved from a 10 best, 50 car event to 31 classes and 11 Special awards with an excess of 600 vehicles.
For more information click Here
Les Grands Feux du Casino du Lac-Leamy (Sound of Light)
819-771-3389
Canadian Museum of History
100 Laurier St
Gatineau
5 Evenings in August
  Sound of Light invites you to come and experience fireworks as you never have before. Set against the breathtaking scenery of the Ottawa River, the event promises you 5 unforgettable evenings, as the very best fireworks experts compete for top honors in this explosive battle of light and sound.
For more information click Here
Festival Country du Grand Gatineau
819-986-3552
110 Georges St.
Gatineau
August 10-13
  This country-music festival is held each year during the second week of August, featuring shows under the big top! All entertainment during the festival is presented on the site of Encan Larose.
For more information click Here
Wonders of Sand
819 243-2345, ext. 2534
Parc du Lac-Beauchamp
Gatineau
July 6-10
  Come to admire the world level sculptors at work during the preparation of a gigantic
sculptures of sand. Imagine about fifteen professional sculptors working together
around a mountain of two hundred tons of sand.
For more information click Here

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