Ottawa Special Events

RBC Royal Bank Bluefest
This is an annual music festival that attracts a global following. Over the span of two weeks, artists from several countries perform their blues style of music on various stages set up through the event. Many performers beyond blues music also take to the stages playing rock, funk, jazz and more.

This festival has been running since 1994 and uses the growing popularity of the event to help support local musical art programs in schools. Hosted by the Ottawa Bluefest organization, the festival takes place in LeBreton Flats Park area of the city.

Canadian Tulip Festival
This festival normally takes place every May and spans over 9 days of celebration. The history behind the event came about through the Canadian government giving the Dutch Royal Family a safe place to be during World War II. The people of Canada were gifted with tulip flower, which has since become the main flower at the capitol grounds. It is currently estimated that over 1 million tulips surround the main capital buildings.

This festival boasts garden tours, live music and vendors as well as street art and theater performances. Presented by The Canadian Tulip Festival organization in junction with local sponsors.

Arnprior Fair
This event is a standard fair, with rides and games for the local community. Tractor pulls, livestock showings and a farmer's market are also apart of the fair which normally runs through the month of August.

Presented by the Arnprior Agricultural Society, the event has been running since the 1850's.

Canada Dance Festival
This annual festival is held in celebration of all things dance related. Started back in 1987, this event has become a global showcase of both classical and modern dance performances.

The festival is held every June in the Canada's National Arts Center in downtown Ottawa. Presented by the Canada Dance Festival organization in conjunction with the National Arts Center.

Carnival of Cultures
This annual event is a 3-day celebration of world cultures, customs and performing arts. 400 global performers take the stage to educate through dance, music and theater about their home countries while vendors offer international foods to both locals and tourists alike. Presented by the Carnival of Cultures organization every June in downtown Ottawa.