Take a peek at this list of events and activities taking pace in and around Ottawa this month, August 2023. Click on the event title for more information.
Full Moon Yoga | August 1st & August 30th, 2023
The Great Lawn: Lansdowne Park
Open to all levels: free public yoga classes on the lawn under the moonlight. Grab your mat, water bottle, and your yoga buddies!
Les Grands Feux du Casino Lac-Leamy | August 2nd – August 19th, 2023
Canadian Museum of History: 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau
Each summer, be dazzled by spectacular fireworks displays exploding in shimmering waterfalls and blooms of colour high above the Ottawa River, all set to thrilling musical scores. On Wednesday and Saturday evenings during the first three weeks of August, the Les Grands Feux du Casino Lac-Leamy (formerly known as the Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light) presents four hours of special entertainment at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Québec. Enjoy pyromusical shows of international calibre, open flame culinary experiences, experiential paths, artistic creations and much more. The fireworks are launched from a platform in the majestic Ottawa River, directly below the museum.
B in the Park | August 3rd, 2023
Major’s Hill Park
An evening of Celtic music excellence by the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band.
Yoga in the Vines | August 3rd, 2023
Jabulani Vineyard and Winery: 8005 Jock Trail Road
A Night of Relaxation and Connection. Start your evening with a welcome drink, followed by a gentle yoga session and sound healing for all levels; with 3 additional tastings of red, rose and white wines. End the evening watching the sunset at Jabulani Vineyard. (Non-Alcoholic Options Available).
Kristina Kuzmic: Hope & Humour | August 4th, 2023
Bronson Centre: 211 Bronson Avenue
Kristina Kuzmic’s Hope & Humor show is more than a comedy special. It’s an hour that will leave every viewer feeling less alone and more empowered to face whatever chaos life throws their way. Kristina, in her undeniably authentic way, takes us on a peaks and valley journey full of laughter and even a few tears, with a through-line of four things she’s done wearing: other people’s judgements, guilt, the pressure to be perfect and the unrealistic fantasy of what life should look like. Many have described her show as stand-up-comedy meets a great therapy session.
Glengarry Highland Games | August 4-5th, 2023
Witness traditional Scottish events with more than 60 pipe bands, 200 Highland dancers, sports, pageantry and tradition.
Capital Ribfest Ottawa | August 4- 7th, 2023
Ottawa City Hall: 110 Laurier Avenue West
Let’s Get Sticky! We are back with the meat. Join us August 4-7 for the 2023 Capital Ribfest Ottawa, a fun, family-friendly celebration of delicious BBQ and Smokehouse experience at Ottawa City Hall in the heart of Canada’s Capital.
Ottawa International Busker Fest | August 4-7th, 2023
Very unorthodox entertainment by street performers from around the world: clowns, jugglers, acrobats, magic tricks, and more! Free admission but donations appreciated.
The Links At Lansdowne: Stadium Golf | August 10 – 13th, 2023
TD Place at Lansdowne: 1015 Bank Street
Golf inside The Stadium at TD Place. Nine platforms will be setup around the concourse area and seating area. Other golf games, food and beverage available as well!
Bring your own clubs (9 iron through a sand wedge, no bags) and your foursome to a series of staggered platforms around the stadium, with two shots per hole! There will be large targets on the turf to aim for; with options for birdie, par, and bogie, depending on how close you are to the pin. Once you’ve wrapped up your round, we welcome you to the 19th hole at the South Main concourse, which will have a bar, food, and the PGA’s FedEx Championship aired in real time!
Halal Ribfest Ottawa | August 11 – 13th,2023
For the first time ever, The Halal Ribfest Tour is coming to Ottawa! Come get your hands saucy at North America’s largest Halal food event.
Ottawa Greek Festival | August 11 – 20th, 2023
Hellenic Event Centre: 1315 Prince of Wales Drive
This annual festival showcases live Greek music, traditional dances, excellent Greek cuisine, language lessons, and demonstrations of all sorts!
The Ooh ‘Music, Arts & Streetwear Festival’ is bringing the grill, beats, fresh vintage vendors, local designers, new designers, sneaker heads, stunning art, super fly dancers, hype performers and DJ’s to the ByWard Market.
Navan Fair | August 10-13th, 2023
Navan Fairgrounds: 1279 Colonial Road
Launched in 1946, this rural celebration has all the countrified events one would expect from a great country fair: animals, tractor display, demolition derby, music, food and more!
The Chef’s Table | August 10-12th, 2023
1 Elgin Street
A farm-to-table feast with menus curated by Canadian chefs; dining on a spacious patio; with live musical entertainment performed from a floating stage on the Rideau Canal.
Fanaticcon | August 13th, 2023
Ottawa Conference and Event Centre: 200 Coventry Road
A true fan experience celebrating toys, comics, gaming, entertainment, cosplay, and more.
Vankleek Hill Fair | August 17 – 20th, 2023
Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds: 92 Main Street West
The Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society presents the 178th Vankleek Hill Fair – “Blue Jeans & Country Scenes”.
Russell Fair | August 17-20th, 2023
Russell Agricultural Society: 1076 Concession St
Truck Pull, Education Day (includes agricultural education and demonstrations of various activities for all age groups) Bands for Friday, Saturday and Sunday , Agricultural Shows, Fall Cutting Competition, Amusement Rides for the kids, Cattle Shows, Antique Displays, Culinary and Craft Displays, Entertainment in the refreshment area, Entertainment on Sunday along with much more.
WWE Supershow | August 19th, 2023
Canadian Tire Centre: 1000 Palladium Drive
Don’t miss all of the action and experience WWE live and in-person! See your favorite Superstars including Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Cody Rhodes, Seth “Freakin” Rollins, Rhea Ripley, Becky Lynch, Matt Riddle and many more! Tickets and VIP Packages (Superstar Experience and Walk The Aisle) are now available. This will be the last WWE event in Ottawa in 2023 so you won’t want to miss it!
5k Foam Fest | August 19th, 2023
Commando Action Centre: 4565 Dunning Road
A one-of-a-kind fun run that includes a variety of obstacles and a ton of foam. A festival atmosphere offering activities for all ages.
Capital Ukrainian Festival | August 19 – 20th, 2023
952 Green Valley Crescent
Experience the life, joy and heritage of Ukrainian art and culture … vibrant music, delicious cuisine, refreshing drinks, stunning artwork, handmade crafts, informative displays … along the scenic banks of the Rideau Canal in the heart of Ottawa. Wish table mates Smachnoho” (Bon appétit!) and toast friends “Na zdorovia!” (To your health!).
Capital Pride | August 19-27th, 2023
Studio 2: 403 Bank Street
During the third week of August every year, you can join in diverse celebrations of Ottawa’s LGBTQ+ community in parks, streets, clubs and other sites across the city. Highlights of Capital Pride include sporting events, a Rainbow Party, a family picnic and the always-popular Pride Parade. Choose from a dozen signature events and more than 50 community events—many of them free!
On Festival Weekend, the intersection of Bank Street and Somerset Street West, the centre of Ottawa’s Gay Village, becomes an entertainment hub with live music, a community fair and a beer garden.
Rod Stewart: North American Tour 2023 | August 23rd, 2023
Canadian Tire Centre: 1000 Palladium Drive
Rod Stewart has sold more than 250 million records worldwide during a stellar career that includes ten No.1 albums and 26 Top 10 singles in the U.K.: plus 17 Top 10 albums and 16 Top 10 singles in the U.S.
Alabama: Roll on 2 North American Tour | August 24th, 2023
Canadian Tire Centre: 1000 Palladium Drive
Multi-platinum selling country rock group Alabama has announced an all-new 2023 tour Roll On 2 North America. The tour will include a stop in Ottawa at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday, Aug. 24, featuring special guest The Bellamy Brothers.
The Monster | August 24-27th, 2023
The Arena at TD Place
The Monster, world’s largest inflatable obstacle course, is coming to Ottawa
The world’s biggest inflatable party is coming to The Arena at TD Place. From August 24-27, The Monster – an extremely long inflatable and bouncy castle – will take over the venue.
But the fun doesn’t stop once you’ve conquered The Monster. With your adrenaline pumping, you’re bound to have worked up a thirst and a serious appetite, so enjoy a wide range of delicious food, refreshing cocktails, beers and much more. With live deejays, giant ball pits and other crazy activities available throughout the event, this will be one unforgettable funfest that is not to be missed.
Chesterville Fair | August 25-27th, 2023
Chesterville Fairgrounds: 153 Queen St, Chesterville
Musical Entertainment, Tractor Pull, Demolition Derby and more.
Palestinian Festival Ottawa | August 25-27th, 2023
Ottawa City Hall: 110 Laurier Avenue West
Celebrate the culture and contributions of the Palestinian people in Canada. Enjoy live performances, folklore, cuisine and an impressive bazaar (flea market) experience. The whole family can have fun!
Nature Nocturne | August 25th, 2023
Canadian Museum of Nature: 240 McLeod Street
Dance until midnight while DJs fill the castle with awesome sound! Meet artists throughout the galleries. Discover four floors of world-class museum exhibitions. Thought-provoking, interactive, immersive, social—an exciting and different kind of museum experience!
National Capital Pride Run | August 26th, 2023
Riverain Park: 400 North River Road
Support pride in the nation’s capital and get ready to run a 2.5k or 5k at this fun event! Registration is required.
North Lanark Highland Games | August 26th, 2023
Twenty pipe bands, a hundred dancers and champion heavyweight athletes combine to celebrate Scottish heritage.
Changing of the Guard
Bring your camera to capture colourful photos of soldiers in scarlet uniforms and bearskin hats, as they carry out precise drills to the music of a military band on Parliament Hill. Daily from late June to late August, the impressive—and free—Changing of the Guard ceremony draws crowds to downtown Ottawa. If you arrive on the lawn of Parliament Hill by 9:45 a.m., you can hear an audio presentation in English and French that explains the symbolism, history and proceedings of the ceremony. Then listen—in the distance, you’ll hear soldiers and their band parading from the Cartier Square Drill Hall and along Elgin Street.
NCC Weekend Bikedays | Saturdays, Sundays & Holiday Mondays until October 8th
Both westbound lanes of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, from Vimy Place to Carling Avenue
Every weekend from May to October, the NCC opens parkways in Ottawa exclusively for active use, morning and afternoon. Whether you’re biking, walking, running or skating, this program is for you!
These car-free roads are a great way to experience the beauty of Canada’s Capital Region in a fun, safe and environmentally friendly way.
Outdoor enthusiasts will be able to enjoy close to 20 kilometres of scenic parkways in the heart of Ottawa, that are open exclusively for active use. Whether you’re biking, walking, running or skating, this program is for you!
Pirate Life Ottawa | May 20th to October 8, 2023
588 Hog’s Back Road
A Pirate’s Life provides interactive ‘pirate life’ theatrical experience with a boat cruise in a look-a-like pirate ship.
Join the scurvy crew and live the Pirate Life: Adventure, Theatre and Cruise. An interactive adventure, become a buccaneer with costumes, face paint and a pirate alias!
Ottawa Bi-Plane Adventures | May 15th – November 15th , 2023
Rockcliffe Flying Club: 1495 Sir George-Étienne Cartier Pkwy
Enjoy the views of Parliament and downtown Ottawa from above! Travel along the picturesque Ottawa River, Strap on your aviator’s cap and goggles and get a bird’s eye view of Parliament Hill and downtown Ottawa, or travel back in time as you soar serenely aloft the Gatineau River, viewing historic Gatineau Park, the Chelsea River dams, and the original river-logging route that helped found the City of Ottawa.
Ottawa Titans Baseball Club | May 23rd– August 31st, 2023
300 Coventry Road
Join fellow sports fans and catch professional baseball games from May to September in Canada’s capital at Ottawa Stadium, just east of downtown.
The Ottawa Titans Baseball Club plays in the Eastern Conference of the Frontier League, which includes 15 teams from Ontario, Québec, and the U.S. northeast. The team’s mascot, Cappy, is a family favourite.
Join the roaring crowds at TD Place Stadium at Lansdowne as Ottawa’s Canadian Football League (CFL) team battles for a chance at the Grey Cup.
The city’s first football team launched in 1876 and, thanks to the Ottawa REDBLACKS, the sport is as popular as ever in Canada’s capital. Loyal fans regularly cheer for their favourite players on sunny summer days, on crisp fall afternoons and even through the occasional snow flurry (the team plays from June through November). When getting tickets, pick your side of the stands wisely (fans are staunchly north- or south-siders). Wherever you sit, visit the concessions for sustenance, and make friends with the REDBLACKS’ giant but lovable lumberjack mascot, Big Joe, who pays homage to the region’s storied logging heritage.
Five nights a week in the summer months, you can enjoy a free, 30-minute multimedia show presented against the backdrop of the iconic Parliament Buildings in Canada’s capital. The Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill – Northern Lights, takes you on an unforgettable audiovisual journey through Canada’s history. Colourful visuals are projected on the Centre Block’s Peace Tower, accompanied by an original score and stirring narration in English and French. The show presents inspiring Canadian stories that showcase the foundations of our nation, innovation, exploration, valour, and the pride and vision of a people. This annual tradition is presented on evenings from Thursdays through Mondays (weather dependent); show start times vary by month due to sunset times.
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