Dates: February 6 to 22, 2009
Every February, Canada's Capital Region is host to Winterlude, North America's greatest winter festival. Three fun-filled weekends of excitement and activity await the whole family! From spectacular ice carvings to an amazing playground made of snow, Winterlude is a great way to take in the best of our Canadian winter.
ByWardMarket Mardi Gras
Dates: February 3 to 14. 2009
Northern hospitality meets Southern style for the best celebration North of New Orleans! From beads and bands to costumes and Cajun flavor, experience the thrill of Mardi Gras in Ottawa’s exceptional ByWard Market, February 3 to 14, 1006. Take part in a variety of activities, for those of all ages, and discover what this area’s great shops, restaurants, and bars have to offer.
Dates: April 24 to May 2, 2009
For more than a decade now, the Ottawa International Writers Festival has been celebrating the world’s best writing from home and abroad with an eclectic program that presents interactions with leaders in the worlds of science, history, poetry, politics, spoken word, economics, drama, fiction, biography, music, religion, spirituality and more.
Dates: May 1st to the 18th, 2009
A kaleidoscope of more than three million tulips is the focus in Canada's Capital Region each spring as the Tulip Route follows the historic Rideau Canal to the Parliament buildings and Major's Hill Park and then across the Ottawa River to the Outaouais. All tulip events are free at the 'festival without fences'!
Dates: May 23 to 24, 2009
Canada's premiere race festival - combines competition, participation and fundraising to make a distinctive contribution to the health of our community.
Dates: May 27th to 31st, 2009
For over 20 years, the Ottawa International Children’s Festival has been holding a five-day extravaganza of the finest quality theatre, dance and music for young audiences in our community. We create programs for children aged four to 15 focused on enriching school curriculum and promoting the arts as an integral part of children's education. We have hosted performers from Brazil, Kenya, Peru, Holland, France, England, Germany, Denmark and China, as well as artists from around Canada. Come and join us for an amazing performing arts experience that will excite and amaze the whole family.
Dates: June 11 to 13, 2009
The Festival will feature shows by professional Francophone performers in various art forms from three Canadian provinces, France, Belgium and Burkina Faso. More than 70 performers will appear on the main stage and on many small outdoor stages.
Dates: June 12 to 14, 2009
An estimated 50,000 people will stroll through the community of Westboro Village taking in music, visual art, theatre, literary readings, dance, spoken word, and performance art. Join us on Richmond Road, between McRae and Golden Avenues, in Ottawa. Everyone is welcome!
Dates: June 18 to 28, 2009
Ottawa's uncensored, unjuried festival of theatre, music, visual arts and so much more! Over 300 performers bring Downtown Ottawa alive. With over 300 performances, there's something for everyone!
Dragon Boat Festival
Dates: June 19 to 21, 2009
Ancient Chinese tradition meets the Nation's Capital. Combine the excitement and competition of dragon boat races, multi-cultural food and entertainment, community spirit and charitable fundraising and you have a colourful two-day event that attracts 4,500 paddlers and over 60,000 spectators.
Dates: June 21 to 26, 2009
The Corso Italia (Preston Street) is the place to be for great Italian music, food, pageantry, art and opera at the piazza (a traditional festival square) . Be a part of this cultural celebration while enjoying great food and entertainment in an affable atmosphere. Don't miss the bicycle race and the Italian Car parade with Ferrari demonstrations driving through an oval track on Carling Avenue, from Preston Street to Booth Street.
Dates: June 25 to July 5, 2009
The Festival boasts the biggest loyal audience of any event in eastern Ontario. It has presented some of the most dynamic jazz artists on the scene, from the traditional to the avant-garde, such as Herbie Hancock, Salif Keita, Dave Brubeck, Roy Haynes, Toots Thielemans, Branford Marsalis, Béla Fleck, Kenny Werner, Stanley Jordan, Sonny Rollins, Terence Blanchard, Diana Krall, D.D. Jackson, Maynard Ferguson, and John Mayall to name only a few.
Date: July 1st, 2009
A day of fun, sun, activities, live shows, street performers, fireworks, Parades, face painting , art expositions , X-treme sports demonstrations with 300,000+ of your closest friends here to celebrate our great country on July 1st right here in Ottawa.
Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill
Dates: July 6 to September 13, 2009
Experience the story of our country — as told through original music, giant images and spectacular lighting effects. Living in a vast, bilingual and multicultural country, Canadians have become some of the best communicators in the world. Share the songs, poems, stories and visions that highlight many of our cultural and technological achievements. Come celebrate the spirit of a country!
International Chamber Music Festival
Dates: July 25 to August 8, 2009
Since 1994, the Ottawa Chamber Music Society (OCMS) has become one of the world's leading international presenters impacting the world of music, the arts and culture. The OCMS is a not-for-profit organization with charitable status, dedicated to presenting chamber music of the highest possible artistic standard.
Dates: August 20 to 30, 2009
As Ottawa's largest annual community event, SuperEX works closely with many communities to present a varied mix of programming, exhibits and entertainment designed to reflect not only the Ottawa of today but the region's past as well.
Dates: August 21 to 23, 2009
From the electrifying main-stage performances to the energy and party atmosphere at the dance tent, for four beautiful days Ottawa got its Folk on!
Dates: August 16 to 23, 2009
Dates: August 14 to 16, 2009
The richness and diversity that is ours to boast, offers a trident display of artistry and pageantry! Our steelpan concert on the grassy knoll of the Festival Plaza, the rich culinary appetizers, the humor and missive of the calypsonian, along with the staging of a kaleidoscopic parade, all in the name of Culture.
Dates: September 17 to 20, 2009
Come and help us celebrate our 164th annual Fall Fair. We are located just 15 km southwest of downtown Ottawa, Canada's national capital.
Dates: September 22 to 28, 2009
Since 1997, La Vendemmia has been Ottawa 's Celebration of Italian Wine & Food held in the heart of Little Italy, Preston Street. La Vendemmia is a series of Italian wine and food seminars, dinners, cooking demos, wine tastings and a charity grape stomp. Highlights include:
* Chef cooking demonstrations
* Wine tastings
* The Moveable Feast walkabout dining experience
* Feature dinners at Preston Street restaurants
* Taste of Little Italy Wine and Food Show
* Charity Grape Stomp in support of Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
Dates: September 24 to 27, 2009
For 145 years the Carp Fair has been a mainstay of the farming and fun-seeking Canadian culture.
Fall Rhapsody Festival
Dates: October 2 to 18. 2009
Every year, the National Capital Commission invites you to experience the magical fall colours of Gatineau Park, located only 15 minutes from Parliament Hill.
Dates: October 14 to 18, 2009
The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is the largest event of its kind in North America, a major film event attracting attendees from around the world. Film buffs, art lovers and cartoon fans won't want to miss this year's great line up of screenings taking place at the ByTowne Cinema, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Empire Theatres Rideau Centre.