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What’s happening in Ottawa in 2024? Ottawa Tourism has your activity line-up covered

Fireworks in Ottawa

2024 promises to be another fun-filled year for Ottawans and visitors alike!

Whether you’re looking for some sports action and adventure, or want to enjoy some Ottawa food and culture, you have your pick of amazing things to see and do.

For adventurers

  • From July 31 – Aug 17, catch Grand Feux du Casino at Lac-Leamy, a multisensory festival featuring pyromusical performances, food and more! 
  • Visit the big top for Cirque du Soleil ECHO to participate in a universe of colour, wonder and infinite possibilities at the Places des Festivals Zibi from Aug 16 to Sept. 22. 
  • A local adventurer’s favourite, book your trip through the rapids at Epic whitewater adventures on the Ottawa River
  • Take in the city with Escape Bicycle Tours, now offering a wide range of bicycles and pre-planned bike tours for any type of adventure!

Ottawa Bluesfest

For music lovers

  • Escapade Music Festival returns to Ottawa from June 21-23, brining the electronic music scene to the capital region
  • Ottawa Jazz Festival is a traditional part of any Ottawa summer, with a stellar line-up this year including Norah Jones, Laufey, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
  • Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year is the RBC Bluesfest, where you can catch Nickelback, Tyler Childers and more! 
  • The lawn of Lansdowne Park is where you’ll catch Iggy Pop, Busty & the Bass and Nobro in action performing at CityFolk, taking place from September 11 – 15

Ottawa Tulip Festival

Dive into culture 

  • The historically significant Canadian Tulip Festival will brighten up the capital from May 10-20, 2024 
  • Bringing together Indigenous artists, performers, educators, students, and community members, catch the Ottawa Summer Solstice Festival at MĀDAHÒKÌ FARM June 21-23 2024
  • Nature Nocturne is back at the Canadian Museum of Nature! The popular after-hours event that includes music, dancing, food, and drink hosts four events from May through February 
  • Catch this year’s line-up of speakers and events for Capital Pride during the third week of August

Grab a bite

  • Housed in a 122-year old building, Rabbit Hole is the perfect place for a unique cocktail – especially in their original brick bar area! 
  • With an ever-changing menu using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, Supply and Demand is a great spot to try some creative dishes and small plates
  • A classic French restaurant located on Elgin, Gitanes’ decor is the perfect complement to its mouth-watering menu
  • Known for its lively atmosphere, stop by either of El Camino’s locations for a tacos that pack a punch

Ottawa sports game

Cheer on your team

  • The newest team to the capital, the Ottawa Black Bears lacrosse team will hit the field this December, so secure your season tickets now
  • Women’s hockey is making waves in the city, with the PWHL Ottawa selling out TD Place on a regular basis. Get your tickets before the season wraps up in May! 
  • The 2025 World Juniors will be held in Ottawa from Dec 26-Jan 5. With 10 countries competing, don’t miss your chance to cheer on Team Canada!
  • Catch Canada’s Men’s Rugby team on July 6 (vs. Scotland) and July 12 (vs. Romania) for an action packed afternoon

To stay up to date with the latest events and festivals coming to the capital, visit Ottawa Tourism’s website to start planning your next adventure!