Things to Do in Ottawa in August

Things to Do in Ottawa in August: Events, Activities, and Festivals happening in Ottawa during the month of August 2019.

A Noteworthy Woman
30 Nov

Bank of Canada Museum, 30 Bank Street, Ottawa

November 30, 2018 To September 2, 2019

613-782-8914

Free

This exhibition exploring the theme and imagery on Canada’s new $10 bank note highlights the life and work of Viola Desmond, the first Canadian woman on a ...  »

The Sunday Funnies
14 Apr

The Lieutenant's Pump, 361 Elgin Street, Ottawa

April 14, 2019 To September 29, 2019

613-238-2949

$10

'The Sunday Funnies' every Sunday at 8p.m for $10. Hosted by Julien Dionne & Jen Grant. Comedy night every Sunday with rotating guests.  »

Yoga on Parliament Hill
15 May

Parliament Hill, Wellington Street, Ottawa

May 15, 2019 To August 28, 2019

Free

Come out to Parliament Hill and enjoy a yoga practice lead by some of the best teachers around. On Wednesdays during the lunch hour from May through ...  »

NOKIA Sunday Bikedays
19 May

Various Venues, Ottawa

May 19, 2019 To September 1, 2019

Free

Enjoy summer Sundays cycling along car-free roads, and experience the beauty of Canada’s Capital Region in a fun and environmentally friendly way. Outdoor enthusiasts can take ...  »

The Changing of the Guard Ceremony
23 Jun

Parliament Hill, Wellington Street, Ottawa

June 23, 2019 To August 24, 2019

905-869-7980

Free

The ceremony is among Ottawa’s most recognized military traditions, and is a summer attraction which has welcomed thousands of visitors to Parliament Hill for more than 55 ...  »

OUTERBRIDGE – Clockwork Mysteries
29 Jun

Station Theatre, 53 Victoria Ave, Smiths Falls

June 29, 2019 To August 31, 2019

6⁠1⁠3⁠-2⁠8⁠3⁠-⁠0⁠30⁠0

$15-$30

A professionally orchestrated theatrical production with over 20 custom-designed illusions and world-class lighting and set design, “OUTERBRIDGE – Clockwork Mysteries” is a high-energy magical adventure for both adult and ...  »

Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill
09 Jul

111 Wellington Street, Ottawa

July 9, 2019 To September 8, 2019

1-844-878-8333

Free

Join us for the presentation of the sound and light show this season! Northern Lights is a free and bilingual show presented nightly from July 9 to September 8, 2019. ...  »

2 Pianos 4 Hands
18 Jul

National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin, Ottawa

July 18, 2019 To August 3, 2019

$31 to $85 +charges

Dreaming dreams, hoping for success, facing reality. That’s the funny and touching story of Ted and Richard—whiz kids who want to become concert pianists—and ...  »

Theatre Under the Stars
25 Jul

Strathcona Park, 25 Range Road, Ottawa

July 25, 2019 To August 25, 2019

$6 to $27

Join us for an evening of theatre under the stars along the banks of the Rideau River in Ottawa’s beautiful Strathcona Park. Odyssey Theatre returns this ...  »

Go Somewhere! Japanese Art Tour
26 Jul

Embassy of Japan, 255 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

July 26, 2019 To August 4, 2019

FREE

Go Somewhere! Japanese Art Tour showcases the work of five prominent Japanese artists The Go Somewhere! Japanese Art Tour is a series of exhibitions and events showcasing ...  »

Cirque Du Soleil's Alegría
01 Aug

Under the Big Top, Zibi Site, Gatineau

August 1, 2019 To September 1, 2019

$66.75 & up

Alegría is the nostalgic story of a monarchy that has lost its king. The Old Birds, who resist change and cling to old values, hover around ...  »

Parker Millsap
01 Aug

The 27 Club, 27 York St., Ottawa

August 1, 2019

$15.00

with Sykamore. At 26 years of age, Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is quickly making a name for himself with his captivating live performances, soulful sound, and character-driven narratives. ...  »

Ottawa International Buskerfest
02 Aug

Sparks Street, Ottawa

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019

Free

The 28th Ottawa International Buskerfest will play host to the biggest lineup of international street performers! World class performers from all over the world will grace and ...  »

Capital Ribfest Ottawa
02 Aug

110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019

Free

2019 Capital Ribfest at Festival Plaza in beautiful downtown Ottawa! The 2019 Capital Ribfest will be all about Big BBQ and a “meat up” featuring Baconfest, Smoked Meat, a ...  »

Glengarry Highland Games - Maxville
02 Aug

34 Fair St, Maxville, ON K0C 1T0 Canada

August 2, 2019 To August 3, 2019

613-527-2876

$20 to $25

Since the first Games were held in 1948, the people of Glengarry have extended close to a million welcomes to visitors who come to see what is estimated ...  »

Glitterer
02 Aug

Pressed, 750 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa

August 2, 2019

$12.00

tickets also available at Vertigo Records EOD Wednesday


limit of six tickets per household/credit card.
lineup, date, venue, times and ...  »

Make your own slime workshop!
03 Aug

Blackburn Hamlet Community Hall, 190 Glen Park Dr, Gloucester, Ottawa

August 3, 2019

4389857299

10$

Come Join us and make your own slime! You will be guided through the steps to making your own slime by a professional slimer! You will get ...  »

Street Food Social
04 Aug

Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, 1500 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa

August 4, 2019

Free

Join us for one more rally this summer on August 4th for some great food. Everyone is welcome – Bring family, friends, pets, and a blanket to picnic ...  »

Comedy Magic Show with Elliott Smith
04 Aug

Chapters, 2401 City Park Drive, Gloucester

August 4, 2019

$15

Prepare to be amazed! Join us at Chapters Gloucester for a morning full of magical family fun with magician Elliott Smith, perfect for children ages 4+. This interactive ...  »

Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival
07 Aug

Various Venues, Ottawa

August 7, 2019 To August 11, 2019

Varies

The 8th annual Asinabka Festival is excited to present the best contemporary Indigenous film, art and music from Canada and around the world, in Ottawa, Canada, on ...  »

The "Keep On Keeping On" Speaker Series
07 Aug

Carleton Memorial United Church, 740 Melfa Crescent, Ottawa

August 7, 2019 To August 28, 2019

6132247433

0

A speaker series focused on the spiritual dimension of toughing it out while working under challenging circumstances. Meet some of Ottawa’s dedicated professional community members and ...  »

Supersized Vinyl Sale
07 Aug

James Bartleman Centre, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa

August 7, 2019

613-580-2424 x27875

Free entry. Vinyl records as priced.

Music lovers get ready! We’re going to usher you back into fall with a Supersized Vinyl Sale. In April, we received a donation of 12,000 vinyl records ...  »

Navan Fair
08 Aug

Navan Fair, 1279 Colonial Road, Navan

August 8, 2019 To August 11, 2019

$3 to $12

The theme for Navan Fair 2019 is “Chasin’ A Country Rainbow”. Let Navan Fair be your family’s summer tradition! Launched in 1946, this rural celebration has all the ...  »

Holy Void
08 Aug

Live On Elgin, 220 Elgin St., Ottawa

August 8, 2019

$10.00

with Zoon. The experience of listening to Holy Void has been described as akin to”…being haunted, like when ghosts show up in my heart and remind ...  »

TD SouthAsianFest
09 Aug

Ottawa City Hall, Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa

August 9, 2019 To August 18, 2019

Free

Canada’s Largest SouthAsian Festival is TD SouthAsianFest presented by FINEQIA. Bring your friends along make some memories to last for a lifetime. Art Exhibition, Boat Cruise ...  »

Great India Festival
09 Aug

Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave W,Ottawa

August 9, 2019 To August 11, 2019

Free

The Great India Festival (TGIF) is a premier cultural, annual event that aims to enhance inter cultural connectivity and promotes multicultural understanding, appreciation and harmony by providing ...  »

Nordstock Music Festival - Cancelled
09 Aug

Lansdowne Park, Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa

August 9, 2019 To August 11, 2019

$59 & up

Featuring David Clayton-Thomas of the legendary band Blood, Sweat & Tears, and a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame - travelling to Ottawa for Canada's Celebration ...  »

OTTAWA PSYCHIC FAIR
09 Aug

Best Western Plus Ottawa Kanata Hotel & Conference Centre, 1876 Robertson Rd, Nepean

August 9, 2019 To August 11, 2019

$5

We bring together 15 of Ontario’s best Mediums, Psychics and Healers. There is beautiful crystals, hand made jewelry and more. Who is it for? all-ages 12 years old ...  »

Stargaze
09 Aug

Gatineau Park, Chemin Scott, Chelsea

August 9, 2019 To August 10, 2019

819-827-2020

$7 to $20

Presented by: The Friends of Gatineau Park Watch the stars and the Perseids from the Champlain or Huron lookout. A brand new program of the Friends of ...  »

Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light
10 Aug

Canadian Museum of History, 100 Rue Laurier, Gatineau

August 10, 2019 To August 24, 2019

$10 to $25

The 24th edition of THE CASINO DU LAC-LEAMY SOUND OF LIGHT returns to international competition by presenting five unforgettable fireworks evenings on the incredible site of the ...  »

Carp Garlic Festival
10 Aug

CARP Farmers' Market, Carp Road, Carp

August 10, 2019 To August 11, 2019

FREE

Garlic, garlic and more garlic! You will never find more garlic in one place than as you will at the Carp Farmers’ Market Fresh garlic bulbs, garlic ...  »

5th Annual West End Food Truck Rally
10 Aug

Christ Church Bells Corners (parking lot), 3861 Old Richmond Road, Ottawa

August 10, 2019

613-322-7214

FREE

The West End Food Truck Rally supports the FAMSAC Food Cupboard (west Nepean’s emergency food assistance program), and is a perfect event for people of all ...  »

Art in Strathcona Park
10 Aug

Strathcona Park, Range Road, Ottawa

August 10, 2019

(613) 860-7800

FREE

Artists and artisans and undiscovered talents will come together to sell their work directly to the public and to raise public awareness about mental illness. More than ...  »

2-Spirit Ball
10 Aug

Club SAW, 67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa

August 10, 2019 To August 11, 2019

6138899559

$20 - $25

Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival Presents, the worlds first ever, 2-Spirit Ball. FAFSWAG ⚡️ The Bannock Babes ⚡️ Icesis Couture + Kiki Coe + Kimmy Dymond ⚡️ Mx. Wolverine ⚡️ Quanah Style ⚡️ ...  »

Jesus Piece
11 Aug

The 27 Club, 27 York St., Ottawa

August 11, 2019

$15

with Fuming Mouth, Contempt, Moratorium. US Hardcore band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  »

Tea in the Garden
11 Aug

130 Renfrew Ave, Ottawa

August 11, 2019

343-999-5076

$12 - $15

Join One World Arts at 130 Renfrew Avenue for Tea in the Garden, a fundraising event in support of the 30th anniversary of the One World Film Festival. ...  »

Chapters South Keys Luv2Groove
11 Aug

Chapters, Bank Street, 2210 Bank Street, Ottawa

August 11, 2019

$15 + tax & services fees

Get ready to move, groove, and have FUN! This 1-hour interactive dance workshop with Luv2Groove™, perfect for ages 5+, is sure to help you express your creativity ...  »

25th Annual Family Gathering around the Virgin Mary
13 Aug

St Charbel Maronite Catholic Parish Ottawa, 245 Donald St, Ottawa

August 13, 2019 To August 19, 2019

613-749-9494

Free of charge

This religious and social event highlights the Lebanese-Maronite Heritage and gives the city of Ottawa the opportunity to enjoy delicious Lebanese food, breathtaking performances by our talented ...  »

Close Talker
13 Aug

Club SAW, 67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa

August 13, 2019

$25.00

Close Talker is an indie rock band from Saskatoon, Canada. The band has toured throughout North America and Europe, and has gained the attention and praise of ...  »

Twist Fibre Festival
14 Aug

Complexe Whissell, 530 Rue Charles Auguste Montreuil, Saint-André-Avellin, Québec

August 14, 2019 To August 18, 2019

info@festivaltwist.org

$6-$20

The 8th edition of the Twist Fibre Festival that will take place from August 14 to 18 in Saint-André-Avellin. The 4 day festival promises textile activities for children, a ...  »

Kurtis Conner
14 Aug

Algonquin Commons Theatre, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Nepean

August 14, 2019

$29.5 - $95

Kurtis Conner is a comedian from Toronto, Canada. He graduated the “Comedy: Writing and Performance” program at Humber College in 2015, and has been making a name for ...  »

Ottawa Greek Festival
15 Aug

1315 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa

August 15, 2019 To August 25, 2019

Free

Join us at 1315 Prince of Wales Drive to experience what’s made this festival so great for the past 44 years! The Ottawa Greek Festival is an annual ...  »

Vankleek Hill Fair
15 Aug

Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds, 92 Main Street West, Vankleek Hill

August 15, 2019 To August 18, 2019

(613) 678-2439

$15-$50

The Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society is proud to host the 175th edition of the Vankleek Hill Fair – one of the oldest agricultural fairs in the province. There ...  »

SOCIAL EVENT - BOATHOUSE SUMMER PARTY
15 Aug

Ottawa Rowing Club, 10 Lady Grey Drive, Ottawa

August 15, 2019

$31 to $48

SOCIAL EVENT BOATHOUSE SUMMER PARTY AUTHENTIC SPANISH CUISINE AND LATIN LIVE BAND MUSIC in collaboration with the CANADIAN RED CROSS WHAT DOES YOUR EVENING LOOK LIKE? A ...  »

The Capital Fair
16 Aug

Rideau Carleton Raceway, 4837 Albion Road, Ottawa

August 16, 2019 To August 25, 2019

$5.

The Fair features Eastern Ontario’s largest midway courtesy of World’s Finest Shows, great Fair foods and fun, Free Live Entertainment, The Rise to Fame Talent ...  »

Motown Soul
16 Aug

Casino Lac-Leamy Theatre, 1 Blvd du Casino, Gatineau

August 16, 2019 To August 17, 2019

$54.40 & up

Motown is a live cover experience celebrating some of the biggest names in music such as Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Temptations, Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye ...  »

Westboro Fuse Street Festival
17 Aug

Westboro Village, Wellington St, Ottawa

August 17, 2019 To August 18, 2019

613-729-8145

free

WESTBORO FUSE STREET FESTIVAL is a free and lively 2-day street party and neighbourhood showcase boasting interactive, family friendly programming, live musical entertainment, fashion shows, culinary experiences, ...  »

Maker Faire Ottawa - Cancelled
17 Aug

Ottawa Art Gallery & Arts Court,10 Daly Ave, Ottawa

August 17, 2019 To August 18, 2019

2899260433

$0

Maker Faire Ottawa is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’...  »

Water Lantern Festival
17 Aug

Andrew Haydon Park, 3169 Carling Avenue, Ottawa

August 17, 2019

$15.99 to $50

Water Lantern Festival allows you to Light The Water in a way you’ll never forget. Now you can experience the magic of over 1000 lanterns as the ...  »

Capital Pride Festival
18 Aug

Various Venues, Ottawa

August 18, 2019 To August 25, 2019

Free & Ticketed

Capital Pride creates opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Canada’s capital region. The Festival includes ...  »

SHAWN MENDES: THE TOUR
18 Aug

Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Drive, Ottawa

August 18, 2019

$36.6 - $915

Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes is adding dates to his already announced arena and stadium tour in support of his self-titled album with 16 additional shows on ...  »

The Art of Gastronomy
18 Aug

Pointe-à-Callière, 350 Place Royale, Montreal

August 18, 2019

514-872-9150

Free event

Pointe-à-Callière is celebrating the culinary arts with two creative arts workshops. Éliane Berdat will run a watercolour workshop inspired by the 17th-century herbariums, while Les ...  »

Come From Away
20 Aug

National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin, Ottawa

August 20, 2019 To September 8, 2019

$59.75 - $149.75 +charges

The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY has won Best Musical all across North America! The New York ...  »

Climate Action Party
21 Aug

Roku bar + bites, 610 Somerset St W, Ottawa

August 21, 2019

524772561924

$15

We are a youth-led non-profit organization that engages young people on climate issues and equips them with the skills and knowledge they need to fast-track climate action. ...  »

House of PainT Festival
23 Aug

Brewer Park, 100 Brewer Way, Ottawa

August 23, 2019 To August 25, 2019

Free

The House of Paint Festival is an annual FREE Outdoor HipHop Jam that showcases Graffiti, Breakdancing, Dj’s and MC’s from across Canada. This annual Ottawa ...  »

Rob Thomas: Chip Tooth Tour
23 Aug

Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Drive, Ottawa

August 23, 2019

$45 - $690

Multiple-Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter Rob Thomas has announced the second leg of his North American Chip Tooth Tour, supporting his fourth solo album, Chip Tooth Smile. Debuting ...  »

Palestinian Festival Ottawa
23 Aug

Marion Dewar Plaza, 110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa

August 23, 2019 To August 25, 2019

Free

Ottawa’s Palestinian-Canadian festival is a landmark event showcasing the cuisine, language, music, fashion and dance of the Palestinians while sharing the cultural achievements of a people ...  »

Lumière Ottawa
24 Aug

Stanley Park, 183 Stanley Ave, Ottawa

August 24, 2019

Free

Lumière is a fun, free, family-friendly festival with a magical atmosphere for all to enjoy. With lantern making workshops throughout the year and on the day ...  »

Monkeying Around With Music!
25 Aug

Chapters - Kanata, Earl Grey Drive, Kanata

August 25, 2019

$15

Get ready to rock and roll! Join us for a morning of musical mayhem with Ottawa’s Monkey Rock Music. Little musicians and parents or caregivers will ...  »

Newfoundland Square Set
28 Aug

Peter A. Herrndorf Place ,1 Elgin Street, Ottawa

August 28, 2019

Free

Newfoundland Square Set – Learn a few traditional dances from Newfoundland, called by English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley – Running the Goat, Strip the Willow and a Circle ...  »

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
29 Aug

Parc La Baie, 988 Rue Saint-Louis, Gatineau

August 29, 2019 To September 2, 2019

$45 & up

This year, the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival will celebrate its 32nd edition. The program will include more than 300 shows, flights and multicoloured and special shape hot ...  »

Broadway over Bruyere- Come From Away Gala
29 Aug

National Arts Center, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa

August 29, 2019

613.236.8452

$275

Experience Maritime Hospitality – onstage and off! Join Ottawa’s Movers and Shakers on Aug 29, 2019 as Emond Harnden presents Broadway for Bruyere Come From Away Gala, Bruyère ...  »

Caskapalooza
29 Aug

Craft Beer Market, 975 Bank St, Ottawa

August 29, 2019

(613) 422-7238

$25

Caskapalooza – our famous summer craft beer sampling event – is back for another year! Join us for a festival-style night of entertainment, good vibes and local beer tasting – ...  »

Alanna Sterling
29 Aug

Peter A. Herrndorf Place,1 Elgin Street, Ottawa

August 29, 2019

Free

Alanna Sterling’s powerful, unduplicatable voice is an unlikely discovery in small-town Ottawa. This rainbow haired character delivers the full spectrum of performance. Her passion for music ...  »

JoyFest
31 Aug

Carp Ridge Ecowellness Centre, 2386 Thomas A. Dolan Pkwy, Carp

August 31, 2019 To September 1, 2019

613-455-0127

$45-$126

In the culture of ‘busy,’ we can forget to savour the joy of everyday things. JoyFest is a two-day summer festival that gives us a break to ...  »

Ottawa Serbian festival
31 Aug

St. Stefan Serbian Orthodox Church, 1989 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa

August 31, 2019 To September 2, 2019

Free

Come join us at the Ottawa Serbian Festival for this Labour day long weekend. Enjoy kids activities, live music, folklore dancing and authentic Serbian cuisine! Lot’s ...  »

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