Things to Do in Ottawa in June

Things to Do in Ottawa in June: Events, Activities, and Festivals happening in Ottawa during the month of June 2021.


  • Drive-in; In-person Events
  • Day Trips & Exploring Ottawa Activities
  • Virtual Events from Ottawa & Across Canada

1. Drive-in & In-Person Events

**Check back often as new events are announced once Ontario relaxes health restrictions. **

19 Jun

Aberdeen Pavilion, Exhibition Way, Ottawa

June 19, 2021


613flea is a monthly marketplace that is located in Ottawa’s historic Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park. 613flea is a not-for-profit marketplace where Ottawa’s creative community ...  »

Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa
18 Jun

46 Sparks St., Ottawa

June 18, 2021 To December 31, 2021

$22.59 & up

Take a spooky stroll through Downtown Ottawa on this guided haunted walking tour. Experience the darker side of Canada’s capital and hear tales of the city's ...  »

Campfires at Saunders Farm
18 Jun

Saunders Farm, 7893 Bleeks Rd, Ottawa

June 18, 2021 To June 26, 2021

$113.00 (6 people) & up

Get outside, get cozy and enjoy a campfire with your loved ones. Perfect for a family outing, date night or small get together (maximum of 10 guests). Please ...  »

The Drive-In Experience Ottawa - East
18 Jun

RCGT Park, Coventry Road, Ottawa

June 18, 2021 To June 20, 2021


Join for Drive-in movie experience in Ottawa! The Drive-In Experience Ottawa is the brainchild of DNA Live, Ottawa’s premiere festival & event production company.   Rules &...  »

Strength in Abilities 2021
18 Jun

Wherever You Choose

June 18, 2021 To June 27, 2021



Now in its sixth year, Strength in Abilities recognizes the strength individuals have to embrace their abilities and imagine a world filled with possibilities. Individuals of all ...  »

The Drive-In Experience Ottawa - West
18 Jun

Wesley Clover Parks, 401 Corkstown Rd, Nepean

June 18, 2021 To June 20, 2021


Join for Drive-in movie experience at Wesley Clover Parks Ottawa! The Drive-In Experience Ottawa is the brainchild of DNA Live, Ottawa’s premiere festival & event production ...  »

Record Store Day
17 Jun

Various Stores, Canada

June 17, 2021

Free Admission

Record Store Day is a day that celebrates independent record stores all over the world with parties, in-store performances and special releases. It’s a day that ...  »

Wilderness Tours Rafting Tours
17 Jun

Wilderness Tours Adventure Resort,1260 Grants Settlement Rd, Foresters Falls

June 17, 2021 To September 26, 2021

+1(888) 723 8669

$89 & up

Join for various rafting tours by Wilderness Tours. The Ottawa River is like a whitewater staircase with calm pools below the rapids allowing time to rest and ...  »

Down On the Farm
16 Jun

The Log Farm, 670 Cedarview Road, Nepean

June 16, 2021 To June 30, 2021

Lots of animals to see, feed and touch. Hay play structures to climb and explore. The kid’s barn has some imaginary play areas and the famous ...  »

Pirate Life Ottawa
14 Jun

588 Hog's Back Road, Ottawa

June 14, 2021 To October 11, 2021


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 ...  »

Church Takeout Dinner
13 Jun

Our Lady of the Visitation, 5338 Bank Street, Ottawa

June 13, 2021



Takeout Church Dinner Sunday June 13th delicious homemade ham and scalloped potatoes dinner with vegetables and dessert. Curb-side pickup @ 5338 Bank Street from 3 to 6 pm. Proceeds to Our ...  »

Adventure Rafting with OWL Rafting
12 Jun

40 owl lane, Foresters Falls

June 12, 2021 To September 19, 2021

$107 & up +charges

Experience the great Canadian river trip – this is a travel-path forged by First Nations, traversed by fur traders since the 1600’s and fostered by foresters at the ...  »

Ottawa Garden Days
12 Jun

Various Venues and Online, Ottawa

June 12, 2021 To June 20, 2021


A Celebration of Our Gardens Culture Explore Ottawa-Gatineau’s Garden Promenade during Ottawa Garden Days. This ten-day program of activities and events is for gardening enthusiasts, families, ...  »

Annular Solar Eclipse
10 Jun

In The Sky

June 10, 2021


This year, you can see an annular solar eclipse on June 10 beginning at sunrise in southern Ontario, through Greenland, and ending at sunset in far-eastern Russia. This ...  »

Queens of Egypt
02 Jun

Canadian Museum of History, Laurier Street, Gatineau

June 2, 2021 To August 22, 2021

Regular Admission

This summer, travel back in time to the ancient Egypt of 3,500 years ago, where you’ll encounter women of power and influence. This major exhibition features more ...  »

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival
01 Jun

Online & In-Person Events

June 1, 2021 To June 21, 2021


Established in Ottawa in 1996, the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (SSIF) is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that brings together Indigenous artists, performers, educators, students, and community members to ...  »

Rock Dunder Hiking Trail
15 May

Rock Dunder Hiking Trail, Stanley Lash Lane, Lyndhurst

May 15, 2021 To November 15, 2021


Rock Dunder is a treasure that lies within the UNESCO Thousand Islands Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve. Rising 275 feet above Morton Bay, Rock Dunder provides breathtaking views of ...  »

NCC Weekend Bikedays
01 May

Various Venues, Ottawa

May 1, 2021 To October 11, 2021


In 2021, the Nokia Sunday Bikedays program is expanding to NCC Weekend Bikedays, presented by Nokia! Starting this weekend, and running until October 11, the NCC will offer car-free ...  »

Free Admission to Ontario Parks
01 May

Ontario Parks

May 1, 2021 To September 2, 2021


The Ontario government is making it easier and more affordable to get safely outdoors and enjoy nature by providing free day-use permits at 115 provincial parks from Monday ...  »

2. Day Trips & Exploring Ottawa Activities


Go Hiking

The Ottawa Valley area offers many hiking trails and walking opportunities for families to enjoy some fresh air and beautiful scenery not too far away from the Ottawa city core. These relaxed trails and green spaces are accessible and will allow the entire family to get connected with nature and check out the most stunning vistas in the Ottawa Valley region.

Parkways for People

Queen Elizabeth Driveway (2.4 kilometres): To create more space in this densely populated core area, both lanes of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway, located on the west side of the Rideau Canal, from Fifth Avenue to Somerset Street, will be open exclusively to active users.

When: 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week, from May 3 to June 30.

NCC Weekend Bikedays

Enjoy car-free biking this weekend. 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! Details

Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway | 8 am to 4 pm, Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway | 8 am to 4 pm, Colonel By Drive | 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Other Biking Pathways:

  • Kanata Loop Trail, Ottawa
  • The Rideau Trail
  • The Rideau River, Falls & Hall Ride
  • Experimental Farm Pathway
  • Greenbelt Pathway West
  • Leamy Lake Pathway
  • Ottawa River Pathway
  • Rideau Canal Western Pathway
  • Rideau River Eastern Pathway
  • Voyageurs Pathway

Go Fishing

Looking for a great fishing spot to call your own? Cast a line at:

Where to fish:

  • West Carleton—Morris Island Conservation Area, Fitzroy Harbour, Fitzroy Provincial Park, MacLaren’s Landing, Buckham’s Bay Port of Call marina
  • Nepean North—Shirley’s Bay, Crystal Beach, Dick Bell Park, Champlain Bridge
  • Ottawa East—Rockcliffe Yacht Club, Blair Road
  • Orléans East—Petrie Island
  • Vanier Parkway—New Edinburgh Park, Riverain Park
  • Downtown—Dow’s Lake, Brewer Park, Billings Bridge Plaza area, Windsor Park, Brantwood Park, OC Transpo Bridge (between Lees and Hurdman Stations)
  • Hunt Club Bridge South to Manotick—Eccolands Park, Black Rapids locks, Chapman Mills Conservation Area, Riverside Park
  • Manotick Area—Walter Upton-Collins Park, Rideau Township marina
  • Kars and Osgoode Area—Long Island marina, Kars recreation area, Kars public wharf, W.A. Taylor Conservation Area
  • Dilworth Road, off Highway #416—Baxter Conservation Area, Reeve Craig boat launch
  • Kemptville and Kemptville Creek—Rideau River Provincial Park, Muldoon Launch, Pirate Cove Marina, Curry Park

Explore some waterfalls

Warm spring temperature means, melting ice and thunderous waterfalls. Spend a sunny spring day outdoors and use the opportunity to see some of the most stunning melting waterfalls in and around Ottawa. Remember to wear reliable hiking shoes when you go.

See some public art

Looking for something new to do in Ottawa area while keeping the recommended physical distance? Check out some of Ottawa’s Public art features! You can see many of them from your car or on a walk around the city.

House of PainT has created a map you can use to tour the murals and graffiti.

Go Birding

With spring setting in, see whether you can spot baby birds on your day out! This is also an awesome way to get to know your city and find some new parks in Ottawa.

Mud Lakelocated within Lac Deschênes is a major migratory corridor and is a popular site for bird watching.

See animals at Parc Omega

Breath in the fresh air at the Parc Omega. Drive through the nature park and observe wild animals from the northern hemisphere like wolves, elks, deer – all from the comfort of your vehicle.

Hunt for Geocaches

Explore the many geocaches located throughout the city. If you though geocaching is challenging, try geocaching in winter! This family-friendly activity uses a mobile app or a GPS device. Check out the trails where you can enjoy Geocaching Trails.

Visit a Garden


Sculpture gardens and flower gardens are the perfect blend between nature and art, featuring art installations from local and international artists and concerning multiple different themes.

Laze around a beach

The beaches are not officially open (with lifeguards) until mid to late June. But you can still visit and walk along the shores.

Gatineau Park Beaches:

  • Meech Lake, Gatineau Park
    • O’Brien Beach
    • Blanchet Beach
  • Philippe Lake, Gatineau Park
    • Breton Beach
    • Parent Beach (for campers only)
    • Smith Beach (for campers only)
  • La Pêche Lake, Gatineau Park
    • La Pêche Lake beach
  • Leamy Lake, Gatineau
    • Leamy Lake beach

City of Ottawa Beaches

  • East Ottawa: Petrie Island Beach, 727 Trim Road.
  • West Ottawa: Britannia Beach, 2805 Carling Avenue.
  • South Ottawa: Mooney’s Bay Beach, 2926 Riverside Drive.
  • Central Ottawa: Westboro Beach, 745 Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway.

Enjoy a Picnic or Eat out at a Patio


Enjoy a picnic in Ottawa area parks. Benches, picnic tables and gazebos are open for use. Benches and tables are not cleaned frequently. Wash your hands after using them, and be sure not to touch your face.


Credit: Tavern on the Falls

Patios in Ontario are expected to be allowed to open by June 14th. Head out to a sunny patio in Ottawa to enjoy the beautiful weather and some amazing food and drink.

Go Boating, Canoeing and Kayaking

Enjoy canoeing & kayaking in ponds, lakes & rivers as Ontario Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches are open for recreational use.

Go paddling at Ottawa waterways including Rideau Canal, Rideau River and the Ottawa River. Dows Lake Marina is open for rentals including canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and paddleboats.

Canoes, kayaks and other non-motorized boats are available for rent at bothPhilippe and La Pêche lakes.

Plan a trip on the Rideau Canal.


Go on a Road Trip

Once Ontario relaxes, Stay-at-home Order, go on a day trip or a road trip.


Get Active


The city of Ottawa has reopened many sports fields. Enjoy playing your favourite sports.

  • Ontario Golf Courses
  • Baseball diamonds
  • Soccer fields
  • Frisbee golf locations
  • Tennis
  • Platform tennis
  • Table tennis and pickleball courts
  • Basketball courts
  • BMX parks
  • Skate parks

3. Online Events – Virtually From Ottawa & Across Canada

Brain Tumour Walk
27 Jun


June 27, 2021



On June 27, 2021, join us for our live-streamed opening ceremonies and gather a group of family and friends to #EndBrainTumours. Our Brain Tumour Walk Program is our largest ...  »

Bobby Bazini Live Stream
18 Jun


June 18, 2021


After a decade in the spotlight highlighted by two JUNO® Award nominations, multiplatinum success, tens of millions of streams, and sold out shows, a period of reflection ...  »

Ottawa Fringe Festival
17 Jun


June 17, 2021 To June 27, 2021

Free & Ticketed

A Fringe Festival is a forum that unites artists and audiences in a fun, exploratory environment.   An open-access festival where 100% of ticket sales go to the ...  »

Virtual Franchise Canada Show
17 Jun


June 17, 2021 To June 18, 2021

416 903 2135

FREE Admission

Make your dream of being your own boss a reality with the support of a credible franchise system at the Virtual Franchise Canada Show! With more than 50 ...  »

Dynamic Duos
17 Jun


June 17, 2021


$25 - $30

If music is a language, what could be more intimate and eloquent than a conversation between two instruments? Striving to mimic the human voice was an important ...  »

Breakthroughs Film Festival
16 Jun


June 16, 2021 To June 20, 2021

$5 to $23

The 10th Annual Breakthroughs Film Festival will run from June 16-20 with film screenings, talkbacks with participating filmmakers and industry programs. We’re thrilled to share the ...  »

May I Take Your Arm?
14 Jun


June 14, 2021 To June 26, 2021


A Theatre Passe Muraille and Red Dress Production Co-Production with the support of Common Boots Theatre Blind artist Alex Bulmer takes the arm of people in her ...  »

Ladies First Comedy
12 Jun


June 12, 2021

$10 -$15

(Clean comedy show) Laughter is the best medicine! Get your fill of the gut-busting stuff online, courtesy of some of the funniest women on the planet: Rachel ...  »

The Met Opera Free Virtual Shows
11 Jun


June 11, 2021 To July 4, 2021

Free admission

Watch world-famous operas from the comfort of your home! Monday, May 31 | Puccini’s Turandot (From October 12, 2019) Tuesday, June 1 | Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila (From October 20, 2018) Wednesday, ...  »

Blue Rodeo
11 Jun


June 11, 2021


Jim Beam Presents Live From Inside, After over 30 years together, a Canadian Music Hall of Fame induction, and more than a few songs that have reached anthemic ...  »

Doors Open Ottawa
05 Jun


June 5, 2021 To June 11, 2021


Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Doors Open Ottawa continues to be the second-largest Doors Open architectural event in North America. Since its inception in 2002, over 920,000 visitors have discovered ...  »

Mozart & Strauss
05 Jun


June 5, 2021


Gemma New, Conductor Dominic Desautels, Clarinet HPO 20-21 Composer Fellow: New work Mozart: Clarinet Concerto R. Strauss: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Principal Clarinet Dominic Desautels makes his debut ...  »

Carole Pope Live Stream
04 Jun


June 4, 2021


Agent provocateur, and juno award winner Carole Pope and her band perform groundbreaking songs covering the expanse of her career from High School Confidential to This is ...  »

Ontario Unlocked
02 Jun


June 2, 2021


On June 2nd, 2021, Ontario is projected to be released from a government lockdown! Let’s celebrate together online, connecting with each other, supporting artists who’ve had ...  »

Touching the Void
02 Jun


June 2, 2021 To June 8, 2021

$17.50 & up


Bloom Festival 2021
01 Jun


June 1, 2021 To June 30, 2021


Introducing Bloom Festival, a festival celebrating the artistic works that have bloomed out of Toronto in this turbulent, transformative year. Over a year ago, our world shut ...  »

TESSEL - World premiere
01 Jun


June 1, 2021


Fall for Dance North (FFDN) and Harbourfront Centre proudly announce the world premiere of their co-commissioned digital short film TESSEL on June 1, 2021. A national initiative conceptualized by ...  »

2021 Guelph Dance Festival
31 May


May 31, 2021 To June 6, 2021

$0 - $80

The Guelph Dance Festival has something for everyone! Virtuosic, athletic, culturally diverse, theatrical and fresh. Come out, experience contemporary dance and celebrate with us each Spring. Performances ...  »

Online Charity Auction
29 May


May 29, 2021 To June 5, 2021



Bid on over 100 NEW and gently used small appliances, electronics, collectibles, furnishings, decor items, home baking, etc. Featured item signed Daryl Sittler jersey.  »

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