Summer Activities at City Hall

Ottawa City Hall – A people place for all seasons

Ottawa City Hall is home to the Rink of Dreams, the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, and Barbara Ann Scott Museum. It is also is a venue for many community events and festivals, regular weekly free programs, and special events.

Regular Weekly Programming

Special Events


Indigenous walks

Indigenous Walks

August 19 and September 16, from noon to 1 pm
Walks starting from the Laurier Street entrance on the Stage

Join us for a free guided walk and talk through the Nation's Capital as we explore social, political, cultural and artistic spaces from an Indigenous perspective. @IndigenousWalks #IndigenousWalks


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Zumba with Jorge

Thursdays, June 9 to August 25 at noon to 1 pm
Marion Dewar Plaza Stage

It’s fun, it’s Healthy, it’s a full body workout without the gym! Join Jorge on Thursdays this summer to make fitness fun again! Jorge has made fitness fun again by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for a calorie burning dance fitness party.


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Hatha Yoga – Rama Lotus Yoga Centre

Tuesdays, July 5 to August 30 from noon to 1 pm
Marion Dewar Plaza

*In case of Rain, event will be held at Jean Pigott Hall

The instructors from Rama Lotus Yoga Centre will lead a yoga class on Tuesdays this summer, which is open to all levels. Working to support you in finding peace within, while developing and maintaining a strong and flexible body and mind. Some yoga mats will be available, bring your own if possible.


Ottawa Circus School logoCircus Jam

Tuesdays, July 5 to August 30 from 7:30 to 9 pm
Marion Dewar Plaza

Open and free to all who are interested in the flow arts (bring your poi, hooping, juggling, slack line, partner-acro, fire dancing, to name a few), the jams are an opportunity for people to practice with music and light up with fire. Anyone can come out and practice, share and meet others with similar interests. Kids are welcome but must be supervised.


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Salsa Babies™

Wednesdays, July 6 to Aug 31 at 10 to 11 am
Jean Pigott

Join Salsa Babies Ottawa for free Salsa Babies classes at Ottawa City Hall this summer! With little ones snuggled in to baby carriers, Salsa Babies™ offers a great workout, a chance to socialize and an opportunity to introduce one’s child to music and movement.


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Tai Chi – Taoist® Tai Chi

Wednesdays, July 6 to August 24 from noon to 1 pm
Marion Dewar Plaza

*In case of Rain, event will be held at Jean Pigott Hall

The regular practice of the Taoist Tai Chi® arts promotes health and relieves stress. Join us for free beginner classes on Wednesdays at the Marion Dewar Plaza.


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Salsa @ City Hall

Wednesdays, July 6 to August 31 from 6 to 11 pm
Marion Dewar Plaza

*In case of Rain, event may be held at Jean Pigott Hall

Hosted by Azucar! Latin Dance Company and Salsa-Force, Salsa @ City Hall is a weekly Latin dance social held Wednesdays at Marion Dewar Plaza. This event is for people of all ages and includes an introductory class each week into one of the many forms of Latin dance. Come and join the summer salsa scene!


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Lunchtime Volleyball

Thursdays, July 7 to August 18 from noon to 1 pm
Lisgar Field

Ottawa residents are encouraged to come play recreational pick-up volleyball on grass courts that are set up at City Hall. Come as you are or with some friends and use physical activity to break up your day. For more information:


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Salsa Bellies™

Saturdays, July 9 to August 27 at 9:30 to 10:30 am
Jean Pigott

Join Salsa Babies Ottawa for free Salsa Bellies classes at Ottawa City Hall this summer! Salsa Bellies™ is a great way to stay active and feel sexy throughout pregnancy. Expectant moms will enjoy a low-impact yet lively Latin dance class.


Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival - logoChamberfest – ‘Bring the Kids’

Jean Pigott

Chamberfest’s visiting artists give fun, family-friendly, and interactive performances that each young people about music-making in small ensembles. Chamberfest is the world’s largest chamber music festival, presenting 15 days of early music, core repertoire, contemporary music and fringe in churches and venues across downtown Ottawa.

  • July 25 at 2 pm – Ernst Reijsegr “The Amazing Cello’
  • July 28 at 2 pm – Lemon Bucket Orkestra
  • August 2 at 2 pm – Amarok Trio “Mad, Sad, Glad”
  • August 3 at 2 pm – Chris McKhool “Earth, Seas, Air”


Sherri Harding & The HeatNoon hour concert with Sherri Harding & the Heat

Friday July 22 at noon to 1 pm
Marion Dewar Plaza
*Jean Pigott in case of rain

Come experience an intense blend of talented musicians and songwriters whose collective experiences have placed them in front of audiences all over the world! Sherri Harding is a charismatic performer, with vocal chops to spare. Once you have heard her soulful voice live - you will not soon forget it! Backing her up with immeasurable talent of their own is The Heat! Peter Beaudoin, affectionately known as "Boom Boom" has had an impressive musical career to date; performing with 'world class' artists! Ed Bimm, a much 'sough after' session player has toured (and recorded) with 'well-known' Canadian superstars; as well as written music for CBC, CJOH and the National Film Board of Canada. Gino Scaffidi is known for smooth solos and has lent his guitar-playing prowess to some of the 'crème de la crème' in the music industry. This is a lunch break you will want to take at city hall; treat yourself to great music and some local food truck cuisine.


Game of Skate logoéS GAME OF SKATE

Saturday July 23 from noon to 5 pm
Marion Dewar Plaza
$5 to Enter

TOP OF THE WORLD is stoked to host this iconic event in Ottawa once again. éS Game of Skate, this year skaters will tear it up in front of city hall. Competitors can compete in three different categories 15 and under, Open Men's or Women's. You don't wanna miss this one. One of our biggest contests of the season. Hope to see you there!


Smooth Style logoPop up Swing Dancing

Monday July 25 and Friday August 19 from 7 to 10 pm
Marion Dewar Plaza

Join Ottawa's West Coast Swing dance community for an outdoor pop-up dance. Enjoy popular music, watch this contemporary social partner dance, and ask for a quick lesson if you wish to try it out. Check out their other offerings at


urban poling logoNordic Walking with Nina LePage

Mondays, August 22 and September 12 at noon to 1 pm
Marion Dewar Plaza Stage

Come and learn the basics, or improve upon your technique. Nina LePage, a master Urban Poling Instructor, will show you how to use Nordic Walking poles. If you want to get a good all round workout then come and give Nordic walking a try. You burn up to 40% more calories and you strengthen not only the upper body and core but your posture and balance will improve. If you love the outdoors, this is the sport for you!


Summer Weekend Events at Karsh-Masson Gallery

Karsh-Masson Gallery - Logo110 Laurier Avenue West

Exhibition tour with artist David Kaarsemaker: Sunday June 26 at 2 pm

All welcome. Free admission. Presented in English.

Held in conjunction with the exhibition David Kaarsemaker – Scrim, on display at Karsh-Masson Gallery from June 14 to July 24, 2016.


Festival of India Ottawa logoFestival of India - August 5, 6, 7
Luncheon - Friday August 5 from 11:30 to 2:30

Marion Dewar Plaza

Start your journey to India here. The Festival of India will showcase the culture and heritage of India through multifaceted programs covering music, dance, arts, handicrafts, workshops, yoga, food, discussions, movies and documentaries. For more information check out,