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 programs, and special events.

Regular Weekly Programming

  • Indigenous Walks
  • Zumba with Jorge
  • #PHitOttawa
  • Hatha Yoga – Rama Lotus Yoga Centre
  • Salsa Babies™
  • Tai Chi – Taoist® Tai Chi
  • Salsa @ City Hall
  • Lunchtime Volleyball
  • Salsa Bellies™
  • Tango Soirée at City Hall
  • Chamberfest – ‘Bring the Kids’

Special Events

  • Karsh-Masson Gallery
  • Noon hour concert with Blackwell
  • Noon hour concert with Sherri Harding & the Heat
  • Pop up Swing Dancing
  • Nordic Walking with Nina LePage
  • Unisong – Choir Trio
  • Japanese Summer Festival 2016
  • Capital Ribfest
  • Festival of India

Indigenous walks

Indigenous Walks

May 20, June 17, July 15, 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 1pm
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.


Thursdays, June 16th, June 23, June 30th, and July 7th at noon to 1pm
Lisgar Field

Come meet some of Ottawa's top fitness experts and get a great workout done outside in the nation's capital. Join the movement to make fat loss and fitness more fun. To change messaging in fitness and create a #PhitOttawa! Participants should wear comfortable gym clothes and running shoes as well as bring a water bottle.

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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.

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Salsa Babies™

Wednesdays, July 6 to Aug 31 at 10am to 11am
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 1pm
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 5 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 9:30am to 10:30am
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.

Tango Soirée at City Hall

Sunday July 3, Saturday July 16 from 7 to 11pm
Jean Pigott

Join the Ottawa Tango Community for tango dancing. All you need to bring are shoes with smooth flexible soles, and the desire to dance to beautiful tango music! There will be live music performed by a tango band, as well as an invited DJ and performers, some of the best in their trade. If you wish to learn some tango earlier in the evening or at any point before, please contact Laurier Chabot at 514-213-7117 and he will arrange for you to learn some basic moves before the evening!

Blackwell bandNoon hour concert with Blackwell

Friday July 8th at noon to 1 pm
Marion Dewar Plaza
*Jean Pigott in case of rain

This is a lunch break you will want to take at city hall; treat yourself to great music and some local food truck cuisine. Blackwell is based in the Ottawa Valley, long a hotbed of country music in Canada. They released their first single Redneck Style in 2014. Last year they were nominated as best new group or duo and producer of the year at the CMAO awards! Carey and Danny are both from Northern Ontario and Braiden who is from the Ottawa Valley has spent much of her time along the shores of Lake Erie in southern Ontario. Nature and small-town life plays an enormous part of whom and what they are as writers. This year they will be releasing Northern Town - about life in rural northern Ontario.
twitter and instagram: @blackwellbcd

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

Friday July 22nd 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.

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Saturday, July 23rd from noon to 5pm
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 25th and Friday August 19th 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

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

urban poling logoNordic Walking with Nina LePage

Mondays, June 13th, July 11th, August 22nd and September 12th at 12:00 to 1:00 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!

Unisong logoUnisong – Choir Trio

Wednesday June 29th at noon to 1pm
City Hall Lobby

A trio of choirs (children, youth, and adult) from among those visiting Ottawa from Calgary, Newfoundland, and Windsor, on June 29 through Canada Day to take part in the annual Unisong Choral Festival, present a quick taste of fun and the talents at this free noon hour concert.


Japanese Summer Festival 2016

July 10th at 11 am to 4 pm
Marion Dewar Plaza

Come enjoy the fun at this year's Japanese Summer Festival (also known as Natsu Matsuri). There will be live performances of traditional Japanese music and dance, food, arts and crafts, and showcases of Japanese culture geared towards the whole family!

Summer Weekend Events at Karsh-Masson Gallery

Karsh-Masson Gallery - Logo110 Laurier Avenue West
Artist talk with Aislinn Leggett: Sunday, May 22, 2 p.m.

All welcome. Free admission. Presented in English with bilingual Q & A.

Held in conjunction with the exhibition Aislinn Leggett – Gathered, on display at Karsh-Masson Gallery from May 5 to June 5, 2016.

Exhibition tour with artist David Kaarsemaker: Sunday, June 26, 2 p.m.

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.