Summer Activities at City Hall

Ottawa City Hall is a people place for all seasons. It is home to the Rink of Dreams, the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, and Barbara Ann Scott Museum.

Marion Dewar Plaza is also the scene of many community events and festivals throughout the year, including:

  • Jazz Festival
  • Race Weekend

This summer, City Hall's Marion Dewar Plaza will be home to regular weekly programs and special events for every taste and interest – from physical fitness to Noon Hour Concerts

Come out, participate and enjoy! 

Regular Weekly Programs

Prediction Run Ottawa

Run OttawaWednesday, noon to 1 pm, September 10 (rain or shine)

Join Run Ottawa, organizers of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, Canada's biggest running weekend, for a fun and friendly Prediction Run. What's a Prediction Run? It is probably different from other races that you've run in the past. Rather than finishing first or running the fastest, the object of a prediction run is to finish as close to your predicted time as possible. In the case of our Summer Runner Series prediction runs, the goal is to finish as close to your predicted finish time for a 5K. And here's the catch... you leave your watch with us! Come and join us! Prizes and fun guaranteed! 

Register in advance at  Free!

Walking Programs

 September 9, Noon to 1 pm

This summer, the City of Ottawa and partners are delighted to offer a variety of free walking programs to spark your interest in learning about the benefits of walking.   Meet new people, try something new, enhance your present walking program and have some fun!    Take a look at the list below and take the first step to making walking different and fun.

Walk with Dan Rubinstein - Tuesday, September 9 

Walk with Dan Rubinstein, author of born to walkAuthor of Born to Walk

We all know that walking is good for our bodies. But we're only starting to understand how much it can help our brains, too. Walking can alleviate stress, anxiety and depression. It boosts cognitive performance and sparks creativity. The relationship between walking and the mind is complex, but physiological and psychological research is giving us new insight into this elemental connection — and showing us the importance of the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other. Join writer Dan Rubinstein (, @dan_rube) and discover the powerful connections between walking and mental health.

 Special Events:

Labour Day Milonga

Come join us and dance the night away to the last tango milonga at Ottawa City Hall this summer!  Jean Pigott Hall will host tango milonga on the evening of Monday, September 1. Come with your dancing shoes and bring your friends.  We'll be featuring traditional tango and some Nuevo Tango music by orchestras around the world both old and new from our in house DJ. 

Don’t want to miss dinner?  No need to cook, we will have empanadas, bean salad, guacamole, and churros, as well as fun non-alcoholic drinks for sale.  So bring your appetites for a flavourful treat.

Taught by two wonderful teachers from Siempre Tango dance school, Marcel Laurin and Mary-Ellen Hurd, there will be a beginner lesson starting at 6 pm, and then Milonga begins at 7 pm sharp until 11.

Since it's the LABOUR DAY MILONGA, we have a special, playful theme to celebrate the holiday.  Feel free to wear something from your profession, i.e. a scientist can wear a lab coat, an economist can pin some money to his or her lapel, and a chef can wear his chef coat!

So use your imagination since the best costume will get a prize and participants will judge the winner.

Entrances are from Laurier or Lisgar St.  Street parking is free in the evenings or $3 in the parking garage under City Hall from Elgin St.