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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Hatha Yoga – Rama Lotus Yoga Centre

Tuesdays, August 9, 16, 23 and 30 from noon to 1 pm
Lisgar Field

*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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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 24 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.


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Iran at City Hall

August 18 from 6 to 11 pm on Marion Dewar Plaza
August 25 from 6 to 11 pm on Lisgar Field

Join us to discover the vibrant Iranian & Farsi Speaking community of Ottawa for an enchanted evening of Music, Dance and performances. This event is for people of all ages.


Quiet clubbing logoQuiet Clubbing Party at City Hall
Sponsored by The IT Broker

Saturday August 27 from 7 to 11 pm
Jean Pigott Place
FREE (RSVP for Tickets)

Join Quiet Clubbing Canada at Jean Pigott Place, right by the Ottawa City Hall for a FREE Party! Watch the sun go down and party the night away with battling DJ’s and multi colored headsets that light up the night! This family friendly party has music from every generation to enjoy. 3 Live DJs playing the hottest beats from Top 40, Throwbacks, and Hip Hop! For more information and to RSVP check out the event link.


Pop up Swing Dancing

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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!


karsh-masson gallery logoKarsh-Masson Gallery

Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West

Painter, Painter
University of Ottawa MFA candidates

August 4 to 28, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Elle Chae’s paintings explore the home as an unstable, unpredictable environment that is highly sensitive to the traces emanating from the domestic space, including its inhabitants. Chae is a Korean-born Ottawa-based artist who lived in South Korea and Fiji before moving to Ottawa. She obtained her BFA from the University of Ottawa in 2011. Chae’s work has been exhibited in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and Montréal, and she is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Ottawa.

Heidi Conrod’s recent work explores various painterly techniques that question the ways we contend with our memories as visual pasts, while considering our present image-saturated world. Conrod is an Ottawa-based artist who obtained her BSc (Biology) and BFA from the University of Ottawa. Conrod’s work has been exhibited in Ottawa, Gatineau, Toronto, Calgary, Halifax and Vancouver. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Ottawa.

As a supplement to our regular programming, Karsh-Masson Gallery is pleased to partner with the University of Ottawa’s Department of Visual Arts to provide a valuable mentorship and professional development opportunity.