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What’s going on in Ottawa this week

June 22, 2016
Announcements and Events

Ottawa – It’s Summer in the City and there’s a lot to do in and around Ottawa.

To encourage residents to return to the downtown core, the City will provide two hours of free parking in Lot 4 and Lot 5, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 26. Lot 4 (Byward Market) is at 70 Clarence Street east of Byward Market Square and Lot 5 ‎is at 141 Clarence Street, east of Dalhousie Street.

You can also park at City Hall (110 Laurier Avenue West) on Saturdays and Sundays for just $2 during the day (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or at night (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.).

There will also be free OC Transpo special bus service running downtown from the Park and Rides at Eagleson, Fallowfield and Trim on Sunday, June 26.

Book your tickets for comedy, music and theatre shows at Centrepointe Theatres and Shenkman Arts Centre. Tickets are on sale now for the 2016-17 season. Hurry, some performances can sell out quickly.

Beat the heat with fabulous programming at City museums, the Ottawa Archives and Ottawa’s many galleries including Karsh-Masson Gallery. Don’t forget to visit the Barbara Ann Scott Gallery and the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame at City Hall.

It’s not too early to register for a summer camp, and it’s not too late to sign up for a summer class.

Programs are also offered at Ottawa Public Library branches citywide.

Visit Summer in the City regularly for updates on what’s happening this week and in the season to come.

Here are just some of the places hosting Canada Day activities on July 1:

  • Mayor’s Canada Day Breakfast at Aberdeen Pavilion
  • Parliament Hill
  • Major’s Hill Park
  • Billings Estate National Historic Site
  • Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
  • Pinhey’s Point Historic Site
  • Canada Day in Kanata (Walter Baker Park)
  • Mattamy Homes Canada Day in Barrhaven (Clarke Fields Park)


Summer in the City 10-day look ahead (June 22 to July 1):

Ottawa City Hall

  • Zumba with Jorge, Marion Dewar Plaza, June 23 and 30
  • Firestone Collection and Laura Kaardal: Across the Intersection, OAG Annex (City Hall), until June 26
  • David Kaarsemaker - Scrim , Karsh-Masson Gallery, June 14 to July 24 (Artist tour June 26)



  • Mayor’s Canada Day Breakfast at Aberdeen Pavilion
  • 613Flea, Aberdeen Pavilion, June 25
  • Ottawa Humane Society Garden Party, Horticulture Building, June 26
  • Ottawa Farmers' Market, Aberdeen Square, June 26
  • Lansdowne Summer Arts Series, East Court, June 26

Sports and recreation

  • Ottawa Champions vs Trois-Rivières Aigles, RCGT Park, June 21 to 23
  • Ottawa Champions vs Shikoku, RCGT Park, June 28 to 30
  • Ottawa Champions vs Sussex County Miners, RCGT Park, July 1 to 3
  • Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, Mooney's Bay Park, June 23 to 26
  • Exile Island (Children's Make a Wish Foundation) - Vincent Massey Park, June 24
  • Twelfth Annual Community Cup, Brewer's Park, June 26

Music and theatre

  • Ottawa Fringe Festival, University of Ottawa, Arts Court, Byward Market, June 15 to 26
  • TD JazzFest, Confederation Park, June 23 to July 3
  •  Capital Pop-up Cinema (School of Rock), Suzy Q Donuts on Wellington, June 24
  • Future Shock Youth Showcase, Centrepointe Theatres, June 24 and 25
  • Heineken Escapade Music Festival, Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre, June 25 and 26
  • Cirque de Soleil presents TORUK, Canadian Tire Centre, June 29


Festivals and events

  • Ribfest, Sparks Street, June 22 to 26
  • Wild Wings Eating Contest and Fundraiser, Rideauview Mall, June 24 to 25
  • Celebrate Summer Fair, Earl Armstrong Arena, June 24 and 25
  • Chinatown Multicultural Corner, Chinatown, June 26
  • Ninth Annual Bytowne Oysterfest, Kent Street, June 26
  • Herbfest, Carp Fairgrounds, June 26
  • RCMP Canadian Sunset Ceremonies, 1 Sandridge Road, June 22 to 26
  • Changing of the Guard, Elgin Street and Parliament Hill, June 26 to August 20

Museums and galleries

  • Ann Gruchy: COUNTERPOINT: …harmony in layers, Trinity Art Gallery Salon A, June 13 to July 19
  • Manotick Art Association: A Splash of Colour - Trinity Art Gallery Salon B, June 23 to July 19
  • Meet the Artists, Shenkman Arts Centres – various galleries, Sunday June 26
  • Anne of Green Gables Tea, Billings Estate, July 1
  • Canada Day Celebrations, Pinhey’s Point , July 1

Plan your route before heading out to your next event. The City of Ottawa has a number of online tools at to help motorists, cyclists and transit users get to their destination as easily as possible. 


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