A celebration of Japanese culture starts this week’s activities at City Hall


This summer, the City of Ottawa will be hosting free programs and special events at City Hall for every taste and interest.


Reminder: Friday, July 17

Concert Sherri Harding and The Heat

Noon to 1 p.m.

Marion Dewar Plaza


An intense blend of talented musicians and songwriters whose collective experiences have placed them in front of audiences all over the world.


Here are the events that are scheduled for the upcoming week:


Sunday, July 19


Japanese Cultural Fair

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain or shine)

Marion Dewar Plaza


Celebrate Ottawa’s 11th annual Japanese summer festival! Enjoy traditional and contemporary Japanese-Canadian food, craft displays, performances and demonstrations. The event is for all ages, and includes a children’s tent, balloon animals and face painting.


Tuesday, July 21


Salsa Babies™ and Picnic

10 a.m. to noon

Jean Pigott Place


Salsa Babies™ is a great opportunity to workout and socialize, while introducing your child to music and movement. Bring snacks or a lunch and enjoy a picnic after the class. Families with children of any age are welcome.


Hatha Yoga – Rama Lotus Yoga Centre

Noon to 1 p.m.

Marion Dewar Plaza (in the event of rain, the class will be held in Jean Pigott Place)


The instructors from Rama Lotus Yoga Centre will lead the class, which is open to all levels. Some yoga mats will be available, however, bring your own, if possible.


Circus Jam

7 to 9 p.m.

Marion Dewar Plaza


Presented by the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group and Ottawa Circus School, Circus Jam is open to all who are interested in the flow arts (bring your poi, hooping, juggling, slack line, partner-acro and fire dancing, to name a few). Children are welcome, but they must be supervised.


Wednesday, July 22


Tai Chi – Taoist® Tai Chi

Noon to 1 p.m.

Marion Dewar Plaza (in the event of rain, the class will be held in Jean Pigott Place)


The regular practice of the Taoist Tai Chi® arts promotes health and relieves stress. Join us for free beginner classes.


Salsa @ City Hall

6 to 11 p.m.

Marion Dewar Plaza (in the event of rain, the lesson may be held in Jean Pigott Place)


This event is sponsored by Azucar! Latin Dance Company and Salsa Force, and is suited for people of all ages. Start the evening off with an hour-long dance lesson before dancing the night away under the stars. All skill levels welcome.


Thursday, July 23


Lunchtime Volleyball

Noon to 1 p.m.

Lisgar Field


Everyone is encouraged to come to City Hall this summer to play recreational pick-up grass volleyball. For more information, contact cws-psm@ottawa.ca.


Saturday, July 25


Milonga – Tango Soirée at City Hall

6 to 11 p.m.

Councillor’s Lounge


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.



Lansdowne Park


Lansdowne Park is also presenting free summer activities, including:


  • The Ottawa Asian Fest runs from July 17 to 19, bringing Asian culture and cuisine to Lansdowne Park.
  • Momentum Fridays run until September 4 from noon to 1 p.m., featuring various workouts, such as dance and yoga.
  • Summer Art Series – Sunday evenings from 5:30 to 7 p.m. throughout July and August for free arts performances in the park. Bring a picnic, buy an ice cream treat from a local vendor, relax and enjoy the talented local performers.
  • Full Moon Yoga offers evenings of relaxation on July 31 and August 29.


For the full line-up of City Hall and Lansdowne Park summer activities and all of the attractions, festivals and events happening across the city and in your community, visit the Summer in the City listings on ottawa.ca. It’s your guide to family fun.

OttawaStart Staff



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