Enjoy a guided Indigenous arts and culture walk and talk during next week’s free activities at City Hall


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


Here are the events scheduled for the upcoming week:



Tuesday, August 18


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


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, August 19


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, August 20


Indigenous Walks

Noon to 1 p.m.

Marion Dewar Plaza


Join Métis Arts Activator, Jaime Koebel for a free guided Indigenous arts and culture walk and talk through the Nation’s Capital. Participants should meet at the Laurier Street entrance to City Hall.


Lunchtime Volleyball (* last class)

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, August 22


Milonga – Tango Soirée (* last class)

6 to 11 p.m.

Jean Pigott Place


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:


  • Full Moon Yoga offers an evening of relaxation on August 29.
  • Momentum Fridays run until September 4 from noon to 1 p.m. and features 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.


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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