Free summer activities at City Hall are winding down


Ottawa’s free summer activities at Ottawa City Hall are drawing to a close.


Over the summer, close to 9,500 visitors to City Hall and Marion Dewar Plaza were treated to a wide array of free activities including noon-hour yoga, tai chi, volleyball, walking events, and the popular new Salsa BabiesTM program for parents and their children. Evening events included salsa and tango lessons, as well as a circus school.


The daytime special events, which were also well attended, included women’s roller derby, noon-hour concerts, Ottawa Chamberfest – Bring the Kids series, Pop-up West Coast Swing, the Japanese Cultural Fair and the Festival of India Luncheon.


These free summer activities would not have been possible without the generous support of many local organizations and groups that volunteered their services and time. Their dedication and support made for a fun and active summer season for both residents and visitors to our city.


The following activities will complete the summer series:


Tuesday, September 8


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.


Fitness and Competitive Walking

Noon to 1 p.m.

Marion Dewar Plaza


Stay active, healthy, and give purpose to your walking by transforming your normal walk into a technique that maximizes fitness and cardio. Learn about this low-impact activity for all ages and participate in a 1.5 to 2 km walk. Presented by the Bytown Walkers Club.


Thursday, September 17


Indigenous Walk

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.


While the free summer activities are ending, City Hall continues to be a people place for all seasons. Visitors can take in the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, the Barbara Ann Scott Exhibition, the Karsh-Masson Gallery and the annual Mayor’s Halloween event and Christmas celebration for families.


Marion Dewar Plaza will come alive again this winter with free skating on the Sens Rink of Dreams, or visit Lansdowne Park where the skating court will open for its second year.



Lansdowne Park


Lansdowne Park is also wrapping up its free summer activities, which included the popular Full Moon Yoga, Momentum Fridays and Summer Arts Series, with over 6,000 residents and visitors taking part during the season.


Friday, September 4


Momentum Fridays

Noon to 1 p.m.


Join us for our last Momentum Fridays of the summer at Lansdowne Park featuring yoga.


For more information, and to keep up to date about what is happing at the City of Ottawa, visit

OttawaStart Staff


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