Our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.
You can find even more events on our Ottawa Event Calendar.
Thursday, July 9: Wallis Giunta: Ladies and Gentlemen
Ottawa’s Wallis Giunta is one of the brightest young stars on the North American scene. For this concert, she presents a range of arias from both the male and female point of view. Part of the Music & Beyond festival.
Friday-Sunday, July 10-12: 8th Annual Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival
Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval festival is the only one like it in the greater Ottawa area! It gives its visitors a step back in time to Kings, Knights, Ladies, and Chivalry – at the festival you will see professional jousting, Birds of Prey, dancing, archery, sword play, kids’ games, live music, medieval merchants, fighters and much more!
Saturday, July 11: Reggae @ Westboro Beach
What could make you feel like you’re on vacation more than listening to a reggae band on the beach – in the middle of the city?! Check out Westboro Beach Cafe’s listing of live music Thurs-Sun all summer long – Saturday being reggae night!
– Laura Gauthier
Saturday, July 11: Dancing Chinatown
The Chinatown Multicultural Corner will host free outdoor dancing classes on Saturdays in July and August. The classes will be led by experienced instructors. No registration is required, and it is free to all. Have fun while learning various dances before a cup of tea and some plates of dim sum!
Saturday, July 11: Ottawa Roller Derby Home Opener
ttawa Roller Derby is opening our home season with an incredibly exciting game you will not want to miss! Our very own Bytown Blackhearts will be facing off against the Killah Bees, coming all the way up to Ottawa from Providence Roller Derby in Providence, Rhode Island! Game starts at 7:00pm.
Sunday, July 12: Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays
Every Sunday morning until the Labour Day weekend, outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of over 50 kilometres of scenic parkways in the heart of the Capital Region. Parkways in Ottawa–Gatineau are car-free and open exclusively to cyclists, in-line skaters, runners, walkers and people with mobility aids.
Sunday, July 12: Merrickville Car Show “Cruise & Shop”
Marvel at over 1200 classic cars, trucks and street rods. Enjoy live entertainment, special events, exhibits and contests that are sure to please all classic car enthusiasts. Visit over 30 quality car-related vendors, enter draws to win some amazing prizes, and be sure to support our local on-site charity food services.
Sunday, July 12: Heritage Ottawa Walking Tour of Lowertown East
Lowertown East, bounded by Rideau Street, King Edward Avenue, and the Rideau River, has been home to many important religious, residential and civic buildings. Despite a controversial 1970s urban redevelopment, it is a walkable neighbourhood with a strong multicultural history. The tour will focus on the area’s built heritage and the stories surrounding three key parks – Anglesea Square, the oldest square in Ottawa; Macdonald Gardens, designed on the site of a cemetery; and Bordeleau Park, reclaimed from the river.
Sunday, July 12: Big Soul Project free concert
Pack a picnic, bring a blanket or chair and get ready to dance! FREE concert at Lansdowne Park. Blues, Folk, Gospel and Reggae. With Deep Groove Band and special guest Zeek Gross.
Sunday, July 12: Chilly Gonzales
Music and Beyond presents Chilly Gonzales, a pianist who sells out just about everywhere he performs. He is one of the most intriguing and original musicians on the concert scene today.
Sunday, July 19: Ottawa Fury FC vs Indy Eleven
See the Ottawa Fury FC take on the Indy Eleven Sunday, July 19 at 3 p.m. at TD Place. Tickets start at just $17 for adults and youth 12 and under. OttawaFuryFC.com
September 12-13: 20th Annual Fibrefest Festival
The two-day festival of textiles and fibre arts will feature 90 vendors, demonstrations, exhibitations, a lamb race, fabric flee market, Alpaca sort-a-thon and tea room. Admission $5. Daily. Whether you are interested in art, history, clothing, or textiles or are just looking for a great day out and about, Fibrefest will have something for you.
Until August 21: Changing of the Guard on Parliament Hill
See a Canadian tradition at its most colourful! The Ceremonial Guard brings stirring military drills and music to Parliament Hill. Come at 9:45 a.m. to learn more about the ceremony. For more information visit theCeremonial Guard.
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM daily.
– Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa
Until August 22: Children’s Activities at Rideau Hall
The grounds of Rideau Hall are open daily from 8 a.m. to one hour before sunset. Special activities include: “Storytime at Rideau Hall,” in collaboration with Frontier College. Fridays and Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., from June 28 to August 23; Learn about heraldry by designing your very own coat of arms. Daily, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Stroll the grounds, bring a picnic and enjoy the children’s play structure; Watch the Relief of the Sentries of the Ceremonial Guard. Daily, every hour on the hour, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 25 to August 22.
– Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa
Until September 7: Alex Colville. A Canadian Icon
At the National Gallery of Canada, Alex Colville offers a fresh perspective on Colville’s work, as he is considered to be one of Canada’s most celebrated artists. Featuring nearly a hundred paintings along with various student works and prints, this exhibition explores the breadth of Colville’s practice.
Until September 13: Chagall: Daphnis & Chloé
Enter into a captivating love story between a goatherd and shepherdess. This tale titled Daphnis & Chloé is narrated visually through a set of colour lithographs by Marc Chagall. These illustrations highlight Chagall’s unique style, setting him apart from the main 20th-century pictorial currents followed by some of his contemporaries. At the National Gallery.
Until December 31: Mary Pratt: This Little Painting
What’s the story behind Red Currant Jelly (1972), which the artist Mary Pratt affectionately calls “this little painting”? See how Pratt developed her technique, which today stands as a defining example of painterly realism in Canada, a style strongly associated with the country’s Atlantic provinces.