The derby rolls into City Hall to start this week’s free activities


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


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


Saturday, July 11


Roller Derby in Ottawa

1 to 4 p.m.

Marion Dewar Plaza


Modern flat-track roller derby is storming the nation’s capital! Join the skaters of the Rideau Valley Roller Girlsfor a free Roller Derby Day.


Milonga – Tango Soirée at City Hall

6 to 11 p.m.

Jean Pigott Place


Join the Ottawa tango community for tango dancing. Beginner-level lesson starts at 6 p.m. The open dancing runs from 7 to 11 p.m. All you need to bring are shoes with smooth, flexible soles, and the desire to dance to beautiful tango music.


Tuesday, July 14


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 at 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.


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 your “cardio.” Learn about this low-impact activity for all ages and participate in a 1.5 to 2 km walk.

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 15


Tai Chi – Taoist® Tai Chi

Noon to 1 p.m.

Marion Dewar Plaza (in the event of rain, the class will be held at 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 at 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 16


Indigenous Walks

Noon to 1 p.m.

Marion Dewar Plaza (meet at Laurier Avenue West entrance to City Hall)


Join Métis Arts Activator, Jaime Koebel, for a free guided Indigenous arts and culture walk and talk through the nation’s capital. @IndigenousWalk  #IndigenousWalks


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


Friday, July 17



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.



Lansdowne Park


Lansdowne Park is also presenting free summer activities, including:


  • 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.
  • The Big Soul Project – July 12, a community choir with 150 members who seek to bring people together in song through their upbeat choral music with roots in R & B, gospel, soul, rock and Motown. They are accompanied by their house band, Deep Groove.
  • The Ottawa Asian Fest runs from July 17 to 19, bringing Asian culture and cuisine to the Ottawa area.
  • 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 activites and all of the attractions, festivals and events happening across the city and in your community, visit the Summer in the City listings on It’s your guide to family fun.


OttawaStart Staff


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