The Top Festivals and Events in Ottawa: A Cultural Celebration

Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, hosts a ton of different events and festivals, throughout the year.

From live music events to food festivals, including cultural celebrations, there are more than a few exciting festivities happening!

To narrow down just a few of the festivals and cultural events you can see, here is a list of the top ones, around the area.


Almonte Celtfest


If you’re looking for a fun weekend of Celtic entertainment, from July 7th to 9th, the Almonte Celtfest is the place to go. Step into the world of historical Celtic traditions by listening to local performers in the natural amphitheatre of Gemmill Park. You also might just run into a dancing leprechaun, named Liam, during the festivities.



Ottawa Lebanese Festival


From July 19th to 23rd, enjoy amazing food and Middle Eastern entertainment, during the Ottawa Lebanese Festival. The event, which is held inside the Saint Elias Centre, has been running for over 32 years and it continues to showcase the diversity of the Ottawa Lebanese community.



Carivibe Ottawa Caribbean Carnival


The Carivibe Ottawa Caribbean Carnival, which runs from July 21st to 23rd, is Ottawa’s largest Caribbean beach bash. The massive carnival anticipates welcoming thousands of people, of all different ages. While you’re at it, enjoy non-stop entertainment, music, and a wide variety of Caribbean cuisine.



Beau’s Oktoberfest


Skip purchasing a flight to Germany and visit Beau’s Oktoberfest instead. The Bavarian-inspired festival runs from September 22nd to 23rd and it showcases foods from some of the best restaurants in Ottawa. There will be tons of live music, special events, and of course, Beau’s Oktoberfest beer.



Day of the Dead Festival


The Day of the Dead Festival at the historic ByWard Market in Ottawa is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Mexican culture. The festival runs from October 27th to 29th and it will have everything from Mariachi performances to authentic Mexican cuisine, an artisan market, and even folkloric dancers.


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