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What to do in Ottawa this June 2024 

Can you feel that? The bright sun and excitement of summer in the capital region. The longer days are an indication that festival season is officially upon us and there are so many events to enjoy around Ottawa this month.  

Festivals packed with music, vendors and food will take you from day to night. There are also dancing events, creative workouts, engaging workshops, sports games, restaurant nights and much more. Here are some of the top things to do in Ottawa this June 2024.  

NCC Weekend Bikedays

Where: Kichi Zībī Mīkan, Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway and Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Ottawa, ON  

When: Weekends and holiday Mondays until October 14, 2024  

Each year, from May to October, the National Capital Commission blocks off some of the city’s parkways for active use. Enjoy peace of mind as you bike, walk, blade or run along these scenic parkways and admire views of the Rideau Canal and Ottawa River.   

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Ottawa Chinatown Night Market

Where: Chinatown, Somerset St. W., Ottawa, ON  

When: May 31 to June 2, 2024   

Somerset Street, between Bronson Avenue and Bell Street, will be lined with food stalls selling sizzling meat skewers, savoury dim sum, and other cultural treats. Throughout the festival, enjoy performances including lion dances, martial arts demonstrations, and musical shows.   

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Dickinson Days 

Where: Manotick, ON   

When: May 31 – June 2, 2024   

Venture to the quaint town of Manotick for a weekend celebration of Moss Kent Dickinson’s birthday, the town’s founder. Browse many food and craft vendors as you enjoy some outdoor performances.   

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Ottawa Asian Fest

Where: Tanger Outlets, 8555 Campeau Dr., Ottawa, ON  

When: May 31 to June 2, 2024  

Surround yourself with the colours, sounds, and tastes of Asian culture at the Ottawa Asian Fest. Discover tasty food vendors from across Ontario serving bubble waffles, Taiwanese jelly desserts, cotton candy animals, mochi donuts, BBQ meat skewers, fried tofu, Korean corn dogs, pot stickers, and more. Participate in cultural performances and games, too.   

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Ottawa Titans game

Where: 300 Coventry Rd., Ottawa, ON  

When: June 1-2, 4-6, 11-16, 25-30, 2024   

Take your family (or friends) to a ball game and cheer on the home team. Indulge in stadium snacks and look for Cappy, the team’s mascot.   

Join the pre-Canada Day celebration on June 28 and watch a show of fireworks post-game. CAA will be at the game, giving out free popcorn to Members. Save on baseball tickets with your CAA Membership. Members can save up to 30% off Ottawa Titans home game tickets.   

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The Wizard Of Oz

Where: Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe, 101 Centrepointe Dr., Ottawa, ON  

When: May 31 to June 9, 2024  

Take a trip to the magical world of Oz as you follow Dorothy and her new friends along the yellow brick road to the Emerald City.  

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Doors Open Ottawa

Where: Multiple locations in Ottawa   

When: June 1-2, 2024   

Discover hidden gems in the city and explore buildings typically closed to the public (or open with a ticket price) for free. Admire the impressive architecture and learn some Ottawa history as you visit different buildings, many of which will hold special events. 

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Olive Oil And Balsamic Masterclass

Where: The Chef’s Paradise, 1314 Bank St., Ottawa, ON  

When: June 1, 2024  

Whether you are a curious at-home cook or a professional chef, taste something new with this introduction to olive oil and balsamic vinegar with Aurelius Fine Oils. Learn about high-quality kinds of vinegar and oils and proper tasting techniques to distinguish unique flavours and aromas. Light snacks and refreshments will be served to complement flights of oils and vinegars.  

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Tippmann Challenge D-Day

Where: Commando Action Centre, 4565 Dunning Rd., Ottawa, ON  

When: June 1-2, 2024   

Register for a massive game of paintball at Ottawa’s Commando Action Centre. Participate in games on Saturday before the player’s party with DJ tunes and a campfire on Saturday evening. The competitive D-Day game starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday, with check-in beforehand. Both days’ events are included in the ticket price. There is also free camping if you want to stay overnight.   

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The Beechwood Market

Where: New Edinburgh Park, 203 Stanley Ave., Ottawa, ON  

When: Saturdays starting June 1, 2024  

From June to October, you can browse tons of fresh produce and local products weekly. The Alta Vista Market also opens for the season on June 1 at 2345 Alta Vista Drive, and the Elgin Street Market runs Sundays through the summer at Boushey Square starting June 16, 2024. You can shop online from the markets to pick up your order on the weekend or pay for delivery in Ottawa.   

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Red Trillium Studio Tour

Where: Multiple locations  

When: June 1-2, 2024  

Discover new artists and galleries in the area by embarking on a free, self-guided tour around the countryside. You’ll discover hidden gems, including paintings, pottery, photography, cultures, ironwork, outdoor gardens, woodturning, and more.  

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Zumba On The Hill

Where: Parliament Hill, Wellington St., Ottawa, ON  

When: June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2024  

From May to September, most Sundays, you can head to the spacious lawn at Parliament Hill for a free Zumba class. Dress in activewear and bring your water bottle in preparation for dancing outdoors.  

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Taproom Trivia

Where: Stray Dog Brewing Company, 501 Lacolle Way, Orléans, ON  

When: June 5, 2024   

Gather a team of up to six friends and test your knowledge of music, current events, and other trivia themes each Wednesday. Email to reserve your spot, and it’s free to play. You can bring snacks or order takeout to enjoy as you play.   

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Italian Week

Where: Preston St., Ottawa, ON   

When: June 6-16, 2024  

Celebrate the best of Italy at this annual festival in Ottawa’s Little Italy. With over 11 days of programs, events and fun, there is much to discover during Italian Week. Learn more about the culture and join events like masterclasses, food tastings and restaurant specials. If you like gelato, espresso, pizza or pasta, this is a not-to-miss festival.   

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Art In The Park

Where: Central Park, 19 Clemow Ave., Ottawa, ON  

When: June 8-9, 2024  

Head to the Glebe with your family to enjoy the park setting and chat with local artists about the work on display. You can shop for sculptures, ceramics, paintings, glass, jewelry, crafts, photographs, and more to add to your home or as a gift. There is no admission fee, and there will also be food available.   

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613 Flea

Where: Aberdeen Pavilion, 1015 Bank St., Ottawa, ON   

When: June 8 and 15, 2024  

Add a stop by the Aberdeen Pavilion to your weekend plans and explore an ever-changing marketplace overflowing with one-of-a-kind finds. From vintage clothing and antiques to handmade goods and tasty food, 613 Flea has tons of unique finds. It’s always free to visit.  

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PBR Canada Cup Series

Where: Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., Ottawa, ON  

When: June 8, 2024  

Even if you’re just a cowboy at heart, enjoy a night of bucking and bull riding for one night only in Ottawa. Returning for the first time since 2018, Professional Bull Riders will hold its classic in the capital, where you can watch some of the organization’s best athletes go head-to-head against 2,000-pound bulls.   

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Ottawa Food Festival

Where: Tanger Outlets, 8555 Campeau Dr., Ottawa, ON  

When: June 8-9, 2024  

Save your appetite for a food festival featuring cuisine from all over the globe. Sway to the live music and watch performances as you eat your heart out from unique vendors and food trucks.   

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Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala

Where: National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON  

When: June 8, 2024  

Dress to impress and join an elegant celebration of Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., followed by red carpet arrivals at 7 p.m. Experience a series of heartfelt tribute performances that will highlight the accomplishments of this year’s Laureates. The evening of entertainment continues post-show with an afterparty featuring a live band in the lobby.   

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Ottawa Pet Expo

Where: The EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr., Ottawa, ON  

When: June 8-9, 2024  

Pet parents, mark your calendars to experience this massive pet show in Ottawa. There will be interactive installations, such as the cat show, creative grooming demos, and a pet-focused marketplace where you can shop from over 150 vendors.   

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Rock Star Karaoke

Where: The Heart & Crown Barrhaven, 3161 Strandherd Dr. #300, Ottawa, ON  

When: June 10, 2024   

Hit the stage and take your turn in the spotlight at Rock Star Karaoke. The event starts at 8:30 p.m., so prepare for a fun-filled Monday night.  

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Ottawa Blackjacks

Where: TD Place Arena, 1015 Bank St., Ottawa, ON  

When: June 11, 15, 27, and 29, 2024   

Catch a basketball game and enjoy Ottawa’s CEBL team; the Blackjacks hit the court. Enjoy the ambiance of the TD Place Arena at Lansdowne. CAA Members save 20% on tickets for the June 15 game.  

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Sade Awele: The Intuition Tour

Where: LIVE on Elgin, 220 Elgin St. #2, Ottawa, ON  

When: June 12, 2024  

Immerse yourself in a world of R&B and Afro-soul at Sade Awele’s tour. This Nigerian-born visionary will share the stage with Banggz and Ottawa-based rapper Ttrills.   

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Ottawa REDBLACKS Games

Where: TD Place, 1015 Bank St., Ottawa, ON  

When: June 13 and 30, 2024  

Cheer on the Ottawa REDBLACKS as they compete on home turf.   

Look for the CAA kiosk at the June 13 game and stop by for some free swag. CAA Members can enjoy savings of up to 30% off home game tickets and a 10% discount on merchandise.   

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Ottawa Fringe Festival 

Where: Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave., Ottawa, ON  

When: June 13–23, 2024   

Pushing the boundaries of traditional theatre, immerse yourself in a hub of creativity and performances at the Fringe Festival. Catch endless shows at multiple venues throughout the festival and events like open mic nights and a silent disco.   

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FCA Ottawa Ferrari Festival

Where: Preston St., Ottawa, ON  

When: June 14–16, 2024  

During the last three days of Italian Week Ottawa, you can join fellow spectators and visitors to check out a fleet of Ferraris and celebrate all things from Italy. Preston Street transforms into a laneway of rare cars, including Ferraris and other exotic sports cars. Join the Italian car parade and other events include special dinners and lucheons.  

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It's Showtime - With the Capital City Chorus

Where: St. Thomas The Apostle Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista Dr., Ottawa, ON 

When: June 15, 2024  

If you love Broadway tunes, grab tickets for either the matinee or evening show for a singing performance by the Capital City Chorus. Not only will you enjoy a great show, but you’ll be also supporting charities and have the chance to win raffles and door prizes.  

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The Preston Street Bike Race

Where: Preston St., Ottawa, ON  

When: June 16, 2024  

Preston Street will turn into a bustling racecourse as bikers cruise beside each other in this massive Ottawa race. Various bike events are open to people of all ages and skill levels. Experience the excitement at every turn, whether you’re participating or watching.   

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Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival

Where: Mādahòkì Farm, 4420 West Hunt Club Rd., Ottawa, ON  

When: June 19–23, 2024  

Celebrate and honour National Indigenous Peoples Day and the new beginnings of the Summer Solstice with a festival full of events, food, and cultural showcases. Watch competitions, live music, cultural performances, and demonstrations throughout the festival. You can also join creative workshops like beading and canoe-building demonstrations, food experiences, and a kids’ area.   

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Ottawa Jazz Festival

Where: Several stage locations in Ottawa, including Confederation Park   

When: June 21 – 30, 2024   

Sing and dance the night away under the stars at Ottawa’s annual summer jazz festival. The city will be abuzz with cool sounds as the outdoor stages are filled with musical talent. Artists hitting the stages in 2024 include Norah Jones, George Clinton, Veronica Swift, The Yussef Dayes Experience, Laufey, Mali Obomsawin, Huntertones and many others.   

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Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival

Where: Mooney’s Bay Park, 2960 Riverside Dr., Ottawa, ON  

When: June 21 – 23, 2024   

More than a cultural tradition and boat race where paddlers compete in teams on the Rideau River, the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival has a full festival lineup with events and entertainment. Catch the outdoor concert shows and visit the family fun zone, where you’ll find a playground, busking performers, face painting and crafts. Enjoy classic festival eats like BeaverTails, spring chips, tacos, lemonade, and pizza.  

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Fiddles On The Rideau Festival

Where: Manotick United Church, 5567 Manotick Main St., Manotick, ON  

When: June 21 – 23, 2024   

Forget about fiddlers on the roof; musicians will enchant you with tunes along the Rideau River in Manotick. Enjoy three days of concerts and musical workshops (bring your own instrument) with the featured Flotilla River Run on Sunday the 23rd. Feel free to follow the Flotilla pontoons with your kayak or canoe and enjoy tunes on the water.   

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Friday Swing Dance + Eclectic Swing Party

Where: 174 Wilbrod St., Ottawa, ON  

When: June 21, 2024  

If you want to learn swing dance or are looking for a group setting to showcase your moves, spend the evening dancing to swingable beats and classic hits. The beginner lesson occurs from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., immediately followed by a social dance party.   

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Sweetly Affordable Art Fair

Where: Wesley Clover Parks, 401 Corkstown Rd., Ottawa, ON  

When: June 22 and 23, 2024   

Browse over 100 vendor booths offering unique and affordable artwork. Enjoy free admission as you hunt for the perfect painting to complement your home’s space. Most pieces are available for under $1,000, and options are under $50.   

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Jurassic Park in Concert

Where: National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON  

When: June 27 to 29, 2024  

Fans of the action-filled, prehistoric adventure can experience this iconic film in concert. Projected before you in high definition, a full symphony orchestra will perform the score for you as you watch the film.   

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Festi Griot

Where: 70 Bongard Ave., Ottawa, ON  

When: June 30, 2024  

Celebrate Haitian culture through food and music at this summer festival. The day will be filled with beats as you listen to various DJs and performers hit the stage.   

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Make sure to bring your CAA Membership

Starting at just $30 a year, CAA Members can enjoy discounts on everything from dining out and fueling up to savings on cars and travel insurance, among other benefits. You can view the list of 126,000 partner locations worldwide and join online. 

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