Showcased here are the top 10 events and festivals taking place in Ottawa Ontario.

Here, Top Events Canada concentrates on just the top 10 events in Ottawa including Winterlude that attracts more than 1.5 million visitors each year, and the Ottawa Marathon – Canada’s largest multi-day running event.

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first three weekends in February
Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Winter Events and winter festivalsThe annual Winterlude festival held in Canada’s capital city attracts more than 1.5 million visitors each year and celebrates winter with a host of outdoor activities including public skating and skating displays, ice sculpture competitions, musical concerts at the Snowbowl, children's play areas, the nation’s largest ice playground, and drinks served at the Snowbowl Lounge, which is completely made of ice. One of the biggest attractions of this event is the Rideau Canal, which is the world's largest skating rink when frozen, covering close to 8 km. Also popular are the fun Bed Race and the Giant Ski event in which the aim is to set a new record every year for holding as many people as possible on one set of skis.

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Winterlude is one of the Top 20 events in the whole of Canada

Canadian Tulip Festival
early May
Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

Flower Festivals CanadaRecently been named as one one of the Top 10 Events to visit in Canada, the Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over North America, Europe and Asia and has become the world’s largest Tulip Festival, with events covering more than 18 days, showcasing over 3 million tulips throughout Canada’s Capital Region.

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Ottawa Marathon
late May
Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Marathons A popular marathon for 40 years, Canada’s largest multi-day running event, the Ottawa Marathon, showcases six major events and attracts more than 44,000 runners and 100,000 enthusiastic supporters every year. Noted for both its size and the speed with which is can be completed, the Ottawa Marathon passes by a wide range of national landmarks and reputedly transforms Ottawa into something like a festival for the whole weekend.

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Dragon Boat Festival
mid June
Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Dragon Boat FestivalsA popular event for twenty years, the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, recognized as one of North America’s largest Dragon Boat Festivals, showcases a host of dragon boat races on the Rideau River as well as presenting famous Canadian and international singers and bands performing on multiple stages on shore, and even magician acts to balloon sculptors for the children. Attracting more the 85,000 attendees each year, the 180+ teams warded by 500 volunteers are just a part of the wide range of attractions including a beer garden, a ferry ride to the Centre Island to enjoy sights of the Toronto skyline.

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Ottawa Fringe Festival
mid - late June
Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Fringe TheatreA popular event for more than 17 years, Ottawa’s largest theatre festival now attracts more than 13,500 visitors each year. Held indoors and outdoors, this ten-day event now takes place at more than 15 venues in the heart of Ottawa some of which feature nightly entertainment. The Courtyard, the licensed outdoor venue on the corner of Daly and Waller – serves as the heart of the Ottawa Fringe Festival and features nightly entertainment. One hundred percent of the ticket sales go to the performers.

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Ottawa International Jazz Festival
late June – early July
Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsFounded in 1980, the 10-day Ottawa International Jazz Festival is one of the national capital region's top music events featuring the finest jazz musicians from Canada and around the world performing in open air venues where thousands can enjoy premier jazz music and even in more intimate studio spaces. Attracting jazz greats from all over the world, the Ottawa International Jazz Festival features hundreds of performers - including more than 300 Canadian talents, and attracts almost 200,000 fans each year.

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La Fête du Canada Day
1 July
Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Canada Day CelebrationsOttawa, Canada’s Capital, is the place to be July 1 for the country’s biggest annual birthday celebration. Recognized as the top Canada Day celebration in Canada, this is a giant patriotic party on the lawns of Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park, Jacques Cartier Park and on the closed streets of downtown Ottawa. Attracting hundreds of thousands of people from all over Canada, this celebration of Canada’s birthday includes concerts, picnics, fireworks, street performances, midway rides and games, helicopter rides, pony rides, petting zoo, car show, and a beer tent. Admission to the festival is free!

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Music and Beyond
early – mid July
Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada Classical MusicAn increasingly popular Canadian summer music festival, Music and Beyond showcases a wealth of classical music in all formations, including classical music orchestras, choirs, bands, baroque groups and small ensembles. Also part of Music and Beyond, a not-for-profit organization with charitable status, is a wide variety of visual art, drama, film, poetry, dance, architecture, science, yoga, tai chi, food and even wine.

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Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival
mid July
Osgoode Village, just south of Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Renaissance Festivals and Renaissance EventsThis three day Medieval festival just south of Ottawa follows the trials and tribulations of the fictitious Medieval King Dallas, his Queen Andrea and their heir, Princess Vivian, and some very nasty, and other supportive members of their court in the Kingdom of Osgoode. This increasingly popular Renaissance event comes complete with “villains” like local councillors begin trapped in stocks, to a magical dragon, as well as Medieval feasts, a creative arts competition for children 16 years old and younger, and an increasingly popular Medieval market selling everything from armor and leather goods, home baked breads and herbs, to face painting and jewelry.

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Capital Pride - Fierté dans la capitale

mid August
Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

Gay Pride in CanadaPresenting a larger and even more successful gay pride event each year, Quebec City presents a gay pride festival that lasts five days and contains everything from three nights of live drag and music shows, the closure of St-Jean Street to automobiles for two days to accommodate street theater and a community fair for two days, and all sorts of locations highlighting drag shows, parties, a rainbow flag raising ceremony and much more.

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Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF)
late September
Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Film FestivalsRecognized as North America’s largest, and most illustrious, animation festival, attracting more than 27,000 attendees including leading animation creators, film buffs, art lovers and cartoon fans with a selections of the world’s most cutting-edge, quirky and important animations. Five major categories of animated film featured at this event include independent short films, feature films, commissioned films (TV series, commercials, music videos and video game animation) student films and films made for children.

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Oktoberfest Ottawa
late September
Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – OktoberfestOttawa’s main Oktoberfest celebration and music festival, Oktoberfest Ottawa, now a popular party, features local performances with special guest stars establishing the Oktoberfest theme and features a wealth of Bavarian entertainment and a wide variety of Bavarian themed and traditional festival food and music and a host of related events.

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