10 things to do in Ottawa this weekend – June 24-26, 2022
25th Ottawa Fringe Festival
It is the final weekend of the 25th edition of the Ottawa Fringe Festival. Don't miss the in-person performances featuring local, national, and international actors. On Saturday June 25th, Arts Court will be filled with various programming and celebrations! There will be food, drinks and a whole lot more. Visit ottawafringe.com for more information.
*Please note that proof of vaccination and masks are required to attend Ottawa Fringe Festival.
Dave Nihill at Yuk Yuk's
When: June 24
Where: Yuk Yuks Ottawa, 100 Kent Street. Inside the Marriott Hotel
What time: 7:30 pm
Admission: $25 — Click here for tickets
From the website: Irish native Dave Nihill has lived and worked in twelve countries and visited over seventy. His shows draw on his wide travels, cultural observations, attempts at language study, (occasional) international drinking sessions and being a mildly confused immigrant in the US. Dave is the winner of the prestigious annual San Francisco Comedy Competition (previous finalists include Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, and Dana Carvey) and runner-up in the Moth’s largest US Grandslam storytelling competition. A festival favourite, Dave’s videos have also gone viral many times over, with over 70 million views.
Photo: Yuk Yuks
A Company of Fools
When: Until August
Where: Neighbourhood park near you
What time: Arrive by 6:30 pm to get a good spot
Admission: Pay what you can
A Company of Fools is happy to be returning to what it does so well: performing Shakespeare in the park. This summer, grab the family, pack a picnic, and head to your local park to catch a performance of The Tempest. If the cast’s enthusiasm means anything, you won't be disappointed.
Photo: Justin Van Leeuwen
Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival
When: Until June 26
Where: Mādahòkì Farm, 4420 West Hunt Club Road
What time: Saturday 11 am-7 pm, Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
Admission: Free – Advance registration required — Click here to register
Produced by Indigenous Experiences on behalf of the National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD) Committee, representing all of Canada’s National Indigenous organizations, The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is hosting a weekend full of activities, demonstrations, workshops, and interactive experiences.
*Parking is very limited, so the festival will be running shuttles from Algonquin College (with free parking) to Mādahòkì Farm. Park at the designated spaces or come by bus to Baseline station to catch the shuttle. Shuttles are scheduled to run every 30 minutes.
Photo: Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival
GCTC – The Sting (fundraiser)
When: June 23-25
Where: GCTC, 1233 Wellington Street West
What time: 7:30 pm
Admission: $87 — Click here for tickets
Catch some of your favourite Ottawa legal thespians on stage performing The Sting, adapted from David Ward’s Oscar-winning screenplay by David Rogers on GCTC’s Main Stage. This year the fundraiser will also support Roger Neilson House, a local organization that provides palliative care and support to newborns, children, youth, and their families. All Gala tickets purchased are eligible for a tax receipt.
*GCTC requires that all audience members show proof of vaccination status before entering the theatre. This policy extends to the end of the 2021-22 Season.
Escapade Ottawa Music Festival
When: June 24-26
Where: Lansdowne Park Ottawa
What time: all weekend
Admission: From $299 for a three-day pass — Click here for tickets
Bud Light presents Escapade Ottawa. The 16+ electronic music festival debuted in the National Capital Region back in 2010 and has grown in leaps and bounds ever since. This year’s festival includes too many acts to list performing on five stages around Landsdowne Park for three days of music.
Performers Include: ABOVE & BEYOND • ALAN WALKER • ANDREW RAYEL • ATLIENS • AUDIEN (TRANCE SET) • BISCITS • BONNIE X CLYDE • CALCIUM • CAT DEALERS • CID • COSMIC GATE • DEADMAU5 • DEORRO • DJ SNAKE • DOM DOLLA • DON DIABLO • DUKE DUMONT • EXCISION • GANJA WHITE NIGHT • GATTÜSO • GEM & TAURI • GORDO • HOLY GOOF • ILLENIUM • JOEL CORRY • JOHN SUMMIT • JULIAN JORDAN • JUSTIN MYLO • KASKADE• KILL THE NOISE • LAYZ • LOST KINGS • LUCII • MALAA • MARKUS SCHULZ • MARTIN GARRIX • NICKY ROMERO • NIFRA • PROK | FITCH • RAY VOLPE • SAID THE SKY • SAM FELDT • SEVEN LIONS • SEVEN LIONS B2B KILL THE NOISE • SLANDER •SOLARDO • SPAG HEDDY • SVDDEN DEATH • TIËSTO • TOM & COLLINS • TRIVECTA • WAVES • WESTEND • WOOLI
Photo: Cyga, Ecapade
Cranium Conference & Showcase
Ottawa’s biggest hip-hop showcase and conference is back! Cranium Arts Project is a mix of concerts, professional panels and workshops, and interviews. All events are free this year! The Cranium Block Party, taking place at Bank Street’s Snider Plaza, is one of the most exciting parts of the three-day extravaganza, so don’t miss out!
Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
When: June 24 – 26
Where: Mooney’s Bay Park & Beach, 2960 Riverside Drive
What time: n/a
One of the most exciting sporting events in the National Capital Region is finally back in-person! Get ready for three days of thrilling boat races, free concerts, food trucks, and sunny, hot weather. Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is one you will not want to miss.
*Free parking will be available at Canada Post Headquarters on Riverside Drive during festival hours.
Photo: Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
Ottawa Jazz Festival
When: June 24 – July 3
Where: Various locations in Downtown Ottawa
What time: n/a
Admission: Festival passes and single-show tickets via TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
After two years, the sweet sound of jazz and other genres of music are about to fill the streets of Ottawa again! This year’s lineup includes internationally renowned names like Corrine Bailey Rae and Blue Rodeo, as well as dozens of local bands and orchestras.
Photo: Ottawa Jazz Festival
Multicultural Summer Festival & Bazaar
When: June 25
Where: SNMC Centre & Masjid Site, 3020 Woodroffe Ave, Nepean
What time: 11 am – 7 pm
Non-profit community-oriented Muslim organization SNMC is hosting their annual Multicultural Summer Festival & Bazaar. Shop for Eid from a multitude of vendors, including Henna, jewellery, clothing, perfume, food, and more!