11 epic festivals and events around Ottawa to check out before summer ends

If you thought all of Ottawa’s best summer festivals and shows were behind you, think again. Whether it’s a planned fireworks event and competition or multiple amusement parks filled with rides and immersive art experiences, you could have a busy month ahead of you.

Here are eleven upcoming festivals and events in the Ottawa area that will fill the end of your summer in style.

The Grands Feux Casino Lac-Leamy

Price: $30 per person

When: August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17 and 20, 2022

Address: Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, QC

Why you need to go: This year, the highly anticipated fireworks display celebrates its 25th anniversary, and you can expect new food vendors, illuminated pathways, and art installations. The sky comes alive with a different theme each night and there’s more to do than just watch the fireworks.

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Navan Fair

Price: $12 per adult

When: August 4-7, 2022

Address: 1279 Colonial Road, Navan, ON

Why you need to go: You can enjoy the amusement park rides and games in addition to a bunch of other events. There will be horse shows, a tractor draw and parade, as well as different live music performances each day.

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greek party

Price: Free admission

When: August 5-7 and August 12-15, 2022

Address: 1315 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, ON

Why you need to go: You’ll be able to transport yourself to Greece through the food and the performances. As well as a long menu full of Greek dishes, you can catch live music, dancing and the Zorba show, a high-energy production full of fire and smashing plates. Opa!

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Capital Fair

Price: $10 per adult

When: August 12-21, 2022

Address: Rideau Carleton Racecourse, 4837 Albion Road. S., Gloucester, Ont.

Why you need to go: You can take a ride on the Ferris wheel and other thrilling rides, eat cotton candy or corn dogs, and attend a number of different events. From Highland Games competitions and live concerts, to animal shows and lumberjack entertainment, there’s something for everyone.

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Cry of a summer night

Price: $35+ per person

When: August 12 and 13, 2022

Address: 7893 Bleeks Road, Ottawa, Ontario

Why you need to go: If you can’t wait for spooky season, there are three haunted sites at Saunders Farm full of spooky characters that are sure to scare you. The cider house and the restaurant will be open for meals and aperitifs on the terrace.

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Dear Evan Hansen at the NAC

Price: $75.25+ per person

When: August 9-14, 2022

Address: 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON

Why you should go: You can take your love (or yourself) on a date to the National Arts Center for a Broadway musical. This award-winning production is in town for five evening shows and two matinees, so you won’t want to miss this story of sanity and hope.

A digital lottery has been announced so you can try your luck at getting a $25 ticket to the show. The lottery will begin accepting entries on August 5.

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Capital Pride

Price: Most events are free

When: August 21-28, 2022

Address: Bank Street, Ottawa, ON (and other locations in Ottawa)

Why you need to go: You can celebrate your love, pride and advocacy at the massive 8-day Ottawa Pride Festival. The Drag parade and competitions are back along with other art installations, performances and events.

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North Lanark Highland Games

Price: $15 in advance, $17 at the door

When: August 27, 2022

Address: 195 Water Street, Almonte, ON

Why you need to go: From dance games to sporting events, you can imagine you’ve taken a trip to Scotland to celebrate Scottish culture and heritage. There is also a beer garden for a drink after watching the competitions and performances.

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Asinabka Festival

Price: Free opening night, $5+ per program, $50 all-access pass

When: August 10-14, 2022

Address: Club SAW, Ottawa Art Gallery and Gallery 101, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: This local festival celebrates Indigenous cultures and arts from across Turtle Island (North America). There will be art and music showcases, film screenings and a 2-Spirit Ball party.

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Alice in Wonderland Ottawa

Price: $105 per ticket (up to 6 people)

When: August 27 and October 1, 2022

Address: Ottawa, Ontario

Why you need to go: CluedUpp Games is bringing a massive outdoor escape room to the city of Ottawa for a day this summer and you’ll explore wonderland. Race against the clock by solving puzzles and completing puzzles.

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FMG – Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

Price: $17.99 to $34.99 for a day pass, $54.99 for a 5-day pass

When: September 1-5, 2022

Address: La Baie Park, Rue Saint-Antoine, Gatineau, QC

Why you need to go: You can watch giant rainbow balloons float through the sky and even take a ride in one if you want. There will also be amusement park rides, fireworks shows and live concerts.

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