What to Do in Ottawa: Weekend Preview June 19-21

What to Do in Ottawa: Weekend Preview June 19-21

It’s a very exciting Father’s Day weekend in Ottawa! We can’t believe the number of festivals around town this weekend, so no matter your interests there’s something to participate in. Let’s check it out:

Ottawa Jazz Festival

Ottawa Jazzfest started on June 18th and runs until Canada Day at Confederation Park. Ms. Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton, Jacques Kuba Séguin, Duchess, the Roots, and Chris Botti will be featured in the Main Stage this weekend. However, your festival tickets also include access to many talented lesser known musicians and bands, including many from here in Ottawa. In addition to the festival grounds, Spin Kitchen & Bar will host late night jamming starting at 10:30pm all weekend long, so come check it out!


Ribfest kicked off on Wednesday and continues daily until Sunday evening. Ribbers from all across North America – Ontario, Kentucky, Florida, Michigan, Alabama, New Mexico, South Carolina, and of course Texas – will be cooking up juicy ribs all weekend long. Even if ribs aren’t your thing, you can dive into pulled pork, barbeque chicken, and delectable sides. So head on down to Sparks Street and get messy!

Amnesia Rockfest

Take a quick drive to the other side of the river for the 10th edition of the Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, QC. Take a lot at this list of iconic performers: System of a Down, Linkin Park, the Offspring, Slayer, Snoop Dogg, Pixies, Rob Zombie, Sublime, Deftones, Rancid, Tenacious D,  Bad Religion, Flogging Molly…the list goes on!

Glowfair Festival

Glowfair is a two-day free festival taking place on Bank Street in downtown Ottawa tonight and tomorrow. There will be performances by 16 music artists, including the headliner, pop star Kiesza. There are nine different themed “street blocks” with something for everyone: Soundboard DJ stage, Glowzone main stage, Moroccan Bazaar, Art Chaos, Kids Zone, Circus, Summer Solstice, Enhanced Forest, and Pinball Wizard. Art, music, food, dance, goods – there’s something for everyone.

Ottawa Fringe Festival

The Ottawa Fringe Festival continues until June 28th at various venues across the city.  There are more than 400 performances of 56 shows at 14 downtown venues. The festival itself advertises that shows are hit-and-miss, so you never know what you’re going to see – that’s what makes it such a unique and memorable experience. Come out and support local artists!

If festivals aren’t your scene, how about staying home and listening to the latest Lunch Out Loud podcast featuring local digital marketing agency seoplus+ and local jazz and soul singer Renee Landry.

Happy Father’s Day weekend, everyone!

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