Travel the world with Ottawa’s Festivals!

By Emily Hsueh and Rohini Gupta

Everyone has dreamed of traveling the world, experiencing a brand-new culture and tasting traditional delicacies, but not everyone has the means to do so. Luckily for us in Canada’s capital city, we don’t have to go far at all to get a taste of the world’s unique cultures! Grab your friends and family and take a mini road trip to one of Ottawa’s phenomenal cultural festivals without breaking the bank!

Ottawa Asian Fest Night Market (July 26 – 28)

The third annual Ottawa Asian Night Market is upon us! Avoid sitting on a plane for half a day and instead make your way to the heart of Ottawa’s Chinatown to indulge in an authentic street market. Get yourself some incredibly unique dishes such as squid on a stick, Korean corndogs, pan-fried dumplings, bubble tea, bubble waffles and so much more! You’ll also be able to take Instagram-worthy travel photos around the Ottawa Chinatown Royal Arch as well, to become the envy of all your friends and followers. There will also be cultural performances that you won’t want to miss!

Find out more at the Ottawa Asian Fest’s website or on their social media:

Instagram: @OttawaAsianFest



The Great India Festival (August 9 – 11)

TGIF! The Great India Festival is back to celebrate its eighth year of bringing  Indian culture and cuisine to Ottawa. The schedule for this extraordinary event is packed with musical and dance performances, such as a show featuring Grammy nominee Ustad Ashish Khan and Pandit Sandip Burman. There will also be a whole host of culinary and art demonstrations for all to enjoy and learn more about Indian culture. You won’t have to hop on a plane to enjoy a slice of India, just come on down to The Great India Festival!

More info and scheduling are on their website, as well as their social media:

Twitter, Instagram, Facebook: @tgifOttawa

TD South Asian Fest (August 9 – 18)


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Can’t get enough of Indian culture and food? Not to worry! Celebrating its 10 anniversary this year, South Asian Fest strives to bring out the best of South Asian Culture into one city for a 10-day bonanza! Not only does the last weekend featuring some of the most incredible artists including Miss Pooja, Sherry Mann and other local artists, but a variety of events will be available to cater to your interests. These include A South Asian women’s speaking panel at the NAC, a boat cruise across the Rideau Canal, a food fair and much more!

Both The Great India Festival and South Asian Festival take place at City Hall. TGIF takes the stage from August 9-11 while South Asian Fest has separate events and gears up at City Hall from August 14-18.

Check out the festival’s website and social media for scheduling and information:

Twitter, Instagram, Facebook: @SouthAsianFest

Ottawa Greek Festival (August 15 – 25)


Feel like planning a last-minute trip to Greece? Forget about the hassle of plane tickets and hotel bookings, just pay a visit to Ottawa Greek Fest! Get a taste of authentic Greek cuisine and catch amazing Greek musical performances, like the staple world-famous Zorba show, a dance performance filled with audience interaction and rings of actual fire! OPA!

Stay tuned for the full schedule at the Greek Fest website, and follow their social media for more festival updates!

Twitter, Instgram, Facebook: @ottawagreekfest

Canada prides itself on being multicultural and cultural festivals are amazing events to do so! Experience the world’s cultures while staying in the comfort of home!