Jul 4, 2018 | Announcements and updates Feature Stories Festival News
Who doesn’t love festivals? The music, the food, the celebrations… but sometimes that can be a little strenuous on the wallet. Are there any events to attend that are just as festive but also FREE of charge? The answer is yes! Here are three fun and festive events to check out this month without having to break the bank!
Gemmill Park, Almonte, July 6 – 8
Nicolas Babineau and Alexis Chartrand are two young Quebecois musicians brought together by a common passion for traditional music. Their shared sensitivity for recordings of old fiddlers inspires their performances of traditional Quebecois repertoire. They sometimes play two fiddles, and sometimes allow the guitar to accompany the melodies, with their feet energizing the dance tunes. In May 2017 the duo released their first album and have performed throughout Quebec, across Canada, New-England, and Sweden. . And now is your chance to catch this great duo / right here at Almonte Celtfest Sunday July 8, 2018!
Under an hour outside of Ottawa is a FREE festival that music lovers of all kinds won’t want to miss! Tap into Celtic culture at the Almonte Celtfest, where you can take in all the sights and sounds from Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. Friday the 6th is pub night, with five different pubs serving at venues for live Celtic music. Along with two more full days of live performances, Almonte Celtfest is offering a whole host of other exciting events such as kids’ dance lessons and face painting, as well as instrumental workshops as a part of Celtic College. And don’t forget to greet Liam the Leprechaun while you’re there! Some of his luck (and his gold) may rub off on you!
Parliament Hill, July 10 – September 3
Prepare to be dazzled! For nearly 3 months, the Northern Lights show is lighting up the night! Every evening throughout the summer you can catch this historic light show that uses the iconic Parliament Building as a massive backdrop. This annual spectacle displays the rich history of our beloved country, complete with animated projections, skylights, and a synchronized soundtrack. The event happens at 10:00pm in July, 9:30pm in August, and 9:00pm in September. So sit back and take in the show, all while knowing your wallet remains full!
Indonesian Festival 2018
Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park, July 27 – 29
Have you ever wanted to take a trip to Indonesia to experience the exquisite culture and traditions? Then you’ll be happy to know you can do just that without leaving Canada’s Capital! At the beautiful Lansdowne venue in the middle of the city, take in all that Indonesia has to offer at the 12th annual Indonesian Festival. With FREE admission comes traditional live performances and music, a fashion show, a bazaar and more. So why travel 15,000 km when you can experience the best of it right here in Ottawa?
Will you #GetFestive at these three free events? Let us know!