Bring your camera to these Instagram-able Festivals!

By Emily Hsueh

Summertime is when everyone goes out of town and takes photos of their feet up at the beach on a beautifully sunny day. You envy those people as you scroll through your feeds, wondering how you too can show people how great your summer is. Can’t go traveling? Looking for aesthetic events? Show off your Ottawa festivals adventures through photos that’ll definitely make your friends jealous!

Northern Lights (Until September 8)

This iconic festival celebrates the history of our country through a colourful, animated light show displayed on Ottawa’s famous landmark, Parliament Hill! If you need something vibrant to lighten up your Instagram feed (or of you just want to #GetFestive), you need to check out this awe-inspiring, educational and FREE show! Witness the magic and capture it with your camera every night until September 8 on Parliament Hill in the heart of Ottawa.

Get more information on this great event at the Ottawa Tourism website or on social media:

Twitter: @capital_exp

Instagram: @canada_cap

Facebook: @capitalexperience

Ottawa International Buskerfest (August 2 – 5)

Knife jugglers, contortionists, fire-breathers and more! When else can you get photos of such unique and amazing acts? Be the envy of your friends and followers by getting some insane shots of talented international performers doing amazing (sometimes death-defying) stunts all along Sparks Street for the 28th annual Ottawa International Buskerfest. Come for the photo ops, stay for the show; you won’t be able to keep your eyes away!

To get more info on the action, visit the Buskerfest website or on their social media:

Twitter: @ottbuskerfest

Instagram: @ottbuskerfest

Facebook: @ottawabuskerfest

Garden Photofest (August 17 – 18)


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Can you guess what promenade stop you can find these beautiful planters at? Hint: It’s across the street from City Hall

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Garden PHOTO-Fest? What better way to fill up your Instagram feed than to capture vibrant, mesmerizing flowers at an event made just for that? What’s more, these festivities take place on International Photography Day! Included here will be workshops, exhibitions and more where both amateur and pro photographers can come and get some Instagram-worthy content. “Share in the beauty of our region with your photos of the beautiful gardens!”

Check out the Ottawa Tourism website or find out more on their social media:

Twitter: @GardenPromenade

Instagram: @gardenpromenade

Facebook: @gardenpromenade

Capital Pride (August 18 – 25)


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Would you like the opportunity to be in the spotlight? Capital Pride is looking for solo musicians, bands, DJs, burlesque, drag, and other entertainers and performers for all ages and demographics. Talent applications are now being accepted. ⁣ ⁣ 🏳️‍🌈 ⁣ ⁣ Aimez-vous être le centre de l’attention ? Fierté dans la Capitale est à la recherche de groupes de musique, de DJs, d’artistes de la drag et du burlesque, ou toutes autres personnes qui pratiquent les arts de la scène et qui aimeraient se mettre en spectacle ! Nous attendons votre candidature !⁣ ⁣ #fiertecappride

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Spice up your timeline with fun, colourful photos from a fun and colourful event! This week-long event celebrates the 2SLGBTQ+ community with the iconic parade as well as a clothing swap, block party, a prom event and more. The whole week is filled with high-energy and flashy outfits, with lights and decorations of all kinds, so you will definitely want to bring your camera along to take photos of the celebration. The event is open to anyone and everyone, with most of the festivities being FREE! Show your friends and followers not only your fabulous photos, but that you are having a great time getting festive and that they can too!

Find their full schedule and more info at the Capital Pride website or on their social media:

Twitter: @FierteCapPride

Instagram:  @fiertecappride

Facebook: @FierteCapPride