Festive Festivals? It’s a Date!

By Jake Munro

Bringing a date to a festival is not a complicated matter. Pretty much every festival in and around Ottawa is ideal for a date night or afternoon – what really matters is attending a festival the two of you will have a fun time at! This is where Ottawa Festivals has you covered. Whether you’re bringing along the lucky person you’ve been with for years or that special someone you just hit it off with on Tinder, this list has you covered for all your festival date plans. 

Ottawa Asian Fest – Night Market (July 26 – 28) 

Ottawa Asian Fest’s Night Market has been lighting up Chinatown for three days every summer since 2015, and its concoction of delicious Asian delicacies and vibrant night market atmosphere makes it the ideal date destination! Chefs and vendors from across Ontario flock to ply their trade under Chinatown’s iconic Royal Gateway for this three-day festival. That Royal Gateway, along with the multitude of colourful neon lights, also make for great photo backdrops – satisfying the Instagram and Snapchat aficionados amongst us. However, you should make sure to bring some cash with you if you don’t want to look like a chump in front of your date, as it is a cash only festival 💸💸💸

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Torchlight Shakespeare in the Park (July 2 – August 17) 

A unique characteristic of this festival is that it is easy to watch a performance anywhere in Ottawa, you just have to wait until they’re performing in your local park! The Torchlight Shakespeare troupe performs their hour-and-a-half version of Romeo & Juliet six nights a week, and their stellar performance is the perfect thing to snuggle up to on the grass with your date – but make sure to bring a blanket. Torchlight Shakespeare is a pay-what-you-can performance, so we recommend bringing some money to give to the troupe, since they work so hard to perform six nights a week. Make sure to check out their website for when they’re in a park near you! 

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Chamberfest (July 25 – August 8) 

Those of us who bragged about their favourite song on our Tinder and Bumble profiles probably did not exhibit a piece by Bach or Beethoven, but that doesn’t mean the classical music festival Chamberfest won’t make for a fantastic date! Chamber music is a form of classical music performed by a small group of musicians, providing an intimate setting perfect for both long and short relationships. Performances by Canadian Brass, Angela Hewitt, Baroque Treasures, and a special Abbey Road performance by Art of Time are sure to be a treat to your ears. Get your tickets soon at Chamberfest’s website! 

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Northern Lights (All Summer) 

Bring your date out to the centre of Canadian political life to snuggle up and watch a show detail key figures and events from Canadian history – all put together with a dazzling array of lights! The Peace Tower and Centre Block of Parliament Hill provide the backdrop for this spectacular show, and it’s FREE! Remember to bring an extra layer with you for when those summer nights start to cool off! Or, only one of you can bring an extra layer and you can flirtatiously fight over who gets the added warmth. Your choice guys, but do remember to check out the Northern Lights website and social media! 

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