Jul 4, 2019 | Feature Stories Festival News Previews and reviews
By: Jacob Munro
There are so many different festivals around our beautiful Canada’s Capital Region that sometimes it’s hard to decide how to spend your hard-earned money. Well, while you’re saving up and deciding which paid festivals to attend, there are tons of upcoming FREE festivals around the city beckoning for you to come on out! Whether it’s sitting on Parliament Hill and taking in Canadian history in the form of a spectacular light show or celebrating any of our wonderful cultures this summer, you’re sure to have fun at all of the FREE festivals on this list – while saving yourself a little cash in the process.
Where: Mooney’s Bay
When: Saturday, July 13
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Memories of @bigrigbrewery presents HOPE Volleyball SummerFest 2018! Can’t wait for this year’s event – register while you still can! 🏐❤️ http://hopehelps.com/registration/ #hopeottawa2019 #hopevolleyball #ottawaevents #ottawafestivals #ottawacharities #bigrigbrewery #volunteerottawa #hopeottawa
One of the largest volleyball tournaments in the world is set to take place in Ottawa on Saturday, July 13, at Mooney’s Bay – perfect for those who enjoy hitting balls and hanging out on the beach! Team registration is now closed, but everyone is encouraged to attend this tournament for FREE and witness the largest collection of bumps, sets, and spikes in the Ottawa region. Stellar musical entertainment awaits all SummerFest goers, and there will be a wide assortment of food and drinks available for purchase. There are also tickets to the main stage, where you can catch artists like Hollerado, available for $25. But the best part? HOPE Volleyball is organized with our city’s welfare in mind, as the funds generated by the tournament will be directed towards some of Ottawa’s local charities. Talk about a wonderful Saturday!
Where: Parliament Hill
When: July 9 – September 8
A beautiful show that lights up Parliament Hill every night and also provides a quick overview of Canada’s history – is there anything cooler than that? The Centre Block and Peace Tower provide the backdrop for this fantastic show that is one of Ottawa’s favourite FREE events of the summer, so make sure to come on out! Be sure to check the weather before you head out though, as the show may be cancelled if weather conditions are poor.
Where: St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral
When: July 17 – July 21
An incredible assortment of Middle Eastern delicacies and entertainment is on tap as Ottawa’s Lebanese community comes out in full force to celebrate this five day festival. The food is so fresh and is prepared on the festival grounds, so your mouth will begin to water as soon as you set foot on the premises. Middle Eastern dance shows are also prepared to captivate audiences as they scarf down that delicious grub, while an assortment of rides and games – though ride bracelets are $25 – add a level of thrill to this fabulous cultural celebration. Make sure to get to the festival grounds before 5 p.m. if you don’t want to pay the general admission fee!
Where: A park near you
When: July 2 – August 17
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Hello Fools Fans! Look in awe upon the beautiful souls headlining this summers Torchlight production of ROMEO + JULIET. Professional Shakespeare, right in your own backyard. We open July 2nd, and tour until August 17th – head to fools.ca for our full schedule to find which prime park you wish to pick. See you soon ;o) Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen #shakespeareinthepark #foolinaround #fortunesfool #harvey
Organized by A Company of Fools, the Torchlight Shakespeare in the Park series delights park audiences across Ottawa throughout our warmest months. This year’s play is Shakespeare’s famous star-crossed lovers tragedy Romeo & Juliet, which the troop will be performing six nights a week for seven weeks! That’s dedication to your craft and audience. The company performs a 90-minute version of the famous play and anyone is welcome to attend the shows, which start at 7 p.m. at a community park near you, as they perform in a different location every night. Those who worry about disposable income are also welcome to attend, as every show is pay-what-you-can!
Where: 952 Green Valley Crescent, Ottawa
When: July 19 – July 21
A legendary celebration of all things Ukrainian is about to hit Ottawa, as the Capital Ukrainian Festival is steadily approaching. Featuring an incredible assortment of delicious Ukrainian food, a fantastic beer garden, cultural workshops, and live music and dancing, it’s no wonder the festival describes Ottawa as the premiere Ukrainian festival destination. The irresistible smell of homemade perogies, smoked garlic sausage, cabbage rolls, and much more will permeate the air of the festival while bands such as the MAD HEADS and Zirka light up the stage with their electric performances. Entering the festival is FREE, but you’ll surely want to bring some money for food and drinks!