Virtual and Modified Festivals



UPDATE / OCT 9 / Today, the Province of Ontario changed regulations related to gatherings and attractions in Ottawa. Please consult with any in-person event that you were planning to attend before going to the venue. We will update the list below once we have more information.


Ottawa’s summer festival season continues virtually and with modified festivals into the fall as more festivals propose modified festival plans for the future. Below is a compiled list of everything coming up and the virtual festival content that is still available online.

Virtual and Modified Festival Experiences

Haunting Season at Saunders Farm | Ongoing until Oct 31
Oct 9 update: The Farm is open and operating at extremely limited capacity in compliance with Public Health COVID-prevention restrictions and guidelines. Saunders Farm is open for a variety of events and time slots to book for Haunting Season day time admissions to hedge mazes, puppet shows, pumpkins, a parade and more. Other events include Fright Fest night and fall campfires.

Chamberfest Concert Series | Sept 19 – Dec 19
The Chamber Fest Concert Series features six performances over the course of a few months that will be  broadcast from Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre. These concerts will be live streamed and there will also be the opportunity to upgrade the concert pass to in-person tickets for the some of the performances.

Ontario Festival of Small Halls | Oct 9 – 31
The Festival of Small Halls has organized a scaled down version of their festival with a series of events at the Almonte Old Town Hall, Seeley’s Bay Community Hall, Manotick United Church, and St. John’s United Church (Brockville). Each of the 11 shows will accommodate an audience of 50 people and they will follow all public health guidelines.

9RunRun Virtual Race | Oct 9 – 25
The 9RunRun virtual race has a half marathon, 2K family fun race, 5K, and 10K race that you can run in your own neighbourhood. 9RunRun was created as a means to support First Responders with their particular mental health needs and allow the community to come out and connect with them. Participants can fundraise and collect donations that go directly to the Ottawa First Responders Foundation.

Cranium Festival | Oct 14 – 17
Oct 10 update: The Oct 9 COVID-19 restrictions have had a direct impact on the Cranium Festival. The conference programming will proceed but 3 of the 4 venues have been forced to close. More updates to come. The CRANIUM Team has been working to deliver a reimagined festival for the times. The 2020 festival will reinvent how a music festival and conference can be delivered to audiences and participants with a multi-venue, live streamed event. The theme is “The City Is A Stage”.

Marvest @ CityFolk | Oct 14 – Nov 27
These performance videos will be released throughout the October/November time frame on the CityFolk YouTube channel every Wednesday and Friday at noon; with an added bonus concert during the final week, on Monday, November 23, at noon.

Drive-In Experience Ottawa | Various Events and Dates
Next event: Deadwood Haunted Drive | Oct 15 – 31
DNA Live (the organizers of Escapade and other Ottawa festivals) and Wesley Clover Parks have partnered to create a Drive-In amphitheatre for movies, comedy shows from Yuk Yuks, concerts, and private event bookings for outdoor fitness sessions, corporate events, graduations, and weddings. The venue is now open with multiple types of events every week.

Ottawa Storytellers Signature Series | Oct 22 – May 27, 2021
The Ottawa Storytellers Signature Series will be presented as a hybrid of live in-person performances and online broadcasts of local storytellers in 5 events over the fall and winter. Tickets can be bought for the entire series or for individual performances.

ChamberFest ChamberChats at Home Chez Vous | Ongoing
Chamberfest is back with another round of ChamberChats at Home, Chez Vous every Tuesday afternoon at 2pm. The 45 minute interactive episodes combine chat with pre-recorded and live performances and feature guest artists and lecturers from all over the world. The ChamberChats from May to August are archived so that you can revisit your favourites and watch the chats you missed.

Ottawa International Writer’s Festival | Ongoing
The Writers Festival has multiple types of virtual events each week: A podcast on Fridays, author interviews on Sundays and live events (in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada) Monday evenings. There are also videos available of previous work from the International Writer’s Festival.

Coffee Gals Podcast | Ongoing
In order to stay engaged with their participants and Ottawa’s coffee loving community, Ottawa Coffee Fest has started a coffee podcast! Every few weeks, they’ll be speaking with different people within the industry so you can get to know more about your favourite local roasters and coffee shops.

House of PainT | Ongoing
House of PainT is not having a traditional festival this year, instead they are organizing virtual events and social media engagement. House of PainT created an interactive graffiti map to showcase all the street art in Ottawa. From Oct 1-4 there is also the online Hip-Hop Knowledge Conference featuring conversations, lectures, presentations, workshops and panel discussions all online.

On Demand Festival Content

Canadian Tulip Festival
The Canadian Tulip Festival ran from May 8 – 18 virtually but the video walkthroughs of the tulip fields, virtual
boutique to purchase items from the vendors that would’ve been set up, and behind the scenes videos with history and more information about the Tulip Festival and the history of the liberation of the Netherlands in WWII are all still available. 

Ottawa Jazz Festival – Tenacity
The physical Ottawa Jazz Festival is cancelled but the virtual festival, Tenacity will take its place from June 19 – 28. You can enjoy 10 days of Jazz music from 85 artists and live chats live streamed from Facebook and Youtube.

Music and Beyond
Music and Beyond has put together a series of 100 videos, 50 in English and 50 in French to be released over 12 days beginning July 8th. The videos will have three different main series: Music and Nature, filmed throughout the Canadian Museum of Nature, Music and Law hosted by The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, and Music and Circus featuring Montreal’s Cirque Fantastic. Music and Beyond will release on average eight short video presentations each day for 12 days. All videos will be available for viewing without charge and will remain available once they are released.

HOPE with Us
The HOPE Volleyball Festival had a Facebook Live concert on Saturday July 11 and the music is still available! The concert was done to raise money for Harmony House Women’s Shelter, The Good Companions Seniors’ Centre, Caring and Sharing Exchange, Serenity Renewal for Families, and Youville Centre – Ottawa. Enjoy musical performances from The Copper Altar, Kimberly Sunstrum, Hearts&Mines, Amos The Transparent, and the Twin Flames.

Northern Lights Virtual Show
The sound and light show has been transformed into a virtual format this summer. Enjoy a visual presentation of Canadian History from the comfort of home with or without described video.

Ottawa Children’s Festival
The Ottawa Children’s Festival may not be back until 2021, but they have online content for kids of all ages to enjoy. Check out OCF’s spotify playlist, recipes, online scavenger hunt and more in the fun and games section of the OCF’s website.

Virtual Capital Fair 
The Capital Fair will return August 13 to 22nd 2021 and has a series of online content available such as contests, A virtual kids big tent, activities, and videos and a preview of next year’s festival.

Capital Pride: Wherever We Are
Fierté Capital Pride has created a virtual Pride for 2020 entitled, Wherever We Are. The panels, arts showcases, and more are still available on the Capital Pride Youtube page.

Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival
The Q + A’s from the virtual Asinabka Festival have been archived on their Facebook page. The online film festival celebrates First Nation, Metis, and Inuit stories from multiple perspectives that were shared through feature feature films, shorts, and documentaries.