Virtual Ottawa Summer Festivals

This is a very different summer we are looking at in Ottawa with large events cancelling or postponing until the foreseeable future, but this is not the end of Ottawa events. Many festivals that are unable to have their physical events this summer are offering forms of virtual programming for you to enjoy. 

Here’s the master list of Virtual Festivals in Ottawa this summer! This list will be updated over the course of the summer.

Tulip Festival
The 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 Chamberfest

Chamberfest was set from July 23 to August 6th, but is coming to you every week virtually with Chamber Chats: at home,chez vous. Theses online performances and discussions with Chamberfest musicians take place at 2 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These interactive discussions will have pre-recorded and live performances from musicians from all over the world to allow musicians to interact and connect with audiences virtually. You can donate now to support Chamberfest. 

Tamarack Race Weekend

The Tamarack Race Weekend is running from May 15 – September 7 instead of just the race weekend. This extended time will allow people to still participate in the race in a safe and social distanced manner and fundraise over the time period. You will still receive all gear associated with the race and signing up for the virtual race this year will give you a 50% discount for the 2021 race.

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival

The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is running virtually this year and will have online programming for the month of June to celebrate Indigenous History Month. The virtual festival will include online arts & crafts and culinary workshops, live stream performances from Indigenous artists, cultural showcases and programming for the whole family and a virtual marketplace. The festival will conclude on June 21st in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day, but the marketplace will be open until June 30th.

Ottawa Jazz Festival

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.

Fringe At Home

The Ottawa Fringe Festival has partnered with local organizations; Capital Pride, Ottawa Storytellers, Ottawa School of Theatre, and TACTICS to bring 10 Days of digital events to you. The virtual festival runs from June 25 – July 4 with playwrights readings, drama games for kids, a COVID-19 Town Hall, artists showcase and more.

Almonte Celtfest 

The Almonte Celtfest is running a virtual festival on July 4 & 5. In addition to the virtual festival is the Celtfest Gives Back program on social media to connect to local businesses and provide advertising support and promotion so that businesses can keep going in this difficult time. The social media program is interactive and you can find out about local businesses, their products, and virtual events and do some of your own promotions! 

Canada Day

Virtual performances and programming will be available across the country for Canada Day. There will be midday and evening shows on Canadian Heritage’s social media sites, and on CBC and Radio-Canada, virtual interactive activities as well as online content especially crafted for Canada Day. Canadian Heritage has put together celebration kits with activity packs to enjoy Canada Day activities from home.

Company of Fools

A Company of Fools is offering free online drama classes for children ages 7 to 16. The drama classes run from June 29 – August 10 with acting workshops for youth and teens.

Drive In Events

#CanadaPerforms RBC Bluesfest

The RBC Bluesfest has partnered with the National Arts Centre to feature Canadian artists in a Drive In Concert on Friday, July 31, Saturday, August 1, Friday, August 7, and Saturday, August 8. This physical event will also have live streams of the performances on Facebook live.

Drive-In Experience Ottawa 

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 5 nights of movies available a week.