This summer brings back some amazing Ottawa festivals and summertime traditions. In today’s ModBlog, we have some of the highlights mapped out for you.
The RBC Bluesfest – July 7-17
Bluesfest was ranked as one of the top-ten music festivals in the world by Billboard Magazine. It began as a one-stage, three-day event on Majors Hill Park in 1994. Over the years, it has grown into a multi-staged, two-week music fest at LeBreton Flats Park and features some of the most influential musicians around the world. Some of the big names performing this year at Bluesfest are: Awolnation, Ben Harper, Billy Idol, Brad Paisley, The Lumineers, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, to name a few.
Northern Lights: Sound and Light Show– July 9 – September 10
Grab a blanket and find a grassy spot on Parliament Hill at 10pm to enjoy a light and sound presentation projected on the Parliament Buildings. This display showcases a series of stories about Canada’s nation-building, discovery, and pride. For over 30 years this illuminating show has been captivating audiences from all over. This free bilingual show is on nightly all summer until the beginning of fall.
Hope Volleyball Summerfest– July 16
Partake in North America’s largest outdoor beach volleyball tournament and join 25,000 other people in supporting community-based charities. Located at Mooney’s Bay Beach, the beach volleyball games are combined with live concerts. You can either serve on a team, or come as a spectator and support the players. This year celebrates the 34th edition of Hope Volleyball Summerfest.
Ottawa Busker Festival– July 28- August 1
This year marks the 25th anniversary of street performers along Sparks Street. From escape artists to fire eaters, the streets will be filled with incredible buskers pushing limits to entertain. Between 11am – 11pm, these acrobats, and talented performers will be on display for all to see.
Bytown Days– July 30- August 1
Take a stroll down by the Ottawa Locks to celebrate the creation of the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site and Bytown. Throughout the week, different events will take place such as open visitor centres, free access to the Bytown Museum, Voyageur Canoe tours, plays, demonstrations, and activities, Take a trip back in time with this heritage celebration.
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