For all of you that haven’t read the news lately Ottawa was just honoured with winning the “Most Boring City in Canada” award, in the inaugural Boring Awards held recently in Toronto. Although it has created plenty of buzz around how dull our beautiful city is I would like to prove that we may be a conservative city but we can still have a great time.
Every year there are countless events and festivals for every age in this city I call home, and fun to be had for everyone. Do you love blues? We have a festival for that. Maybe it’s dragon boating that really gets you going? We have a festival for that. Or maybe you love sci-fi and don’t mind getting all decked out as your fav character... we’ve got something for you too. The opportunities can be boundless. Here are just a taste of some of the things that you can look forward to in the Nation’s Capital this coming June;
Italian Week Ottawa
June 6th -16th at various locations throughout the city
Italian Week Ottawa, now in its 39th year, celebrates the rich diversity of our Italian-Canadian community, our heritage of culture, food, music, poetry and the vibrant passions of its people
Magnetic North Theatre Festival
June 7th - 15th at various locations throughout the city
Magnetic North Theatre Festival is unique because it moves around the country from its home base in Ottawa to a different Canadian City every other year. Over the past ten years, the festival has traveled to Edmonton, St. Johns, Vancouver, Kitchener-Waterloo, Calgary and in 2014, we will be going to Halifax.
Jun 8th - 10th at Upper Canada Village
A colourful cast of medieval re-enactors, musicians, buskers, artisans, falconers, archers, merchants and jousting Knights in shining armour on horseback. Come and experience the thrill of the trebuchet and catapult demonstrations, or enjoy the medieval marketplace and children’s activities.
Tim Horton's Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
June 20th -23rd at Mooney’s Bay Park.
Come and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Tim Horton’s Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival this year with plenty to do for the whole family, and no festival could be complete without a free concert!
As you can see these are just a sample of all of the events happening this month in Ottawa. We encourage all of you to get out and see what this beautiful place has to offer. You may be surprised and learn something about yourself in the process. You may discover an unknown love of geocaching out in Gatineau park or paddle boarding out on the river. There are so many opportunities to have a great time. So come out and give it a try!
All of this information and more is available through Ottawa Tourism.