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Gay Ottawa

Ongoing monthly and special events
Ours Ottawa Bears

Every Sunday 3-5pm coffee and treats at Second Cup, Bank at Sommerset. Some of the bears then head to a restaurant to eat. Join them. Tuesdays Gaymer Night - Every week 6:30-9pm come join Bears and others at Swizzle Bar & Grill, 246 Queen St, as they play a different game each week. See more special events at their website:
The Ottawa Senior Pride Network
LGBT Seniors Bowling

Second and fourth Monday of each month, 6:30pm at West Park Bowling, 1205 Wellington St. West. A fun evening of five-pin bowling with other LGBT Seniors? Folks 50 years gang meets for two or three games at the seniors’ special rate of $3 per game, Bowling shoes are provided free of charge if you don’t have your own.
ACO Gay Men’s Health Team + Gay Zone Resources
Let’s Talk about Sex… or Whatever!

Each Thursday 5-8pm at Gay Zone. Member of ACO Gay Men’s Health Team + Gay Zone volunteers hang out in the reception area with a table of safer sex supplies, resources, reading materials and other fun/ interesting stuff. Got questions about why to use lots of lube when fucking? HIV disclosure/non-disclosure? Different condoms and lube? Grab a free coffees and have a chat!
Ottawa Underground Events

Periodic dates at various venues. Ottawa's premier gay underground dance & cruise event with DJs who know how we like it. The beats that are a little harder, darker, and sexier - featuring DJs Ron Hamelin + .Ash Gauthier.
100% food, local food...
Manotick Farmers' Market

Saturdays 9am-2pm, June through October, at 5525 Dickinson St, Manotick, ON, across from Watson's Mill. A “producer-only” market. Meet the people who make the meats, cheeses, vegetables, grains and baked goods in the local community and learn about their ideas about growing food. A project supported by Watson’s Mill.
Rebels on Pointe - the documentary about les Ballets Trockedero de Monte Carlo
Wakefield Doc Fest Weekend

September 22, 2017, 7pm. Centre Wakefield La Pêche. Extraordinary, all male, classical, comic, ballet company: the world-famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Born 40+ years ago after the Stonewall riots, the Trocks have a worldwide following and combine the beauty, discipline and passion of classical ballet, while sending it up with a decidedly hilarious turn. Great film!
OFFICIAL Arena International Festival Pre-Party
THROB Ottawa Underground Events

September 22, 2017, 11pm-2:30am, at Kavali, 34 Clarence St. Friday night beats throb a little harder, darker, and sexier at THROB. Ottawa's hottest boyz night just once a month at venues across the capital city. With DJs KeV-J (Montreal) + Ashley Gauthier. "Shirtless men, dark sexy beats, and a lineup featuring some of the best DJs in the region..."
A safe social space for LGBTQIA+ people to share their passions
Geek Out! Ottawa - October Meet Ups

October 7 + 21, 2017, 2:30pm-5:30pm at The Blurry Pixel, 201 Queen St. Lets Geek Out! Join us, a group of LGBTQIA+ geeks and nerds for some socializing, video games and maybe some board games - first and third weekend each month. Pay what you can, suggested donation of $5. Next date: November 4th. For more details about group and safer spaces policy, see website:
Let’s dance the night away
Bey Bey & RiRi Dance Party

October 7, 2017, 10:30pm - each 1st Saturday/ month - sweaty fun with dance floor anthems every good party requires! Throwing RIHANNA into the mix this month - the sounds of the biggest queens in the biz! with Beyonce and Rihanna head to head! DJs Bounleuth Chanthapanya + Max Zimmerman play all your fave dance floor anthems allllllll night. come get love with us!
Performing arts creativity, sensuality, sexual freedom, & diversity
Ottawa Burlesque Festival

October 13-15, 2017. Celebration of art, creativity, sensuality, sexual freedom and diversity in performing arts. A safe space for creative expression by people of all bodies and identities; high entertainment/ culture and nightlife in the Capital. Presented in both English and French. See video here.
Hosted by The Queer Mafia
Ohmyjam - pumps & bowties

October 21, 2017, 11pm-2:30am at Babylon Nightclub. OTTAWA'S QUEER JAM of JAMS: Hip Hop / RNB / Dancehall / 90s / Reggae music by DJs Sammy Rawal + D-Luxx Brown. Doors open at 11pm. $7 before midnight, $10 afterwards.
A comedy night like no other!
LMFAO with the Queer Mafia

November 3, 2017, 10pm-2am Elmdale Oyster House and Tavern, 1084 Wellington St. W, Ottawa. Comedy night begins at 10pm and goes until midnight - then kicking things into fast gear dance party with The Queer Mafia's very own: D-Luxx Brown. Host: Greg Houston. Comedian: Kalyani Pandya. Headliner: ASHLEY MOFFAT coming to you from Toronto!
Inside Out - The Ottawa LGBT Film Festival

November 10-12, 2017 at the National Gallery of Canada, BENT LENS presented by InsideOut. The best queer cinema from Canada and around the world. Typically more than 4,000 attendees come to the film programs and parties.
Music by Jeanine Tesori - Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Shrek The Musical

November 17-26, 2017 at Centrepointe Theatres. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire.
Summer + Winter
Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest + Ottawa Jazz Fest

February, 2018 - Four days. Also June, 2018, 11-day annual summer festival at various venues. One of the National Capital Region’s most highly anticipated musical events of the year, bringing jazz to downtown Ottawa, trailblazing dynamic programming and innovations with the finest musicians from across Canada and around the world; all genres and inspirations of Jazz.
Domicile Main Stage + The Clocktower Brew Pub
Westfest 2018

Early June, 2018 - 3 days across 10 city blocks in Westboro Village (closed to traffic for weekend). 14 Years Producing Canadian Talent! Music line-up at their website closer to the event:
Annual Music Festival of French Ontario for over 40 years running
Festival franco-ontarien 2018

Mid-June, 2018 at Parc Major's Hill. The annual three-day weekend festival of music of Francophone Ontario. Get a taste with video clips on their website.
Locations around town
Ottawa Fringe Festival

June, 2018, The 22nd annual celebration of the arts, Ottawa's largest theater festival; providing local, national and international artists the opportunitiy to showcase their original works. Fifty-something shows in twelve days, for a total of nearly 400 performances.
The best in electronic dance music
Escapade Music Festival

Late June, 2018, annual music festival at Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre, 4837 Albion Rd, Ottawa. Two days/ four stages, 16+ to enter, 19+ fully licensed area. See website for 2018 lineup:
La fête de la nation
Canada Day in Ottawa

July 1, 2018, annual holiday celebrating the birth of Canada in 1867 with the British North America Act that established the Dominion of Canada. A giant patriotic party on the lawns of Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park, Jacques Cartier Park and closed downtown streets. Hundreds of thousands come to the capital city for concerts, street performances, picnics, and fireworks displays.
Ottawa Bluesfest

Early-July, 2018, LeBreton Flats, 10-day fest, west of Parliament Hill. Among world's largest annual international music events, 220+ musical acts perform on outdoor stages; over 300,000 fans each summer. Bike to the fest! Site is bordered by the Trans-Canada Trail, a tree-lined bike path through Ottawa, along the Ottawa River. Find secure bike parking beside the festival site.
2018 International
Ottawa Busker Festival

August 2-6, 2018 (TBC), at Sparks Street Mall. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, fire-eaters, comedians, magicians, other street performers from around the world in North America's original pedestrian street mall. Lots to eat and drink too.
Celebrating Indigenous Arts In Algonquin Territory
Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival

August 8-12, 2018 (TBC). Celebrating Indigenous Film and Media Arts in Algonquin Territory, Ottawa.
Celebrating 33 years together!
Capital Pride 2018 La Fierté dans la Capitale

August 20 -26, 2018 (TBC). LGBT celebrations, dances, exhibits, screenings, sports events, parties: Mr & Mrs Capital Pride Pageant 2018; Family Picnic in the Park; Human Rights Vigil; Rainbow Party; Pride Social; and Sunday Parade + Community Fair. See full schedule:
Hot Air Balloon Festival
Festival de montgolfières de Gatineau

August 30 - September 3, 2018 (TBC), five days of events in parc de la Baie, Gatineau: hot air balloons aloft; amusement park rides, shows, live entertainment, magic and circus acts on stage and around the site; over 200,000 people in attendance.
North America's largest animation event!
The Ottawa International Animation Festival

September 19-23, 2018 (TBC), Annual presentation of the world’s most cutting-edge and quirky animation. For 42 years, attracting film and animation buffs, art lovers and filmmakers from around the globe with screenings, workshops, panels and parties at the ByTowne Cinema, National Gallery of Canada, Arts Court, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts, and the Chateau Laurier.