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Ottawa Bars, Clubs & Resto Lounges
DailyXtra Bar Events Listings

See our daily events listings for bars and clubs in the Ottawa area at the link below, followed by an editor's pick of events throughout the year.
Let’s dance the night away
BEY BEY at Babylon

First Saturday each month sweaty fun dance party with "the dance floor anthems every good party requires!"
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!
Queer Mafia + Queering present
PROMdemonium 8 - Total Eclipse of the PROM

April 9, 2016, 8pm, at Horticulture, Marche Way, Landsdowne. Ottawa’s radical, community-oriented, gender-bending, bike-loving, enviro-humping, queer-diggin’, slow dancing, big dress wearing prom you never had back in the day. DJ Jas Nasty spins 90s vinyl all night long. Visuals by: Queering 613.
Ottawa Underground Events

May 6, 2016 at Spinbin, 310 Dalhousie St. Ottawa's premier gay underground dance & cruise monthly event with DJs who know how we like it. The beats that are a little harder, darker, and sexier - featuring DJ Josh Karmin.
100% food, local food...
Manotick Farmers' Market

May 16 - October 10, 2016, at 5525 Dickinson St, Manotick, ON, across from Watson's Mill. Every Saturday 9am - 2pm 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.
Hard Cover Book Club:
Not Gay: Breathing Lessons by Andy Sinclair

May 19, 2016, 6:30pm, the Centretown Community Health Centre, 420 Cooper St. Men gather to discuss: Breathing Lessons by Andy Sinclair - the story of Henry Moss, a homosexual everyman whose life knows none of the limitations or abuses his predecessors experienced - or so he thought. Next in 2016: June 2016 - Light - 'Nathan Burgoine.
Domicile Main Stage + The Clocktower Brew Pub
Westfest 2016

June 10-12, 2016 across 10 city blocks in Westboro Village (closed to traffic for weekend). 12 Years of Producing Canadian Talent! Music: 1775, A Tribe Called Red, Adrienne Pierce, Al Wood/ Woodsmen, Amanda Rheaume, Amos, The Transparent, Amy Campbell, Ana Muira, Andrea Simms Karp, Andrew Vincent/Pirates, Andy Swan, Angela Desveaux, Arctic, Ashley McIsaac, Autumns Canon; plus B thru Y...
Locations around town
Ottawa Fringe Festival

June 15–26, 2016, The 20th 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 the line-up, which comes to a total of nearly 400 performances.
40th Annual Music Festival of French Ontario
Festival franco-ontarien 2016

June 16-18, 2016 at Parc Major's Hill. The 41st annual festival of music of Francophone Ontario. Get a taste with video clips on their website, or go direct to the site of one young local, Louis-Philippe Robillard
Summer & Winter
Ottawa Jazz Fest + Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest

June 23 - July 3, 2016 Summer festival at various venues. One of the National Capital Region’s most highly anticipated musical events of the summer, 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. Also early-February 2017 Winter Jazz Fest.
The best in electronic dance music
Escapade Music Festival

June 25 - July 1, 2016, at the Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre, 4837 Albion Rd, Ottawa. Two days on four stages. Past year headliners: Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, Knife Party, Mark Knight, Markus Schulz; plus Blasterjaxx, BORGEOUS, Ferry Corsten, Grube & Hovsepian, KhoMha, Nifra, Solid Stone and more. See website for 2016 updates.
La fête de la nation
Canada Day in Ottawa

July 1, 2016, 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

July 7-17, 2016, LeBreton Flats, west of Parliament Hill. Among world's largest annual international music events, 220+ musical acts perform on outdoor stages for 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.
2016 International
Ottawa Busker Festival

July 28 - August 1, 2016, 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 31 years together!
Capital Pride 2016

August 15 -21, 2016. LGBT celebrations, dances, exhibits, screenings, sports events, parties: Women in the City Pride Red Light-Green Light Party; Black and Blue Leather Pride Party, (Pre-Pride) Bear Splash!, Drag + Balls; Burlesque Brunch; Film Screening; Pride Pageant, Rainbow Party, Girls' Dance; Bears at the Baths; Sunday 1-3pm Parade from Bank St. See website for full schedule:
Hot Air Balloon Festival
Festival de montgolfières de Gatineau

September 1-5, 2016, 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.
Performing arts creativity, sensuality, sexual freedom, & diversity
Ottawa Burlesque Festival

Mid-September, 2016 (TBC) 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.
Dusk-dawn art; ByWard Market, Arts Court, Gatineau, Wellington West, Hintonburg
Nuit Blanche Ottawa + Gatineau

Mid-September, 2016 (TBC), one night - 6:20pm-4:21am, funded by Ontario Arts Council, Ville de Gatineau, City of Ottawa, Community Foundation of Ottawa, ByWard Market BIA, Downtown Rideau BIA, Wellington West BIA, Vision Centre-Ville. See full lists of collaborators and hosts at their website:
North America's largest animation event! Now in its 40th season.
The Ottawa International Animation Festival

September 21-25, 2016, Annual presentation of the world’s most cutting-edge, quirky and important animation. For 40 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.
Inside Out - The Ottawa LGBT Film Festival

Late October, 2016 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.
Ottawa Knights
Mr Leather Ottawa XXIV

Late October, 2016 (TBC) Leather/Fetish Pride -one of Ottawa's largest gay organized single day events. Leather VIPs, hardcore fetishists bring leather family together, providing learning opportunities, & meet new friends. There is no dress code at MLO, but people are encouraged to dress in whatever helps them to feel sexy. Leather will be admired, but is in no way required.