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The Xtra Monthly Events Calendar

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Ongoing monthly and special events
Ours Ottawa Bears Coffee + Gaymer Night

Every Sunday 3-5pm coffee and treats at T's Pub, 323 Somerset St W. A nice afternoon of talking (and gossip) Sunday afternoons, then maybe supper aftrerwards, come on down and see us. Tuesdays Gaymer Night - weekly 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 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 $3.50 per game, Bowling shoes are provided free of charge if you don’t have your own.
Weekly Youth Drop-In

Every Friday, 7-11pm, diverse/ dynamic youth group evening low-pressure hang-out w/ snacks, coffee, tea; board + video games, and couch lounging - open to youth 13-19. Peer counselling available by appointment. Supports from Etc.’s leadership team can provide participants with a confidential listening/ non-judgmental ear, to share experiences and coping strategies.
Ottawa's Sassiest....
Saturday Night Drag Show

Saturdays from 10pm. It's all about feathers, glitter and drama... on stage that is! The Capital's famous drag show, featuring the most popular, beautiful and talented drag queens! DJ Kitty at 10pm; drag shows at 11:30pm and 12:30am. Dance the night away with great people, great music, high energy drag shows + weekend drink and shot specials.
100% food, local food...
Manotick Farmers' Market

June 23 through October 9, 2019, Saturdays 9am-2pm, 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.
Le film est présenté en version française
Soirée-ciné Entre hommes - Holding the Man

October 3, 2019, 6:30-9pm. Entre hommes présente un film sur l'amour de deux jeunes hommes qui verront leur relation prendre des tournures inattendues. L'événement est gratuit et offert à tous les hommes qui aiment les hommes de la région d'Ottawa-Gatineau. Une courte discussion sera animée après le film.
FRI & SAT NIGHT DANCE PARTIES include The Queer Mafia presents Oh My Jam
Babylon Nightclub October

October 4, 2019 - Rockable Hours featuring Gowlings, Perleys, DOJ, and uOttawa law. Oct 5th - Psychedelic Underground Volume 2. Oct 18th - Beyond The Pit Presents The Northern and friends. Oct 25th - Til Death Do Us Party w/ TenGraphs. Oct 26th - Fright NIGHT. Nov 1st - THROB - DAY OF THE DEAD EDITION feat. Kevin Aviance (NYC) + B'UGO (MTL).
First & Third weekend safe social space for LGBTQIA+ people to share passion
Geek Out! First Weekend Meetup

October 5 + 19, 2019, 4pm-60pm at The Blurry Pixel. Lets Geek Out! Join in with 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. For future dates, plus more details about the group and safer spaces policies. Next - see website:
A new early bird drag show
Queens on Queen: Drag Show

October 12, 2019, 7-11:30pm. Join Mz. Horizon for a new Monthly adventure at the Queen St Fare food hall, 170 Queen St, Ottawa, for a new Saturday Night EARLY BIRD DRAG SHOW. Guests this month: Dee Dee Deelite + D’Lo Vtton. DJ Matelot Max will be spinning all the hits from way back when and now!
Inside Out - The Ottawa LGBT Film Festival

October 24-27, 2019, four day weekend 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.
A spook-tacular drag show!
Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2019, 10pm-2am. Show cast includes Vaccination (Bryant), Peechez, and Tatyana Romanov! Costume Contest! Winner will get at T's Pub gift card.
The story of an extraordinary girl
Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical

November 22 - December 1, 2019 at Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand, and change her own destiny. The captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a little genius who dreams of a better life.
Join us for our weekly Haus of T's show!
Haus of T's - Toys for Tots!

December 6, 2019, 10:30pm-1am. A very special event, bigger than ever: Toys for Tots fundraiser with performances from Tatyana Romanov, Peechez, Jessie Wolfe and Mychol! From anyone wishing to donate we'd graciously accept unwrapped / unused toys for an incredible cause! Show starts at 10:30pm
An amazing weekend of fun, fur and frolic
Mr. Ottawa Bear Competition Weekend

January 25-28, 2020. SAT 6-10pm Mr Ottawa Bear Competition at Arts Court Theatre. SUN Jan 26th, 3:30pm Bear Coffee at T's Pub. MON Jan 27th, 6:30pm OSPN 5-pin bowling night at West Park Lanes, 1205 Wellington St. TUE Jan 28th, 6:30pm Gaymer Night at Swizzle Bar & Grill, 246 Queen St.
Summer + Winter events
Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest + Ottawa Jazz Fest

January 29 - February 1, 2020. 3-day WinterFest. Also June 19 - July 1, 2020, annual summer festival at various venues. Among the National Capital Region’s most highly anticipated musical events of the year, bring jazz to downtown Ottawa, dynamic programming and innovations w/ the finest musicians from across Canada and around the world; all genres and inspirations of Jazz.
Annual Music Festival of French Ontario for over 40 years running
Festival franco-ontarien 2020

Mid-June, 2020 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 18-28, 2020. The 24th 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.
La fête de la nation
Canada Day in Ottawa

July 1, 2020, 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, 2020 (TBC), LeBreton Flats, 10-day fest, west of Parliament Hill. Among the 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.
2020 International
Ottawa Busker Festival

Early August, 2020, 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

Early August, 2020. Five days celebrating Indigenous Film and Media Arts in Algonquin Territory, Ottawa. Independent artists and film-makers share, present and disseminate their work - a space where Indiginous peoples tell their own stories and see their own cultures reflected - to entertain and innovate in the heart of the unsurrendered land of the Algonquins of the Ottawa River Valley.
International Gay Rugby (IGR) - The Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament
Bingham Cup 2020

August 8-17, 2020. The biennial world championships of gay and inclusive rugby hosted by the Ottawa Wolves in Ottawa in 2020. Rugby players, supporters and staff from around the world come together every two years in a celebration of equality, inclusivity and sportsmanship. 74 teams from 20 countries participated in the most recent Bingham Cup in Amsterdam in June 2018.
Celebrating 35 years together!
Capital Pride 2020 La Fierté dans la Capitale

Mid-August, 2020. Week of LGBT celebrations, dances, exhibits, screenings, sports events, parties: Mr & Mx Capital Pride Pageant 2019; Family Picnic in the Park; Human Rights Vigil; Youth Art Show. SUNDAY afternoon Capital Pride Parade from Bank St at Gloucester Ave, ending at Bank and Somerset. Bank St Fair noon-8pm. Mainstage entertainment 2-10pm. See the full schedule:
Hot Air Balloon Festival
Festival de montgolfières de Gatineau

Early September, 2020, 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

Late September, 2020. Annual 5-day 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.