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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!
Ottawa Underground Events

Periodic dates at Spinbin, 310 Dalhousie St. 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

Now, ongoing through 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.
Fierté dans le Capitale Pride
Fire Song: Outdoor Film Screening

August 10, 2016, 7-10pm, Victoria Island, Aboriginal Experiences, 100 Middle St. Asinabka Indigenous Film/ Media Arts Festival: Shane, a gay Anishnabe teenager in Northern Ontario is to move to the city for University. He tries to convince his secret boyfriend to come with him, but circumstances take a turn for the worse and he must choose between his family or his future.
Celebrating Indigenous Arts In Algonquin Territory
Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival

August 10-14, 2016. WED Indigenous Walking Tour + Round Dance and Fire Song films at Victoria Island. THU 2 films + Canadian and international  shorts at the Museum of Nature. FRI Our “Own” Images: 30 Years of Maori Fiction Film - shorts at G101 & SAW. SAT 3 films and documentary shorts at SAW.
Ottawa’s biggest LGBTQ+ women’s group, Girl 2 Girl Ottawa
The White Party

August 12, 2016, 9pm - 2am at The Lookout Bar, 41 York St. Kick-off Ottawa Pride Week with a Women loving Women celebration. Get out those crisp white coloured shirts, suits, tanks, tees, dresses or whatever white coloured outfit suits your style, and join us for a sizzling dance party!
George Brown College Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Services
What I Love About Being Queer and Trans: Poetry Night

August 14, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm, at City Hall Councillors' Lounge. An amazing poetry evening as queer and trans poets kick off Pride Week for free! The event will include poets speaking out about what they love about being queer and trans. The event is inspired by the VIVEK SHRAYA project.
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:
The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity + Capital Cruises present
CCGSD & Labour Unions Boat Cruise

August 16, 2016, 6:30pm from Gatineau Locks. Third PRIDE event ride on the Rideau River! Boarding begins at 6:15 and the boat leaves at 6:30. On board live entertainment and a dessert bar! Enjoy the sights of Ottawa from the river, and celebrate PRIDE!
Fierte Ottawa Pride
Bowling With The Bears

August 16, 2016, 7-9pm at at West Park Lanes, 1205 Wellington St. W. Come out to bowl a few frames with the Ours Ottawa Bears. STRIKE up a conversation, meet new friends and have a few laughs. There will be fun to SPARE. Everyone is welcome at West Park Lanes’ newly renovated space.
Ottawa Capital Pride 2016 is pleased to present
Youth Movie Night

August 17, 2016, 8-10pm, at SAW Gallery, 67 Nicholas St. Come for the movie, Mosquita y Mari (two young Chicanas in LA coming of age story), or just for the free popcorn and pop! Open to youth 25 and under. Afterwards, feel free to stick around for a thoughtful, friendly discussion about LGBTTQ+ representation in television and film. Doors at 7pm open to 25 and under.
Hard Cover Book Club:
Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity by Robert Beachy

August 18, 2016, 6:30pm, Centretown Community Health Centre, 420 Cooper St. Men gather monthly to discuss books. An examination of the ways in which the uninhibited urban sexuality, sexual experimentation, and medical advances of pre-Weimar Berlin created and molded our modern understanding of sexual orientation and gay identity. September 2016: Place Called Winter - Patrick Gale.
Comic fans and GayMers! Come geek out the first-ever
Capital Pride QueerCon

August 19, 2016, 11am - 8pm at Delta Hotel Ottawa City Centre, 101 Lyon St North. All-ages event showcasing queer artists, characters and stories in graphic novels, comics, games and more. Special guests and a full list of panels at website. Geek panels, comic creators. Show off your cosplay and visit queer-friendly exhibitors. $10 admission.
Sashay Presents
Ottawa Capital Pride Rainbow Party

August 19, 2016, 10:30pm at Barrymore’s, 323 Bank St. Friday night Pride Rainbow Party for 19+ with DJ/Producer DEKO-ZE + DJ Cozmic Cat (Tor) + drag performances by top Canadian Queen Sofonda Cox (Tor), Kiki Coe and Koko Shennel (Ottawa). Deko-ze, a staple at Canada’s largest festivals, has co-headlined the official closing party for Toronto Pride for the past nine years.
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.
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.
Performing arts creativity, sensuality, sexual freedom, & diversity
Ottawa Burlesque Festival

October 7-9, 2016. 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.
Ottawa Knights
Mr Leather Ottawa XXIV

October 23-25, 2016. 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.
Inside Out - The Ottawa LGBT Film Festival

November 11-13, 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.
Winter + Summer
Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest + Ottawa Jazz Fest

Early-February 2017. Also, in late June 2017, 12-day annual 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.
Domicile Main Stage + The Clocktower Brew Pub
Westfest 2017

Mid-June, 2017 (TBC) - 3 days across 10 city blocks in Westboro Village (closed to traffic for weekend). 13 Years Producing Canadian Talent! Music line-up at their website closer to the event:
Locations around town
Ottawa Fringe Festival

Mid-June, 2017, The 21st 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 over twelve days in the line-up, for a total of nearly 400 performances.
Annual Music Festival of French Ontario for over 40 years running
Festival franco-ontarien 2017

Mid-June, 2017 at Parc Major's Hill. The 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
The best in electronic dance music
Escapade Music Festival

Late June, 2017, annual music festival at the Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre, 4837 Albion Rd, Ottawa. Two days/ four stages. Past year headliners: 4B, Aly & Fila, Anthony Dunn, Bassjackers, Ben Gold, Borcore, Chris Lake, Claptone, Croatia Squad, Dash Berlin, Diplo, DVBBS, EDX, Fred McLovin, Frederic Sharp, Gareth Emery, Ghastly, Green Velvet + more. See website for 2017 lineup:
La fête de la nation
Canada Day in Ottawa

July 1, 2017, 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, 2017, LeBreton Flats, 10 days, 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.
2017 International
Ottawa Busker Festival

August 3-7, 2017, 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.