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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:
Let’s dance the night away
BEY BEY at Babylon

First Saturday each month sweaty fun All Beyoncé Dance Party with "the dance floor anthems every good party requires!" With DJs Jimmy C + Max Zims. Next 2017 dates: Mar 4; Apr 1; May 6; Jun 3.
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

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.
Ottawa's hottest gay monthly is back boyz!
THROB Ottawa Underground Events

May 19, 2017, 11pm-2:30am, at Kavali Nightclub, 34 Clarence St. Friday night THROB with DJ Ashley Gauthier + Special Guest Gogo Boyz; guest Turpine. "Shirtless men, dark sexy beats, and a lineup featuring some of the best DJs in the region..."
The Queer Mafia presents
Offbeat - Strictly Dance

May 20, 2017, 11pm-2am at Babylon Nightclub. ELECTRONIC. DANCE. MUSIC. On the decks: DJ Kitty Funk. 19+ event. $5 before midnight, $7 afterwards. Full proceeds to the Ottawa Wolves Rugby Football Club.
Domicile Main Stage + The Clocktower Brew Pub
Westfest 2017

June 2-4, 2017 - 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

June 8-18, 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

June 15-17, 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
Summer + Winter
Ottawa Jazz Fest + Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest

June 22 - July 2, 2017, 11-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. Also 4 days in February, 2018.
The best in electronic dance music
Escapade Music Festival

June 24-25, 2017, annual music festival at 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 6-16, 2017, LeBreton Flats, 10 days, 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.
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.
Celebrating Indigenous Arts In Algonquin Territory
Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival

August 9-13, 2017. Past year included: Indigenous Walking Tour + Round Dance and Fire Song films at Victoria Island; Two films + Canadian and international  shorts at the Museum of Nature. Our “Own” Images: 30 Years of Maori Fiction Film - shorts at G101 & SAW. Three films and documentary shorts at SAW.
Celebrating 32 years together!
Capital Pride 2017 La Fierté dans la Capitale

August 21 -27, 2017. LGBT celebrations, dances, exhibits, screenings, sports events, parties: Mr & Mrs Capital Pride Pageant 2017; 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 31 - September 4, 2017, 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 20-24, 2017, Annual presentation of the world’s most cutting-edge, quirky and important animation. For 41 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 6-8, 2017 (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.
Ottawa Knights
Mr Leather Ottawa XXV

Late October, 2017. 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 10-12, 2017 (TBC) 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.