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Ottawa Tourism
Information for residents and visitors during COVID-19

Visit their page about Ottawa’s tourism community for more information on how businesses are adapting and helping our community during this challenging time.
Ongoing monthly and special events
Ours Ottawa Bears Coffee + Gaymer Night - On Hold

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:
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

Friday & 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.
Safe social space for LGBTQIA+ people to share passion
Geek Out! Weekend Meetups - On Hold

First & Third weekends, 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 dates: TBA.
Performances range from spoken word to Indigenous Hoop dance, music, and more
Ottawa Fringe Festival - Fringe At Home

June 25 - July 4, 2020. A series of free digital events by  Capital Pride, Ottawa Storytellers, Ottawa School of Theatre, TACTICS. The 24th annual celebration of the arts, Ottawa's largest theater festival; local, national and international artists showcase their original works. FB
La fête de la nation
Canada Day in Ottawa - Most events on hold

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.
Broadway musical - music & lyrics by Cyndi Lauper; book by Harvey Fierstein
OSPN Movie Monday: Kinky Boots

July 6, 2020, 6:30pm online at Kast special screenings each Monday evening. The story of Charlie Price. Having inherited a shoe factory from his father, Charlie forms an unlikely partnership with cabaret performer and drag queen Lola to produce a line of high-heeled boots and save the business. In the process, Charlie and Lola discover that they are not so different after all.
With ‘The Lesbian and Feminist Movements’ from the Village Legacy Project
OSPN Movie Monday: Lesbiana

July 13, 2020, 7pm online at Kast special screenings each Monday evening. The history of the lesbian community in Ottawa begins well before the modern queer liberation and feminist movements that started in the early seventies. Feminists tended to gather at the Ottawa Women’s Centre. Other lesbians preferred to work with gay men at Gays of Ottawa.
Celebrating Indigenous Arts In Algonquin Territory
Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival

August 5-9, 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.
Celebrating 35 years together!
Capital Pride 2020 La Fierté dans la Capitale - Virtual Events

August 21-30, 2020. A virtual week of LGBT celebrations will feature both local and international talent. Festival favourites such as the official Flag Raising, Speaker Series, Capital Pride Pageant and the Parade, which will be delivered in new and innovative ways. See the full schedule: FB
Hot Air Balloon Festival
Festival de montgolfières de Gatineau

September 3-7, 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. Social distacing measures in place.
North America's largest animation event!
The Ottawa International Animation Festival

September 23 - October 4, 2020. 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.
Annual Music Festival of French Ontario for over 40 years running
Festival franco-ontarien 2020 - New dates

September 24-26, 2020 at Parc Major's Hill. The annual three-day weekend festival of music of Francophone Ontario. Postponed from June. Get a taste with video clips on their website:
Inside Out - The Ottawa LGBT Film Festival - Cancelled

Late October, 2020 Usually a 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.
Summer + Winter events
Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest + Ottawa Jazz Fest

Late January, 2021 (TBC). 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.
Presented by Kunstadt Sports
Snow Pride | Fierté des neiges

February, 2021 (TBC) at Mont Ste Marie Ski, 76 chemin de la montagne, Lac Sainte-Marie, Quebec. Annual LGBTQ2 pride festival at host mountain Mont Ste Marie Ski, Quebec - just an hour from downtown Ottawa/Gatineau, and under three hours from Montreal. An Outaouais mountain setting for an action-packed weekend! See the program at:
An urban winter celebration in Canada's Capital Region
Winterlude | Bal de Neige Ottawa-Gatineau 2021

February 5-21, 2021. Winter pleasures such as tube sliding, skating on the Rideau Canal skateway, and admiring snow and ice sculptures share the spotlight with a cultural and culinary program. For complete information, see the website, the Capital information kiosk at 90 Wellington St, or kiosk at Snowflake Kingdom, Jacques-Cartier Park.
Ottawa Bluesfest

July 8-18, 2021, 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, 2021, (TBC) four days 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. FB
International Gay Rugby (IGR) - The Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament
Bingham Cup 2022

August, 2022. The biennial world championships of gay and inclusive rugby hosted by the Ottawa Wolves in Ottawa in 2022 (postponed from 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.