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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.
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.
Ottawa Underground Events

Periodic dates at various venues. 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.
Théâtre français du CNA and National Arts Centre / Centre national des Arts

May 29-31 + June 1, 2019, 7:30pm. Rien n’est plus important que de vivre dans sa vérité. The initiatory journey of a vile and ungrateful puppet towards humanity. A tale of wonderous bestiary, presenting the real as raw truth in all its disturbing strangeness. An exceptional theatrical piece as only Joël Pommerat knows how.
Based on the Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture
Priscilla Queen of the Desert - the Musical

May 31 - June 9, 2019. The heartwarming, dazzling adventures of Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to develop a show together and take it to the middle of the Australian outback aboard a battered old bus they name "Priscillad". The three embark on unknown roads and end up finding everything they need.
First & Third weekend safe social space for LGBTQIA+ people to share passion
Geek Out! Ottawa

June 1 + 15, 2019, 4pm-5:30pm at The Blurry Pixel. Lets Geek Out! Join us, 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: July 6th. See website:
Annual Music Festival of French Ontario for over 40 years running
Festival franco-ontarien 2019

June 13-15, 2019 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.
Celebrating Peace and Love with a Hippy themed party! Hosted by LUX VELVET
Peace & Love Dance Party

July 13, 2019, 10pm-2am. Dance Party with Dubstep/ House DJ Duo LEFTYZ + sets by Ahwolz, Humpy, Harmo and Ragnar for back 2 back mixes. Dance, drink and party with amazing mixes by local talent and meet like-minded young people from all across Ottawa. Bring out your festival outfits, peace signs and bell-bottoms for this Groovy dance party. Event open to everyone 19+.
Locations around town
Ottawa Fringe Festival

June 13-23, 2019. The 23rd 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.
Summer + Winter events
Ottawa Jazz Fest + Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest

June 21-July 1, 2019, 11-day annual summer festival at various venues. Among the National Capital Region’s most highly anticipated musical events of the year, bringing jazz to downtown Ottawa, trailblazing dynamic programming and innovations w/ the finest musicians from across Canada and around the world; all genres and inspirations of Jazz. Early February, 2020 3-day WinterFest.
100% food, local food...
Manotick Farmers' Market

June 22 through October 5, 2019 (TBC), 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.
Hosted by Ottawa Wolves RFC
Lip Sync For Your Balls - Part Deux

June 29, 2019, 10:30pm-2am. Queens of Gay Ottawa Volleyball seek revenge against the Ottawa Wolves after Queen Priscilla's GLORIOUS triumph over her GOV competitors at the first edition of Lip Sync For Your Balls. Dance and support the Ottawa Wolves and Gay Ottawa Volleyball players as they go head to head in DRAG and lip sync for their (sports) balls! On deck: DJ Kitty Funk!
La fête de la nation
Canada Day in Ottawa

July 1, 2019, 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 4-14, 2019, 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.
2019 International
Ottawa Busker Festival

August 1-5, 2019, 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 7-11, 2019. 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 34 years together!
Capital Pride 2019 La Fierté dans la Capitale

August 18-25, 2019. 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:
International Gay Rugby (IGR) - The Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament
Bingham Cup 2010

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.
Hot Air Balloon Festival
Festival de montgolfières de Gatineau

August 29 - September 2, 2019, 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

September, 2019. 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.
Inside Out - The Ottawa LGBT Film Festival

Early November, 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.
An amazing weekend of fun, fur and frolic
Mr. Ottawa Bear Weekend

Late January, 2020. Past year included: FRI 9-11pm Meet the Meat - get to know the competitors at T’s Pub. SAT 1-3pm Bears on Ice - Rideau Canal Skating + 2-5pm Board Games at The Loft + 6-10pm The Mr Ottawa Bear Competition at Arts Court + 10:30pm Celebrate MOB at T’s Pub + 10:30pm After Party at Club Ottawa Baths. SUN 10:45am Survivor’s Brunch at Tuckers Marketplace.