Music Festivals

Note: Due to COVID19, many of these are closed. However, when things resume…

Ottawa has an incredible array of music festivals around the clock.  Here’s the Central Website for Ottawa Festivals



  • What: a large street party, art, cultural and music festival
  • Where: Laroche Park, 52 Bayview Rd, Ottawa
  • When: first weekend of June
  • Cost:  free

GlowFair Festival

  • What: Giant block party (10 blocks!) with DJs and live bands, artwork, and all in the dark with glow sticks, lights and fluroescence
  • Where: Bank street in the Glebe, Ottawa
  • When: 3rd weekend in June
  • Cost: free

Festival Franco-Ontarien

  • Quoi : musique francophone;
  • Quand :3fin de semaine du mois de juin;
  • Où : Major Hill’s Park, Ottawa;
  • Coût :
    • Adultes : 20$;
    • Enfants : gratuit.

Ottawa International Jazz Festival

  • What: Music festival (jazz, blues)
  • When: last 2 weeks of June
  • Where: downtown Ottawa both indoors and outdoors
  • Cost:
    • Single tickets: $20-65/show depending on event
    • Festival pass: $200-325 depending on number of venus; youth $90 all access

Escapade Music Festival

  • What: Electronic music festival
  • Where: Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre, 4837 Albion Road
  • When: last week of June
  • Cost: 2-day pass $149


Ottawa Blues Fest

  • What: Music festival (pop, rock, alternative, and more)
  • When: first 2 weeks in July
  • Where:  Lebreton flats, Ottawa
  • Cost:
    • 2 week pass: 240$;
    • Nightly pass: 40-60$.


Arboretum Music Festival

  • What: Independent music festival
  • When: 3rd week of August
  • Where: outdoors historic sites throughout the city
  • Cost: Daily pass $25, full festival pass $60


City Folk Fest

  • What: Music festival (mostly indie, folk, alternative);
  • When: 3rd week/weekend in September;
  • Where: Landsdowne Park, Ottawa;
  • Cost:
    • Day pass $56
    • Multi-day: 2-day pass $90, 3-day pass $99, Full pass $129