Summer is often filled with outdoor parties, warm weather, and no school. Unfortunately, the arrival of summer can bring stress for many parents as they search for ways to keep their children happy, healthy, engaged, and safe without breaking the bank.
Listed below are a few simple – and inexpensive – summer activities that you and your children can do together this summer.
Go berry picking.
- Many berries come into season in the summer. Take your children to your local berry farm to pick your own delicious strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Here’s a list of 17 berry farms around Ottawa.
Make homemade frozen treats.
- Cooking together is a great way to create memories that will last a lifetime and to instill healthy habits in your children. After picking all the berries, check out this Pinterest board for loads of recipes.
Take a hike.
- Enjoy the summer weather and your local scenery, and get some exercise by taking a family hike at your nearest hiking trail. The National Capital Region has some beautiful trails and Gatineau Park has over 15km of trails.
Catch a show at the NAC.
- This summer, the NAC is offering free family programming daily at 11am. Perfect indoor activity for the rainy days we continue to enjoy.
Watch a movie outside.
- There are a number of free outdoor movies around the city for you and your kids to enjoy under the stars. Here’s a list of outdoor movies until August 26.
Visit one of the many Ottawa Valley fairs.
- July 14 to 16: Almonte Fair
- July 21 to 23: Avonmore Fair
- July 27 to 30: Delta Fair
- July 28 to 30: Beachburg Fair
- August 10 to 13: Navan Fair
- August 17 to 20: South Mountain Fair
- August 17 to 20: Vankleek Hill Fair
- August 18 to 27: The Capital Fair
- August 18 to 27: Arnprior Fair
- August 25 to 27: Chesterville Fair
- September 1 to 4: Perth Fair
- September 6 to 10: Renfrew Fair
- September 7 to 10: Spencerville Fair
- September 7 to 10: Russell Fair
- September 14 to 17: Richmond Fair
- September 21 to 24: Carp Fair
- September 28 to October 1: Metcalfe Fair
Or one of the MANY Ottawa Valley festivals.
- July 4 to 17: Music and Beyond
- July 6 to 16: Ottawa Bluesfest
- July 7 to 9: Osgoode Medieval Festival
- July 7 to 9: Almonte Celtfest
- July 7 to August 25: Changing of the Guard Ceremony
- July 11 to September 16: Northern Lights: Sound and Light Show
- July 15: HOPE Volleyball SummerFest
- July 19 to 23: Ottawa Lebanese Festival
- July 20 to 22: Fortissimo
- July 21 to 23: Capital Ukranian Festival
- July 22 to August 4: Ottawa Chamberfest
- July 28 to 30: Chinatown Night Market
- August 3 to 7: Ottawa International Buskerfest
- August 3 to 7: Capital Ribfest
- August 5 to 19: Casino du Lac-Leamy’s Sound of Light
- August 7: Colonel By Day
- August 9 to 13: Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival
- August 10 to 20: Ottawa Greek Festival
- August 11 to 20: TD SouthAsianFest
- August 12 to 13: JAMDAY
- August 21 to 27: Ottawa Capital Pride
- August 24 to 27: House of Paint Festival
- August 25 to 27: Indonesian Festival
- August 26: Lumière Festival
- August 26: Capital Vélo Fest
- August 31 to September 4: Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
- September 3: Latin American Parade and Festival
- September 8 to 10: Ta Da! Festival
- September 13 to 17: CityFolk
- September 20 to 24: Ottawa International Animation Festival
- September 23 to October 31: FrightFest Canada
- September 28: One World Film Festival
- September 28 to 30: Oktoberfest Ottawa
It’s a special year in Canada.
There are so many added events in Ottawa this year thanks to Canada 150! Here is a list of some of the summer events you can enjoy with your family!
- Now until September 4: Inspiration Village
- Now until October 15: MOSAÏCANADA 150
- July 9: Habitat Greater Ottawa Block Party
- July 16 to September 14: Kontinuum
- July 22 to 26: Whitewater Canoe Kayak Canada Championships
- July 25: Ottawa Champions: All-Star Game
- July 27 to 30: La Machine
- August 3 to 27: Cirque du Soleil: Volta
- August 5 to 6: Performing Arts on the Rocks
- August 21: YOWttawa
- August 21 to 27: Canadian Pacific Women’s Open
- September 9: Oyster Garden
- September 10: The World’s Largest Scavenger Hunt
- September 17: Canada Country Fall Harvest
Experience the amazing museums in the National Capital Region.
- Canadian Museum of History
- Canadian Museum of Nature
- National Gallery of Canada
- Canadian War Museum
- Canadian Aviation and Space Museum
- Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
- The Bank of Canada Museum
- Library and Archives Canada
- Bytown Museum
- Billings Estate Museum
- Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
- Goulbourn Museum
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Let the good times roll!