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17 Things We Love About Ottawa in May and June

1) "i think i can" plays at the NAC.

1) National Arts Centre performances like the tap/hip-hop show i think i can

2) The colourful costumes and dancing at Carivibe

3) Access to an abundance of farmers’ markets come spring

4) Bon Appetit, a top-notch food and wine show that benefits local charities

5) The Trial of Louis Riel, a historical re-enactment play

6) Hosting fantastical shows like Cirque du Soleil: Quidam

7) Rideau Valley Roller Girls play May 28 and June 25. Photo credit: Helen Kriemadis.

7) The rock’em, sock’em attitude of the Rideau Valley Roller Girls

8) Being at the epicentre of Canadian politics

9) Enjoying art outdoors at The New Art Festival

10) Lobster poutine, on the menu at the GNAG Lobster Kitchen Party

11) The oh-so-good International Chicken-Rib Cook-Off

12) Festival season. Enough said.

13) "5 Easy Steps" is part of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Photo credit: Scott Munn.

13) The great Canadian talent in the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, which takes place in Ottawa this June

14) The Canada Science and Technology Museum’s annual event “What Museums Do Behind the Scenes”

15) Restaurants with great patios

16) The cheekily named Ottawa Fat Cats baseball team

17) Guided tours that highlight different sides of Ottawa

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