Friday, August 10
National Capital Craft Beer Week showcases the best craft-brewed beer in the Ottawa region — and there’s plenty of it. Tons of events are happening throughout the week (including the festival on August 17 and 18), but don’t miss the kickoff party at D’Arcy McGee’s on August 10.
Experience the food, arts and culture of South Asia at the fourth annual South Asian Festival in Confederation Park. Enjoy entertainment including Bollywood dancers, henna artists, and laughter yoga, plus traditional artifacts, silks, and more. Bonus: it’s free!
Sip some fine wine and help a charity at the Watson’s Mill Wine Tasting event. Taste a wide variety of wines from over a dozen Ontario wineries, enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Manotick’s Sucré Salé, and dance to live music from the Swing Bridge Band. 19+ event.
Saturday, August 11
The three-day Ottawa African Festival in Queen Juliana Park gives Ottawa the opportunity to share in the beauty of Caribbean and African cultures. There will be live performances, traditional food, fashion shows, art displays, and even storytelling for the kids. Saturday night will feature the international techno-soukous star, Awilo Longomba. Friday to Sunday.
The Ice Cream Festival is back at the Canada Agriculture Museum. Come out to practice your milking technique on the museum’s wooden cow, get the scoop on dairying technology, enjoy ice cream making, a kids’ dance class, a puppet show, story time, and even yoga.
Come out for the Foods of the ByWard Market tour, a walking tour that starts at the Metropolitain Brasserie and ends at Murray Street Charcuterie, stopping throughout the historic market for food tastings, chatting with chefs, food sourcing tips, and discussions with fellow foodies. Tours run Thursdays and Saturdays; visit the website to confirm.
Sunday, August 12
Puppets Up! International Puppet Festival is back to celebrate it’s eighth season. Ten professional puppet troupes perform in family-friendly tents, and with the theme “It’s Magic!”, expect plenty of surprises and mysterious goings-on in the streets of Almonte – not to mention the daily parade of puppets! Saturday and Sunday.
The charming town of Carp hosts its annual Garlic Festival, an event that offers plenty for lovers of the pungent bulb. Between the garlic braids and decorations, garlic concoctions, demonstrations, cooking and tasting, you might want to pack a breath mint (or five).
Take advantage of Ottawa’s best seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and more at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market in Brewer Park. Sundays, until October 28.