Ottawa 2017 events for July

The Ottawa 2017 Bureau, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, is pleased to provide details for events in July to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital.


Here’s what is planned:



July 7 to 22 (Tickets)

Ottawa City Hall

Heighten your senses at Sky Lounge, an exclusive culinary flight of fancy that will take you 150 feet in the air to discover Ottawa’s fine dining like never before. Treat yourself to Andaz Feast+Revel’s Chef Stephen La Salle and his team’s appetizing creations — while enjoying a spectacular view of the nation’s capital.

An Ottawa 2017 Signature Event.



Horticulture Building at Lansdowne

Embassies, high commissions and international partners will highlight their culture with a series of world-class events at Lansdowne Park.

July 7 Rwanda

July 9 Taipei

July 14 Tanzania

July 15-19 Egypt

July 23 Uruguay

July 28 Thailand

July 29 Lithuania

An Ottawa 2017 Signature Event.



Saturday, July 15

First Tour: 11:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (Bilingual) SOLD OUT

Second Tour: 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (English only) SOLD OUT

Calling lovers of wine, literature, and local foods! This tour will take participants to three different vineyards located within Ottawa: Vignoble Clos du Vully, Domaine Perrault and Jabulani.


At each winery visitors will learn about the different ways the harvest is grown, selected and blended. Participants will also learn about the fermentation process that turns your everyday grape into something truly divine.


Chosen authors will read from their works against the backdrop of these charming wineries as guests savour the local terroir. Wine tasting will be accompanied by local food products.

Santé! Cheers!


Part of Agri 150. Presented in collaboration with Just Food.



July 16 to September 14 (Free tickets)

300 Sparks St.

Created and produced by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Moment Factory, this impressive world-first underground multimedia production, powered by Bell, will take place in the Lyon Station of the yet to be opened Light Rail Transit (LRT) system.

The story premise for Kontinuum: An Underground Journey Through Time is that a crevice in the fabric of reality was discovered during excavation of the LRT tunnel. Since this discovery, inexplicable electromagnetic waves have been appearing in and around the tunnel, captivating the imagination of passersby. It is an immersive, dynamic and moving experience, using the full 500-metre length of the station, where participants will be exposed to the hidden frequencies of the material world.

An Ottawa 2017 Signature Event.



July 16, 1 pm-3 pm National Arts Centre

Award winning Propeller Dance Company celebrates dance and humanity in bold new ways that contribute to changing society’s perceptions of performance, dance and diverse expressions. Propeller Dance’s integrated approach and contemporary style makes for an exciting line-up that combines dance, creativity and inclusion for people with and without disability (rather, people of all abilities). Projects range from professional dance-theatre productions, to participatory events for the whole family.

“Inclusive Propeller Dance Party”. Families and people of all ages and abilities are invited to create and dance at Ottawa’s first-ever public dance event! An artistic collaboration between Propeller and composer musician Jesse Stewart.

Part of the Arts, Culture & Heritage Program. Presented in collaboration with Propeller Dance.


LA MACHINE (Free) – Great Family Event!

July 27 to 30

Downtown Ottawa, various locations

Making its debut in North America, La Machine will captivate audiences with its travelling urban theatre in the streets of downtown Ottawa. Roaming and resting in public spaces, the protagonists – a giant spider and dragon – will invade the heart of the capital in a show entitled “The Spirit of the Dragon-Horse, With Stolen Wings”.

An Ottawa 2017 Signature Event.



Daily, noon – 8 pm, until September 4

ByWard Market

This artistic installation of 41 sea containers is an ephemeral entertainment locale featuring free special exhibits, demonstrations, inspirational guest speakers and performances showcasing Canadian culture and Canada’s provinces and territories.

An Ottawa 2017 Signature Event. The list of activities and daily performances on the main stage are available online.



Ongoing until September 4 Canadian Museum of Nature (east lawn)

Through beauty of the ceramic arts, the three main cultures present at the time of Confederation are recognized with a spectacular installation of thousands of individually crafted ceramic sculptures: roses to represent the British, fleurs de lis to represent the French, and feathers to represent Canada’s Indigenous peoples. Visitors are invited to walk through the installation’s meandering paths, share photographs and become immersed in a powerful visual experience.

Part of the Arts, Culture & Heritage Program. Presented in collaboration with the Ottawa Guild of Potters and the Canadian Museum of Nature.



Ongoing until December 31

Twelve locations

Appreciate Ottawa’s rich and diverse history through original artwork, archival and original photos and colourful stories in unique mini-kiosks at key intersections and corners throughout the city telling stories relating to the local community. These will form “destination” points, enhancing the attraction of the immediate vicinity, drawing attention to its historical and cultural significance, and bringing value to local and national history we will be celebrating in 2017.

Part of the Arts, Culture & Heritage Program. Presented in collaboration with the Workers’ History Museum.



Celebrate everything that is great about our country through these local celebrations.

July 5 • Diverse Seniors Canada Day Picnic

July 5 • It Takes a Village – Celebrating Community

July 8 • An International Taste of Canada – Cultural Food Celebration

July 8 • Canada Day in Stittsville

July 9 • Habitat Greater Ottawa Neighbourhood Block Party

Part of the Civic Events Funding Program. Presented in collaboration with the City of Ottawa.



Complete schedule online at, including recurring festivals and museum exhibits with enhanced programming for Canada’s 150th anniversary.


Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.


Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario ( #ontario150) and the Government of Canada ( #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.