Festival season in Ottawa is for every season!

Fall is almost over, and we've already busted out the heavy boots and snow pants. If you're like me, you associate the winter months with more indoor activities or maybe some skiing, sledding and snowshoeing. I save my festival-going for days when I can wear flip flops and cute capris!

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But just because the summer is over doesn’t mean that festivals and events are done here in Ottawa.

When I caught up with the coordinator for Ottawa Festivals, I was so surprised at the number of family-friendly events still going on in the city over these next few months. Ottawa Festivals is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating an effective networking environment for festivals, special events and fairs in the National Capital Region. Their members host events for all interests and age groups - not limited to just Bluesfest and CityFolk!

How amazing is it that we have access to all these fun activities, even with the snow piled up outside? I know it certainly helps the winter blues to get out and enjoy myself.

Here's just a few of the amazing events coming up soon:

New Year's Eve Hogman-Eh!

The Scottish Society hosts this family-friendly New Year's Eve party at the Aberdeen Pavilion. The best news? It's FREE!! Live music, a kids' zone, vendors, food and a 7 p.m. ringing in of the New Year so you can get the younger kiddies home to bed. Doors open at 5 p.m., and you can find out more on the website.

Fancy New Year's Eve Charity Ball

If you found a babysitter (hey, can I get their number??) and want to do an adult-friendly event, then the charity ball is for you. Tuxedos, floor-length gowns, charity casino, dancing and so much more! Find out more here, and grab your tickets (prices range from $169-$244 per ticket)

Christmas Lights Across Canada


Check out Canada Heritage's launch of CLAC on December 7th at 7 p.m. - a lightscapes multimedia show, free hot chocolate and beaver tails and live performances! If you miss the launch, you can still catch the lightscapes show running on loop every evening from December 7th - January 7th.


Even if you aren't a winter fan, it's a MUST to head down to the canal during Winterlude and go for a skate. OK fine, maybe just eat a beavertail? (here are some of our tips for checking out the festival!)

HOPE Volleyball Winterfest

If you think HOPE Volleyball is just for summer, think again! HOPE Winterfest takes place on March 10th, 2018 at Le Dome (Louis Riel.) Register now!!

What are you favourite local Ottawa festivals and events?

***Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by Ottawa Festivals, and you will be hearing more about great events in the coming months. All opinions are our own.