12 Great Family Fun Events

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Festival Franco-Ontarien

When:  June 13 through 15

Where: Major’s Hill Park, Ottawa

What: Bringing together thousands of French speakers – and lovers of the French language – to the heart of the National Capital Region, the Festival Franco-Ontarien welcomes and celebrates summer with live music, street art, food, and kids’ programming, including Ari Cui Cui and les Petites tounes dans I’univers, inflatables, and Kromatik’s face painting.

Website: ffo.ca


Zumba on the Hill 2019

When: Sundays through September 22, 4 to 5:15 p.m.

Where: Parliament Hill

What: All are welcome at Zumba on the Hill! It’s a fun, welcoming, cardiovascular activity that can range from low to high impact. Take the class at your own pace and remember your water bottles! The event may be cancelled due to bad weather or other unforeseeable circumstances. Check the Facebook page to monitor for changes or cancellations.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/ZumbaontheHill/


Peace on Parliament – Meditation Mondays

When: Mondays from June through August, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.

Where: Parliament Hill

What: A free meditation gathering by The Peace Room to help spread peace, love and good vibrations, this event features a new teacher every week to guide you towards inner peace.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/694840434251374/

Ottawa Welcome Horse Show

When: June 19 through 23

Where: Wesley Clover Parks, 401 Corkstown Rd.

What: Does your little one love horses? Spectators are welcome free of charge at the Ottawa Welcome Horse Show, followed by two weeks of back-to-back FEI competition in July at the CSI2* Ottawa International I and CSI3* Ottawa International II.

Website: https://wesleycloverparks.com/events/ottawa-welcome-horse-show/


Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival

When: June 20 through 23

Where: Vincent Massey Park

What: June 21 marks a significant time when Indigenous people across Canada traditionally gather and celebrate Summer Solstice, now officially declared National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD). NIPD events in the National Capital Region have created an opportunity for all residents to celebrate the culture and contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is a family-oriented multi-disciplinary arts festival that attracts over 40,000 visitors a year. Features include headliners and workshop leaders from the Métis; Inuit and First Nations communities; a live concert; education days for registered schools; international competition Pow Wow; Indigenous long table dinners; culinary pavilion and cooking demonstrations; fashion, food and artisan marketplace; cultural pavilions; family-friendly main stage entertainment; a fun zone; an Indigenous talent competition and more.

Website: www.ottawasummersolstice.ca


Kids’ Run for Nature

When: June 22, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Where: Richmond Fairgrounds, 6121 Perth St., Richmond

What: World Wildlife Fund Canada’s Kids’ Run For Nature is a 1 km and 3 km fun run driven by kids and families who are taking action for nature. Funds raised at the Kids’ Run for Nature supports the conservation of wild species and their habitats across Canada, while getting kids and their families active in local natural communities. All runners will receive a WWF headband, runner bib and participant ribbon.

Website: https://www.kidsrunfornature.ca/


Canada Day Road Races presented by Bushtukah

When: July 1, 8 to 11 a.m.

Where: Earl of March Secondary School, Kanata       

What: As a part of the Canada Day in Kanata festivities, the 33nd edition of the Canada Day Road Races will be held in support of the Kanata Food Cupboard. The day features a run for everyone, including a 10K, 5K, 1K Kids Run (ages 6-12) and a 100m Tot Trot for kids five and under. All runners receive commemorative shirts, medals and post-race snacks.

Website: www.runottawa.ca


Summertime Yoga in the Parkdale Market Park

When: Saturday mornings in July and August, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Where: Parkdale Market, Parkdale Park, 223 Armstrong St.

What: Free yoga classes with PranaShanti teachers. All ages and levels are welcome. Bring your yoga mat or beach towel and get ready to practice outdoors, rain or shine. The park is located behind the Parkdale Market vendors. There is street parking available.

Website: https://bit.ly/2UTM5kB


20-Minute Challenge

When: July 10

Where: All Running Room locations

What: Are you a runner, or do you aspire to be? Grab the entire family and head out to your local Running Room for the free (registration is required, but there is no cost) annual 20-Minute Challenge, where people of all ages and their families can come out on the day to walk or run for 20 minutes, receive a free 20-Minute Challenge hat, and have fun.

Website: https://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=15735

Ottawa Kombucha Festival

When: July 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park

What: The 2nd annual Kombucha Festival features samples from different kombucha companies, homemade kombucha workshops, fermentation seminars, music, healthy food and more. Over 2,000 people attended last year.

Website: https://bit.ly/2UNCefT


Capital Fair

When: August 16 through 25

Where: Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre, 4837 Albion Rd.

What: Since 1975, the Capital Fair has been synonymous with summer for many people. 2019 attractions include the National Capital Highland Games, the Xtreme Cowboy Show, daily live stage entertainment, dog shows, and a new addition to the midway – the Super Cyclone! Other entertainment includes talent shows, and agricultural pavilion and more. There’s something for kids of all ages.

Website: http://www.capitalfair.ca


Westboro FUSE Street Festival

When:  August 17, 18

Where: Westboro Village, from Roosevelt to McRae

What: Westboro Village is hosting a block party on Richmond Road. The event features live music and entertainment all day and night, activities for all ages, fun, food and fashion all packed in a 1 km stretch of closed street.

Website: https://westborovillage.com/westborofuse/