Theater, music and street festivals are coming to Ottawa this weekend

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The festival season is in full swing and this weekend is the Fringe Festival, the Franco-Ontarian Festival, Glowfair, Italian Week, Carivibe and Montebello Rockfest.

Margin Festival

Ottawa’s largest theater festival took to the stage Thursday at 2 Daly Avenue. The event will feature over 50 live shows over the weekend and will also feature a beer tent and 10-day family programs.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $ 12, cash only.

Living room of lights

The popular, immersive and one-of-a-kind festival of art, music and light is back.

Glowfair hits 10 blocks from downtown Bank Street Thursday through Saturday.

On Friday night, Glow Yoga hits the pavement. Closer to midnight, live bands and three DJs will perform on two top 40 musical stages, Flashbacks and Hip Hop. Tickets are $ 4.

Tickets for Glowfair’s popular Glow Yoga event are already sold out. (Glow Fair / Facebook)

Carivibe Caribbean Carnival Ottawa

Ottawa’s biggest Caribbean festival kicks off this weekend. The annual opening night, J’Ouvert On The Beach, takes place Friday afternoon on Petrie Island from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Then, on Saturday, the free Carivibe Grand Street parade will begin parade at 12 p.m. along Wellington, Elgin and Laurier streets, before concluding at City Hall. After the parade, the party resumes on Petrie Island from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Throughout the weekend there will be neighborhood, club and beach parties, soccer and volleyball matches. Sunday is back to Petrie Island for the closing night Au Revoir / Endless Shades Of Summer from 1 p.m.

A woman celebrates Carivibe in Ottawa in 2017. (Submitted)

Franco-Ontarian Festival

The Franco-Ontarian Festival takes place from Thursday to Saturday at Major’s Hill Park. The event brings together thousands of people from the French community to celebrate live music, theater, street art and gastronomy.

On Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., families can enjoy shows for children, face painting, inflatable games and mini-workshops.

Thousands of people are expected for the annual Franco-Ontarian festival this weekend at Major’s Hill Park. (FRANCO ONTARIAN FESTIVAL / Facebook)

Montebello rock festival

The 13th edition of Montebello Rockfest arrives on stage. The event takes place in Montebello, Quebec, approximately one hour from Ottawa.

It will feature lineup from over 70 bands from around the world, including Atreyu, Lamb of God, Jimmy Eat World, Dropkick Murphys, Raised Fist and Misconduct.

Italian week

It’s the weekend of the Italian Week’s Grand Final on Preston Street.

Highlights include:

  • Ferrari car display.
  • Parade of Italian cars.
  • Bike race.
  • Live music.
  • Children’s area.
  • Art demonstrations.
  • Opera and plays.

You can also laugh all weekend long at the Angelo Tsarouchas Comedy Night at Yuk Yuks Ottawa on Elgin Street. Tickets cost $ 20 and the comedian has shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


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