Free Things To Do In Ottawa This August

Events, festivals, and activities in the city!

We’re halfway into summer, so make sure this coming month you make the most of the last few weeks of warm weather. This August there are tons of amazing free things to do in Ottawa! There’s something for everyone, including concerts, a glowing lantern festival, and movies under the stars.

To help you have the best summer, here are some free things you can do in Ottawa this August:

Capital Pop-Up Cinema

Price: Free

When: August 8, 10, 15, 16, 17, 23, 24

Address: Various locations in Ottawa 

Why you need to go: Watch a movie under the stars this August. Some of the movies playing at the Capital Pop-Up Cinema are The Princess BrideWho Framed Roger Rabbit, and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures.

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Yoga At Parliament Hill

Price: Free

When: Every Wednesday in August from noon to 1 p.m.

Address: Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington St, Ottawa

Why you need to go: Enjoy the sunshine at lunch, with a free yoga class.

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Changing Of The Guard Ceremony

Price: Free

When: Daily until August 24, starting at 9:45 a.m.

Address: Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington St, Ottawa

Why you need to go: The iconic Changing Of The Guard Ceremony so impressive to watch.

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Sound And Light Show

Price: Free

When: Daily at 9:30 p.m.

Address: Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington St, Ottawa

Why you need to go: Watch a dazzling light show projected on the Parliament Buildings!

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Buskerfest

Price: Free

When: August 2 to 5

Address: Sparks St, Ottawa

Why you need to go: There will be all sorts of amazing buskers doing circus performances, magic, and more on the streets.

Westboro Fuse Street Festival

Price: Free

When: August 17 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and August 18 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Address: Richmond Road, Ottawa

Why you need to go: This free summer block party will have live music, plenty of vendors, and street entertainers.

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Capital Pride Festival

Price: Free (most events)

When: August 18 to 25

Address: Various locations

Why you need to go: There will be non-stop fun events happening, like a block party, a picnic, and the pride parade!

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Lumière Festival

Price: Free

When: August 24 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Address: Stanley Park, Ottawa

Why you need to go: At this magical festival, the park is illuminated with glowing lanterns everywhere!

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TD South Asian Festival

Price: Free

When: August 9 to 18

Address: Various locations

Why you need to go: The 10-day festival has tons to see and do. There will be music and dance performances, a cricket game, food for sale, and more!

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