Theatre, music and street festivals hit Ottawa this weekend

Festival season is full steam ahead and this weekend brings Fringe Festival, Franco-Ontarien, Glowfair, Italian Week, Carivibe and Montebello Rockfest.

Lots to see and do in Ottawa this weekend

Festival season is full steam ahead and this weekend brings Fringe Festival, Franco-Ontarien Festival, Glowfair, Italian Week, Carivibe and Montebello Rockfest.

Fringe festival

Ottawa's largest theatre festival took to the stage Thursday at 2 Daly Ave. The event will showcase more than 50 live shows over the weekend and will also feature a beer tent and family programs over 10 days.

You can pick up tickets at the door for $12, cash only. 


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

Glowfair hits 10 blocks of downtown Bank St. from Thursday to Saturday.

On Friday evening, Glow Yoga hits the pavement. Closer to midnight live bands and three DJs will take to two music stages spinning top 40, throwbacks and hip hop. Tickets are $4.

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

Carivibe Ottawa Caribbean Carnival

Ottawa's largest Caribbean festival kicks off this weekend. The annual opening party, J'Ouvert On The Beach, runs Friday afternoon on Petrie Island from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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

Throughout the weekend there will be block, club and beach parties, soccer and volleyball matches. On Sunday it's back to Petrie Island for the Au Revoir/Endless Shades Of Summer closing party beginning at 1 p.m.

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

Festival Franco-Ontarien

Festival Franco-Ontarien is taking place from Thursday through Saturday at Major's Hill Park. The event brings together thousands from the French community to celebrate live music, theatre, street art, and food.

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 are expected to show up for the annual Franco-Ontarien festival this weekend at Major's Hill Park. (FESTIVAL FRANCO ONTARIEN/Facebook)

Montebello Rockfest

The 13th annual run of Montebello Rockfest hits the stage. The event is taking place in Montebello, Que., about an hour away from Ottawa.

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

Italian Week

It's the grand finale weekend for Italian Week on Preston Street.

Hightlights include:

  • Ferrari car display.
  • Italian car parade.
  • Bike race.
  • Live music.
  • Kids zone.
  • Art demos.
  • Opera and plays.

You can also catch a laugh all weekend at the Angelo Tsarouchas Comedy Night taking place at Yuk Yuks Ottawa off Elgin Street. Tickets are $20 and the comedian has shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday.