Cana­dian events not to miss & top sum­mer cul­tural fes­ti­vals

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FES­TI­VAL Coun­try GATINEAU July

28 to aug 6 Big fran­co­phone players hail­ing from prov­inces spread across the genre of coun­try mu­sic come to Gatineau for the 25th an­nual Fes­ti­val Coun­try Gatineau. The 10-day fes­ti­val takes places in the Lac-Leamy Casino park­ing lot, rain or shine. From $12.50 coun­try­gatineau.com

MU­SIC & BE­YOND July 4 to 17 This clas­si­cal mu­sic and multi-dis­ci­plinary arts fes­ti­val in­cludes Kronos Quar­tet, the Auryn Quar­tet, and the New Brunswick Youth Or­ches­tra with Measha Brueg­ger­gos­man. mu­si­can­d­be­yond.ca

KING­DOM OF OSGOODE ME­DIEVAL FES­TI­VAL July 8 to 9 From $10 This me­dieval event is turn­ing 10 this year. Def­i­nitely worth the drive, es­pe­cially for young fans of knights and princesses and adult fans of Game of Thrones. Vil­lage of Osgoode. 613-443-9090. os­good­eme­dievalfes­ti­val.com

ALMONTE CELTFEST July 7 to 9 Celtfest is a fun week­end of Ot­tawa Val­ley’s Celtic pride. The nat­u­ral am­phithe­ater in the heart of the town Almonte is the per­fect back­drop for en­ter­tain­ers, while ar­ti­sans and ven­dors of goods with a Celtic flair set up shop. Do­na­tions are wel­comed at the gate. Gem­mill Park, Almonte. al­monte­celt­fest.com

OT­TAWA LE­BANESE FES­TI­VAL July 19

to 23 This year is the 27th an­nual Leb Fest that of­fers up a platter of Mid­dle Eastern food, en­ter­tain­ment and her­itage. It’s all here for your en­joy­ment at St. Elias Cathe­dral. ot­tawale­bane­se­fes­ti­val.com UKRAINIAN FES­TI­VAL July 21 to 23 Cui­sine and cul­ture along the scenic banks of the Rideau Canal (p. 50) CHAM­BER­FEST July 22 to Aug. 4 In­ti­mate venues with great acoustics. More than just clas­si­cal. Lineup in­cludes Miró Quar­tet, Stephen Hough, and the ma­jes­tic An­gela He­witt. Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions. cham­ber­fest.com

OT­TAWA ASIAN FEST NIGHT MAR­KET July 28 to 30 The an­nual Ot­tawa Asian Fest night mar­ket takes place un­der Chi­na­town Royal Arch, and where the delicious flavours of China, Thai­land, Ja­pan, Korea, and Viet­nam (to name a few) match up with the wicked fes­tiv­i­ties and late-night party. ot­tawaasian­fest.com

OT­TAWA IN­TER­NA­TIONAL BUSKER­FEST Aug. 3 to 7 This free Sparks Street fes­ti­val at­tracts street per­form­ers — mu­si­cians, ac­ro­bats, con­tor­tion­ists and more! — from Canada and around the world. Map

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ASINABKA FILM & ME­DIA ARTS FES­TI­VAL Aug. 9 to 13 An­other di­verse col­lec­tion of First Na­tions, Métis and Inuit films and me­dia from creators from across Canada and the world. As a plat­form for sto­ries new and old, the play­ing field is level and a safe place for all sto­ry­tellers. asin­abkafes­ti­val.org

NAVAN FAIR Aug. 10 to 13 An “Ud­derly Awe­some” fair fea­tur­ing mu­sic, an­i­mals, mid­way rides, food and fun. Con­cert head­lin­ers in­clude Hon­ey­moon Suite and Road Ham­mers. A must-see for fans of watch­ing “pulls” — from trac­tors and trucks to horses. na­van­fair.com

FES­TI­VAL D’HU­MOUR DE GATINEAU July 6 to 8 Some of the big­gest names and the riski­est up-and­com­ing acts from Que­bec and the rest of the French-speak­ing world come to the na­tional cap­i­tal re­gion for a joke fest that stands up with the rest of them. From $65 hu­mour­gatineau.com

SAND WON­DERS – WATER CANADA

July 7 to 9 Did you know sand sculp­tors have pro­fes­sional com­pe­ti­tions? The cre­ative juices re­ally get flow­ing in at Lac Beauchamp, where fes­ti­val-go­ers can also join a mas­sive water fight and other water-themed ac­tiv­i­ties around sand cas­tles. merveilles­desable.com PRESDELICIOUS July 21 to Aug. 3 Come ex­plore one of the city’s most del­ish strips: Pre­ston Street. With 10 restau­rants par­tic­i­pat­ing, a three-course tast­ing menus will ex­plore the many cul­tures of food and festa along Lit­tle Italy’s Corso Italia. From $28 pre­ston­street.com TD SOUTHASIAN FEST Aug. 11 to 20 South Asian food, fun and en­ter­tain­ers like Jaz Dhami and Pan­jabi MC. Ex­pe­ri­ence the tastes, both culi­nary and artis­tic. City Hall. See web­site for sched­ule. southasian­fest.net

JAMDAY Aug. 12 En­joy Ja­maican cul­ture through reg­gae mu­sic — lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional — folk dances, songs, sto­ries, Ja­maican cui­sine, games and more. Mooney’s Bay Park. From $20 ja­maican­ot­tawaassn.org

THE CAP­I­TAL FAIR Aug. 18 to 27 Now for over 25 years, the fair put on by the Glouces­ter Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety with the help of DooDoo the

clown is still go­ing strong. You’ve been given fair warn­ing: it’s go­ing to be fun! cap­i­tal­fair.ca

TWIST FI­BRE FES­TI­VAL Au­gust 19 to

20 Serves as a show­case of the fi­bre world, from pro­duc­ers and ar­ti­sans to fleece an­i­mal breed­ers. Saint-An­dré-Avel­lin, Québec. fes­ti­valtwist.org

HOUSE OF PAINT Aug. 24 to 27 An­other rous­ing week­end of hip hop cel­e­bra­tions: bboy and bgirl dance com­pe­ti­tions, wall art, rap, and ev­ery­thing un­der the ban­ner of unity, love, and re­spect. All un­der the Dun­bar Bridge near Car­leton U. house­of­paint.ca

IN­DONE­SIAN FES­TI­VAL Aug. 25 to 27 Food bazaars, ex­hi­bi­tions, en­ter­tain­ment of live mu­sic, and a fash­ion show show­case the strengths and beau­ties of In­done­sian cul­ture. in­done­sia-ot­tawa.org

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