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ta­ma­rack ot­tawa Race Week­end May 24-27

Tens of thou­sands of ath­letes con­verge on the cap­i­tal to par­take in a num­ber of races, in­clud­ing Satur­day’s 2-km, 5-km, and 10-km runs and Sun­day’s marathon, half-marathon, and kids’ marathon. The run-up starts on Thurs­day with food, live mu­sic, and fundrais­ing on Sparks Street. runot­tawa.ca

Great Glebe Garage sale May 26

Great doesn’t quite cut it — this garage sale is grand. Hun­dreds of drive­ways, front lawns, and porches trans­form into an amazing mar­ket ev­ery year on the fourth Satur­day in May, rain or shine. Res­i­dents of one of Ot­tawa’s old­est com­mu­ni­ties wel­come thou­sands of vis­i­tors to the Glebe with pre­cious finds, street food, im­promptu con­certs, and lemon­ade stands on ev­ery street cor­ner. gle­beca.ca

the Hap­pen­ing arts Park June 2

The Arts Park is a com­mu­ni­ty­fo­cused fes­ti­val that cel­e­brates lo­cal artists, food, and busi­nesses in Park­dale Park. Many of the hip shops and gal­leries of

Welling­ton West take part in art shows, live mu­sic, bar­be­cues, and fam­ily fun that’s all free. the­hap­peningot­tawa.ca

veg­fest June 2-3

This foodie fes­ti­val caters to vege­tar­i­ans, ve­g­ans, and the veg-cu­ri­ous. Ex­pect de­li­cious fare from lo­cal veg­gie restau­rants, healthy cook­ing sem­i­nars, and a mar­ket­place full of food, drink, per­sonal prod­ucts, ap­parel and gifts at the RA Cen­tre. veg­festot­tawa.ca

doors open ot­tawa June 2-3

Take a peek in­side 120 of­fi­cial build­ings at the sec­ond-largest Doors Open event in North Amer­ica. Get a sense of what goes on be­hind closed doors in­side the Billings Estate Arte­fact Col­lec­tion, the

Na­tional Re­search Coun­cil’s Up­lands Wind Tun­nel, Li­brary & Ar­chives Canada, and many more his­tor­i­cal homes, places of wor­ship, and diplo­matic abodes. ot­tawa.ca

Ital­ian Week June 7-17

There’s no short­age of pasta, pizza, desserts, or wine dur­ing this 10-day cel­e­bra­tion of ev­ery­thing Ital­ian, one of the old­est and largest cul­tural fes­ti­vals in Ot­tawa. Peo­ple line Pre­ston Street to watch Fi­ats and Fer­raris for the 37th an­nual Ital­ian Car Pa­rade and Fer­rari Fes­ti­val, and St. An­thony’s Feast on the week­end is pref­aced by an out­door mass and march­ing bands. ital­ian­weekot­tawa.ca

Bud Light es­capade Fes­ti­val June 23-24

Armin van Buuren, Zedd, Fetty Wap, and Ty Dolla $ign are just a few of the big names grac­ing this year’s elec­tronic and dance ex­trav­a­ganza. Catch mes­mer­iz­ing acts of EDM, trance, house, and hip hop from in­ter­na­tional and Cana­dian tal­ent at TD Place in Lans­downe Park. es­capademf.com

ot­tawa Beer Fest June 15-17

The sev­enth edi­tion of this beerlovers par­adise spreads out its de­li­cious suds, ciders, and sours all through­out Lans­downe Park’s Aberdeen Pav­il­lion.

Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude live mu­sic, “beer school,” the Ot­tawa Craft Beer Run (June 16), and Brew­mas­ter’s Brunch (June 17). ot­tawabeer­fest.com

Latin sparks dance Fes­ti­val June 9

About 4,000 peo­ple from across On­tario and Que­bec dance the night away for this Latin dance fes­ti­val on Al­bert Is­land, be­tween LeBre­ton Flats and Hull. There are dance work­shops, DJs spin­ning salsa, Reg­gae­ton, and dance­hall hits, and food trucks serv­ing tacos, em­panadas and chur­ros. latinsparks.ca

Ribfest June 14-18

Rib­bers from all over North Amer­ica, in­clud­ing Ken­tucky and Texas, bring their best mouth-wa­ter­ing bar­be­cue to Sparks Street in the down­town core. Sam­ple as much as you can han­dle: pulled pork, grilled chicken, roasted corn on the cob, and ribs! ot­tawaribfest.ca

Latin Sparks Dance Fes­ti­val

Great Glebe Garage Sale

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