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Come and experience one of the 60 festivals that take place in the National Capital Region.

Winterlude - January 31 to February 17, 2014

Celebrate the joys of winter at Winterlude,
with three fun-filled weekends.
Canada’s favourite winter activities are featured across Ottawa
and Gatineau at this annual event.

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Canadian Tulip Festival - May 9 to 19, 2014

This annual world-famous festival features 3 million tulips in the region, sites along a 15-km Tulip Route, family entertainment, the International Pavilion and Celebridée, a celebration of ideas.

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival - June 20 to July 1, 2014 

The Ottawa International Jazz Festival is the National Capital Region's premier music event. Entering its 34th year of consecutive programming and operation, the OIJF is the second longest continuous-running jazz festival in Canada, and boasts the biggest loyal audience of any event in eastern Ontario! 

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Canada Day - July 1, 2014
Don't miss Canada's birthday in the Capital, when the region resonates with pageantry and the sounds of celebration! Every year, tens of thousands of people flock to Parliament Hill to take part in the noon show with the Prime Minister, the Governor General and the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Events continue throughout the day in the National Capital Region, including an evening show on the Hill, and ending with the traditional fireworks display.

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Our family package: Canada Day in the Capital

RBC Royal Bank Ottawa Bluesfest - July 3 to 13, 2014 

Canada's largest blues festival with a spectacular explosion of blues, gospel, roots and popular music.

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Click here for details about our Bluesfest Rocking Rate.

Ottawa International Busker Festival - Dates TBD  

During the August long weekend, the Sparks Street Mall, a pedestrian-only street, is inhabited with buskers of all stripes, including storytellers, jugglers and fire-eaters. The acts, starting at 11am and ending past midnight, are fun, and only cost what you want to pay. The festival is located in a central shopping and dining district, so it's a perfect place to be entertained while drifting in and out of shops and restaurants.

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Fall Rhapsody - Dates TBD

Every year, the National Capital Commission invites you to experience the magical fall colours of Gatineau Park, located only 15 minutes from Parliament Hill.

For more information about Ottawa attractions and events, please visit Ottawa Tourism

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