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Events and festivals

In the Outaouais, we never miss an opportunity to celebrate the things we love! And it's a long list: sheep's wool, sand, coloured leaves, beer, tulips, hot air balloons, winter, art, and potatoes, to name a few. Slide, skate and enjoy a BeaverTail! Connect with fellow cross-country skiing and cycling enthusiasts. In the Outaouais, anytime is party time!

Blog – Things to do in the Outaouais in May

May is a colourful month thats full of firsts! The first bike ride. The first patios. The first fishing trip. The first leaves on the trees. The first spring flowers. The first warm days. Check out our suggestions for things to do to make the most of the month.

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May 28 to 29

Arts-aux-parcs

2197, mtée Paiement, Val-des-Monts (Québec)

Arts-aux-Parcs is an annual visual arts and crafts exhibition held in the municipality of Val-des-Monts.

May 28 to 29

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

Gatineau-Ottawa, ()

It’s a must for runners and spectators alike.

June 4 to 5

Tour de Gatineau - West of Quebec Wheelers

79 Principale St., Gatineau (Québec)

On June 4 and 5, cycling enthusiasts will gather in front of the iconic British Hotel for a unique cycling event.

June 18 to 19

ECOSPHERE - Environment and green housing

60 Jos-Montferrand St., Gatineau (Québec)

The environment and green building fair is the countryside festival of the environment.

June 23 to 26

Festival L'Outaouais en Fête

Parc des Cèdres, Gatineau (Québec)

Every year, the festival “welcomes the world” to Des Cèdres Park in Gatineau, a beautiful natural site on the shore of the Ottawa River.

July 1 to 1

Canada Day

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Wherever you are in the country, come take part in the July 1 activities and celebrate what makes you proud, in your own way!

July 7 to 9

Festival d'Humour de Gatineau

Place de la Cité, Gatineau (Québec)

The annual Gatineau Comedy Festival adds a blast of fun and laughter to the Outaouais summer event calendar!

July 7 to September 5

Northern Lights

111 Wellington St. (Parliament Hill), Ottawa (Ontario)

The Sound and Light Show will return to Parliament Hill in Ottawa in the summer of 2022.

July 9 to September 17

RECYCL'ART in Outaouais – Travelling exhibition

Outaouais (Québec)

Recycl’Art presents a variety of temporary and permanent sculptures and installations created out of recycled materials by artists from Quebec and beyond.

July 14 to 16

Festival Kafé Karamel

44 Laval St., Gatineau (Québec)

The Kafé-Karamel Afro-Latino Festival is an outdoor tropical music and dance party held in downtown Gatineau, mainly on the pedestrian precinct of Laval Street.

July 20 to 30

Gatineau Beerfest

Place des festivals ZIBI, Gatineau (Québec)

The Gatineau Beerfest is 8 days of beer tasting, good food, music shows and all kinds of discoveries.

July 21 to 31

St-André-Avellin Western Festival and Professional Rodeo

530 Charles-Auguste-Montreuil St., Saint-André-Avellin (Québec)

Bring out your inner cowboy at the Saint-André-Avellin Western Festival!

July 23 to 23

Lac-Simon Fireworks

760 Tour-du-Lac Rd. (Municipal beach), Lac-Simon (Québec)

Get together with family and friends for the free annual fireworks display at Lac-Simon, in the Petite-Nation La Lièvre, just an hour’s drive from Gatineau and Ottawa.

August 3 to 20

Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light

100 Laurier St., Gatineau (Québec)

In the heart of the unique Outaouais region, Les Grands Feux du Casino Lac-Leamy are an adventure to (re)discover August 3 to 20, 2022.

August 4 to 7

Festival Country du Grand Gatineau

125 Carillon St., Gatineau (Québec)

For all fans of country music.

August 5 to 7

Auto Show Gatineau

15 Raoul-Roy St. (Des Cèdres Park), Gatineau (Québec)

The Gatineau Auto Show is taking place at Des Cèdres Park in Aylmer.

August 11 to 14

Twist Fibre Festival

530 Charles-Auguste-Montreuil St., Saint-André-Avellin (Québec)

Canada’s largest fibre festival, TWIST brings together the top players in the field.

August 26 to 28

Upper Gatineau Whitewater Festival

211 Henri-Bourassa St. (Cité étudiante de la Haute-Gatineau), Maniwaki (Québec)

For the last 25 years, the Upper Gatineau Whitewater Festival has been helping to preserve the Gatineau River by organizing whitewater canoe, kayak, and rafting expeditions.

September 1 to 5

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

La Baie Park, Gatineau (Québec)

From September 1 to 5, 2022, throw your party at the FMG (Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival) as part of its 35th edition!

September 8 to 10

Club automobile Défi Outaouais

66 Lafontaine SR, Montpellier (Québec)

The Rallye Défi is a performance automobile rally on paved and gravel roads where rally cars reach speeds of more than 190 km/h.

September 9 to 11

Riverside Festival

100 Laurier St., Gatineau (Québec)

On September 9, 10 and 11, 2022, get your Festival Mode on with Riverside's return to normal!

September 16 to 18

Aero Gatineau-Ottawa

1717 Arthur-Fecteau St. (Gatineau Airport), Gatineau (Québec)

For the 5th Aero Gatineau-Ottawa, which will take place from September 16 to 18, 2022 at the Gatineau Airport, the event goes above and beyond, with a program that will include more than 60 aircraft, both on the ground and in the air.

October 1 to 23

NCC Fall Rhapsody

Gatineau-Ottawa, (Québec)

Admire the magnificent fall colours everywhere in the Capital during the NCC Fall Rhapsody.

October 14 to 16

Symposium Gatineau en Couleurs

1170, d'Aylmer Rd., Gatineau (Québec)

A colourful weekend presenting the work of 70 Quebec and Ontario painters and sculptors selected by a jury.

October 28 to 30

Le rendez-vous des saveurs

15 Jos-Montferrand St. - Ruelle Zibi, Gatineau (Québec)

This tasty event brings together some of the region’s best chefs and culinary industry professionals, as well as showcasing the Gatineau’ artisans of local and seasonal products.

November 25 to December 4

Christmas in Old Aylmer

115 Principale St., Gatineau (Québec)

Old Aylmer comes alive with lighted floats, parked along Principale Street.

December 7 to January 8

Christmas Lights Across Canada

111 Wellington St. ( Parliament Hill ), Ottawa (Ontario)

NEW MULTIMEDIA PROJECTION From December 8, 2021, to January 7, 2022 On Parliament Hill, Ottawa Free Every evening, from 5:30 p.

February 3 to 20

Snowflake Kingdom - Winterlude

Northern part of Jacques-Cartier Park, Gatineau (Québec)

Due to evolving public health measures, Snowflake Kingdom will not be held in 2022.

February 3 to 20

Winterlude

Ottawa (Ontario)

This year, the ice sculptures will truly be the stars of Winterlude!

February 10 to 12

Canadian Ski Marathon

266 Viger St., Papineauville (Québec)

The Canadian Ski Marathon returns to virtual format for its 56th edition, from February 5 to March 20, 2022.

February 18 to 19

Gatineau Loppet

189, Saint-Joseph Blvd., Gatineau (Québec)

The Gatineau Loppet is back in person this year!

February 23 to 26

Salon du livre de l'Outaouais

Gatineau (Québec)

A virtual event for everyone's safety!

May 13 to 23

Canadian Tulip Festival

Ottawa (Ontario)

One of Canada’s most colourful festivals celebrates the tulip, international symbol of friendship and peace.

May 22 to October 9

NCC Weekend Bikedays, presented by Nokia

Gatineau Park and Ottawa, Ottawa (Ontario)

Every weekend from May to October, take advantage of nearly 20 kilometres of parkways open for active use, along the Ottawa River.