What's on in the Outaouais July 5-11

Published on July 3 2019

Summer is off to a great start, and so is the summer event program in the Outaouais. This week, there’s truly something for everyone: family festival, sport event, multimedia show, music festival, comedy festival and cultural experience. What are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy it!

Photo credits: Michel Rathwell

Activities and Events

Wonders of Sand Festival

This popular family festival returns to Lac Beauchamp this year! Admire professional sand carvers at work in the Sand Zone, cool off with inflatable games and water guns in the Chill Zone, and dance to the beat of the drum in the Culture Zone. There will be contests, exhibitors, entertainment, food trucks and more, for the enjoyment of young and old alike.

Where

Lac Beauchamp Park – 741 Maloney Blvd. East, Gatineau.

When

Friday, July 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, July 6 from9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, July 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost

Site access is free; admission charge for some activities.

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Gatineau Triathlon

This weekend, your enthusiasm and encouragement are needed at Lac Leamy! Bring your horns, signs and banners and give it up for the athletes of all ages participating in the Gatineau Triathlon. From the Fun Team Relay to the Junior Quebec Cup, the sprint duathlon and the aquabike challenges, there’s a race for everyone—and the cheering section can never be too big or too loud!

Where

Lac Leamy – 100 Atawe Street, Gatineau.

When

Saturday, July 6. Races start between 7 a.m. and 3 :20 p.m. depending on the race and age bracket.

Cost

Free for spectators.

Good to know

The Outaouais Tourism team will be competing in the Gatineau Triathlon Corporate Challenge. Come cheer us on!

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The Ottawa Bluesfest is 25 years old!

Backstreet Boys. Eric Church. Kygo. Charlotte Cardin. Elle King. Snoop Dogg. The Killers. And that’s barely a third of the artists in this year’s Bluesfest lineup. I-MA-GINE. The festival has pulled out all the stops for its 25th anniversary edition. Whether you’re a diehard blues fan or just out for a fun evening with friends, this event is for you. And foodies will be happy with the world cuisine and vegan options available on site!

Where

LeBreton Flats, Ottawa.

When

July 4–14.

Cost

Prices vary depending on age bracket and date selected. Three- and five-day wristbands and VIP tickets also available.

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Indigenous Experiences

The name says it all. Enjoy an immersive experience in First Peoples culture with this popular National Capital tourist attraction. On the Canadian Museum of History site, you can ask questions directly to First Nations people who are proud of and deeply attached to their cultures, roots and traditions. Through dances, songs and re-enactments, learn more about the peoples who settled in this region … well before we did!

Where

Canadian Museum of History – 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau.

When

July 2–September 2. Performances daily at 11:15 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Cost

To attend one of the daily performances, visitors must purchase a ticket at the Museum’s Box Office ($10).

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Northern Lights

The perfect way to end your evening in the National Capital? The Northern Lights multimedia show on Parliament Hill! In sound and images, relive key moments in Canada’s history during this fascinating presentation. It’s accessible, free and fun!

Where

Parliament Hill –Wellington Street, Ottawa.

When

Nightly from July 9 to September 8. Show times: July at 10 p.m., August at 9:30 p.m., and September at 9 p.m.

Cost

Free.

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Reminder: Gatineau Comedy Festival

The Gatineau Comedy Festival is in full swing in the Outaouais. Don’t miss the outstanding artists appearing this weekend. Come share a laugh with family and friends!

Where

Place de la Cité – De la Cité Blvd., Gatineau.

When

Thursday, July 4 to Saturday, July 6 from 5 to 10:30 p.m.

Cost

Day pass: $40 | Three-day pass: $85

Good to know

Ride the STO bus to the festival for free when you show your festival ticket or wristband!

Learn more

Looking for more ideas for summer fun? Consult the event calendar on our Facebook page and read our blog post about new summer activities in the Outaouais!

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