Things to Do in Ottawa August 2021

Things to Do in Ottawa: August 2021

August is here, and we’re finally back open in Ottawa! If you’re looking to get out and enjoy the rest of your summer (safely), here’s a list of all the fun things to do in and around Ottawa this August 2021. 


Get your fill of shopping this month by stopping by the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park. The 613flea is back in action with a multi-vendor display of handmade goods, one-of-a-kind items, unique antiques, and cool retro fashion. There’s also a number of bakers and restaurants on-site offering delectable food options while you shop. The flea market runs August 14th and 28th. But don’t worry if you can’t make it on those dates, the 613Flea will also be open September 4th, September 25th, October 16th and November 20th. 

Ottawa REDBLACKS Football

If you’ve missed football as much as we have over the past two years, you’ll be happy to hear that the REDBLACKS are back in full swing this summer and fall season. So come out and cheer on your favourite football team with your friends and the whole family. The team will be hosting the BC Lions at TD Place this August 28th. 

Capital Pride

Pride week is nearly here! You can join in on all the celebrations this August 22nd – 29th either virtually or in-person this year. Highlights for the 2021 Ottawa price include a Virtual Queer market, showcasing various local and regional 2SLGBTQ+ artisans. There will also be a virtual drag performance and an in-person inaugural drag brunch featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant La La Ri. 

Rideau Lakes 50 50

The Ottawa Bicycle Club also has an exciting event geared up for its members. The Rideau Lakes 50 for 50 is a 3-month long riding event that challenges bikers to finish 50 rides on specially selected routes. Prizes will be awarded for the best story, best photo, most kilometres biked, and most routes conquered. To get started, simply register using the OBC’s jRide Scheduling tool and then get ready to ride on your own or book rides with other bikers – the choice is up to you. The event is already underway, but it runs until September 14th, so you have lots of time this month to get in as many rides as you like.

Beyond VanGogh Exhibit

If you have yet to check out the Van Gogh exhibit that is taking place at the Aberdeen Pavilion, what are you waiting for? Tickets are still available until mid-September so make sure you grab a ticket before it books up. It’s unlike any art show you’ve seen before, featuring an immersive installation that’s a feast for your eyes. It’s a show of a lifetime, so don’t miss out. 


If you’ve already seen Van Gogh and you’re looking for another immersive experience to check out this summer in Ottawa, you’re in luck. CONTACT is a live theatre event now playing. This unique interactive experience is a live show that plugs you into the 3D soundscape as you watch the actors play out their story around Lansdowne park. All you need is a ticket, a smartphone and a pair of headphones to participate. CONTACT the show has already taken London and Paris by storm, so if you’re a big supporter of theatre, this event is a must-see. 

Gatineau Festibiere

Are you missing all the craft brew fests that once were? Head across the river to Gatineau from August 4th to 7th and again from the 11th to 14th to enjoy a tasting of the region’s best craft brews. Festibiere will feature over 20 craft vendors and numerous food trucks at the Place des Festivals Zibi. There’ll even be live musicians to keep you going as well. Get your tickets fast, though, before they book out. Each ticket gives you access to one of their 3-hour time slots. Bring a friend or many – tables of up to 20 people can be booked online. Note – Don’t forget your mask, they are required. 

TD Jazz Fest

The famous TD Jazz Fest is also back with an amazing lineup of virtual shows and pop-up events for two full weeks over the summer. Paid virtual events will take place from August 19th to 22nd but can be viewed countless times and beyond the broadcast date. The in-person sessions tagged “OLG Free the Jazz” will take place at numerous venues across Ottawa and will be free to watch. Some of the most renowned jazz, big band and blues performers will hit the stage this year, including the Barr Brothers, Angelique Francis Band, The Commotions, Rebecca Noelle, and the Larnell Lewis Band. 

There are always fun and exciting things to do in Ottawa in August. This year is no exception. For more tips on events happening around the city, check out our blog at Valecraft Homes.

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