Things To Do | The Metcalfe

Ottawa in 2017

In 2017, Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary as a nation, and The Metcalfe will be in the centre of the action. Throughout the city you’ll find immersive and moving experiences, along with national celebrations and annual festivals, with lots of things to do in Ottawa. Or if you’re looking for an experience that’s off the beaten track, check out our recommendations.

Things To Do

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

MAY 27-28, 2017

Almost 50,000 participants compete in a variety of challenging races, including Canada’s largest marathon, during the country’s most popular multi-day running event.

Ottawa Ribfest

JUNE 14-18, 2017

Sample some of the best BBQ chicken and ribs you’ll ever taste!

Underground Multi-Media Experience


Take part in an unforgettable underground experience with a futuristic and immersive multi-media production. Occurring for 10 weeks in the summer of 2017, this event will highlight the once-in-a lifetime infrastructure project that will offer a new era of transportation in the nation’s capital.

Red Bull Global Rallycross

JUNE 17-18, 2017

The double header event utilizing portions of the Rockcliffe Airport. The course will feature long straightaways and wide-open corners, allowing the 600-horsepower Supercars to reach top speed. The paved main course and Joker Lap will merge leading into the dirt section, just before cars fly over the finish line on the series’ signature 70-foot jump.

Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Race

JUNE 22-25, 2017

This action packed weekend for the whole family features non-stop boat racing, free concerts with great performers, a children’s activity area and great food, drinks and vendors.

TD Ottawa JazzFest

JUNE 22-JULY 2, 2017

From the avant-garde to big band and swing, come enjoy musical stylings to suit any jazz aficionado!