The so-called “travel bug” is a powerful thing. It bites you, injects a powerful dose of wanderlust right into your veins, and suddenly all you want to do is pack your bags, ditch your job and hit the road for a few months.
Travel, of course, is expensive. Unless you’re raking in the big bucks, it can be a pretty tricky thing to do, often requiring months of careful planning and diligent saving ahead of time.
The good news is that Ottawa hosts a number of awesome festivals that will help you satisfy your urge to soak up the cultures of far-off countries. Better still, many of these festivals go down this summer, when the sun is at its brightest and the weather is at its warmest.
Without further ado, here are three Ottawa festivals that will help you satisfy your Wanderlust without having to blow your paycheck on a plane ticket.
Italian Week Festival | June 7 to 17th
From June 7th to 17th, head on over to Preston Street in Ottawa’s beautiful Little Italy to enjoy the city’s Italian Week Festival. Complete with tons of Italian food, plenty of Italian wine (and beer, thanks to Pub Italia), and lots of awesome entertainment, this festival is as close as you can get to beautiful Italia without jumping on a plane. Visit the festival’s website for more information!
Ottawa Lebanese Festival | July 18-22
From July 18th to 22nd, Ottawa’s St. Elias Cathedral on Ridgewood Avenue will be abuzz with an amazing Lebanese Festival. This ultra-popular festival, which is returning for a whopping 28th time, will feature plenty of mouth-watering Middle Eastern food, some awesome entertainment, some incredible cultural experiences, and more. To learn more about this awesome celebration of the vibrant culture of Lebanon, click here.
Capital Ukrainian Festival | July 20-22
On the weekend of July 20th to 22nd, Ottawa’s beloved Ukrainian Festival makes its annual return. This amazing event, which has become a staple of the city’s calendar of events, will include lots of amazing food (PEROGIES!!), live music and dancing, an authentic Ukrainian marketplace, cultural workshops, and a beer garden. Given that you’re currently perusing the website of an alcohol delivery service; we’re guessing that that last detail will be particularly appealing to you. Click here to learn more about this fantastic Ottawa fest!