The Capital Pride Festival returns to Ottawa this summer and here’s what to expect

While most of the country celebrates 2SLGBTQ+ Pride events in June, Ottawa’s Capital Pride returns in August after two years of virtual celebrations.

Grab your favorite rainbow outfit as the pride festival is even bigger this year and you can join in the love and celebrations between August 21 and 28. You can show your pride and advocacy in the parade on August 28 and watch Drag queens compete in the Pride Pageant on August 25, among a slew of other events.

This year’s Pride theme is “All Together Now” highlighting the return of the in-person community events. This eight-day festival is packed with fun, including live concerts, family picnics, an art exhibition, and a street festival.

The street festival is free and will span nine blocks along Bank Street on August 27 and 28. There will be expansive patios, live entertainment and food trucks. The pageant has moved and this year will take place at the National Arts Center. Tickets start at $17 and are on sale now.

A new public art project will take place throughout the week featuring a variety of thematic installations. There will also be poetry readings, a clothes swap and family zones with activities for children. Even if you’re not a big reveler, the festival has something for everyone.

There will also be a number of Drag shows in the city that are separate from the Capital Pride festival. The Vanitea Room hosts weekly Drag dinner events on Saturdays, including August 20 and 27, and you can enjoy a Drag brunch at Mill Street Brew Pub on August 28. You can bet on The Lookout Bar to have some special Pride shows on top of their weekly performances.

If you have a group or float that you would like to see in the parade, you can still register to participate until August 5. Get ready to celebrate diversity and inclusion at this massive festival.

Capital Pride

Price: most events are free

When: August 21 – 28, 2022

Address: Bank St., Ottawa, ON (and other locations in Ottawa)

Why You Should Go: You can celebrate your community, your pride, and your advocacy at this massive 8-day pride festival in Ottawa. It’s back in person and bigger than ever.


Before you set off, check out our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most importantly, be respectful on your adventure.

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