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daysuntil Ottawa Capital Pride
August 19-26, 2018

2018 Signature Events

Family Picnic

Sun, Aug 19

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Hintonburg Park, 1064 Wellington West

To celebrate LGBTQ2+ families of all kinds, we’re hosting an afternoon of family-friendly programming including face painting, crafts, games, storytime hour, and more! Bring your friends and families (and maybe a blanket or two!) and celebrate Pride with our communities! The 2018 LGBTQ2+ Family Pride Picnic is presented in partnership by Capital Pride, Children’s Aid…

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  • Free Event
  • Signature Event

Flag Raising Ceremonies

Mon, Aug 20

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave W; Gatineau City Hall, 25 Laurier St

The festival kicks off with a Pride flag raising ceremony in Ottawa (12:00 pm) and Gatineau (10:00 am) as the National Capital Region celebrates the LGBTQ2+ community. Join us in person or raise a rainbow in your workplace, home or community and share a photo online using #RaiseTheRainbow.

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  • Free Event
  • Signature Event

Youth Clothing Swap

Mon, Aug 20

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave

Time to switch-up your style? Clean out your closet and get ready for some new looks. Bring the clothes you don’t wear anymore and swap them out for a whole new wardrobe. Free food and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. Open to youth 25 years of age and under.

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  • Free Event
  • Signature Event
  • Youth Event

Human Rights Vigil

Tue, Aug 21

8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Canadian Tribute to Human Rights, 220 Elgin St

The annual Human Rights Vigil will draw attention to the challenges that face the LGBTQ2+ community in Ottawa, across the country, and around the world. CommUNITY will be the focus of the vigil as speakers reflect on work taking place to advance LGBTQ2+ rights here and around the world.  

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  • Free Event
  • Signature Event

Youth Art Showcase

Wed, Aug 22

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave

Enjoy an evening of art in many forms created by queer youth including live music and performance, photography, and painting. Free food and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. Open to youth 25 years of age and under.

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  • Free Event
  • Signature Event
  • Youth Event

TD Block Party

Wed, Aug 22

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Aberdeen Square, Lansdowne Park

Join in the fun at the TD Block Party taking over Aberdeen Square at Lansdowne Park. This free event includes drag performances, live music, family-friendly activities, and a cash bar.  

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  • Free Event
  • Signature Event

Gatineau Pride Party

Wed, Aug 22

8:00 PM – 3:00 AM

Bar le Tonik, 48 Saint-Jacques St, Gatineau, QC

Gatineau Pride Party with the theme of the 80-90s with door prizes. Wear your best 80-90’s outfit. Bilingual (EN/FR). Presented in partnership with MAX Ottawa. 

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  • Free Event
  • Signature Event

Pride Pageant

Thu, Aug 23

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Delta City Centre Hotel, 101 Lyon St N

Don’t miss the 2018 Capital Pride Pageant as local drag performers compete for the titles of Mr. Capital Pride, Ms. Capital Pride and Mx. Capital Pride while mcee Kiki Coe and DJ Ash Gauthier will keep things moving. Special performance by superstar Shea Coulee. Cash bar.

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  • Signature Event

Youth Voices Ottawa

Fri, Aug 24

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier Ave E

This event will create a space for youth to learn from other youth, to encourage youth-led discussions, and to empower youth to become active members of their communities. It will feature discussion from local youth activists and community leaders. Open to youth 25 years of age and under.

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  • Free Event
  • Signature Event
  • Youth Event

Nature Nocturne

Fri, Aug 24

8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod Street

Enjoy a night of music and dancing against the spectacular backdrop of the Canadian Museum of Nature. Heat up the summer and celebrate diversity as Nature Nocturne bursts out in colour and light. Because diversity is only natural! Explore the galleries after hours, engage your curiosity with amazing activities and enjoy some great music and…

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  • Signature Event

The Rainbow Party

Fri, Aug 24

10:30 PM – 2:00 AM

Barrymore's, 323 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON

Sashay presents the official Capital Pride Rainbow Party, returning to Barrymore Music Hall. Renowned DJs, drag performances and special guests. More information and tickets coming soon.

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  • Signature Event

Saturday TD Mainstage

Sat, Aug 25

2:00 PM – 11:00 PM

TD Mainstage, Bank and Somerset Streets

Legendary and groundbreaking performers come together for the capital region’s most colourful music festival. More performers will be announced soon!

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  • Free Event
  • Signature Event

Bank Street Fair

Sun, Aug 26

12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Bank Street

Over 50 LGBTQ2 groups and allies come together under the Capital Pride banner to showcase their organization and connect with festival goers. More details coming soon.

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  • Free Event
  • Signature Event

Capital Pride Parade

Sun, Aug 26

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Bank St

Over 125 groups will parade through downtown, starting at Bank St. and Gloucester Ave. and ending at Bank St. and Somerset St. More details coming soon.

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  • Free Event
  • Signature Event

Sunday TD Mainstage

Sun, Aug 26

2:00 PM – 10:00 PM

TD Mainstage, Bank and Somerset Streets

Legendary and groundbreaking performers come together for the capital region’s most colourful music festival. More performers will be announced soon!

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  • Free Event
  • Signature Event

And more!

Check out the full events listing to see everything the 2018 Ottawa Capital Pride Festival has to offer, including loads of community events!

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Creating opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the LGBTQ2+ community

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Apply Now: Community Project Fund

June 28, 2018

Capital Pride has established a pilot project to enhance community events and programming during the 2018 Festival. Following feedback from community groups, the Community Project Fund will provide groups with funding to support an event or programming that takes place during the Festival. Events and programming should further one (or more) of Ottawa Capital Pride’s…

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Call for Nominations: Grand & Youth Marshal

Each year Capital Pride recognizes people who make an impact on the local or broader LGBTQ2+ community. This year, we are asking the community to nominate people as our 2018 Grand Marshal and 2018 Youth Marshal. The Marshals are leaders in the community who create a better, more vibrant queer community. Capital Pride continues to…

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