Glowfair is a light, art, and music festival held in the downtown core on Bank Street. This historic street will be transformed like you’ve never seen it before. Walk through ten themed blocks on Bank Street from Slater to James. Enjoy extended patios, entertainment, beautiful decor, and much more. The best part, this festival is completely free. Here is what you can expect:
- Enchanted Forest (Maclaren to Gilmour)
Step into the Enchanted Forest for a magical experience featuring beautiful glowing trees, cocoons, and wonderful sculptures of forest animals. They have partnered with the Museum of Nature, local artists, buskers, and storytellers to create a radiant forest that you’re sure to love.
- Summer Solstice (Somerset to Maclaren)
The Summer Solstice block has a ton of great activites taking place. Join Lululemon Ambassador, Nigel Walker on Friday night for Glow Yoga with 400 other Ottawa yogi’s. Step into Planet Botanix for tarot card and palm readings throughout the entire festial. On Saturday there will be two back to back vow renewal ceremonies followed by a banquet sponsored by the Royal Oak and Herb and Spice. Visit one of the glow stations along the block to get your glow on. These will include brightly coloured and glowing paints, bracelets, and more to get you ready for Glowfair.
- Circus (Cooper to Somerset)
Glowfair is bringing the circus to you! This block is for kids of all ages. Gather around and be entertained by A Company of Fools and the Ottawa Circus School. You can expect professional buskers, cotton candy, popcorn, fire dancers, human statues and clowns to create an authentic circus experience. Stop by Sleep Country for a bed jumping competition. Between professional clowning and busker performances, A Company of Fools and Ottawa Circus School will be teaching how to clown, including hopping, juggling, yo-yo, line walking, acrobatics, and stilt walking. Don’t worry about leaving your dog at home, pets are welcome. Stop by Pet Circus and check out their dog café, featuring treats for you dog.
- Kids Zone (Lisgar to Cooper)
The Kid Zone will have programming all day long, perfect for some family fun. Head over to see puppet performances and puppet making with Panadream Theatre, Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo, a giant colouring mural, face painting and much more.
- Art Chaos (Nepean to Lisgar)
Head to Art Chaos, grab a paintbrush, and add some colour to Glowfair’s community canvas. You’ll be able to see this piece of art glow at night via black light. Professional local artists will fill the streets creating different forms of art in real time. You’ll also have the opportunity to check out the Ottawa Art Gallery’s Great-West Life Art Tent.
- Soundboard (Slater to Laurier)
Stop by Soundboard and visit JUMP FM who will be playing non-stop hits to get you pumped for Glowfair.
- Glow Zone (Slater at Laurier)
Glow Zone features the main stage where you’ll be able to catch artsits from Glowfair’s amazing lineup.
Headling the show on Saturday night is the amazing, Kiesza. You’ve definitely heard her smash hit, Hideaway. I am so excited for this Calgary native to grace the mainstage at Glowfair. This is a show you don’t want to miss. Kiesza will also be surrounded by some great talent. Here’ is the full festival lineup:
- Moroccan Bazaar (Gloucester to Nepean)
Take a trip to Morocco with Glowfair’s Moroccan Bazaar. Here you’ll experience henna tattoos, Moroccan specialty foods, music, dance, an an artisan market under a Moroccan tent.
- Pinball Wizard (Gilmour to James)
Celebrate International Go Skateboarding weekend at the Pinball Wizard block. Antique Skate built a collection of skate ramps and obstacles that will model a pinball machine. Join them for an open skate and pinball wizard skate competition.
- Silent Disco (DJ Stage)
Back by popular demand, Soundboard will feature the Silent Disco. If you were at the Silent Disco last year, you know why this popular event was brought back for year two. Silent Discos are popular all over the world from Montreal to Melbourne, so its great to have the opportunity to participate in one in Ottawa. How it works is everyone receives a headset with two lights. The colours indicate which channel the headset is on. Two DJs will be battling it out and try to get all the headsets to their colour. Everyone is dancing, enjoying the music, and having a great time, but as soon as you take the headsets off, its silent but everyone is still dancing. It’s such a great atmosphere and I definitely recommend checking it out. The silent disco starts at 11:30 pm but make sure to get their early to ensure you get a spot because this event is sure to fill up fast! On Friday night you’ll catch Jokers of the Scene at the silent disco and on Saturday night you’ll catch So Durand vs. Foster. The DJ stage opens at 7 pm so you can get there early and warm up to the beats of the many talented DJs lined up. You can see a schedule here.
How fun does this festival sound? For a complete schedule of the theme blocks check here. It’s sure to be a great weekend! Enjoy.