2016 Ottawa Summer Events Calendar

ottawa summer events

Summer is the best time of year to get out and enjoy the best Ottawa summer events the automotive industry has to offer which is why Gary’s Automotive has created a jammed-packed list of auto shows, dealership events, races and more to check out this summer.


 Ottawa Summer Events In June

With school wrapping up and summer in full swing, it’s a great time to check out some weekend car shows. There’s plenty of Ottawa summer events this month, so no matter what you’re into there’s something for everyone.

Duck Festival Car Show – June 10 & 11, 2016 – 9 AM to 4 PM

Located at the St. Isidore Recreation Centre off of Highway 417, this quirky event aims to pay tribute to duck and chicken breeders as well as egg producers in the Ottawa region. The event starts on June 10 and will feature a great car show the following day on June 11.

Sixth Annual All-GM Motorama – June 12, 2016 – 9 AM to 3 PM

Myers Kanata GM is hosting Ottawa’s GM Motorama for its sixth year. The event stretches back to 1949, where former CEO of GM Alfred Sloan would host luncheons at the same time as auto shows. This event will have strictly classic GM vehicles, restored and outfitted to showroom quality. Admission to the show is by canned-good donation and will be hosted at the Myers Kanata GM Auto Park.

Kemptville Father’s Day Show & Shine – June 19, 2016

Just in time for Father’s Day, this show brings classic cars to the Kemptville area complete with live music and prizes. The event will be held at Riverside Park in Kemptville and will feature an anticipated men’s and women’s burnout competition.

Ottawa Ferrari Festival – June 17-19, 2016

The name alone is enough to get excited about. Come check out Ottawa’s top Ferrari show. Located on Preston Street, this event features tons of Italian cars both parked and on parade with the chance to take a ride in a real Ferrari. Enjoy good food, dance at a Magnum PI themed party or attend the Father’s Day luncheon.

Wheels on the Mississippi – June 26, 2015 – 9 AM to 3 PM

Riverside Park in Carleton Place hosts a great lineup of classic and modern custom cars every year. There’s something for everyone with old roadsters, new tuners, and muscle cars of all kinds. This auto show also features trophies for best in show.

Ottawa Summer Events In July

Canada Day celebrations and weekends of car shows – what better way to spend the month of July than touring the Ottawa Valley and checking out some amazing vehicles. Here’s which Ottawa summer events you should check out in July.

Canadian Forces Support Unit Ottawa Canada Day Car Show – July 1, 2016 – 4 PM to 6 PM

Come out and support the Canadian Armed Forces with this Canada Day car show, located at the old CFB Uplands in Ottawa. This show offers prizes for people’s choice, with proceeds supporting the Canadian Forces.

Carp Show ‘N’ Shine – July 9, 2016 – 8 AM start

The Carp Show ‘N’ Shine has a wide assortment of classic vehicles restored to look their absolute best. This show also has a mix of vintage snowmobiles, tractors, trucks and more. Be sure to check this event out at the Carp Fairgrounds.

Merrickville Car Show “Cruise & Shop” – July 10, 20156 – 6 AM to 4 PM

This show is packed to the brim with events and vehicles. Featuring over 1000 vehicles, an amphibious car, live music, lots of food, contests and more, the event promises to be one of the must-see car shows for the summer. Most of Merrickville is transformed to handle the event on the day of so if you’re in Merrickville you can’t miss it.

Ottawa All-British Car Day – July 16, 2016

Italian cars just not doing it for you? Ottawa’s own Britannia Park hosts the ABCD: All-British Car Day. The event features cars from manufacturers like Triumph, Jaguar, Morgan, Land Rover and more. Admission is free to the public.

Annual Ford Spectacular – July 24, 2016 

Campbell Ford hosts the 2016 Ford Spectacular. This show will feature a wide range of Ford vehicles rain or shine.

Ottawa Summer Events In August

As summer begins to wind down there are still plenty of Ottawa summer events to get out and participate in the month of August. End summer off with a bang!

Gatineau Auto Show – August 12-14, 2016

The Gatineau Auto Show hosts an incredible lineup of vehicles and events every year. From movies to cars, music to comedy, this is a car themed event that will entertain all attendees.

Race the Runway – August 13, 2016 – 8:30 AM to 4 PM

The Smiths Falls Airport hosts dozens of exotic sports and super cars for a day of racing and display. All proceeds are donated to various local charities like Big Brothers & Big Sisters,  the Lions Club and more. If you want to see some serious performance, check this show out.

Arnprior White Pine Festival – August 26-28, 2016 – 

Located a short drive west of Ottawa, the Arnprior White Pine Festival features a wide range of activities for all ages. The entire main street of Arnprior is shut down for music, vendors, cars and more!

Perth Ribfest & Car Show – August 22-24, 2016 

The Perth Ribfest & Car show features two of the greatest things on earth –  delicious ribs and gorgeous cars. The event will have two separate car shows: one featuring antique cars and the other will feature classic cars. Combined with music and other events this event is the perfect way to cap off the summer.

A Summer Of Events

There are several automotive events taking place in the Ottawa Valley this summer. Be sure to check out our road trip guide to help complete your Ottawa summer plans!

Did we miss one of your favourite events or did you check out one of the ones listed above? Tell us about it in the comments!


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