‍‍‍‍‍‍Indigenous Pavilion

Join us for a Celebration of Indigenous Cultures at our Westfest Indigenous Pavilion onsite at Laroche Park! Experience Indigenous cultures from across Canada like never before - visit our 30-foot tipi, browse both traditional and contemporary indigenous art and wares from our Indigenous vendors, experience Indigenous food for sale, all while taking in the plethora of incredible free programming Westfest has to offer, including amazing Indigenous dancers and performers on the Thom Fountain Team Main Stage!

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JUNE 2-4  LAROCHE PARK, MECHANICSVILLE, OTTAWA

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Westfest Food Court

Some of Ottawa’s most popular food trucks will be on site all weekend long to make sure you don’t go hungry.

Westfest Market

Come by and enjoy the fun in between all the great acts on the Thom Fountain Team Main Stage! Experience and explore the many interesting and vibrant vendors in our Westfest Market. We are proud to showcase our many diverse and interesting partners, sponsors and local artisans— all ready to show, sell, and share their wonderful worlds with you! Open until 9pm every night!

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Westfest Party Zone (19+)

Westfest has a designated licensed area sponsored by Clocktower Brew Pub- purveyor of locally-brewed craft beer. Also available: Ontario wine from Creekside Estate, cocktails from Ottawa’s Top Shelf Vodka and Kombucha from Ottawa’s Buchipop. PLUS you can satisfy your tastebuds with mouthwatering fare from Art is in Bakery in the Party Zone every night of the festival.

Friday, June 2, 2017, 5 - 11 pm

Saturday, June 3 + Sunday, June 4, 2017

11 am - 11 pm

Community Painting with House of PainT

Join in the experience of mural and graffiti art. The House of PainT crew will be onsite leading a collaborative mural where WestFest attendees can get fully involved in creating beautiful works of art together in Laroche Park. This activity is open to everyone and will be guided by House of PainT facilitators, providing guidance for all skill levels from beginner to expert. If you don’t want to get paint on your hands come by and watch as the community creates art right before your eyes!

Saturday, June 3 + Sunday, June 4, 2017

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The Queer Mafia presents Ain't no party like a Westfest party!

Time to get realllll intimate with a night of bumpin N grindin with The Queer Mafia and our fave DJ D-Luxx Brown (Hip hop, Dancehall, 90's, R&B) at Elmdale Oyster House and Tavern, 1084 Wellington St West. Head there after the electrifying Deejay NDN wraps up his wicked set at Laroche Park! Proceeds to go to the Ottawa Pride Week Family Picnic.

Friday, June 2, 2017. Doors open at 11 pm

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Sunday Morning Yoga with Yogatown

Yogatown is excited to be back again at Westfest for an all-levels outdoor yoga class! Enjoy a one hour yoga class designed to calm your mind and discover strength you didn't realize you had. Make sure you arrive hydrated! Bring a mat, a sweat towel, and a water bottle.

Sunday, June 4, 2017, 10 am

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Napkyn Family Fun Area

Bring the kids to the FREE NAPKYN FAMILY FUN AREA at Westfest, Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th! Experience the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization family programming in the OCISO Rotunda for spoken word, song, dance and more!

Saturday, June 3 + Sunday, June 4, 2017

10 am - 10 pm

Bouncy houses and big games are open from 10 am - 5 pm, and from 5pm to 10 pm, parents are able to drop kids off in this secure programming area with amazing Dovercourt staff, then head off to explore the festival and Thom Fountain Team Stage Programming.

Also, enjoy bouncy houses, obstacle courses, games, educational art programming, workshops, crafts and so much more, lead by OCISO and Dovercourt Recreation Centre. And if that wasn't great enough, Dovercourt Recreation Association is thrilled to program the Stay and Play Zone at Westfest, featuring our Morris Home Team Bouncy House, games, craft activities and a chance to meet their friendly mascot Dovercat.

Ottawa Art Gallery presents a live drawing performance by artist Syrus Marcus Ware

Look for Syrus at Westfest under the OAG Art Tent. Syrus Marcus Ware is a visual, installation, and performance artist based in Toronto. Working at the intersections of queer, disability, racial, and economic justice, he has organized projects, performances, and initiatives across Canada. He is a core member of multiple collectives, including Performance Disability Art Collective and Black Lives Matter—Toronto. The Activist Portrait Series consists of large-scale portraits of activists/revolutionaries/community mobilizers and celebrates activist culture and the many big and little ways in which we choose to create a world where we all get to have self-determination and where we all get to be free. These portraits are an act of reverence, a celebration of life, choice and action(s).

Friday, June 2, 2017. 8:30pm - 10pm

Capital Pop-Up Cinema

Capital Pop-Up Cinema, the only local business focused outdoor cinema in the National Capital Region will be on-site popping their famous popcorn and raising money for Westfest. It will also be a great opportunity to see where their movie screen will be Popping up around Ottawa this summer!

Saturday June 3 and Sunday June 4, 11 am - 11 pm

Salon My Place Cutting Shack

Cuts, styles, braids, princess hair, hair tattoos, colourful extensions, you name it, Salon My Place is doing it (no hair colour, no sink) at their charity cutting shack at WESTFEST! All funds raised will be going to Sexual Assault Support Centre Ottawa. Also: if you buy Dapper Beard oil, colourful hair extensions, or princess hair onsite, all those proceeds will go to supporting one or two Westfest artists.

June 2, 5-8 pm, June 3-4, noon - 8 pm

PomponMinoune

My name is Jacques, and it is my great honour to introduce you to PomponMinoune. Miss Minoune was conceived decades ago. Many years of singing into a hairbrush and perfecting her art promoted her from bouncing on the bed to strutting on stage during a Pride fundraiser in May of 2016. Join me at Westfest 2017 and watch my live, in-audience transformation from male to female representation through makeup, hair, duct tape, and oversized shoes. Come say hello!

Sunday, June 4th, 2017, 2 pm

  • Great Canadian Poutinerie
  • Railroad Ribs
  • Original Souvlaki
  • Angry Dragonz
  • Merry Dair
  • Mr. Churritos
  • Rico Peru
  • Art-is-in Bakery
  • Little Victories Coffee

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Commerative Westfest print giveaway from Printfiniti

Find out more about the art of printmaking. Prinitfiniti, Ottawa's only mobile silkscreen print studio, that will be creating 100 Westfest 2017 screen prints onsite on Saturday, June 3. Come get your FREE festival poster!