Ottawa Bluesfest

Onsite Attractions


Bluesville is located adjacent to the Ottawa River, open to all pass holders everyday!

Check out the Youth Ottawa Art display and make your own artistic mark on the festival. Get some food & drink and unwind on our patio lounge. Nearby vendors include: Gabriel Pizza, BeaverTails Pastry, Backyard BBQ, Poutine Machine, Sharpley’s Popcorn & Lemonade Stand. This area also features the Bluesville stage. Located in a new acoustically-optimized tent and featuring these great artists!


Located in the main bowl – Coors Light Party Central is a unique viewing platform with a great 360 degree sightline…

Including views of the City Stage and Claridge Homes Stage, it also has lounge seating and private bar and washrooms.  Visit the Upgrade Tent or watch our twitter feed to for your chance to get in!


Located in the main bowl – long known as a “Hot Spot” for music, RBC Bluesfest is also known as a hot spot for fun!

Enjoy a wider variety of excellent beers in a pub-style atmosphere.  So, cheers to one and all…and we’ll see you at the Coors Banquet Saloon!


A key landmark for meeting old friends, it’s also an ideal area for meeting new ones.

Situated on-site, right beside the Canadian War Museum, THE FORT provides a variety of festival activities throughout the event.  Here’s you’ll find a Coors Light Beer Tent, you can shop till you drop at the Merch Tent and visit a variety of other attractions!  It’s always fun to visit The Fort!


Come Relax or Play Games at the Honda Big Chill across from The Fort.

The Honda Big Chill is an area for patrons to chill and gather with friends. The Honda Big Chill is open to all festival attendees and offers a fun and exclusive experience which includes DJ programming, access to private bars, lounging chairs, games, tasty treats, beverage sampling, phone charging station, and beautiful scenery of the river and sunset. We invite you to visit the Honda tent, and be one of the first to see the All New Civic Type R along with Honda’s award winning line up. Enter for your chance to win a brand new 2017 Honda Civic Touring.

Full view of the Honda Big Chill click here.


Experience RBC Someday® Live!

Whether you’re in The Fort, or in the main bowl, come play with RBC! They’ll have prizes, games and plenty of ways to relax and recharge. Plus, a chance to become the RBC® Fan of the Day…an exclusive VIP experience at RBC Bluesfest 2017. Let’s Make Someday Happen TM.


Be sure to check out Acura’s stunning vision of Precision Crafted Performance through the redesigned 2018 Acura TLX and visit the Acura VIP Club booth for your chance to win a $5,000 gas card!

Brought to you by Camco Acura and Gatineau Acura dealers.


Swing by the booth in The Fort to try out NEW Degree® UltraClear Black + White TM with MotionSense® technology, Degree’s® best protection ever against white marks and yellow stains. While you’re there, learn more about the Drive in Dubai with Degree® contest – your chance to win an ultimate racing experience. For full contest rules, check out

OLG (July 8-9)

Feel the winning feeling at OLG’s Winner’s Corner. Everyone that steps into the OLG Winners’ Corner video booth leaves a winner. Yep, everyone. And you’ll have a fun shareable video to prove it to all your friends. So head on over!

Phantogram performs at the RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014. The RBC Bluesfest is ranked as one of the most successful music events in North America.


Up close & personal with the artists!

Be sure to visit the Autograph Tent or follow us on twitter for each day’s schedule of autograph signing sessions.  The Autograph tent is also where you can pick up the latest CD’s from your favourite RBC Bluesfest artists as well as other merch items.


GuitarFor the past 16 years, as a non-profit charitable organization, RBC Bluesfest has organized, financed, and delivered an award-winning educational program called “Blues in the Schools”.

It is thanks to the ongoing support from the community that the organization has been able to maintain this undertaking in such a successful manner.  By merely attending RBC Bluesfest, Ottawa music fans have been among our biggest supporters  In fact, there are many ways to support Blues in the Schools.  Once again this year, we will be hosting some of these fun ways to raise money for the program at The Fort, as well as at other areas on site.

Some highlights at The Fort include: the ever-popular Silent Auction; the guitar raffle featuring a Fender Stratocaster autographed by visiting RBC Bluesfest performers Germotte(comes with a display donated by Germotte Photo & Framing Studio); the 50/50 Raffle tent; and, the Bead sales tent. As well, look for the poster gallery in the lobby of the War Museum.


What better place to take a “Walk Down Memory Lane”, than in the Canadian War Museum.

Begin, or add to, your personal RBC Bluesfest Commemorative Poster collection!  Keep an eye out when you stroll through the front lobby of the Canadian War Museum – we’ll have a great display of posters for you.  And remember, proceeds go to Blues in the Schools!

Youth Ottawa Showcase

RBC Bluesfest in partnership with Youth Ottawa are proud to present two amazing opportunities for Ottawa-area youth to showcase their artistic talents – visual arts and music – at the festival this summer.

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