Celebrations galore in Sandy Hill parks

Summer 2023

Betsy Mann

Art in the Park
On August 19, Strathcona Park sprouted 30 white canvas gazebos, shade for the tables of artists and craftspeople presenting their work for Saturday strollers. This annual “Art in the Park” sale is organized by MICA, the Mental Illness Caregivers’ Association, to raise funds for their activities to support and advocate for their community.
Photo courtesy MICA


Colombian Independence Day
The Communidad colombiana de Ottawa- Gatineau invited everyone to join them in Strathcona Park on July 23 to celebrate Colombian Independence Day. Music and dance performances showed off the mixture of Spanish, African and Indigenous traditions that make up the culture of Colombia. 
Photo: Eduardo Diazgranados


Chariot Festival
The Ratha Yatra Chariot Festival brought colour and crowds to the streets of Sandy Hill on September 16. The parade ended in Annie Pootoogook Park where the International Society for Krishna Consciousness offered activities for young and old and served over 1800 plates in a free vegetarian feast.
Photo: Krishna McAllister


On Aug. 22, Cirquonscient brought the faeries to Sandy Hill
Our local Strathcona Park was the ideal setting for them to show off their aerial and acrobatic talents, to the delight of many Sandy Hill families, young and old.
Photo: Élise Gauthier


Theatre Under the Stars
Once again this summer, theatre lovers enjoyed open-air performances in Strathcona Park by the Rideau River. For three weeks in July and August, for its 37th season, Odyssey Theatre presented Molière’s comedic masterpiece, The Miser. Jesse Buck as Harpagon & Marlow Stainfield as Jackie delighted audiences with their performance.
Photo Odyssey Theatre