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Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
1 Vimy Place,
Ottawa, Ontario,
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Phone:  (613) 247-1188
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Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest - Ottawa  Arts & Entertainment
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What items are prohibited on site?

  • NO Bicycles inside Festival grounds (bike racks available near entrance)
  • NO Skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, carts or personalized motorized vehicles (except wheelchairs)
  • NO Illegal substances or drug paraphernalia
  • NO Alcohol (alcohol will be sold at the festival)
  • NO Pets (except service dogs)
  • NO Beach, Golf or Over-sized umbrellas
  • NO Hard-sided coolers
  • NO Glass Containers
  • NO Unauthorized vendors permitted.
  • NO Video equipment: No video recording will be allowed
  • NO Non-collapsible chairs
  • NO Fireworks
  • NO Beach balls, soccer balls, baseballs, etc…
  • NO Squirt guns or water toys
  • NO Tents
  • NO Megaphones
  • NO Weapons of any kind
  • NO Audio recording devices

What items are allowed on site?

  • YES Portable/collapsible chairs
  • YES Cell Phones
  • YES Soft-sided coolers
  • YES Blankets and beach towels
  • YES Water bottles (provided they are sealed)
  • YES Small back packs and bags or purses.
  • YES Lighters and cigarettes
  • YES Binoculars
  • YES Personal cameras (small digital ones)
  • YES Umbrellas (small hand-held ones)
    YES Professional still camera equipment (no tripods). It is important to note that restrictions WILL apply to the use of these cameras on-site, depending on the act(s) on-stage at the time. Security WILL enforce these restrictions. Listen for and abide by MC announcements from the stage.
  • YES Baby strollers



*NOTE: All bags will be searched

What are the Festival hours?

Gates open at 5:00pm on weekdays, noon on weekends and the festival ends before 11:00pm nightly. 

What kind of wheelchair access is there? 

The venue grounds are wheelchair-accessible. However, due to the ground’s natural terrain and size it can be difficult to maneuver a wheelchair. There will be a reserved area designated to patrons using wheelchairs. It is important to note that the person in the wheelchair needs a general admission ticket but will also have access to the wheelchair area(s).  Please bring an attendant if needed. The attendant will be given free access to both general admission areas and the wheelchair area, when attending to wheelchair user. The Festival does not provide personal care, golf cart rides or push service. 

Will there be ATM machines on site?

Yes, there will be several ATM machines throughout the venue grounds. 

Will there be First Aid stations on site?

Yes, First Aid stations will be on site, clearly visible. (Please see venue site map) 

Is there a lost and found?

Yes, we have one on site.  It is located at the administrations office in the War Museum.  After the festival, you may call us at our office and we will provide assistance.  

Where can I park my car/van/truck?

We highly recommend the use of public transit, taxis (there will be a taxi stand on site) or parking at one of the convenient locations listed below. These parking lots are all a short walk from the festival venue approximately one kilometer from the Bluesfest site 

            Place de Ville, Queen and Kent ($5 per night rates apply)

            Place du Portage, Rue Maisonneuve

            Terrace de la Chaudière, Rue Eddy 

For a map of the area, including parking, please click here

Will tickets be available on site?

Absolutely. Tickets are always available at the front gate box office. However, due to this year’s exceptional line up, we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance as the festival is ‘First come, first served’. 

Can I leave from and come back to the festival?

Yes, you may go in and out of the festival grounds with proper daily accreditation. 

Are concerts cancelled when it is raining?

No, concerts go on, rain or shine. 

Are children admitted free to Bluesfest?

Children under 10 are admitted for free to the festival. However, if children are accompanying a parent into an area with reserved seating, such as Gold Circle, extra seating is not provided. 

Will there be food /beverage vendors on site?

Yes, there will be a variety of cuisine and refreshments available to enjoy, including beer and wine. 

Will there be toilets and hand-wash stations available on site?


Will there be an information booth?

Yes, there will be an information booth located near the main gates (south side). There will also be an Information Team circulating the festival grounds prepared to answer any questions you may have. 

Will there be a mist tent?


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