Night Market – September 2016


Ottawa Asian Fest hosted its final Night Market of 2016 in Chinatown.

With the beautiful Chinatown Royal Arch as the backdrop, all of our best food vendors from across Ontario were back including Night Market favourites such as Hong Kong Bubble Waffles, Twisted Potato chips, Squid on a stick and CHATIME Bubble Tea!

Somerset Street West between Bronson and Arthur was closed to traffic for:

  • Asian food trucks
  • Beer garden
  • Karaoke
Friday 9 September:   7 p.m. – midnight
Saturday 10 September:   Noon – midnight
Sunday 11 September:   Noon – 8 p.m.

Chinatown Night Market








CTV Morning Ottawa
8 September 2016


Asian Fest Night Market on CTV Morning 7 September 2016


Pokémon GO Lure Party – September 2016


Pokémon GO fans were in for a treat: Lures were set from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chinatown Arch.

  • Indian cultural performances from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. in front of the Dalhousie Community Centre (775 Somerset St. W.)
  • 5 hours of non-stop Pokémon GO fun

The crowds enjoyed the food and drink in our restaurants and cafés.

“Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings.” Pokémon GO



Echoes of Ottawa – May 2016


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Echoes of Ottawa

Sunday May 29, 2016

Yen Fung Ding Dim Sum Shop, 628 Somerset Street W.
Holy Trinity Night School – Music Band (26 persons)

Shiraz Food Market, 725 Somerset Street W.
Children’s Art World
Chalk Drawing, Finger Puppets, Bag Monsters and Live Painting – Sacred Paint School
Chinese Peking Opera & Zodiac Face Painting – Ottawa Sui Yi Multicultural Arts Academy

Dalhouise Community Centre,755 Somerset Street W.
Kapital K-Dance -Korean Pop Dance (40 persons)
Taiji Show (80 persons)
New Square Dance – Sailor Dance (40 persons)
“Walking For Peace” Book Fair – International award-winning authors ( Mony Dojeiji & Alberto Agraso)
Cambidge Comfort Home Service Inc. – Free consultation
My Sweet Tea – Refreshing Drinks

Lion Dance – February 2016

Chinatown Winterlude Lunar New Year Parade will start at 1 pm on February 14, 2016 from Plant Recreation Center on 930 Somerset Street west; turn around on the Bay Street and then finish at Plant Recreation Center at 2:30 pm.
Lion Dance

Winterlude 2016

the Lunar New Year Lion Dance Parade in the Ottawa Chinatown

February 14, 2016 1pm to 2:30 pm

On Somerset Street from Preston Street to Bay Street

Ottawa, Ontario – Somerset Street Chinatown Business Improvement Area (BIA) is excited to partner with Canadian Heritage in 2016 Winterlude for its annual lion dance parade during the lunar new year on Sunday February 14, 2016 starting at 1 pm.

The Chinese Lion Dance goes back over one thousand years. The first record of the performance of an early form of the lion dance dates to the early Qing and Han Dynasties (Third century B.C.).

At the beginning of the lunar New Year in Chinatown, lion dance groups tour from business to business to bring good fortune and to ward off evil spirits.

Come to experience the tradition, hear the fire crackers, and get your New Year good fortune by following the lion dance parade in the Ottawa Chinatown – a multicultural village with an Asian flavour! To celebrate Winterlude in Chinatown, all the zodiacs will come to join the lion dance this year! You would not want to miss this extravaganza!

Admission: Free