Thunder Bay Special Events and Festivals Calendar information, listings and links

Everybody loves festivals, be it spring, summer, fall or winter. Throughout the year, over 30 different festivals and annual events are put on by various local groups. From boat races in the summer to the Festival of Lights in the winter, there's no better way to enjoy yourself than to take in a festival.

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Here are Thunder Bay & area's major festivals and events over the coming year.




mid February

Voyageur Winter Carnival

Fort William Historical Park. For more information, 807-473-2344

late March to early May

Lakehead Festival of Music and the Arts Program

This 69 year old festival encourages, nurtures and supports musical performances and educational activities within the Thunder Bay area. (807)577-6999

early April

Yard'n'Garden Show

Canadian Lakehead Exhibition

mid May

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Trade Show


late May

Kite Festival

Marina Park

early June

Spring on the Farm

A weekend of fun and frolic, dedicated to life on the farm, with wagon rides, special visits with the farm animals, tours, games, crafts and entertainment. Fort William Historical Park. For more information, 807-473-2344 or info@fwhp.ca.

mid June

Northwest Senior Games

55 Plus Centre

mid June

Thunder Bay Children's Festival

Community Auditorium & Nor Wester Park

July 1

Canada Day Multicultural Festival

At Old Fort William

July 1

Canada Day 2000

At Marina Park

July 1

International Friendship Days

Various Locations around city

early July

Mount Mckay Host Ojibway Drum- Black Water Creek

The Thunder Mountain Culture Committee is hosting a powwow on Mount Mckay Host Ojibway Drum- Black Water Creek This event is free and many arts and crafts will be displayed. 1pm to 1am daily. Daily feasts and give away, bringing all nations together for across the country. Contact for more info, John Charlie 807-623-1702 /TD>

Every Sunday from
July - August

Sundays in Marina Park

Marina Park

early July

Thunder Bay Blues Festival

This annual fstival (since 2000) is held outside on the shores of Lake Superior at the beautiful Thunder Bay Marina Park. 807-343-2309

mid July

Square Dance Festival

West Thunder Community Centre

early July

Great Rendezvous Festival

Celebrate the spirit of the Canadian fur trade, presented by friendly re-enactors from across the continent. Sign up for artisan workshops & enjoy the colourful grand canoe arrival at Old Fort William. 807-473-2344.

late July

Thunder Bay Fringe Festival

Downtown North Ward

early July

Battle of Fort William

Old Fort William. 807-473-2344.

late July

Thunder Bay Triathlon

Boulevard Lake

late July

T'ai Chi Festival

Community Auditorium

late July

2nd Annual Dragon Boat Festival

Boulevard Lake

mid August

Anishnawbe Keeshigun Native Festival

Experience Aboriginal culture with traditional dancing, singing & drumming. Enjoy tasty treats including the bannock making contest! Fort William Historical Park. 807-473-2344

mid Aug

Canadian Lakehead Exhibition

Lakehead Exhibition Grounds

late Aug

Pass Lake Fair

Pass Lake Community hall & Curling Club

end Aug

Murillo Fall Fair

Murillo. The fair is a 113 year tradition held by the Oliver Agricultural Society in the community of Murillo, 15 minutes outside of Thunder Bay. (807) 767-2365.

end Aug

Thunder in the Air Airshow

Thunder Bay Airport

early Sept

Hymers Fall Fair


mid Sept

Terry Fox Run

Boulevard Lake

mid Oct

Grand Prix of Curling

Port Arthur Curling Club

late October

Fright Night

Embark upon a haunted tour of Fort William, as spooky happenings unfold. Mysterious screams & piercing sounds & unsettling bumps in the night abound! Fort William Historical Park. 807-473-2344

late Oct

Thunder Bay Museum 8th Annual Antique Show & Sale

Best Western Nor'Wester Resort Hotel.

mid Nov

Celebration Exposition of the Arts 2000

DaVinci Centre

mid Nov

10th annual OPP Christmas Parade

Community Auditorium on the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition grounds

late Nov to January

Tour of Lights

Old Fort William, presented by the Chamber of Commerce

Dec 31

New Years Eve Family Frolic

Old Fort William

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