Be in the know of what's happening around the city of Thunder Bay throughout the year! Stay cultured by attending the various cultural festivals and indulge in great entertainment with family and friends. There is always something happening for everyone to enjoy in our nation's capital.
> Choose from these Thunder Bay Festivals:
The Thunder Bay Dragon Boat Race Festival is packed with entertainment both on the water and off. Directed by the drumbeat, dragon boaters paddle in unison, skimming over the waters of Boulevard Lake. The festival is a great mixture of competition and good old fun.
Every long weekend in August, the Italian Society of Port Arthur celebrates Festa Italiana, a celebration of the food and fun of Italy. Over the two days, a variety of local and "imported" entertainment acts can be seen on the main stage.
Ethnic diversity is one of Thunder Bay's greatest assets, and it shows most clearly in the cultural events that visitors have come to enjoy. The Folklore Festival, a world tour of nations, attracts tourists and locals alike every spring in a celebration of song, dance and cuisine.
Ojibwa Keeshigun, a traditional pow-wow held at Fort William Historical Park in August, offers a colorful glimpse of Native culture. This event is a stirring tribute to aboriginal heritage with Native singing, dancing, drum groups, special demonstrations & activities.
Held at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, this annual race/fun tour is a celebrated event among Nordic skiers. The annual Sibley Ski Tour continues to draw impressive numbers of participants from all parts of the continent.
Join the crowds from Northwestern Ontario, the Midwestern United States and Manitoba as they enjoy the belted-out blues songs from both local and international artists. Smooth melodies can be heard at the Thunder Bay Marina Park annually in early July.
The Thunder Bay Kite Festival, held on a Saturday at the end of May, offers locals and visitors the chance to spend an afternoon on the waterfront while enjoying a variety of fun activities.
Ukrainian Festival highlights the traditions of the Ukrainian heritage. Held in late May, organizers say “Bitaemo!” Welcome to the Dryden Memorial Arena for a day packed full of music, dancing, a Children's Corner, exhibitors and lots of great Ukrainian Food.