2018 Festivals & Events in Thunder Bay

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2018 Festivals & Events in Thunder Bay, Ontario

Thunder Bay will be hosting a bunch of great Festivals and Events again this year. Here’s a list of Festivals & Events in Thunder Bay happening this year. For a full list, visit Thunder Bay Tourism’s brand new website and Events Calendar: visitthunderbay.com

Folklore Festival: May 5th and 6th

The Thunder Bay Multicultural Association will be hosting the 45th annual Folklore Festival. Take a trip around the world in 48 hours. There will be international food and drink, cultural music, dance, and much more. The Folklore Festival is a fun and unique celebration. Don’t miss it!
Dates: Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th

Times: Sat. 12 pm to 11 pm and Sun. 12 pm to 7 pm

Location: Fort William Gardens, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Cost: Adults $5, Students/Seniors $3, Children $1

Website: folklorefestival.ca

Photos and text from folklorefestival.ca

Kite Festival: June 3rd

Thunder Bay’s Kite Festival has been held annually since 1981. Along with kite workshops, demonstrations and activities, you will experience the flying skills of kite experts from renowned Kite Clubs. People of all ages will be impressed and inspired by their spectacular demonstrations of colourful high-flying kites. Don’t miss this award-winning day of fun, colour, and amazement! On the ‘Top 100 Ontario Festivals’ list.

Dates: Sunday, June 3rd

Times: 12 pm – 4 pm

Location: Chippewa Park, Thunder Bay

Cost: FREE

Contact: (807) 625-2351

Sponsor: please call Ash Young at 625-2487 or email ayoung@thunderbay.ca

Photos and text from visitthunderbay.com

Thunder Pride Association Parade & Pride in the Park: June 16th

Dates: Saturday, June 16

Times: 12 pm – 2 pm

Location: Marina Park, Water St, Thunder Bay, ON

Cost: FREE

Contact: thunderpride2011@gmail.com

Photos and text from visitthunderbay.com

National Aboriginal Day: June 21st

National Aboriginal Day is a special day to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

Dates: Thursday, June 21

Times: All Day

Location: Marina Park, Water St, Thunder Bay, ON

Cost: FREE

Contact: nadtbay@gmail.com

Photos and text from nadtbay.ca and visitthunderbay.com

Canada Day on the Waterfront: July 1st

Celebrate CANADA Day on the Waterfront! Canada Day on the Waterfront is Thunder Bay’s biggest annual one-day event. Programming runs from 5 – 11 pm. Enjoy the area’s biggest fireworks display.

Get the best view of the fireworks in the city from the water with Sail Superior. It’s dark, boats drifting in the distance, the historic Thunder Bay Main lighthouse at your back, dusk has fallen over the city – BOOM! Fireworks light up the sky. Get out your cameras! Book your July 1st fireworks with Sail Superior HERE! Only $35 per person.

Dates: Sunday, July 1st

Times: 5 pm – 12 pm

Location: Marina Park, Water St, Thunder Bay, ON

Cost: FREE

Volunteer: volunteer@thunderbay.ca

Sponsor: please call Ash Young at 625-2487 or email ayoung@thunderbay.ca

Photos and text from visitthunderbay.com

Thunder Bay Blues Festival: July 6th – 8th

Prepare yourself for a long weekend of music, food, friends, sunshine, opinion and attitude. You’re going to love every note, morsel, smile, ray, verb and exclamation point of it!

Dates: Friday, July 6th, Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th

Times: Friday 4 pm – 11 pm, Saturday 12 pm – 11 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 11 pm

Location: Marina Park, Water St, Thunder Bay, ON

Cost: visit tbayblues.ca


Photos and text from tbayblues.ca

Festival of India: July 21st

Festival of India The annual Krishna Culture Festival of India is celebrated across many cities in North America. The mission of Festival of India is to provide traditional and classical Indian entertainment including Bharat Natyam and Odissi dance, Kirtans and Bhajans with Sitar, Saraj, Tamboura, Tablas, Mridanga, Harmonium and Kartals, as well as theater based on great ancient histories like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Over one hundred attractively designed panel displays report and depict little-known information on topics such as Reincarnation, Vegetarianism, Ancient and Modern Science, and Vedic Histories. A veritable gallery of illustrative artwork, sculpture, and photographic reproductions complete Festival of India’s illuminating image to the public eye. Returning to Thunder Bay yearly, the Festival of India has won approval from students, professors, professionals, authors, and celebrities and has been enjoyed by people from all walks of life. Festival of India offers a wealth of opportunities for everyone.

Dates: Saturday, July 21st

Times: 1 pm

Location: Marina Park, Water St, Thunder Bay, ON

Cost: FREE

Photos and text from visitthunderbay.com

Superior Theatre Festival: July 25th – 29th

Superior Theatre Festival advances the appreciation of the arts by showcasing high-caliber contemporary work, programming work that celebrates our Northern Voice and creating enriching opportunities through arts education and dialogue.

Dates: Wednesday, July 25th – Sunday, July 29th

Times: TBA

Location: TBA

Cost: TBA

Photos and text from superiortheatrefestival.com

Bay & Algoma Buskers Festival: July 28th – 29th



The Bay and Algoma Neighborhood is excited to announce the sixth annual Bay and Algoma Buskers Festival. Featuring over 40 performers rotating through 10 performance pitches located on Upper Bay Street and Algoma, this year’s festival has familiar favourites as well as some new surprises. The festival draws in more than 5,000 attendees over two days of closed street celebrations and is again partnering with the DefSup Die Active Y’ART Sale to create an arts filled urban landscape.

Dates: Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, July 29th

Times: All Day

Location: Bay and Algoma neighbourhood, Thunder Bay, ON

Cost: FREE

Volunteer and Sponsor: bayalgoma.com

Photos and text from bayalgoma.com

Plenty of Festivals & Events in Thunder Bay this year. Experience them all!