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Summer Special Events

Thunder Bay is the city for events and festivals! 'Summer Special Events' are coordinated by the Recreation & Culture Division.

2015 summer events guide

Check out some of the great events hosted by the Recreation & Culture Division this summer:

Movie Nights in the Park - Late Night Series & Family Series

Dates: Summer/Fall Family Series starts on Thursday, August 13 and continues for the next four Fridays, August 21, August 28, September 4 and September 11.  The Late Night Series has concluded for 2015.
Time: Around 9:30 p.m. (once it is dark after sunset)
Location: Prince Arthur's Landing
Admission: Free

First held in 2012, this event returns in 2015 with a stellar line-up voted on by YOU!  

Kite Festival - Come Fly with Us!

Date: Sunday, May 24
Time: 12 noon - 4:00 p.m. 
Location: Chippewa Park
Admission: Free

First held in 1981, the Kite Festival is one of Thunder Bay's favourite events with fun for the whole family.

Summer in the Parks - Concert series featuring local favourites & up-and-comers

Dates: Wednesdays in July and August (July 8 to August 26)
Times: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Location: Prince Arthur's Landing Festival area
Admission: Free

Featuring fabulous local talent. Bring a lawn chair or blanket! Food concessions available, as well as face painting and games for the kids.

Canada Day - Celebrating Canada's birthday with friends and visitors

Date: Wednesday, July 1
Time: 5:30 - 11:30 pm
Location: Prince Arthur's Landing
Admission: Free

Includes Thunder Bay's largest annual fireworks display, live music, crafts, games and more!

Teddy Bears Picnic - Fun for youngsters and the young-at-heart in Vickers Park

Date: Tuesday, July 14
Time: 12 noon - 3 pm
Location: Vickers Park (corner of Arthur Street & Selkirk Avenue)
Admission: Free

Bring a blanket, picnic lunch and a teddy bear!

Superior Youth Festival - A gathering with a youthful flavour!

Check back for more information on the 2015 event. 

Location: TBD

Exploring Our Routes - Trail-based outdoor fun in Northwood

Date: Check back for the date, time and location of this event in 2015!

Admission: Free

Exploring our Routes is a new community event started in 2014 designed to promote active living, outdoor recreation, local food and family fun by exploring the walking/biking paths with a host of family activities along the trails and at a nearby park. 

Call for Talent

call for artisans

The City of Thunder Bay Recreation and Culture Division is looking for artisans to participate in the City’s special events this season. Download the application form below and submit by Monday, June 1 at 4:30 p.m. 


call for community groups

We are also looking for community groups to get involved in activities like Teddy Bear's Picnic, Canada Day and Summer in the Parks. Download the form below and submit by Friday, May 29 at 4:30 p.m.