We offer many great events hosted by the City throughout the year. You can also explore our Online Community Events Calendar to see what's coming up. You can even subscribe to the events calendar to get notified when there are events that interest you.

Planning on hosting your own event? The City offers services for event organizers and we encourage you to add your event to our Community Calendar.  

Visit the Online Community Events Calendar

Call for Talent, Food Vendors, Event Vendors, Artisans and Community Groups 

 Call for Talent

The City of Thunder Bay is inviting performing artists to apply to participate in the City’s annual summer events series. Performance opportunities include over 10 event days. All events are free to the public and collectively draw thousands of attendees.

Call for Talent Application Form


Please email your completed application form to culture@thunderbay.ca 
 Call for Food Vendors, Event Vendors, Artisans and Community Groups

The City of Thunder Bay is inviting food vendors, event vendors, artist/artisans and community groups to apply to participate at the City’s annual events series this Summer. 

Call for Food Vendor Application Form 

Call for Event Vendor Application Form

Call for Artists and Artisans Application Form

Call for Community Group Application Form


Please email your completed application form to culture@thunderbay.ca 

Annual Summer Events

The City offers a diverse line-up of award-winning free events designed to inspire, engage, activate and delight all ages. Don't miss these fun filled summer events - Quest: Tech & GamingKite Festival, Maamawe Summer FestivalCanada Day on the WaterfrontTeddy Bears PicnicLive on the Waterfront and Movie Nights in the Parks. Mark your calendar to attend all of the amazing events scheduled throughout the summer!


Quest: Tech & Gaming

Quest is Thunder Bay's annual tech and gaming event that offers Esports tournaments, as well as tech related educational workshops and programming.

Kite Festival

Kite Festival is an award-winning event that brings professional kite flyers, demonstrations and activities for all ages to Chippewa Park every June.

Maamawe Summer Festival

The Maamawe Summer Festival and Showcase is a community festival that promotes inclusion, diversity and well-being for the Thunder Bay community and all visitors to the region. The Festival showcases local talent with a focus on Indigenous artists to share elements of Indigenous contributions like music and art. 

Canada Day

Canada Day celebrates the anniversary of Canadian confederation, sometimes referred to as “Canada’s Birthday”.  Many Canadian citizens, newcomers and visitors choose to recognize and celebrate Canada Day.  The City of Thunder Bay offers Canada Day programming for those who wish to participate, and respects the perspectives and wishes of those who do not.

Teddy Bears Picnic

Children, parents and teddy bears are invited to the annual Teddy Bears Picnic to enjoy an afternoon of free crafts, activities and entertainment in July at Vickers Park.

Live on the Waterfront

Live on the Waterfront is Thunder Bay's premier free performing arts series! Happening Wednesday evenings throughout the summer in July and August. 

Movie Nights in the Parks!

Movie Nights in the Parks is a series of free outdoor film screenings that take place in August.

Annual Winter Events


Winter FunDays

Participate in Winter FunDays and enjoy some winter fun with a different free activity every other Sunday from January through the end of March!

SnowDay on the Waterfront

SnowDay features fantastic sculptures as the focal point of this one-day celebration of all things winter - at beautiful Marina Park.

Community Centre Events

Discover what's happening at your local community centres.


Annual Observances

The following monthly calendars have been created by Diversity Thunder Bay to mark annual observances. Although not intended to be comprehensive (there are hundreds of worldwide observances each month), they demonstrate the great variety of holidays, celebrations and observances - both religious and secular - that occur worldwide and here in Thunder Bay.

View Annual Observances

Click the links for PDFs of monthly Diversity Calendars.

  • January
  • February
  • March 
  • April
  • May 
  • June 
  • July (coming soon)
  • August (coming soon)
  • September (coming soon)
  • October (coming soon)
  • November (coming soon)
  • December (coming soon)

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking to become a volunteer? Find out how you can get involved in outstanding events.



Become an Event Sponsor!

If you would like to give your brand a boost, consider our region's most popular and well-attended special events. If your company is interested in participating as a sponsor for the City of Thunder Bay's award-winning events, please email our Cultural Development & Events Supervisor or call 628-5250.


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