June 3 & 4, 2023

Kite Festival is back this year and taking place at Marina Park! This year will feature air shows from the Canadian Forces Snowbirds! 

This exciting two-day event will be held from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on June 3 and 4 with air shows scheduled for 12:00 pm. We can't wait for you to join us! 

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will be signing autographs on Saturday, June 3 at approximately 2:30 pm in the Market Parking Lot. They will also have a RCAF CF-18 cockpit on display all weekend! 

There will be professional kite flying demonstrations, community groups, food vendors, arts programming, outdoor games, bubble station, skateboarding lessons for youth, and more! 

Food vendors include:

  • Bannock Lady
  • Cold Slate Creamery
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Mini Donut Shoppe
  • Petra Catering and Bakery
  • Snowcone Factory Bus
  • The Poppin' Hut
  • Twisted Ice Cream

Community Groups include:

  • Canadian Armed Forces
  • Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boreales
  • Female Boarder Collective
  • Fort William Historical Park
  • Healthy Kids
  • HMCS Griffon
  • Thunder Bay Museum
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit
  • Youth Move

Some important details to keep in mind:

  • Ensuring a secure air space at the Marina is crucial during the event. Please note that if any kites, drones, or other objects are flying during the Snowbirds’ performance, their show will be immediately halted.
  • Parking is available at the Red River Road parkade and other city lots.
  • The Market Parking Lot adjacent to the splash pad and a section of the Boaters Parking Lot (Public Launch) will be closed.
  • Accessible parking for those with a valid Accessible Parking Permit will be available in the Camelot Parking Lot, but reservations are required. To reserve a spot, please call 807-684-3844.
  • A portion of Water Street will be closed on June 2 to 4, from approximately 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Come out, enjoy Kite Festival and grab a front row seat to the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Air Show! 

Award-Winning Festival

Thousands of events are held every year in Ontario but only a select few are named to the 'Top 100 Ontario Festivals' list. The Kite Festival has been named to this prestigious list six times - most recently in 2015.

Volunteer Opportunities

Join the Volunteer team for a fun filled weekend outdoors!

For more information, please contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator at volunteer@thunderbay.ca 


Presenting & Main Stage Sponsor: Ontario Power Generation

Volunteer Program Sponsor: Tbaytel

Signature Sponsors:99.9 The BayCountry 105ROCK 9491.5 CKPRCFNO, tbnewswatch, Roundtable 

Patron Sponsors: Impala CanadaDelta Hotel

Contributing Sponsors:  Breakwater Events,  The Waterfront District BIA, Spadoni Used Car & Truck - Sales & Leasing

Make an impact in our community - consider sponsoring the region's most popular and well-attended special events. If your company is interested in participating as a sponsor for this award-winning event, email culture@thunderbay.ca or call 807-628-5250.   

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