Festa Italiana Thunder Bay

Festa Italiana is a Civic Holiday weekend tradition in Thunder Bay. (Facebook/Festa Italiana)

It's hard to believe August has already arrived, but there's plenty of summer left to celebrate in northwestern Ontario, starting with the Civic Holiday weekend. The holiday itself falls on Monday, August 4.

What to do?

Festa Italiana:  Sunday August 3 and Monday August 4 in Thunder Bay

Celebrate all things Italian! Live entertainment, food and drink at the Italian Cultural Centre, 132 S. Algoma Street in Thunder Bay. Open 12 noon until 1 a.m.  Fireworks display at 11 p.m. both nights. 

Kenora Harbourfest: Friday August 1, Saturday August 2 and Sunday August 3

During the day Saturday and Sunday, there's fun for the whole family at KidsZone from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus a street hockey tournament, crafters and vendors. When the sun goes down, take in live music on Kenora's Harbourfontfeaturing The Sheepdogs and Three Days Grace on Saturday night, then Bret Michaels and Slaughter on Sunday night. Visit harbourfest.ca for the complete schedule of events.  

Terrace Bay DragFest: Friday August 1, Saturday August 2 and Sunday August 3

Hosted by the Superior Classic Car Club, the 16th annual motor showdown starts at the Terrace Bay airport at 10 a.m. Spectators pay $20, competitors [car and driver only] pay $50, pit crew members pay $60.   

Tanya Lipscomb at the Apollo:  Saturday August 2

If you like the idea of an artist who plays multiple instruments, covering genres from the roaring 20's to funk, soul and bluegrass, then catch Tanya Lipscomb on her Thunder Bay stop in her cross-Canada tour.  She's performing at the Apollo on Red River Road in Thunder Bay on Saturday night. 

Strathcona Invitational: Friday August 1 to Monday August 4 

If you enjoy watching a high-profile golf tournament, tee times start each day at 7 a.m. at Thunder Bay's Strathcona Golf Course. 

Civic holiday: What's open and what's closed on Monday


  • Thunder Bay Transit [running Sunday/holiday schedule]
  • Grocery stores [Metro, Safeway and Real Canadian Superstore]
  • Intercity Mall [noon until 5 p.m.]
  • Some LCBOs are open noon to 8 p.m. [check your local store]
  • Some locations of The Beer Store open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. [806 Red River and 310 N. May Street in Thunder Bay, as well as 560 Railway St. in Kenora]


  • Government offices
  • Banks
  • Thunder Bay Public Libraries
  • Thunder Bay Art Gallery
  • No Canada Post delivery