There are many Sudbury events and festivals to keep you busy in this town. No matter the season or weather conditions, there is something exciting going on throughout the year. The festivals are just down the road from your Sudbury bed and breakfast.
Northern Lights Festival Boreal
19 Grey St., Ste. E
Sudbury, ON P3E 3L2
This is one of the Sudbury events that has been happening since 1972 in downtown, not far from your cozy Sudbury inn. The three-day festival takes place on the shores of Lake Ramsey in July of each year. There are a ton of performers and entertainers, as well as vendors selling their wares. The activities begin around 5:00 p.m. on Friday evening and continue until midnight on Sunday. Most of the action takes place in Bell Park. Those over the age of 10 must purchase a ticket to get in. There is a parking lot across the street from the park, but it fills very quickly. Events take place outdoors, so bring appropriate gear in case the weather turns bad.
Sudbury, ON P3E 3L2
This event is held for six days in July and celebrates the city's blueberry harvest. The event kicks off on Sunday morning with a blueberry pancake breakfast. There are concerts, shows, performances and lots of other activities. Each day, there are special events held at places around town, especially museums. Monday morning begins with a climb to the top of Blueberry Hill. You can attend an open house, craft show, art exhibit or a blueberry eating contest. Every event has a "blue" theme. The festival ends the following Sunday with a big closing ceremony. Sudberry and Sudbrina Bear are the mascots of the festival and make appearances daily.
Cinefest Film Festival
49 Durham St.
Sudbury, ON P3E 3M2
The Cinefest is an international film festival held in September that attracts nearly 30,000 people. You can attend your choice of more than 100 films that explore the cultures and traditions of the world. You must purchase tickets for the events. The ultimate passport ticket to all events is $220, while a single ticket is $11.50, as of 2011. There are awards given out to films each year. Audience members are asked to give feedback through discussion groups after certain events, and question and answer sessions. This festival gives audience members a chance to meet some professional film makers and actors firsthand.
Sudbury Dragon Boat Festival
506 Elizabeth St.
Sudbury, ON P3E 2X7
The Dragon Boat Festival is a tradition that began in 2000 and continues to take place each summer in Ramsey Lake near downtown Sudbury. This festival celebrates the Chinese tradition of racing dragon boats. The teams compete for charity, and the winning team represents Sudbury at the world championships. The festivities begin on Friday with a ceremony. There are Chinese heritage dancers and performers throughout the three days of Sudbury events. You will also see a variety of vendors, entertainment, artists and more. Most of the events take place in Bell Park close to the lake.