Tourism Sault Ste. Marie
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS & EVENTS
2010-2011 Sault STE. Marie GUIDE
Sault Ste. Marie
The International City
The Sault Ste. Marie Festivals & Events Network officially formed in the
fall of 2004. Tourism Sault Ste. Marie and the private sector tourism
partners understand the importance of festivals and events and the
opportunities that exist to attract tourists to Sault Ste. Marie on a yearround basis.
The goal of the Sault Ste. Marie Festivals & Events Network build on
providing guidance in areas of research, development and marketing to
enhance ability to grow and attract non-resident participants.
Our vision is to support existing and develop new festivals & events in
the Sault Ste. Marie area by providing a range of programs and services
to support festivals and events goals, while acting as a centralized
resource for festivals and events within the tourism industry.
The Sault Ste. Marie Festivals & Events Network is supported by
Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, a division of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic
Development Corporation dedicated to providing support, presenting
a united voice, and creating an effective networking environment for
festival and events members to operate more effectively.
For additional information about the Network and to become a member
contact the Tourism Sault Ste. Marie Office for more details.
Email: [email protected]
The Sault Ste. Marie Festival & Events
Network is proudly sponsored by
Festivals & Events Network
This symbol represents that the event is taken place in Canada
This symbol represents that the event is taken place in the U.S.A.
This symbol indicates the following events are
members of the Sault Ste. Marie Festivals & Events
Network. More information at www.saultfestivals.com
May 22 - 24, 2010 – Ryan Nolan’s Motocross
June 6, 2010 – CMRC Motocross Race ANQ Qualifier
July 10 & 11, 2010 – CMRC Motocross Racing
August 7 & 8, 2010 – CMRC Motocross Racing
August 21 & 22, 2010 – Grass Drags
Mud Bogs are returning to Runway Park….check the
website for dates.
RUNWAY PARK is Northern Ontario’s premier four-season outdoor
event venue! Located beside the Sault Ste. Marie Airport, just minutes
from downtown and just a short drive from the International Bridge.
RUNWAY PARK is the place to be this summer!
Visit www.runwaypark.com or call 705-779-3031 or fax: 705-779-3371.
Passport to Unity
May 15, 2011
‘Passport to Unity’ is an annual festival which celebrates our
community’s diverse cultures and traditions. The event brings
together the many local cultural groups, performers, artists,
individuals and families while also welcoming newcomers to the
city of Sault Ste. Marie. Through performance, food and creative
displays, ‘Passport to Unity’ captures and celebrates the vast
traditions, backgrounds and countries of origin that make up the
cultural mosaic of our community. This festival takes places at the
Essar Centre and will be sure to engage and delight both young and
old. The event is hosted by NEW TO THE SAULT© and The Sault
Community Career Centre, funded by Employment Ontario.
Visit www.newtothesault.com for event updates.
Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site
June 5 & 6, 2010 Lavender & Lilac Festival
August 15, 2010 Blueberry Festival A Northern Ontario Blueberry Breakfast
Seasonal Heritage Culinary experiences are available for both
events at special ticket prices. Daily historic happenings and
demonstrations by costumed interpreters. The Ermatinger Old Stone
House (1812), the Clergue Blockhouse (1819 lower story, 1894 upper
storey), heritage gardens, period rooms, and interactive exhibits.
831 Queen St. E., Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario 705-759-5443
Email: [email protected] Open April to mid-December.
Music in the Park
June 16 - August 25, 2010
The Soo Locks Park in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan will be hosting the
13th Annual Music in the Park Summer Concert Series every Wednesday
evening at 7pm. This concert series begins June 16, 2010 and runs
through August 25, 2010. Entry is free to the public.
For more information, log on to www.saultdda.com or call 906-635-6973.
Echoes of the World International Drum Festival
June 17 - 19, 2010
Clergue Park, (downtown and riverside) 651-751 Bay Street, Sault
Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. Come and celebrate with us our eighth
drum festival! The only international drum festival north of Toronto!
Interactive sessions on: drum circles, mini drum making, standard
size drum making, drum painting, rattle making,
clogging, traditional African dance, storytellers, Tai Chi, and much
more. Honour the summer solstice by participating in our Sunset
Drum Circle from 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Go to our website for contact information and to register as a vendor
or performer and to see the line-up of performers and performances
as they are confirmed. www.echoesdrumfestival.com
July 1, 2010
Celebrate Canada’s 143rd Birthday at Roberta Bondar Park located
on the waterfront. Enjoy free entertainment from 2:00 p.m. to
10:00 p.m. Fireworks at dusk!
For more information, contact the City of Sault Ste. Marie Recreation
& Culture Division at 1-800-361-1522 or visit www.cityssm.on.ca
The Great Tugboat Race
July 1 - 5, 2010 Pancake Breakfast
July 2, 2010 Parade of Tugs
July 3, 2010 Tugboat Races
Join us for Pancake Breakfast aboard a barge at the Roberta Bondar
Marina, Sault Ontario on July 1 – 3 and on July 4 & 5 on a barge at the
George Kemp Marina, Soo, MI from 7:00 am to 11:00 am. On Friday, July
2, the Parade of Tugs departs from the Purvis Dock at 6:30 pm and can be
viewed from both the US and Canadian Locks from 7:00pm to 9:00 pm.
On Saturday, July 3, the Tugboat Races begin with the first heat at noon!
For more information, call us at (705) 759-4800
or the Michigan Chamber of Commerce at (906) 632-3301, or visit
Rotaryfest: The Sault’s Summer Festival!
July 15 - 17, 2010
Frolic in our PlayZone where you get hands-on and creative...Boogie
to the continuous free entertainment on our two stages...Revel in
the antics of the street entertainers at the Cirque du ROTARYFEST...
Squeal with delight as you fly through the air on the chilling carnival
rides... Replenish and refresh at the Rotary food court...Delight
in the family memories being created...all and so much more at
ROTARYEST, The Sault’s Summer Festival at Clergue Park.
For more information call the Rotary office 705-945-1279
or visit: www.rotaryfest.com
Arts at the Dock
July 18, 2010
Algoma District’s most diverse and prestigious multimedia art show.
Arts at the Dock features forty or more of the district’s most gifted
artists and a variety of art, with something new every year. Works
for sales include painting, photography, stained glass, woodworks,
handmade jewellery, pottery and much more. Located at the Hilton
Beach Waterfront and Community Centre from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information contact
705-246-2242 or visit http://www.hiltonbeach.com
Tall Ships: HMS Bounty & Pride of Baltimore II
July 22, 2010
Sault Ste. Marie is excited to welcome two of the majestic Tall Ships
taking part in the Great Lakes United TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE®
2010, a port-to-port tall ships race series. The ships will be sailing
the world’s second largest source of fresh surface water. As the
vessels race from port to port, they will help Great Lakes United bring
a message of conservation and preservation to the millions of people
who will travel to see the tall ships. Over 42 million people live within
an hour of the Great Lakes watershed. Throughout this summer,
the Great Lakes United TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® 2010 will carry
a message of freshwater conservation in celebration of waters
The Great Lakes are a fragile ecosystem. Despite their immensity, they
are especially vulnerable to degradation. These tall ships represent
one of the most sustainable forms of transportation, making this one
of the most environmentally friendly races on the planet. Coming into
Sault Ste. Marie, the Tall Ships will carry a message of freshwater
conservation in celebration of waters worth protecting.
Visit www.saultfestivals.com or call 1-800-461-6020
Kewadin Casinos 25th Anniversary Summer Festival
July 22-24, 2010
Celebrate 25 years with Kewadin Casinos in Sault Ste. Marie at a
three-day summer festival July 22 to 24! Four national headlining acts,
including Brett Michaels and Vince Neil, 3-Doors Down, and American
rock icon Meat Loaf; celebrity appearances by Henry “ The Fonz” Winkler,
former Lion football player Billy Sims and Herman Moore and Playboy
Playmates, Shannon James, Brittany B. and Amber Campisi; fireworks,
simulation games, food and merchant vendors and much more!
For more information visit www.kewadin.com or Call 800-KEWADIN
Finn Grand Fest ‘Naturally Finnish’
July 28 - August 1, 2010
Experience Finnish Culture, Kinship and Folklore through the
Generations. By registering for Finn Grand Fest 2010 you will
receive the following benefits: Free admission to: opening and
closing ceremonies, the Tori/marketplace, arts and crafts sale and
demonstrations, over 50 live musical and dance performances,
Finnish film festival, Finnish Language Camp, viewing of all sporting
events, including traditional Finnish events, Spiritual and worship
programs, Paavo Nurmi Art exhibition and historical displays, full
lineup of children’s programs and events, complementary shuttle bus
service between festival and event location, public transit courtesy
Sault Ste. Marie Transit for all registrants, free parking at all event
locations, $25 Casino package for all registrants staying at Tourism
Sault Ste. Marie Partner Hotels, courtesy of OLG Casino Sault Ste.
Marie, discounted rates for concerts and theatre productions, and
much, much more! You can register for Finn Grand Fest 2010 by
mailing in a registration form or in person at the Finn Grand Fest
office. Finn Grand Fest 2010 is a combined Finnish Canadian and
Finnish American Festival endorsed by the Finnish Canadian Cultural
Federation and Finn Fest USA.
The registration forms are available online at
www.finngrandfest2010.com or at the Finn Grand Fest office
Phone: 705-575-3466 (FINN) or email: [email protected]
Downtown Sidewalk Sales & Antique Car Show
August 6 & 7, 2010
Ashmun Street in Downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, will host the
Annual Downtown Sidewalk Sales with craft vendors August 6th and
7th, 2010. August 7th, 2010 will also feature the 7th Annual Slashin’
Ashmun Antique Car Show. With activities for all ages, it is sure to be
a great time for everyone.
For more details, log on to www.saultdda.com or call 906-635-6973.
August 6 - 8, 2010
The weekend of August 6, 7, and 8 has been reserved to delight
young and old alike with Buskerfest 2010; Sault Ste. Marie’s most
original and fastest growing community oriented festival. The
performers, in conjunction with volunteers from the Sault Youth
Association will have Queen Street (between East and Brock) closed
to traffic but open to everything else as they present their distinctive
talents right on the street.
Visit www.buskerfest.ca for more information.
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
9th Annual Whitefish Boil
September 4, 2010
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is holding its 9th annual Fish
Boil. Festivities run from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Entertainment provided by
Great Lakes Balladeer, Carl Behrend. Ticket prices: $10.00 per person
include includes fresh whitefish, potatoes, coleslaw, roll, soft drink and
dessert. Come out and enjoy great food and entertainment.
For more information call 1-800-635-1742, 18335 N. Whitefish Point
Road, Paradise, Michigan or visit: www.shipwreckmuseum.com
September 18 & 19, 2010
The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre’s Bushplane Days 2010,
recognized for the third consecutive year by FEO as one of Ontario’s
Top 100 Events, is not to be missed. This jam-packed celebration
of aviation and forestry history will feature something for everyone,
including the popular MNR fly-by waterbombing demonstration, art
exhibitions, model displays, chartered flights, demonstrations, Science
North kids’ exhibits, model train rides, great musical entertainment,
special surprise visitors, and more! Special adult admission is $5 and
children 12 and under are free.
For more information, visit www.bushplane.com, call 705-945-6242,
or email [email protected] . Visit the Canadian Bushplane
Heritage Centre at 50 Pim Street, Sault Ste. Marie – where adventure
September 19, 2010
Some of Sault Ste. Marie’s favourite restaurants will be serving up their
hot & spicy Chili at this fundraising event for the Sault Area Hospital
Foundation. To compliment the Chili: Live Entertainment, Steelworkers
Fun Carnival and Activities for the Kids. Mark your calendars! Roberta
Bondar Pavilion from 12 noon until 4 p.m. Come and enjoy a family,
fulfilled afternoon. Proudly sponsored by the RBC Royal Bank.
Call 705-759-3816 or check out our website at:
War of 1812 Rendezvous & Fur Trade Celebration
September 24 - 26, 2010
During this event you will be able to step back into the Fur Trade
Era during the period of the War of 1812. Here you will be able to
experience a British Soldier Militia Muster, cannon demonstration,
Coureur de Bois Encampment, participate in Voyageur games. This
event will be held at the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site,
831 Queen St E. Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 2A8 and Fort St. Joseph
National Historic Site.
For more information you can contact us at 705-759-5443, email:
[email protected] or visit www.algoma1812.ca
Group of Seven Train Event: Art of JEH MacDonald
September 25 & 26, 2010
The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains and Searchmont Resort
invite you to celebrate the 92nd Anniversary of the Group of Seven
painting along the Algoma Central Railway. This all-day event
includes a scenic train ride from Sault Ste. Marie to Searchmont
Resort which travels through a spectacular display of fall colours;
art workshops in oil/acrylic, watercolor, sketching, Aboriginal art and
photography; nature walks; Group of Seven reproductions display;
presentations about J.E.H. MacDonald by his grand-niece Susan
MacDonald; musical entertainment and a gourmet lunch! There will
also be a second day option to travel from Searchmont by coach
along Lake Superior to Wawa, where the participants will stay
overnight and ride the train back to the Sault from Hawk Junction
while listening to commentary about the locations where the Group
of Seven painted.
Contact 705-949-2301 ext. 4320/4356 or email [email protected] or
visit www.captrains.ca for further information.
Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Ceremony
November 10, 2010
Held at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point at
7 p.m. Call the Last Watch Ceremony. Where special guests ring the
Fitzgerald’s bell 29 times in remembrance of each crewman lost with
the Fitzgerald, with a 30th ring to remember all the Mariner’s lost on
the Great Lakes. Featuring guest speakers, music and refreshments.
For more information call, 1-800-635-1742 or visit
Winter Events Dates: To be announced
RUNWAY PARK is Northern Ontario’s premier four-season outdoor
venue! Located beside the Sault Ste. Marie Airport, just minutes from
downtown and just a short drive from the International Bridge, heat up
your winter with hot ice race action!
Contact at 705-779-3031, fax 705-779-3371 or
Festival of Trees
November 18 - 21, 2010
The Festival of Trees is an extraordinary charity fund-raiser. Imagine
the ballroom and lobby of the Comfort Suites and Conference Centre
transformed into a wonderland of festive decorations and beautifully
decorated trees and wreaths from local businesses. Add music,
children’s laughter, auctions, raffles , and the enjoyment of food and
drink and you have the ingredients for a very memorable event for
family, friends and visitors. Proceeds from the event support The
Contact The Lung Association at 705-256-2335 or
email: [email protected]
Bon Soo Winter Carnival
February 4 - 13, 2011
Believe in the Magic of Winter - 10 days of hosting over 75 indoor
and outdoor activities for ALL ages. Highlights include - Premier
Concert, Fireworks, Dances, Skates and so much more. Come visit
Northern Ontario’s Largest Winter Playground featuring Ice Slides,
interactive winter activities, Polar Bear Swim all for only $5.00.
Call 1-866-899-1607, 705-759-3000 or visit www.bonsoo.on.ca
Gathering at the Rapids - Community Pow-Wow
March 5 & 6, 2011
Algoma University has worked together with Anishinaabe agencies
throughout the Sault to organize this large community Pow Wow to
celebrate lifelong learning. The weekend is a beautiful celebration
of Anishinaabe peoples and their culture. Witness beautiful regalia,
drumming, and dancing while shopping at the craft vendors and
tasting fine Anishinaabe cuisine.
Please contact [email protected] for more information.
Shadows of the Mind Film Festival
The 12th annual Shadows of the Mind Film Festival will be held
at the Galaxy Cinemas in the Station Mall in either February or
March of 2011. Explore the Spirit of Life with us and our partners
by attending great films, workshops, galas and good times! Check
out our website for up to date information! The wide range of films
includes documentaries, independent, inter-national, experimental
and Canadian films. Admission for all screenings will be $8 per film
or by our Gold or Silver pass.
Call 705-945-0458 ext 223 or visit us online at our website:
The 2012 CARHA Hockey World Cup
March 4 - 11, 2012
A representation of the largest adult recreational hockey tournament in
the world, between 19 – 70 years of age. This event happens only every
4 years with the past host cities being: Toronto 1996, Vancouver 2000,
Ottawa 2004 and Quebec City 2008. It will be the single largest sporting
event ever held in Northern Ontario, not just in Sault Ste. Marie. 125
teams with Approx. 2,500 participants are anticipated to attend from
10 countries such as Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy,
Latvia, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and
Canada. When they are not playing hockey they will be able to chose
from an itinerary off additional games and experiences including: Skiing,
Basketball, Indoor Soccer, Athletes Village, Casino Theme Nights and
other themed cultural evenings featuring ethnic foods and entertainment.
Contact CARHA at 1-800-267-1854 or visit www.carhahockey.ca
99 Foster Drive, Level 3
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
CANADA P6A 5X6
For more information, contact
1-800-461-6020 or (705)759-5442
[email protected] fax: (705)759-2185
Convention & Visitors Bureau
536 Ashmun Street
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
For more information, contact
1-800-MI-SAULT or (906) 632-3366
www.saultstemarie.com fax: (906) 632-6161